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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, Anne 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, From the #1 New York Times bestselling author of the popular Black Dagger Brotherhood series comes a brand-new novel about arson investigator, Anne 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.


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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, Anne 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, From the #1 New York Times bestselling author of the popular Black Dagger Brotherhood series comes a brand-new novel about arson investigator, Anne 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.

30 review for Consumed

  1. 4 out of 5

    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 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 prequels and I feel like it really helped to set the stage for Danny and Anne’s relationship. Anne Ashburn has been with the New Brunswick station 499 Fire Department for a little over two years. She and Danny Maguire have been dancing around each other from the start. Then there was “the night” of Moose’s wedding when “it” happened. It’s been three weeks since then and the chemistry is still sizzling between them. Then everything changed. It was the night of the warehouse fire when she made a decision that would change both her and Danny’s lives forever. Danny has been in love with Anne from the start. The night of his best friend’s wedding only cemented the knowledge that she was the only woman for him. Then came the night of the fire. The night that everything changed. The night that he saved her, only so that he could lose her. Anne can’t fight fires anymore so she trains to be a fire inspector. Just like she does everything else, she accepts the challenge and jumps in. She begins looking into a recent fire and also some previous fires and finds what she thinks is something that ties them all together. It’s been ten months since the last fire she fought. Where she fought to overcome every obstacle in her path, Danny took a different route to dull his pain. He did it with drinking and taking crazy risks at work. But one thing doesn’t change. As soon as they come face to face again it’s obvious that the chemistry they once shared is still there. I can’t tell you enough how amazing this book was. It starts out right out of the gate stealing your breath away. After everything that happened in just the first few chapters I asked myself how the author could keep up this pace but somehow she managed. There is love, steamy sexy times, some smiles, and plenty of danger. Anne is one tough woman. But she’s also soft when she needs to be. And Danny, my oh my I love that man. He was so broken but still had so much love to give. I don’t know anything about the next book in the series. Only that I will read it whenever J.R. Ward writes it. This book swept me away. I was completely immersed into this community of men and women and their fight for survival. I can’t wait for more. “Sometimes strength rested not in resistance, but in the release of arms against a foe of one’s own creation.”

  2. 4 out of 5

    (Bern) Mom to 2 Posh Lil Divas

    🔥 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 c 🔥 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 consequences for two of our main characters - Anne and Danny. As to be expected from Ward we have strong-willed, emotional and relatably flawed lead characters. The book takes a turn from the initial opening scene and takes us through Anne and Danny's road to recovery as they deal with the physical and emotional scars left by the devastating decisions they had to make in the fire. This was very much a "first book" in a series. It introduces us to the cast of characters and offers some backstory while setting the stage for more to come. I found the characters likable. The plot was interesting and I enjoyed the mystery twist with Anne becoming an arson investigator and having to uncover the truth behind a series of fires in the warehouse district. Overall, I found this to be an enjoyable read. It did feel a bit slow towards the middle but it started and ended off strong for me which brought it all together. I understood it was a book 1 and as such was laying a foundation for the books to come so I gave some allowances for that. The title was very appropriate as the characters dealt with various things that "consumed" their lives - love, lust, work, ambition, desire, alcohol, etc. I am definitely looking forward to seeing what happens next with this cast of firefighters. Thank you to J.R. Ward, Gallery Books and NetGalley for the advance copy.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Chris C - A Midlife Wife

    Wow! Just wow. Still processing but amazing story! ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 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 Wow! Just wow. Still processing but amazing story! ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 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 gut. The author was bold and spared no punches in her writing. She gave us straight up raw emotion and I can only think that each time she wrote a chapter in this book, it had to be exhausting. Giving everything she had to create this amazing story that not only will I not forget, but I will have to read over and over. You simply don’t forget the characters that she has created in this book. My emotions were all over the place. Crying, smiling, happiness, heartbreak; they went everywhere. Plus, the story was inventive and very unique. She included huge twist at the end that will catch you by surprise. Her mastery of subtlety in the mystery portion was fabulous. I hope that you take the time to get to know J.R. Ward and her writing skills. She truly has an amazing gift of storytelling that simply begs you to invest your time and energy into her books. Consumed is not to be missed if you love romance, mystery, and suspense. And J.R. Ward has mastered the formula. * advance copy received for review consideration full review - https://amidlifewife.com/consumed-by-...

