Consumed by J.R. Ward (Firefighters #1)
4 out of 5 stars
Consumed by J.R. Ward BLURB
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 . . .
I was SO ready for Consumed by J.R. Ward! I guess you could say that I am a super fan. I have read her Black Dagger Brotherhood series, her Black Dagger Legacy series AND I’ve read her Fallen Angels series.
So when she announced a new series, I was salivating. Literally. It was a mess.
Consumed by J.R. Ward also promised a different premise from her other books (or the ones I read) because here we have a completely human world. There are no vampires of angels. Instead, we have a bunch of badass firefighters.
To me, Consumed was also different because it felt a lot darker and a lot more real.
Anne and Danny deal with some honestly heavy shit. And it’s not just them. Their station house is filled with drug and drinking problems, family problems and MAJOR PTSD. While some people might not enjoy the darker and more real story, I loved it.
It made the whole experience more personal and made me, the reader, a lot more invested. I also love that J.R. Ward doesn’t shy away from letting bad shit happen. Most romance novels have a level of predictability because of that.
As with all her books, J.R. Ward always has a really interesting plot going along with the romance. In Consumed, we have arson, murder and the black market. The suspense isn’t off the charts but I will say that the culprit COMPLETELY caught me off guard.
My last point would have to be about Anne and Danny’s relationship. Their whole ordeal is tragic from the start and every time they have a scene together, I find myself holding my breath. Their relationship is a lot more somber and they deserve so much happiness.
Where do I see this series going, you ask? Tehe. The secondary characters in Consumed by J.R. Ward all have their shticks and I can’t even begin to imagine where this is all going to go. I’m already bursting with excitement for Tom’s story. (He is Anne’s older brother. Bit of a hardass with a heart of gold.)
So yes, I can see the series becoming something I’ll be reading for the next couple of years.
Usually, the first book in a series has a bit of awkwardness. It needs to find its feet, in a sense. Consumed by J.R. Ward had a little of that but for a first in a series, I was pleasantly surprised at how smooth it went.
The ONLY thing I wish had been different is that there should have been a bit more interaction between Anne and Danny. They have a long history and it wasn’t elaborated on much, which left me a bit confuzzled. I wanted more Danny and Anne time, dammit!
Other than that, I loved it. OH! I can’t believe I almost forgot! There is also a pooch, a glorious pooch by the name Soot in Consumed by J.R. Ward. I don’t know about you, but animals and babies always make me wanna read a book. I love ’em.
Anyway, 4 out of 5 stars for Consumed by J.R. Ward.
It wasn’t perfect but I enjoyed it. The shexy times are great, the characters are all kinda broken and the story gets very real. I can’t wait to see where the Firefighters series goes but you can rest assured that I will be tagging along for the ride.
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