CONSUMED by J.R. Ward
Firefighters Series Book 1
From the #1 New York Times bestselling author of the popular Black Dagger Brotherhood series comes a brand-new novel about arson investigator, Ann Ashburn, who is consumed by her troubled past, her family’s scorched legacy, and her current case: chasing a deadly killer.
Anne Ashburn is a woman consumed…
By her bitter family legacy, by her scorched career as a firefighter, by her obsession with department bad-boy Danny McGuire, and by a new case that pits her against a fiery killer.
Strong-willed Anne was fearless and loved the thrill of fighting fires, pushing herself to be the best. But when one risky decision at a warehouse fire changes her life forever, Anne must reinvent not only her job, but her whole self.
Shattered and demoralized, Anne finds her new career as an arson investigator a pale substitute for the adrenaline-fueled life she left behind. She doesn’t believe she will ever feel that same all-consuming passion for her job again–until she encounters a string of suspicious fires setting her beloved city ablaze.
Danny McGuire is a premiere fireman, best in the county, but in the midst of a personal meltdown. Danny is taking risks like never before and seems to have a death wish until he teams up with Anne to find the fire starter. But Danny may be more than a distraction, and as Anne narrows in on her target, the arsonist begins to target her.
From the creator of the bestselling Black Dagger Brotherhood, get ready for a new band of brothers. And a firestorm.
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
CONSUMED is the start of a new series called Firefighters, by J.R. Ward. She’s known for her paranormal series, The Black Dagger Brotherhood, but this one is a contemporary standalone with NO vampires!😁
Anne Ashburn was once a fearless firefighter, living in the shadows of her deceased father and her brother, Tom, both firefighters. But she held her own until a terrible incident forced her into a new job, a new life. Except remnants of her old life keep creeping back in, especially the one night she had with fellow fireman and all around “bad boy”, Danny McGuire. Things get hotter when a string of warehouse fires cause the lives of Anne and Danny to become even more entangled.
I’ll admit to being a bit wary of reading this book. I mean, I absolutely FLOVE the Black Dagger Brotherhood series but let’s face it, these are two completely different subgenres. Now, having read Anne and Danny’s romance, I’m forever grateful that I did. Because I’ve found yet another series to add to my READ AGAIN E-SHELF!
Ms. Ward had me shedding a few tears within the first few chapters. Not ugly crying but definitely in need of tissue, that’s how in tune with these characters I became right from the very beginning. Anne has one of the strongest female personas I’ve read in awhile. Not only is she physically fit but she has tenacity, courage, pluck. She doesn’t take bullshit from anyone! Now I’m not saying she was born with these traits, no. Anne had to learn the hard way how to be tough and I absolutely admired her ability to power through her fear.
As both lover and friend, Danny was protective of Anne but he still managed to stand behind her choices, he even admired her strength and fearlessness. Yet, he was totally an alpha! He was struggling with his own personal issues that might have stemmed from Anne’s incident but it was clear how much he loved Anne. SWOON!
The suspense element just sort of crept up on me. Before I knew it, I was gasping and shaking my head in denial! No spoilers, I’ll just say: “I did not see THAT coming!” Maybe it was obvious to some but it sure as hell surprised me. In the end, Anne and Danny found their HEA but the overall arc isn’t finished, not by a long shot. And I’m down right GIDDY to read the next book in the series! Told in J.R. Ward’s typical multiple POVs. I voluntarily read and reviewed this book.
J.R. Ward is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of numerous novels, including the Black Dagger Brotherhood series. She lives in the South her family.