Tragedy was but a moment. Responsibility for it was forever.
Publisher: Gallery Books
Published: October 2, 2018
Series: Firefighters #1
“The fog lifts and you have to realize there are things worth living for. Even if they’re different than what motivated you before.”
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.
First and foremost I want to give a huge thanks to NetGalley, the publisher, and the author for supplying me with what is, probably, my best read of 2018 so far! It’s safe to say I was obsessed with this book, it quite literally consumed me. See what I did there?
On a more serious note, and I’m aware I’ve said this several times, but J.R. Ward is such a phenomenal writer. In fact, I’m pretty mad at myself that I haven’t picked up any of her books before this year, I’ve been missing out on so much greatness. Her books have this way of being both incredibly well researched but at the same time aren’t boring in the same book report kind of way. They pack a lot of information about the subject, like here it was firefighting and arson investigation, in The Bourbon Kings it was money laundering and just the atmosphere of the rich, and she manages to weave this totally believable and interesting world. She writes in a way that you can get completely lost in her books and you’ll find yourself reading for hours on end without noticing, you think about the story every spare moment and just want to be reading, or, in my case, it’ll leave you with the biggest book hangover.
I had never read much romantic suspense, in fact, I hadn’t even been aware this was a wide genre, but I really enjoyed this and it made me want to read more. This novel centers on Anne Ashburn and Danny Maguire, two firefighters who share as much turmoil as they do passion. I enjoyed all the characters in this book immensely, they were all an absolute joy to follow and learn more about. Ward has this amazing ability to make all her characters, no matter how small, seem vital and completely lifelike. Anne was so strong and controlled, but we got to see the sides of her that were scared and insecure, something that a lot of the other characters were oblivious to. Danny may have seemed strong, confident, and laid back but on the inside he was dealing with so much that he wasn’t able to process alone. Seeing these two come together throughout this book was amazing. I couldn’t have loved them more.
Consumed doesn’t hold back and instead catapults you right in the middle of fires, family drama, and political conspiracy theories. The book starts out with a bang, both Danny and Anne rush to the scene of a fire and immediately put in life threatening danger. It’s probably the most intense start to a book I’ve ever read, and I was hooked immediately. It only gets better from there and this book is just one big dangerous thrill ride from fires to murders to steamy hook ups and tragic events. It was a big mash up of all these deep moments and events, and I couldn’t have enjoyed it more.
Since this is written in the third person we get to see things through a lot of eyes, which is great for a book that deals with so many topics and has so many little plot points. That twist at the end though, and you’ll know it when you read it, literally steals the air from your lungs. This ending was something I never saw coming and it almost kept me awake that night, realizing how wrong I had been the entire time. It was such a delicious feeling because I haven’t read a book this good in a while, and I have a feeling I’ll be stuck on this one for a long time.
This book was phenomenal, I cannot recommend it enough. I’m already dreaming about book two and all the things we have yet to learn about this tight knit group of firefighters, but at least I have plenty of her other books to read while I wait! Consumed releases this Tuesday, so be sure to pick it up! You won’t be disappointed.
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