  4. 4 out of 5

    Wendy'sThoughts

    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 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 an instant. Police officers also have these experiences, yet when fire is involved...I think there is this universal fear which runs through all of us. Fire has this life of its own...it is this monster which can be uncontrollable...and the power of knowing what it can do in any number of ways...adds to our fear. These brave men and women are able to do everything they know... years of experience and positive outcomes yet with just one different pull of gravity to a building or switch of a wind, all of it can go out the window. The outcomes can be fatal, those left mourning those gone can have lasting impacts, too. The blurb for this book tells you everything you need to be tantalized and drawn to this read. You understand there is a family legacy of firefighting for Anne Ashburn. It hints to the conflicts she carries. Her father was the "Hero" in her life. Anne knew he had wanted another boy and she worked everyday to earn his love. Instead, there was no acknowledgement of her achievements. Her relationship with her mother is difficult for a number of reasons and molded how she saw marriage and relationships. What she loved was being a firefighter. It fed her mind and soul. She was part of the crew and it was her family. She was good at what she did and knew more about fires than most. The only one who she felt knew more and was as strong was Danny McGuire. She had a connection with him, and he her. They were this unwritten team...and they also never acknowledged that time they became more... A call comes through, both Anne and Danny are on the truck talking about how they will meet up with the crew at the bar they all go to after...Anne is assigned to go with another fighter and Danny is sent to man the hoses. In the warehouse, Anne and her partner are clearing the first level and then instead of following procedure and staying together...Anne sends her partner to the second floor. It turns out to be a turning point, as the unpredictability of shifting winds and elements take over, causing life changes to both Anne and Danny. Side Note The chapters covering this period are something which took my breath away. I wrote at the time an update which said everything... I felt completely overwhelmed, emotions and fears running through me to the point I was reading through my fingers covering my eyes as if I was watching this like a scary movie. I had to collect myself to continue reading. After experiencing the changes Anne and Danny had, this book takes us on a journey of recovery and will. Each have to go about their own path to get to the other side. Anne embarks on a new career track as an arson investigator. Danny is back at his unit but there are actions which puts him at odds with the powers that be. Combine a clear and present danger of a fire starter, those who may be behind them and the personal histories and needs of all of the characters. This is a full complete story which examines how the mind works, how heroes can made and fall, and how we may not know the whys of what we saw in the past. All of the characters may not be touchy feely...especially Anne. She is crusty, hard to warm up to...yet her focus, strength, pain and human need to be loved is something all of us can understand. Not all romances are pretty. Most of the time they are very messy, difficult to talk about and have the insecurity we all have of wanting to know how the other one thinks before revealing vulnerability. The mystery/thriller element worked and I particularly appreciated all the layers given to the secondary characters. Each person played their part. I will say the ending felt a tad rushed but overall, I was consumed. J.R. Ward I have joined your legion of fans. ~~~~~ Before Reading ~~~~~ J.R. Ward knows how to capture her audience... From this stunning cover... To the description of Anne Ashburn and Danny McGuire... You are hooked to find out all about these firefighters... This promises to not be the usual, the ordinary, the adequate.. No, this is special and you better be prepared to become... Consumed (Firefighters, #1)-October 2nd 2018 A gifted copy was provided by Gallery, Threshold, Pocket Books, Piatkus via NetGalley for an honest review. For more Reviews, Free E-books and Giveaways

  5. 5 out of 5

    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; 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; not the characters, the plot, the writing, nada. CONSUMED has a lot on the go, too, so you'd think some part of it would make for a win -- it's a sorta-second chance romance, it's a gritty dark edgy sorta-procedural, it has a Big Bad that may or may not play out in future Firefighters books, and plenty of damaged background characters to step up into the limelight for their own HEA. But holy god the stupid drama was relentless, nothing seemed to flow, I didn't find a single character sympathetic or intelligent or compelling and all the emotional angst was just.. nope. While I'm usually fairly forgiving when it comes to authors I haven't read before, or for a 'first in a series', sometimes you just know it's not going to work out no matter where things go. And this is not a series I have any interest in continuing. ** I received an ARC from NetGalley and the publisher (thank you!) in exchange for an honest review. **

  6. 4 out of 5

    Kat Valentine

    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 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 fighting a fire he has a no holds bar attitude if he isn't rushing into dangerous situation 's he's going from women to women that is until anne. Anne is a take charge strong women who has to continually prove her self in a male dominated job and she's also running away from being anything like her mother who she she's as weak and a doormat. Anne is fighting not to become just another conquest to danny,but Danny is falling deeper and deeper for her. When Anne is trapped in a fire Danny will forced to make a decision that will change both their lives forever. This book is a great thriller mystery and their are many different things going on for not just Danny and Anne but for all the characters from ladder 499 ! The second characters like amy,duff,chip and one of faves rizzo love this dude!!! And Anne's brother tom!!! Lots of action and a twist i didn't see coming!!! And last but not least my boy soot love this brave sweet dog!!! I hope theirs more to come from ladder 499, I can't wait!!! Once again JR has out done herself!!💋💖😉 Thank you @bookish first for the copy of this fabulous read. It in know way influenced my review!

  7. 4 out of 5

    Felicia

    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 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 stuff bothers me to no end. Just a middle of the road read for me but I have no doubt that die hard fans of Ward will be thrilled with this new series. I was provided an ARC of this book by publisher in exchange for an honest review.

  8. 5 out of 5

    katwiththehat

    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. (view spoiler)[ The decision to have something so traumatic happen early on 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. (view spoiler)[ The decision to have something so traumatic happen early on and have them battling the effects of it the rest of the book really drove most of the conflict. Ann had her life changed forever after the amputation, but soldiered through. Danny was unable to cope and turned to self-destructive behavior. The mystery in the background with the potential arsonist was perfectly balanced. I also thought, compared to some books in the recent BDB series, that this one struck a good balance between POVs of other characters. We got to see snippets of other firefighters, enough to glimpse into their lives, but for the most part, things stayed tightly on Danny and Ann. There were not massive chunks of page time devoted to “villain POV” which is sometimes one of my complaints with Ward’s books. Everything just worked really well here! (hide spoiler)] This was great! Will definitely continue on. Trigger warnings: (view spoiler)[ fire, violence, murder, amputation, domestic violence, PTSD (hide spoiler)] Please excuse typos/name misspellings. Entered on screen reader.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Elizabeth

    ~I LOVED IT!!! Full review to come!~ *ARC graciously provided via NETGALLEY in exchange for an honest review! *This is a BR with my crazies girl LOYDA! 🏴☠ Read for September Shhurrender week on Shh... 🏴☠ It's not too late to join us: https://t.co/VZO3uH5qmu For more reviews/reveals/giveaways visit: ~I LOVED IT!!! Full review to come!~ *ARC graciously provided via NETGALLEY in exchange for an honest review! *This is a BR with my crazies girl LOYDA! 🏴‍☠️ Read for September Shhurrender week on Shh... 🏴‍☠️ It's not too late to join us: https://t.co/VZO3uH5qmu For more reviews/reveals/giveaways visit:

  10. 5 out of 5

    Jennifer

    ★★★★ 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 unnec ★★★★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 unnecessary risks. Anne's reappearance couldn't have come at a better time for Danny or their city, both which are slowly burning to the ground. J.R. Ward ensured that the firefighter profession in this book is not objectified for the romance aspect, but is explored in all its complexity. She has created firemen and firewomen faced with impossible decisions and allows the reader to follow them as they overcome the seemingly insurmountable aftermath. There are complicated family dynamics to explore, a simmering romance to follow, a sweet and damaged dog that will steal away your heart, and a deadly mystery to solve. My favorite element of this book was Anne's character. I absolutely loved how she was developed, proving that impressive strength can indeed shine through one's vulnerability. In my opinion, Consumed is a well-rounded romantic suspense that does a good job at keeping the reader engaged and turning the pages. It's the first installment in a new series that I am excited to follow. Check it out. My favorite quote: “If you looked for validation from other people, by definition they could take that away if they chose. The safest path, as always, was to be your own rock, your own harbor, your own shelter. Am I okay? should only ever be answered by the person asking that question.”

  11. 5 out of 5

    MELISSA *Mel Reader*

    4 Stars! (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 jo 4 Stars! (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 job for the city as an arson investigator. She's still consumed with her past, and her complicated family, but is trying to move forward. Soon she's handed a case and she begins working to find the cause of suspicious fires in town. This puts her on the path to chasing down a deadly killer as well as putting her life in danger. Danny McGuire is a firefighter at the 499 firehouse in New Brunswick where he's known as a rule breaker, but also one of the best. He's felt lost since a fire altered his life. He's been on a path of self destruction, and is hurting. He feels like he's damaged and living in a constant state of darkness. He doesn't really care about anything anymore except the one woman he can't have, Anne. He misses working together, and seeing her, so when they team up together over her current case he's thrilled to be close to her again. The connection and chemistry between them is still just as strong, and they can't fight their attraction as passion once again ignites. -"You're... the most beautiful thing I've ever seen." -He knew exactly what she wanted and how to touch her. Consumed is the first book in J.R. Ward's amazing new series about firefighters. It's sexy, exciting, and full of mystery, intrigue and suspense. I really hope we get a book for Tom & Catherine next. I recommend reading the free prequel novellas prior to Consumed to see how the story begins. They introduce you to the characters, and really set the scene. Order Part 1 Now: Amazon: bit.ly/WeddingFromHellPart1Amazon iBooks: bit.ly/WeddingFromHellPart1iBooks Nook: bit.ly/WeddingFromHellPart1Nook GooglePlay: bit.ly/WeddingFromHellPart1GooglePlay Kobo: bit.ly/WeddingFromHellPart1Kobo Order Part 2 Now: Amazon: bit.ly/WeddingFromHellPart2Amazon iBooks: bit.ly/WeddingFromHellPart2iBooks Nook: bit.ly/WeddingFromHellPart2Nook GooglePlay: bit.ly/WeddingFromHellPart2GooglePlay Kobo: bit.ly/WeddingFromHellPart2Kobo Order Part 3 Now: Amazon: bit.ly/WeddingFromHellPart3Amazon iBooks: bit.ly/WeddingFromHellPart3iBooks Nook: bit.ly/WeddingFromHellPart3Nook GooglePlay: bit.ly/WeddingFromHellPart3GooglePlay Kobo: bit.ly/WeddingFromHellPart3Kobo

  12. 5 out of 5

    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. 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 ❤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. 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 looking forward for the next books.     

  13. 4 out of 5

    ♥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 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 job anymore. Anne picks up the pieces and goes on, now as arson investigator. The job isn’t something she thought she’d ever feel passionate about, like Anne did fighting fires, until solving a string of warehouse fires sparks her interest and puts a target on her back. I was sucked into Anne and Danny’s story from the first page to the end. I read the novellas and Consumed in a 24-hour period and I don’t want to let their story go! I was a little worried that Anne would be pushing Danny away through most of the book, but I shouldn’t have. Their romance was a gradual process; one of self-discovery, honest self-admissions, and building trust. With Anne’s past revealed it was easy to understand why she’d be wary of letting any relationship consume her, but I appreciated she started acknowledging how that past was hindering her future. Oh Danny! All in, head-over-heels in love with Anne, something that’d been brewing between them since she started at the 499, but he worried she’d never come around. It was bittersweet longing on his end, (on Anne’s part too, not that he knew that) and it made my heart ache for him! Unrequited love (that turns out well, of course!) is one of my favorite types of romances. Danny was so protective and wanted to do right by all his crewmates/friends, not only Anne. The whole thing with Moose and Deandra was a hot mess to put it mildly. Deandra was a horrid piece of work! Not only did I LOVE the romance between Danny and Anne, I enjoyed seeing Anne’s fractured relationship with her brother and mother heal and evolve. I’m looking forward to seeing Tom (Anne’s brother and Fire Chief) in the future. He and Mayor Catherine Mahoney lock horns, but I could see a possible romance in the future for them. I’ve read both her paranormal/fantasy and contemporary stories, and J.R. Ward writes a captivating tale no matter the genre! Consumed was a page turner! Anne and Danny’s romance, and some of the mystery wraps up, but there are loose ends in the arson investigation that will probably go on into the next installments. I can’t wait! As a side note, I think it’s a really good idea to read the prequel novellas. They give background and more foundation to Anne and Danny’s story that shouldn’t be missed. Both are free (here and here) and pretty short: 87 pages for both combined. A copy of Consumed was kindly provided by Gallery Books via Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review.

  14. 4 out of 5

    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 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 I found boring and a tad bit ridiculous. I think this series has a lot of potential and the future installments will be really great so I’ll definitely be checking those out. Three stars because I enjoyed this book for the most part. ARC provided by the publisher via netgalley in exchange for an honest review Follow me on ♥ Facebook ♥ Blog ♥ Instagram ♥ Twitter ♥

  15. 4 out of 5

    Fabi

    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 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 heart out. Now, Ms. Ward, is that any way to do your committed readers? (I hear evil laughter in the background) Gah! What a story. Tummy turning trauma and heart breaking heartache. Yup, I loved it. *Read the blurb if, unlike me, you want to know what it's about before you read the book. Review ARC graciously provided by the publisher via NetGalley

  16. 5 out of 5

    Sophia Triad

    The strong do not wallow. They move forward. Review pending --------------------------------- Available FREE books: 1. The Rehearsal Dinner 2. The Reception 3. The Wedding from Hell, #3: Exclusive Excerpt of Consumed

  17. 5 out of 5

    Christie«SHBBblogger»

    Title: Consumed Series: Firefighters #1 Author: J.R. Ward Release date: October 2, 2018 Cliffhanger: No HEA(view spoiler)[Yes (hide 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 Title: Consumed Series: Firefighters #1 Author: J.R. Ward Release date: October 2, 2018 Cliffhanger: No HEA(view spoiler)[Yes (hide 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 just stop reading altogether because I felt a complete lack of connection to the characters and the storyline. Short story: The author failed to make me care about Anne and Danny the way I should. Separately, and as a couple. Long story: I downloaded the two prequels and had them on my kindle, but my impression was that these were just bonus content, and not necessary to fully enjoy the full length, Consumed. Honestly, I didn't care about seeing the characters attend a wedding from Hell where they have a one-night stand. I just wanted to get to the main event. I figured that all of the important character development and history would be included in this one, and with the other two being 48 pages and 39 pages respectively, I didn't anticipate that I was missing much. Then I started reading. I got to 40% and I felt absolutely no emotion for these characters. They were coming off the pages so flat, I began to have second thoughts about not reading the prequels. I figured I must be missing some important development there, so I dutifully went back and read them. Still nothing. After reading all three parts, I'm at a loss as to why the story was divided like this. It was a confusing way to cut the plot up, causing the flow to be ill-fitting and choppy. In addition, there was no benefit of drawing me in or making me feel any excitement for them together. One minute they were staring lustfully at each other and ignoring their feelings, the next he was very abruptly coming to the conclusion that he loved her. When had attraction and sizzle turned into something bigger for him? Then again, what did the timing matter, when a destination had been reached? I didn't witness any foundation at all for him to feel that way. Timing does matter to me, I want to see that connection build, strengthen, and lock together. Not just be told that it happens. Yes, they had similar personalities, and were a great team at work. Outside of that, she showed him no encouragement to have a personal relationship. Her two main emotions were angry and cold, and I didn't even have a solid reason as to why until much too far in. Even the traumatic accident she went through which resulted in her being disabled didn't elicit much of a reaction from her. Realistically, anyone would have a huge adjustment emotionally and physically, but any process she went through was briefly told to us rather than experienced. She ignores uncomfortable feelings whenever possible by pretending they're not there. Then it's hammered home how tough she is, and how she doesn't need to lean on anyone, let alone be vulnerable. Not only did her family life condition her to be that way, but it's the way firefighters cope with the trauma they regularly experience. She felt nothing—and not just on the surface, which had no nerves to register sensation. She had no emotion about the thing, either. It was what it was, a part of her now that needed to be, by definition, as indigenous as all the stuff she had been born with. What the hell did she have to get upset about? There was a lack of consistency with their hook up that I didn't care for. One minute they were dancing together, and she was continuing to chant the mantra in her head to ignore their sexual attraction because it was a very bad idea. A one-night stand was unappealing with this man who plays the field, plus it was against policy for them to date. Five pages later she was offering him a quick lay, then getting up and leaving him in the bed the instant they got off, while he looks at her like a kicked puppy dog. (She did this a second time later which really frustrated me.) He gobbled up the scraps she bestowed on him while internally calling her his "beloved" Anne. Why was she his beloved? I didn't get it! You know the plot is problematic when it feels like more time is spent on Moose and Deandra (the bride and groom from hell) than Danny and Anne. I gave this two stars because the book was just okay for me overall. One thing I will say is that the firefighting scenes were obviously well researched, and perfectly brought me right inside the action. I have zero complaints on that score. The arson story arc was actually going pretty well, and there were times where I started to warm up to Anne as she faced off with the suspect. When she came out on top in their skirmishes, I was mentally giving her a high five. Her determination and courage were admirable as she struggled to find fulfillment in her new career. Finally, I was seeing some dimension to her character. It was refreshing to see her examine her insecurities over her body image, and reveal the reasoning behind her anger and disgust towards her parents. I thawed a little more as she let down her walls. Then Deandra goes off the deep end, causing a chain reaction of copious amounts of drama, and it lost me. Consumed failed to hit the mark in many ways, but there was enough interest for the rest of the characters introduced that I can't dismiss the series altogether. When Anne's brother Tom's book comes out, I may give it one more shot. FOLLOW SMOKIN HOT BOOK BLOG ON:

  18. 5 out of 5

    Corina☞BookTwinsReviews

    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 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 wide open not believing what I was reading. And that opening scene wasn't the only one that gave me a sense that this series will touch non charted territory. Throughout the book, there were quite a few scenes and sub plots that left me reeling. The straight forward approach to topics that are often avoided was refreshing and fascinating. The story felt honest, raw, and authentic. And the emotional traction that I got from those pages felt REAL. I must honestly admit that it took me quite a while to get into the book. The story is told from multiple POVs, and at the beginning I was plainly overwhelmed by them. But at the end they all made sense and added to the rich and overall deeply layered plot. Speaking of plot, the mystery on it's own was superbly crafted. The author kept me guessing, and the last twist came out of the blue and side swept me with a big wallop. It was very well done!!! The feeling that these fire crews were one big family was palpable. It was easy to imagine it. Their camaraderie, loyalty, love and fierce allegiance to each other is what made it so hard to for me to say goodbye at the end of the book. I wanted the story to go on. I had so many more questions, and I really hope I'll see certain characters again. Consumed didn't feel like the author's Bourbon Kings, which I adored and devoured. But at the end of the book the author had me hooked. It might have taken me longer to get invested, and connected to the story and characters, but the only thing that matters is that I'm looking forward to the next book. As I said I wasn't done with this crew, and I hope the author isn't either. ✵ ✦ ✷ ✫ ✷ ✦ ✧ ✵ ✧ ✵ ✦ ✷ ✫ ✷ ✦ ✧ ✵ ✧ ✵ ✦ ✷ ✫ ✷ ✦ ✧ ✵ ✧ ✵ If you want to chat with me about books, find me on Instagram For more of my reviews: My Blog: Book Twins Reviews Facebook Blog Page Twitter Subscribe to Blog

  19. 4 out of 5

    Lisa Gardner

    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.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Ⓐlleskelle - teamSøren♗ ⊲I like big b00ks⊳

    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 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 feeling of following firefighters and arson investigators felt authentic to me. JR Ward is undeniably an amazing story teller and I really enjoyed the my time guessing and re-assessing my theories regarding Anne's investigation. It was truly gripping. I was as much invested in solving the mystery as I was to see her and Danny the hot firefighter reunited, the pull between them was so strong it was like a lifeline throughout the book. Be that as it may, in the end, the focus on the couple lacked a little for this romance reader and I finished "Consumed" feeling a little... frustrated... 🤷🏻‍♀️ Not that their relationship wasn't intense but with so many unrequited and denied feelings between them, I wish the author could have taken a litte more time to explore them as a couple. "Consumed" carries a lot of baggage. There isn't one moment trauma free, it creates and supports interesting characters, flawed and genuine people, and authentic connections but part of me was still hoping for a hushed and sealed from the ugly— bubble for the couple. That's on me though. Don't get me wrong, I loved the book, and I'm already looking forward reading about the other potential couples, but as a romance reader I think I needed more of Anne and Danny... HAPPY. This chapter closes with questions unanswered but I guess it was purposedly left hanging for the upcoming books in the series which makes sense. I can't wait to read more about the whole fire crew, Tom, Emilio and Vic. (3 prequel novellas are being released fro FREE before "Consumed" go live next october. You can grab the first novella for FREE on Amazon —click—) More reviews and book talk at : You can find me here too ☞

  21. 4 out of 5

    Nicola

    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. 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 lo 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. 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 lot to ingest with the story bouncing between the couple in question and the secondary characters and their side stories; it’s one of those reads that you have to be fully-focussed on. He wanted memorable that lasted a lifetime.” Ward has paired a strong, stubborn alpha man with an equally strong, stubborn woman to bring a romance that brings fight and passion, heartache and determination, trauma and twists. It wasn’t perfect, but with a feeling akin to one of my favourite films of all time, Backdraft, I’ll be back to see what the next in the series brings before making a decision if I’m in it for the long term. Copy received courtesy of Little, Brown Book Group UK via NetGalley for an honest and unbiased opinion.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Lo Bookfrantic

    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." 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 scene taking you right into the life of a firefighter's dangerous life.  It w 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." 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 scene taking you right into the life of a firefighter's dangerous life.  It was raw and painful and it caught me by surprise but definitely had me hooked from the beginning.    "I think  people just get to an aha moment, a crossroads," she said quietly. "The fogs lifts and you have to realize there are things worth living for. Even if they're different than what motivated you before."   Consumed is a story about a fire department in a small town in Boston.  We meet Anne Ashburn the daughter of the chef fire department owner and Danny McGuire the bad boy player who all the girls wanted.  They were both stubborn and could be why their chemistry was intense.  When tragic happened they both did the best to survive the best they could away from each other.  The chemistry with these two was on point, I felt so much for this couple.  I loved how they each fought their demons to survive.  The plot was interesting and the characters were well developed.    "He and Anne Ashburn were both death-wish idiots, the kind of people who pushed limits, and themselves, until shit got broken."   When Anne takes a new job as fire investigator aka inspector I just could't get enough. The mystery and suspense in this story was awesome, it made the story more original and realistic in my opinion.  I truly enjoyed this book and I am so thrilled to read more books in this series.  The hot scenes between Anne and Danny were so good I couldn't get enough in fact it needed more of them.  Readers who enjoy romantic suspense stories will find this book appealing.    "Sometimes strength rested not in resistance, but in the release of arms against a foe of one's own creation." For more reviews/reveals/giveaways visit:  

  23. 4 out of 5

    Geri Reads

    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 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 why. One. The slow-moving plot. And when I say slow, I meant SLOOOOWW. Not just the romantic element, which I’ll go into later, I’m talking here the overall plot. It was drawn out and bloated and it finished the same way. And the suspense element that was promised in the blurb didn't materialize until after way past 50% in the book. If you guys don’t know yet, there are two prequel novellas that were released for free prior this book. It pretty much sets up the events in this book and it gives readers an idea of why Danny and Anne’s relationship is the way it is in this book. After reading the prequels, I had assumed that since much of their past were already set up, this book would pick up the threads of their story and run with it. Uhhh, that’s not exactly what happened because instead of running with it, this book walked… okay, that’s not exactly right, it’s more like crawled. In circles. Twice. To get to the point. And what is the point? I’m still not quite sure really because even the resolution was meh. By the time, Anne and Danny got their act together, I was over it. I was over their romance. I was over the whole thing. I just didn’t really care anymore. Which brings us to my second point. Two. The romance was lackluster. The romance aspect of this book was something I was looking forward to since reading the prequels. The first two novellas did a good job setting up Anne and Danny’s relationship from the get go. Unfortunately, the romance in Consumed did not live up to its promise. Listen, I love me some slow burn romances as much as the next reader, but how can it be a slow burn when there’s no heat between the two character? Whatever chemistry they had, they left it in the prequels. Like the overall plot, the romantic conflict felt drawn out too. There wasn't really any progress in Danny and Anne's relationship. The push and pull worked for about a second but then it just started to get annoying. Just when you think there’s positive development in the relationship, it goes back to zero again because of their stubbornness, pride, miscommunication or misunderstanding. It’s exhausting. And last but not the least, Consumed had too many POVs I didn’t really care for. Sometimes, multiple POVs can serve the story well. JR Ward certainly has done it successfully in the past. But it failed here mainly because those POVs didn’t really move the plot or show us anything about Anne or Danny, the two characters I do care about. The other POVs felt like fillers. It added pages to the book but not necessarily the story. By the time, the plot got going and our characters got their act together, I just lost interest. Consumed had a lot of great elements going for it but it was bogged down by the pacing, the lackluster romance and the multiple POVs that I didn’t really care for. An ARC was provided by Gallery in exchange for a review.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Claire Robinson

    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 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. "Don’t let that fire we went into willingly a year ago kill you by default. You made it out alive, don’t give that blessing up." I’m not going to write a massively long review for this one, there are plenty of others that go more ‘in-depth’ if you are looking for that sort of insight. I will say this was a book that started at a five, dropped to a three, and then clawed its way back up to a four with its ending. You need to pay attention to what you are reading, there are a large number of characters introduced, a massive amount of side plots playing out, and what becomes more apparent as the book progresses an author with a lot of her own opinions that she likes to express through the thoughts, actions and words of her characters. Sometimes it worked, sometimes I just rolled my eyes. He missed that connection… That day-to-day contact. That sense that he didn’t have to say things to her; she just knew. If you have seen the film Backdraft this book reminded me a lot of that, the familial feel you get from all of the men and women associated with New Brunswick’s Fire Department, and their trials and tribulations in both their personal and work lives. Anne and Danny’s relationship drastically changes as the story progresses, as do the dynamics between them and a lot of the other characters involved in its telling. I have to say the first eight chapters were one of the most captivating and surprising openings to a book I have read in a long time. The story then picks up ten months on from that and branches out in numerous directions. This is definitely a book setting up a series, one that is likely to have many, many additions to it as it progresses. There were crimes to solve here… There was still something worth fighting to protect… And in this case it was justice… I gave this book a four, for the most part I did enjoy it, I read it in a day and it held my interest, but for all that I am not 100% sure I would read more from this author. Her books require a certain level of commitment, and an investment in concentration, that a lot of the time I don’t really have the energy for in my reading anymore, there was so, so much going on in Consumed, POVs came from several directions, not just the lead two, and if you aren’t on the ball when you are reading I fear it may lead to an awful lot of confusion. I’m on the fence at the moment, I’ll wait and see who is next to the fore before I make my ultimate decision as to whether I want to pursue a longer term relationship with this author and series. ARC generously provided via Netgalley, in exchange for the above honest review.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Paris (kerbytejas)

    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 charac 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, the plot seemed jumpy and almost like filler around the arson investigation. Even the sex scenes were mediocre, seemed like they written because there was a requirement for them in the plotline - maybe if they were more passionate and believable; if it felt like the characters had a real connection and not an obligation to do it. Maybe I was expecting the book to be like an episode of Chicago Fire (a TV show) with a little drama, good friendships, comradery, hard work, and great sex! (which actually can't be shown on network TV) Being a female firefighter isn’t an easy task, Anne had a lot to live up to, not only within the firehouse but with the public as well. She was written as a strong character, and there were times when she questioned her femininity, as well as her ability to still work within the firefighting career after her accident. I felt the relationship between Danny and Anne was almost one-sided - I didn't feel that Anne was as emotionally invested as Danny was. Then there was Danny's guilt and downward spiral into self-destruction, it seemed like Anne was always trying to make him feel better - even when she herself had a tremendous obstacle to overcome (which she seemed to have done rather quickly). The secondary characters (Tom, Ropes, Moose, Chavez & Ripkin) seemed like they needed more development and better / more expanded roles to play in the story. I’m sure my personal negativity towards this book is my problem, so please look at additional reviews, as this might be a great read for you. I wish to express my thanks to the Author – J R Ward, the publishing company –Gallery Books (Simon & Schuster imprint) and NetGalley for the advanced readers copy for an honest review. The expected publication date is Oct 2nd, 2018. The book will be available in multiple formats. For me this was a 2 star read out of 5 stars.

