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...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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; ...more
“But if you had to have something to live for, it might as well be love, right?”
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 ...more
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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 ...more
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 ...more
Series: Firefighters #1
Author: J.R. Ward
Release date: October 2, 2018
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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 ...more
(view spoiler)[ The decision to have something so traumatic happen early on ...more
(ARC provided by Gallery Books)
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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.
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
So why did I struggle with this? I can give you three reasons ...more
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.
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 ...more
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."
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 ...more
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 ...more
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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