Saturday, October 6, 2018

Consumed by J.R. Ward

Title: Consumed 
Series: Firefighters #1
Author: J.R. Ward 
Publisher: Gallery Books
Release date: October 2, 2018

From the #1 New York Times bestselling author of the popular Black Dagger Brotherhood series comes a brand-new novel about arson investigator, Anne 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 have a huge love for Firefighters in books and in real life. They are going into the fire when everyone else is leaving it. It might also have to do with my great love for Backdraft. To this day, it is still my favorite movie involving firefighters. I still remember like yesterday Kurt Russell saying "You go, we go". Great movie line!

Ok, getting back to Consumed, the main character is Anne Ashburn. She's a firefighter of the 499 Fire Department Station. She's a hard worker, determined woman. She also can be tremendously stubborn and self-destructive at times. She has fallen for Danny McGuire, another firefighter who has a thing for the ladies. Once after his best friend's wedding, they let their desire for each other consumed them (see what I did there?) but after that night together they avoided talking about it.

Next thing you know, the fire alarm is triggered and off they go to stop a new fire. The events following this call leaves them both with permanent visible and nonvisible scars.  Anne asked for something that was quite courageous but left Danny feeling guilty. Over the last ten months, he has been consumed by it. He's in a path to self-destruction and looking for an early grave if you ask me. 

Anne's dream of a career as a firefighter is gone after the fire but ten months later, she's ready for a new beginning as an arson investigator and the new owner of a rescue dog. She has avoided Danny and anyone from the same fire department station as an act of self-preservation but when her investigation leads her to danger and she reconnects with Danny, she's not sure how to proceed.

As a lover of anything the Ward writes, I knew I had to give this series a chance. It does read like the first book in a long series. I did like Anne. She passed her denial phase pretty fast and was able to go into acceptance mode. 

I wasn't crazy about how Danny behave during his time apart from Anne. If he wanted her, there was no reason to sleep around. Be a man and go get her. I did warm up to him by the last third of the book but still not cool dude!

The novel is left with plenty of material for many more books to come. Anne's brother should be next. 

Cliffhanger: No

3.5/5 Fangs

Thank you Gallery Books and NetGalley for providing me with a complimentary in exchange for an honest review. 

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