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Consumed

(Firefighters #1)

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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

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Paperback, 416 pages
Published October 2nd 2018 by Piatkus
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Julianna I don't know for certain, but if I had to guess, based on the author's typical release schedule, I'd say the next of the series could probably be expe…moreI don't know for certain, but if I had to guess, based on the author's typical release schedule, I'd say the next of the series could probably be expected around the fall of 2019.(less)
Lilly This is the first story in what I hope will be a great new series. I didn't know about the novellas leading up to this story, but If you've read somet…moreThis is the first story in what I hope will be a great new series. I didn't know about the novellas leading up to this story, but If you've read something with a similar plot, it may be from a different author?(less)

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Carol [Goodreads Addict]
Consumed is book one in the brand new Firefighters series by J.R. Ward. I am a new reader to this author. I’ve been trying forever to start her Black Dagger Brotherhood series and haven’t been able to get to it yet. So when I saw that she was starting a new contemporary series, I thought that it would be perfect for me since I had no predetermined opinions about her books. It was the best decision I have ever made. This book completely rocked my world. I did read two of The Wedding From Hell pre ...more
BernLuvsBooks
Sep 29, 2018 rated it really liked it
🔥 3.5 Stars (rounded up) for J.R. Ward's Consumed! 🔥

I have been a J.R. Ward fan for years. Over time I have faithfully devoured each book in her Black Dagger Brotherhood series. Consumed is the first book in her new series so of course I had to read it! I was happy to find that it mostly stays true to the writing style Ward's fans have come to love & expect with an added bonus that I loved - a mystery twist.

The book opens strong taking us right into a two-alarm fire that has life-altering conse
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Sophia Triad
The strong do not wallow. They move forward.

We enter the world of the New York firefighters who are far from perfect.

There is this girl who had a hero father and wanted to be a hero and to prove to society and to the other firefighters that women can also save lives.
There is the man-whore guy who is secretly in love and tries to convince the girl to take him seriously.
There is this guy who got married only to prove a point that he can also be a winner and that he will be the one who gets the
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Chris  C - A Midlife Wife
Wow! Just wow. Still processing but amazing story!
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Let me tell you about Consumed. I got to know the characters through The Wedding from Hell novellas and I had to move up my review of this book simply for the fact that I had to read it as soon as I finished the mini intros.

Just thinking about this book and trying to put into words my feelings brings tears to my eyes. Danny and Anne have such an intense an explosive relationship. It’s emotional and it gets you right in the g
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Dana Ilie
Nov 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
4.6 STARS

From the creator of the bestselling Black Dagger Brotherhood, get ready for a new band of brothers. And a firestorm . . .

Consumed had two things going for it right from the start: It was about firefighters–yes, please!; and it was written by J.R. Ward. How could it *not* be good, right? And oh my goodness, was this one stunning novel.
One of my favorite things about J.R. Ward’s writing is how fearless and real it is, even raw at times. She doesn’t pull any punches, she’s never scared of
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Kat Valentine
Oct 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing
What a awesome f##king read!!! This is one of the best thrillers I've read in along time. JR ward has taken it to a new level with this book,theirs so much heart and soul in this book. Her characters are so real and imperfect with so many layers that you feel like you've known them forever. This is a story about everyday men and women who are hero's, ones that out their lives at risk,but who have their on demons as well. Danny is fireman who doesn't play by the rules and after his brother die's ...more
Hollis
Having never read anything by Ward before, I can't say I was salivating for this book but I was interested by the firefighter premise, particularly as we'd have a lady in the role instead of just arm candy for some brawny hero with a big hose, and so I was pretty happy when my 'wish' to review this book was granted by the publisher.

And by 2% (I'm not even kidding) I wanted to DNF.

Somehow I persevered and got through this book but I honestly don't know how. I didn't like a single thing about it;
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✰ Liz ✰
“But if you had to have something to live for, it might as well be love, right?”
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Consumed is the first book in the Firefighters Series. A stunning blend of action, romance, and family drama, J.R. Ward has crafted an unforgettable story that immerses you in a world where life and death are on the line. Anne Ashburn is a spunky firefighter who loves her job fiercely. Her father was a firefighter and her brother is the chief. Danny McGuire is on her team and holds a special place in her heart. W
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Wendy'sThoughts
Jul 07, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: J.R. Ward Fans, Suspense, Romance
4.5 Fully Occupied Stars
* * * * 1/2 Spoiler Free
J.R. Ward has Legions of Fans. I must be one of the few who have not read her Black Dagger Brotherhood series. When this Mystery/Thriller/Romance was presented, I jumped in feet first. From the first moment of reading, I was drawn in fully...it was hard to putdown to live my real life.

