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    HOT firefighters

    Consumed (Firefighters #1) is the first book in a new series written by J.R. