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Review ❤️ Consumed by J.R. Ward

October 24, 2018
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consumed jr ward

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.


Release Date: Oct 2, 2018
Series: Firefighters
Book: 1
Heat Level: Hot
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Imprint: Gallery Books
Price: $12.99


 

First, I have to start off by stating that there is more than one prequel to this book. I strongly encourage readers to get them. They help readers transition into this book. From the start, Anne and Danny are really into one of another. I knew this because I read the prequels. Had I not read them at all, I would have found their immediate connection off. It is like walking right dab in the middle of a relationship with no background.

Anne’s dream of being a firefighter comes to a halt when one impulse decisions plays out wrong. She is disfigured and her career is over. She struggles to figure out her next step. Meanwhile, Danny struggles with his role in the demise of Anne’s career. The start of their relationship is pretty rocky and with the accident looming over them it is almost doomed.

I have to chalk up some of issues with this book as the first in the series syndrome. I didn’t connect with the main characters. Anne and Danny have a lot of issues that they need to deal with. The undertone displayed in the book is rather dark and depressing. On one hand, I did appreciate it for its realistic portrayal. On the other hand, it brought a shadow over the book that left me wanting something a bit softer.

Anne comes from a blue collar background. Her brother Tom is the Fire Chief. Their father died in the line of duty. Anne’s mother is almost impossible to tolerate. I think Anne’s desire to want to prove to her brother that she can be in a male dominated field, her ill-behaved mother and her father’s death, played such a big part into my disconnect with Anne. She is just closed off and stubborn.

Danny struggles with guilt for the majority of the book. He also struggles with the impact of being a firefighter. He is placed in a traumatizing situation and his coping mechanisms leads him down a dark but realistic path. Unfortunately, he is spiraling out and then he is not. He gets a handle on himself which left me confused. 

Initially, the book starts off with things revved up with high action. Somewhere towards the middle and a good chunk of the book it slows down tremendously. Ward spends time focusing on the details of being a firefighter and all of the side characters that the plot is lost. The ending picks back up but it was not enough to keep me satisfied. The romance with Danny and Anne took a back seat as I became more intrigued by the arson mystery.

There are a lot of characters and the set up for what could potentially occur with them. This didn’t necessarily bother me because that is Ward’s normal style as of lately. I appreciate it because I love a good series but I can tell that it also distracts from the main character and their romance. I’m very curious about Anne’s brother. He is not an easy character to like but I want the author to dig deeper into his gruff exterior.

Despite some of my misgivings, I’m willing to see what is next for this series.

~ Samantha

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