  26. 4 out of 5

    ♥ WishfulMiss ♥

    This book started on such an adrenaline rush. My emotions climbed up and down right alongside Danny and Anne and before I knew it, I'd blown through the first 8 chapters and the rest is history. Read it in one seating and it was totally worth my lack of sleep and zombie impersonation everyone got to see the next morning. The story follows Anne and Danny, these two have the hots and are in love with each other but never express their feelings to the other. While securing a building on fire, these This book started on such an adrenaline rush. My emotions climbed up and down right alongside Danny and Anne and before I knew it, I'd blown through the first 8 chapters and the rest is history. Read it in one seating and it was totally worth my lack of sleep and zombie impersonation everyone got to see the next morning. The story follows Anne and Danny, these two have the hots and are in love with each other but never express their feelings to the other. While securing a building on fire, these two have to make some hard decisions to save Anne, after she was pinned under debris. That choice saved her life but also forced her out of her dream job as a firefighter. Fast forward 10 months and Danny is struggling with the guilt and anger over what happened and Anne is doing a decent job of moving on. She still misses the bone deep satisfaction and thrill of being part of the 499 station but is starting over as an arson investigator. When her latest case leads her to a pattern of fires and murders, all pointing to a powerful man with dangerous connections, Anne and Danny are brought back together and this time, they'll get a second chance to stay strong and together or finally walk away for good. This was not my typical romance read (no soft pink glow here) this was raw, emotional and dealt with a lot of harsh reality. Anne and Danny are characters with a ton of baggage and the first 25% of this book pretty much ripped my heart out over these two. Then there is all the secondary characters that were equally riddled with bad luck and family drama. This book was a bit of a downer and got a bit bleak at times but is really well written. Even with the continuous hard knock, after hard knock for these guys, I couldn't stop reading and was sucked right into the story line. I honestly don't know if my rating is accurate because I kind of have a love/hate thing going on with it right now. I will say it left an impression, it was memorable and left me curious about the fate of the rest of the 499 team. * * * ARC provided for an honest review * * * I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own. SAFETY INFO: (view spoiler)[ Ages : No ages specifically disclosed but Anne is in her late 20's (28?) and Danny is the same or a few years older. Cheating : Not between the MCs - once they got together. There is a secondary character that is cheated on by his wife and Anne's deceased father was a serial cheater and abused her mother. OM/OW drama : Yes. The cheating wife pursues the H and causes drama between the MCs. Separation : Yes, 10 months. Some might not see it this way, but I did consider it a separation because although they weren't dating, they did have a ONS and there were feelings developing between them. During this separation the H was not celibate. He drinks and sleeps around after the accident. Once he drunk dials the h and she hears his latest ONS calling him in the background and another time, she finds a lace bra on the floor of his apartment. (This bothered me but it didn't seem to bother the h since she didn't consider it any of her business. She was still in the denial phase about them together.) Push/Pull : Big time pushing and pulling done from both sides. Mostly from the heroine. She fights her feelings for Danny a lot and their relationship is definitely complicated with plenty of ups and downs. Very one-step-forward, two-steps-back. Main Pursuer of relationship : Danny is the one that pushes for a real relationship with Anne. He calls her out for trying to avoid/run away from whats between them. Possible Triggers : There is quiet a few. Alcoholism, drug abuse, suicide, infidelity, depression, emotional trauma, murder, corruption and family drama. HEA/HFN : HFN ending with no epilogue. (hide spoiler)]

  27. 5 out of 5

    Dianne

    Mystery, suspense, danger and searing regrets are accelerants while romance is the igniter in J.R. Ward’s latest sizzling tale, CONSUMED. It takes nerves of steel to enter a burning building, but coming out alive would be a defining moment for Anne Ashburn and Danny McGuire, a moment that almost didn’t happen, and their lives would be forever changed, as would the feelings they have for each other. J.R. Ward blazes across the pages with another riveting read as two people, damaged by life and loss Mystery, suspense, danger and searing regrets are accelerants while romance is the igniter in J.R. Ward’s latest sizzling tale, CONSUMED. It takes nerves of steel to enter a burning building, but coming out alive would be a defining moment for Anne Ashburn and Danny McGuire, a moment that almost didn’t happen, and their lives would be forever changed, as would the feelings they have for each other. J.R. Ward blazes across the pages with another riveting read as two people, damaged by life and loss come back together to bring an arsonist to justice. The closer they get to discovering who is setting the blazes, the hotter and more dangerous things become as Anne becomes the focus of the arsonist and her life is in danger. Page after page of tension, passion and revelations make CONSUMED another must-read from J.R. Ward! Her characters feel real, they aren’t perfect, but they are perfectly drawn as each scene comes alive and races toward an ending that is as heartbreaking as it is completely satisfying! Cannot wait for more! I received a complimentary ARC edition from Gallery Books! Series: Firefighters - Book 1 Publisher: Gallery Books (October 2, 2018) Publication Date: October 2, 2018 Genre: Romantic Suspense Print Length: 416 pages Available from: Amazon | Barnes & Noble For Reviews, Giveaways, Fabulous Book News, follow: http://tometender.blogspot.com

  28. 5 out of 5

    Beth

    I wasn’t sure what to expect from J.R. Ward, but I was utterly Consumed by her first installment in the Firefighters series. The couldn’t put it down-ness was a 10! Sucked in, riveted, and white knuckled reading... it was all there and more. Ward found that perfect balance of seduction, humor, action, mystery and suspense. To give you a gist of a character quote from Consumed about the heroine Anne, I want to be just like her. Yup, that about sums it up. What an amazing role model, take life as it I wasn’t sure what to expect from J.R. Ward, but I was utterly Consumed by her first installment in the Firefighters series. The couldn’t put it down-ness was a 10! Sucked in, riveted, and white knuckled reading... it was all there and more. Ward found that perfect balance of seduction, humor, action, mystery and suspense. To give you a gist of a character quote from Consumed about the heroine Anne, I want to be just like her. Yup, that about sums it up. What an amazing role model, take life as it is and fight on attitude. She epitomizes the saying, Life throws you lemons, make lemonade. Wow, just wow. Consumed was one of those novels that sticks with you long after you are done. I received this ARC copy of Consumed from Gallery Books - Simon & Schuster. This is my honest and voluntary review. Consumed is set for publication October 2, 2018. My Rating: 5 stars Written by: J.R. Ward Series: Firefighters series Sequence in Series: Book 1 Hardcover: 416 pages Publisher: Gallery Books Publication Date: October 2, 2018 ISBN-10: 1501194909 ISBN-13: 978-1501194900 Genre: Romantic Suspense Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Consumed-Firef... Barnes & Noble: https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/cons... Itunes: https://itunes.apple.com/lv/book/cons... Want more check us out on Tome Tender Book Blog or on Facebook

  29. 5 out of 5

    D.B. Reynolds

    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 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 drowning in guilt over what happened to Anne, and ruining his own life in the process. The book is partly a story of how these two finally get together, and I have to warn you that being in their heads for the first part of the book is not pleasant. They're prickly and defensive, and, in Danny's case, self-destructive. But, of course, this is a romance, so we get to watch them finally get together, despite their complicated past and the lies of some of the people around them. But the romance is only part of the story. A larger part is Anne investigating a very powerful builder in a series of warehouse arsons, which puts her in danger. She is a strong, capable woman, who doesn't mind pissing off the powerful and isn't easily intimidated. Danny is a charming and beautiful man who's lost a lot of important people in his life to tragedy and is terrified that he'll lose Anne, too. This was a good story, a little slow to start, but once you get into it, you'll want to stay up late and finish it. Ward has a tendency to throw in some of her BDB style "gangsta" language, which is rather jarring, and can throw you out of the story as you try to figure out what it means. But most of the story flows well and is a good read.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Anna Banana

    No one is more disappointed that I didn't love this book than me. My biggest problem with Consumed is that even while I was in the middle of reading the book I could tell it would be a unmemorable read for me. Consumed has everything that would typically make me go absolutely gaga over a book and for some reason, it just didn't work for me at all in this book. To put it simply: I had a hard time getting attached to the plot, the characters, even the romance (though by the end, the romance was ju No one is more disappointed that I didn't love this book than me. My biggest problem with Consumed is that even while I was in the middle of reading the book I could tell it would be a unmemorable read for me. Consumed has everything that would typically make me go absolutely gaga over a book and for some reason, it just didn't work for me at all in this book. To put it simply: I had a hard time getting attached to the plot, the characters, even the romance (though by the end, the romance was just about the only thing that got me through the book). The characters in this book are all flawed people who are not perfect and make mistakes often. To be honest, they are all pretty unlikable characters. They’re very HUMAN which I appreciated and loved because they felt like real people struggling with life and the shit life puts your through. They’re all so jaded and bitter and the way they look at the world can often very close-minded and one-dimensional but at the same time we do see some of the characters develop as we continue reading and grow and change. But for some reason despite all of this, I had a really hard time connecting and growing attached to any of the characters in this book. Anne in particular is a tough characters to like. She’s super judgmental not only of everyone around her but especially her mother. It clearly stems from some issues she has with herself and what she thinks being a woman is supposed to be like. I also disliked how selfish and irrational she could be. She refuses to believe that ANYONE could know better than her and her train of thought was basically “if I can’t be a man than I’ll be reckless af until I die like one” and to me that was just ridiculous, not to mention dangerous to herself and everyone around her and yet she never learns to think passed her own wants and needs. However, we do see her grow a bit through the book especially since her own recklessness changes her life in unchangeable ways. I'm usually all for an unlikable or cold heroine but while I did warm up to Anne by the end, I just didn't really care for her much. I will say that the one thing I do like is the way the book takes a look at firefighters and talks about not only how hard the job is but the kind of toll that job can take on a persons emotional and mental health. This books tone throughout is very gritty and dark and often kind of depressing and even though it stressed me out, I appreciate that the author didn't pull back on the punches and really thrust you into these characters lives and right in the midst of their problems. I also really appreciate that talks of mental health weren't brushed away and we see these characters actively struggle with it and some try to help themselves get better with therapy while others are left still floundering and trying to figure out how to cope with the things they've done and seen. As for the mystery part of the plot, unfortunately I had little to no interest in it. To me, this book was flooded with lots of details and internal monologues that made my eyes kind of glaze over and after about 50% into the book I started skimming a couple of times to just skip to the dialogue between the characters. The twist at the end did surprise me though considering things weren't exactly tied up I'm assuming that this mystery will be an ongoing issue as the series continues. There were some jabs at "millennials" and the younger generation in this book that I really didn't like and felt unnecessary. I get that the characters are all in their 30s (from what I can tell) but throughout the book the characters all make little jabs about younger adults...for no reason?? I'm not sure why the author felt the need to have these jabs about the younger generation and I really didn't appreciate the jabs about feminism and to be honest, the way both the men and women thought about women in general in this book irritated me a little. I would almost think this was written by an old white Conservative or Republican man because the jabs just reeked of the "those darn millennials are ruining our country" crap that they're always spewing. I get that every generation thinks the one after it is messing things up but I just didn't like how every time there was a younger character mentioned in the book, they were talked about in a bad light. Whether that meant some douchebag rich white boys who are entitled or girls who apparently had found "those new feminist morals" because they were staring at the men. I also found myself kind of side-eyeing the representation of the Latina/o characters in this book. I don’t know if the author was trying to go for authenticity but I didn’t like that both of the characters that were Hispanic spoke broken english (it felt very cliched and stereotypical to do this), and I also don’t like some of the comments that were spoken about them. Granted in one instant, Danny fought against the person who treated them with racism but still. It kind of felt like they were just thrown into the book but their actual characters weren't really developed and after one of two scenes we never saw them again even though some pretty major stuff had happened revolving around them. My favorite parts of this book were probably the character moments and the romance. I really liked how complex each of the dynamics between the characters are, not only in the different stations but the police offers too. However, I also don’t feel attached to any of them enough to really want to read more about them. The romance was the only thing keeping me going as the mystery sub plot became the bigger focus in the second half of the book and I did like it but I also had my issues with it. But in the end, I did feel like they were good together and I feel like they could really last together and I like the way the author wrapped things up for them. While this wasn't my favorite book in the world to read and certainly not my favorite from the author I'm sure that it will be for many others. Considering so many other people have loved this book I'm going to chuck this up to me being the odd man out. *Copy received in exchange for an honest review. Thank you!

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