This book opens up with scenes which took you right into the heart of what firefighters do... they dedicate their lives to enter into situations which can change in
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Jennifer
★★★★½
Firefighters go to work and don't know if they will ever come home again. For lead characters Anne Ashburn and Danny McGuire, they came home but both were forever changed, body and soul. Coworkers and one-time lovers, circumstances bring them back together again ten months later. Anne is now an arson investigator who is assigned to a string of suspicious fires that continue to put her former department in harm's way, and Danny is in full self-destruct mode as he continues his work with unne
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Felicia
Jul 02, 2018 rated it liked it
Consumed is the first book in a new series by J.R. Ward and that's exactly what it feels like. This story is definitely the set-up for what is to come. I read the first 3 books in the Black Dagger Brotherhood series by this author with much enjoyment. Thus far this series does not live up to the BDB story for me, but that's not to say that I didn't like it. I'm not thrilled with Anne as the female protagonist and think that some of her actions are implausible in the real world and that kind of s ...more
Christie«SHBBblogger»

Title: Consumed
Series: Firefighters #1
Author: J.R. Ward
Release date: October 2, 2018
Cliffhanger: No
HEA(view spoiler)

As a fan of J.R. Ward's BDB paranormal/fantasy series, I was excited to see something new in the works by her. It's been a long time since I read one of her books, and this seemed like the perfect opportunity to get hooked again. I wanted to love this one so much, but I'm sad to say that this read was (mostly) a miss for me. At some points, I was tempted to jus
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Kat
Oct 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: library-3
This was really great! Old-school JR Ward! A team of firefighters work together to battle fires around the city, possibly being set by a serial arsonist. Where the book starts off (in a huge, explosive scene, go JR Ward!) they are on their way to a blaze, and firefighters Danny and Ann who have some history have only a few seconds to flirt on the engine before they are thrust onto the scene. The rest will be in spoilers.

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MELISSA *Mel Reader*
Jun 14, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arcs
4 Stars!
(ARC provided by Gallery Books)

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Anne Ashburn grew up in a family of firemen, and it was only natural she'd want to follow in their footsteps. She's strong, independent, and fearless. She's worked hard in a male-dominated profession to be taken seriously. She's an adrenaline junkie whose luck runs out when a warehouse fire forever changes her life. Her career goes up in flames, and she's then forced to reinvent herself. She doesn't know what her purpose is anymore until she takes a new
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Jonetta
This story is preceded by two novellas that are important to read prior to starting this one. The backstories matter.

It’s been ten months since the fire that injured Anne Ashburn and ended her career as a firefighter with the New Brunswick 499 Engine Company. She’s now an arson investigator and trying to find her way down a different path. Danny Maguire is still chasing demons, trying to forget his role in saving Anne’s life in the fire but wielding the blow that ended her days as a firefighter
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Fabi
Sep 05, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arc, published-2018
When I lucked into an ARC of Consumed I couldn't believe I had my dirty little hands on a brand new J.R. Ward series. Blurb? What blurb? Who needs to read the blurb when it's The Warden?

I waited to start it until I could read all the prequels of The Wedding from Hell first. Because the prequels were so much fun, I just couldn't wait to get to Consumed.

Happy little me started reading and in no time at all...

BAM --- BAM! ---BAMBAMBAM!!!

...then sad little me lay curled up on the floor crying my he
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♥Rachel♥
Just finished Consumed and wow, I loved it!

Anne Ashburn and Danny McGuire were fellow firefighters at the 499 Firehouse, close friends always battling attraction that Anne didn’t want to give into until one desperate night. Fearing loss of respect by her crew members and being another notch in Danny’s belt were just a couple of the many reasons she couldn’t let things go farther. But all those concerns fell to the side when a night on the job almost kills them, and leaves Anne unable to do the
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Pavlina Read more sleep less blog❤❤
❤4 stars ❤

At the beginning I didn't know what to expect in this one from J.R. Ward, it took me by surprise and I really enjoyed most of it!I was hooked in the beginning and the first half was fantastic.

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The plot was interesting and the characters were well developed.They felt original and realistic.The story centers around the fire department of a small town near Boston.I liked this a lot, it reminds me a TV series I have seen in the past.

Overall, it was a great beginning to a new series and I'm
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Corina
When I picked up Consumed, all I really knew was that it was written by JR Ward. And honestly that's all that mattered. Especially after loving her Bourbon Kings trilogy.

And as I suspected, Consumed was a superbly written story that was captivating as well as emotionally wrecking, and it was filled with charismatic characters that left me wanting more.

I was shocked the way the author opened the book. I admire her for not holding any punches. She actually left me sitting with my mouth hanging wid
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Rachel Reads Ravenously
3 stars

This is a book that started out very strong for me. I loved the prequel novellas and the beginning of the book was so compelling with the story. And then about halfway through it’s almost like it fell apart. Consumed is about firefighters Anne and Danny. Both of them feel an intense attraction to each other, but working on the same team nothing can come of it.

