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- ASIN : 0349420629
- Publisher : Piatkus; 1st edition (2 October 2018)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 384 pages
- ISBN-10 : 9780349420622
- ISBN-13 : 978-0349420622
- Dimensions : 17.9 x 3.1 x 23.5 cm
- Best Sellers Rank: 366,169 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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From the #1 New York Times bestselling author comes a blazing new thriller about an arson investigator consumed by her family's scorched legacy, by her own secrets and by her current case: chasing a deadly 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 changed her life forever, Anne reinvented not only her job, but her whole self.
Shattered and demoralized, Anne 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. He's taking risks like never before, and 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 worldwide bestselling Black Dagger Brotherhood, get ready for a new band of brothers. And a firestorm . . .
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And while this works as just a romance suspense mystery, I was very surprised by some of the topics touched upon by the author, and as much as I want to gush about the, I don’t want to spoil anyones reading experience, but will say that I have not come across some of them in contemporary romances before.
As you can see, I loved this story. It is very character driven, and if the main mystery plot surrounding the fires had of been more front and centre instead of taking a backseat to the characters dramas, then I might have bumped this up higher in my ratings.
4 stars ⭐️
The writing in Consumed is slightly off-putting though fitting. The protagonists and virtually all the supporting characters are true blue collar workers. Its crass and can be insulting to a multitude of people. Within 60 pages Anne, the female protagonist and narrator, has been buried by the rubble of fire, had her cut off, watched her lover get buried alive saving her and basically drawn a line in the sand between herself and her family. The primary story follows the aftermath of this fire, picking up some 10 months later. By this point, Anne has her life at a point where she is happy. Her former lover Danny, not so much he's sleeping and drinking his way through the city. They are bought back together by the fire that tore them apart and her tenacity for answers.
This is a book that despite being romance, and likely to be pigeonholed as such aims to educate. It has a message to deliver about minorities depression and acceptance. J.R. Ward does minorities well, not ethnic minorities, not her bag, her target is disabilities. You forget Anne is has a prosthetic or that John Matthew (his book is Lover Mine) is mute. Her writing is a gift it allows for people who rarely get that mirror to see themselves.
Consumed is not for the faint of heart it is bloody, violent and dark. But likely JR Ward fans will get something out of it. it's book one in a series which I would guess is going to be written more like BDB than BK. You can read then stand alone but it really makes more sense if you don't. Will I read book two? We'll see. It depends who the protagonists are and what we're doing with them this just doesn't appeal to me like the family drama of BK did. Long story short it's not for everyone but if you like slightly confronting stories about real broken people finding their way in the dark it's worth a read.
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Danny has no family left both his parents and his twin brother are deceased. His brother was also killed in the line of duty as a firefighter.
Anne and Danny have worked together for several years and had a one night stand at a friend’s wedding, but they have never discussed it since. Then during a big fire, they are both injured very badly, both blaming themselves for the other’s injuries and they avoid each other for months.
Anne is unable to return to the job she loves, so she retrains as a Fire Investigator. This leads Anne into a big investigation that uncovers a lot of connections with big names in the city, which brings danger calling.
I really enjoyed this book. There was a lot of really interesting content about the life of firefighters and especially the physical and mental toll it can take on both them and their loved ones. There is a lot about Anne’s relationship with her mother and her brother, neither relationship is particularly positive and there is lot about why that is.
Anne is a really independent and strong woman. I like that she has emotional issues, and though she’s not really had any professional support she has worked her way through a lot of them by herself.
Danny was a bit of a mess emotionally. He drank too much, smoked and slept around. Through it all, he cared about Anne and was unhappy they weren’t together. He didn’t have any family left, so he made the guys at his station his family. He was also still good friends with guys from college. He was flawed, but he was a good guy and he supported Anne in her chosen job(s). He has a temper, but he’s not an alpha male who is always in full on ‘protect his woman’ mode.
I liked that though this was a romance, it was only a part of the book. There was a big chunk of the book about how they felt about themselves as well as each other. There was also the content about the investigation.
I felt that the investigation was the one area that let the book down. There were several leaps of intuition that could sort of be explained logically, but not fully. The investigation also seemed to fizzle out towards the end, and did not get completely resolved to my satisfaction. It may be that this is the first in a series, which, given the (Firefighters) tag in the name of the book, is probable. If this is the case then maybe future books deal with the ramifications of this element of the investigation.
I really hope there are other books in the series, because so many of the supporting characters are really interesting, and I would really enjoy reading about them as main characters.
All in all this was a well thought out and entertaining read, that makes you think a bit, but not too much.
the second exciting part of the whole book but it didnt redeem the book in my eyes.
i have read all the black dagger brotherhood books and ive loved them all but im really disapointed with this book and i doubt i will buy the next installment.
JR Ward is my hero, I don’t hide the fact, She writes the best Vamps known and well... her mortals are just as epic!
As always with the Warden, there’s certain things you don’t see coming and boy I didn’t see two of these!
Epically written, Anne & Danny stole the page from the moment they graced it.
Tragedy, self loathing, self discovery, healing old wounds, finding who you are to finding love.
I devoured this in a day, I didn’t sleep, I didn’t eat, I couldn’t put it down, although I got a few weird stares around the pool at my “Nooooooo” moments!
Not giving anything way, READ IT, LOVE IT but the scene is set for all the guys of the station to tell their own tale.
Anne's injury I never saw coming and as for Danny...for a solo second I honestly stopped breathing. From there it was all about mending those invisible wounds and even growing to be better.
Emilio...God! Though kind of randomly thrown in to be honest, it was still a shock and a story I'd like to see the outcome of.
Deandra was a nasty creation. Vicious and cruel. She didn't care about anyone else and as for Moose...never saw that coming!!
I love how the book touches on the fact first responders deal with a brutal amount of mental strain. I love how Ward showed some of the crutches that can occur and showed though the crutch needs to change, it isn't a failure. We're only human at the end of the day.
Definitely hope to see more books xx