Name: Consumed (Firefighters #1) by J.R. Ward
Date Published: Expected October 1, 2018
Genre: Romance, Contemporary, Adult, Thriller
Goodreads Rating: 4.09/5 Stars
How I acquired it: I received an ARC from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. This in no way influenced my opinions below.
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 . . .
Reading Level: ★★★
My Overall Rating: ★★★★
This is the first in this series by J.R. Ward. It is also the first book I’ve ever read by this author and it did not disappoint. We learned several characters and the beginning of their stories. I’m assuming we will learn more about each of them as the series goes on but they all felt a bit rushed in this book. Most of the book is from Anne and Danny’s POV. Every once in a while we hear from Tom (Anne’s brother) and I could have easily skipped over his parts in the book. I didn’t think they were particularly interesting or helpful to the story.
This book starts in the middle of a deadly fire. Instead of the MC looking back on an event that changed their life, we are thrown right into that event. Anne is a strong-willed woman who doesn’t always follow orders. This has come to bite her and when she is trapped in the fire she has to make a decision that will save her life but ultimately end her career as a firefighter forever. 10 months later the story picks up again and we follow Anne on her journey of finding herself outside of the only life she’s ever wanted/known. While Danny is forced to live with his decision and all the losses he’s had leading up to this fire. This story was fresh and exciting. It’s the beginning of a series and it definitely comes off that way. I can’t wait to read more.
I love Anne and Danny’s relationship. Anne is such a strong woman and she doesn’t take shit from anyone. Danny doesn’t treat her like a delicate flower but an equal who just wants to find love in her. Danny is struggling with the aftermath of the fire and instead of telling him it’s ok and consoling him, Anne yells at him and tells him to get over himself. She forces him to hold himself accountable instead of putting it on herself. Their romance is a partnership instead of a fairytale and I love it.
I received and read an ARC so I’m sure this will be fixed by the time the book is released however, there were quite a few spelling and grammatical mistakes throughout the book. This took away from the thrilling part of the story because I had to reread the same sentence or paragraph several times before I truly understood what the author was trying to say.
The ending of this book felt a bit rushed however, I really loved the plot twist when we found out who the arsonist was. Anne really grew throughout this book and Danny right along with her. I can’t wait to read the next book.