Like I said I felt the first half of the book was very good and I liked the characters and the story. The second half of the book
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Lisa Gardner
Oct 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This book had one of the most intense opening sequences I have ever read! Great characters, twisty plot, hot sex. Perfect blend of romantic suspense.
Paris        (kerbytejas)
Sep 14, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: read-2018
Ok it's got to be me!

After all there are all of those 4 & 5 star reviews for Consumed (Firefighters #1) by J.R. Ward . What’s wrong with me, what was I expecting?

I've read almost all of the books in the Black Dagger Brotherhood Series(some better than others), but the writing was good, the characters were developed, it was easy to form attachments, likes and dislikes. I like the concept of a romance book with firefighters. But with Consumed I was just bored. It was hard to like the characters
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Carol
4.5 stars.
What a rollercoaster ride of emotions.
This book starts with some of the most intense scenes that I have ever read. I almost had chest pain reading them.

Anne shook her head and motioned toward where he had entered. “Go! I’m done!” Moaning in her throat, she pushed at his huge body. “Go.” When that got her nowhere, she released her mask and shoved it aside. Hot, deadly air, the kind that toasted your esophagus and BBQ’d your lungs, closed her throat. “Go!” ………………………..
Behind his mask, Da
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I've spent the past two days grasping at any opportunities I could find to get back to THIS book.
The writing, the opening scene and pawns at play had me riveted from page one until the very end. "Consumed" was a real page turner!

Anne Ashburn certainly is the epitome of a strong heroine. Fearless, confident and smart, I must admit part of me wished to see her ask for help a couple of times.

I've spent my weekend completely immersed in the story and feeling like walking in Anne Ashburn's shoes. The
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Geri Reads
Oct 11, 2018 rated it it was ok
This book has a lot of the elements I usually go gaga for. It has a competent but prickly stubborn heroine, a compelling but flawed hero, and a cast of interesting secondary characters. Unfortunately, it failed to capture my attention. I found myself struggling to finish each chapter that I wish I just DNF’d it. But this was a JR Ward book! So I kept reading, hoping that things will turn around but it didn’t happen. And so here we are.

So why did I struggle with this? I can give you three reasons
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Nicola
Sep 22, 2018 rated it really liked it
3.5 stars.

After enjoying the free prequel novellas in this series, I was looking forward to diving into Consumed and discovering more from all the characters we’d had glimpses of.

description It’s amazing what you can live through and come out stronger on the other side.”

I motored through the prequel novellas but this took me 5 days to read. That wasn’t through dislike—J.R Ward took this down a couple of paths that impressed me hugely—but she’s clearly setting things up for the long haul and there is a
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Lo Bookfrantic
Oct 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: f-br, arc-review-ng

4.5★★★★Stars


Genre:  Romantic Suspense
Type:  Book 1 of  Firefighters Series 
POV:  First Person – Multiple


 
"Sometime along the way, over the passage of days and weeks and months, he had become part of her life, part of her history."

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I had no idea what this book was going to be like when I requested it but what I got was much more.  I absolutely devoured this book in one setting.  The book opens with an explosive
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Auntee
Jun 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Fans of JR Ward; fans of romantic suspense
I really enjoyed this. It had everything I've come to expect from J R Ward.--good writing, plenty of character development, oodles of details, multiple story arcs, and (of course) romance. And suspense! The opening chapter had me on the edge of my seat--god, what harrowing suspense!

It took me a while to warm up to the heroine (firefighter/investigator Anne). She's got some hangups/baggage about her father and a chip on her shoulder towards her mother that got a little annoying at times. She seem
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Claire Robinson
Sep 18, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: shit-hot-series
4 - She seemed to want to leave everything behind… Him included. Stars.

The first book in J. R. Ward’s new Firefighters series is also the first full length book I have actually read by this prolific author. Having read the two novella’s; The Rehearsal Dinner & The Reception directly beforehand, I would absolutely recommend you read them before tackling Consumed as they give some much needed depth to the connection between Anne and Danny the main, but not only pivotal characters in the book.

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D.B. Reynolds
Jun 27, 2018 rated it really liked it
This is a contemporary action/suspense romance from J.R. Ward, who's better known for her paranormal work, including the terrific Black Dagger Brotherhood series (especially the early books.) The story centers around the fire department of a small fictional town near Boston. The heroine, Anne Ashburn, suffers a tragic loss that changes the trajectory of her entire life, but which also puts her in the path of some very bad people. The love of her life, firefighter Danny McGuire, meanwhile, is dro ...more
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