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Consumed (2) (Firefighters series) Audio CD – Unabridged, October 2, 2018
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Anne Ashburn is a woman consumed…
Strong-willed and brash, Anne relished the thrill of fighting fires. But when one risky decision at a warehouse scene changes her life forever, she must reinvent not only her job, but her whole self.
Despite the desire to move on, Anne finds her new career as an arson investigator a pale substitute for all the adrenaline-fueled buzz she left behind. She doesn’t believe she will ever feel that same all-consuming passion for a job again—until a string of suspicious fires endangers the lives of her former colleagues.
Danny McGuire is the best fireman in the city but in the midst of a personal meltdown. He’s taking risks like never before thanks to a reckless death wish—until he teams up with Anne to find the fire starter. Passion flares between them—not for the first time—but as Anne narrows in on her target, the arsonist marks her as the next victim in this firestorm of a novel.
With heart-pounding suspense and sizzling romance, Consumed is a compulsively readable novel that “you won’t be able to put down” (USA TODAY).
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- Publisher : Simon & Schuster Audio; Unabridged edition (October 2, 2018)
- Language : English
- Audio CD : 416 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1508267421
- ISBN-13 : 978-1508267423
- Item Weight : 9.6 ounces
- Dimensions : 5.06 x 1 x 5.75 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #4,387,645 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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If this book had been written by a newbie author I would have more than likely given it a generous two stars, and encourage them to learn to hone their writing craft. Despite me being bored in places while reading, I think a newbie author would learn to hone their craft, after this first book.
Alas this book was written by a New York Times author who should know better, so this book by Ward gets a one star. Here is the reasons. Yes Ward’s devoted readers will take umbrage with this review, but you’ll all know in your heart of hearts; what I say is simply true. I have been reading Ward for many years, when Black Dagger Brotherhood were paperbacks, this is not her best effort.
First, I felt as if I was playing catch-up in the relationship between Danny and Anne. They were already in love when the book opens. Geez so much for a firefighter romance. YES, I know to novella were released, and they greatly impacted this book’s plot/romance. The book is sold as the first in a new series which it is not. The novellas need to be read.
Second, no one in real life talks or uses nicknames for real life items. It is a coffee not a Dunkins. We humans use item names in the lexicon of our real life. In Ward’s Black Dagger Brotherhood this type of speech pattern works as they are another freaking species, in this book it is just lame.
Third, Ward seems to hate woman. Anne is a highly judgmental character, especially where her mother was concerned. She would have stoned people in biblical times. The mayor of News Bruinswick is portrayed as a entitled sexual predator, who will to do anything to get re-elected.
Fourth, Ward writes every person of wealth as a racist, Trump supporter or a psycho. Yes, I get that the book is set in Massachusetts, but stereotyping is ramped in the book. If it’s cliche Ward has it in this book. I don’t appreciate stereotyping of any class, race or religion. Ward should have written characters, not caricature.
Fifth, Ward introduces an HIV and suicidal storyline and then proceeds to drop it, like a hot potato. This gave me whiplash.
Sixth, Ward’s rich villain psycho’s conversation with Anne is too off the rails for reality.
Seventh, Ward left too many loose ends dangling at the end of the story.
Eighth, Ward introduced 499 firehouse characters extremely late in the book. They just pop out of the ether.
Ninth, Danny’s brother turns into a twin very late in the book. His brother’s backstory is never truly addressed.
Tenth, the Fire Chief Tom disparage volunteer firefighters, as not being as good as ‘real’ firefighters. Which I take umbrage with, as without volunteer firefighters who have literally no resources and don’t get paid rural America would have no fire protection. Ward thanks real life firefighters in this book, who would tell you the same thing as I just did.
In the last several years I have noticed Ward not living up to the standards of writing she set for us as readers. Her books have been filled with continuity errors and plot holes large enough to drive a semi trucks through. I need Ward challenged, to bring herself to write to her previous high standards. I felt as if the ‘Empress has no clothes’ and no one is brave enough to tell her. Yes I know this book will sell millions, but this Black Dagger Brotherhood knock -off is by far of the worse books I’ve read this year, as it is by a seasoned author who doesn’t get a pass.
But my one star is for a story she has told. Danny is Rhage. Vic (another firefighter) is Vishous.
Its BDB. Just a different setting.
Oh and in 80% she didn't even scratch at the surface of the mysterious arsonist.
I returned it because of formatting and the fact I couldn't get through it.
This series started out with two teaser books. The Rehearsal Dinner and The Reception. These two books introduce us to the fire fighters of Station 499. We learn in these two books who our key players are and are introduced to their world.
Moose is getting married to a nightmare of a woman. Everyone knows it is a bad idea, but he still goes through with it. Danny Maquire and Anne Ashburn, fellow fire fighters at Station 499 have been doing the tango of emotions. Each wanting the other. Danny has a playboy rep and Anne is always trying to prove her worth as one of the guys. These two work together in perfect sync.
So Consumed picks up where the first two leave off. Moose is now married. Danny and Anne have had a one night of hot sex. Now it is back to business. But when tragedy strikes, everyone's world is turned completely upside down. Can Anne pick up the pieces of her life and move forward?
I don't want to tell you to much of the story, since it is best that it hits you with the surprises it has to offer. Overall this story is full of twists and turns at ever corner. An intense adventure full of hot sexy fire fighters, danger and love. An exciting new series that will definitely have you on the edge of your seat the whole way. With characters that are deep, intense and well-developed, this story is sure to blow your mind. If you love a good suspense thrilling romance, then this book is sure to light a fire to you. So don't be silly. Get this book now!!
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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
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.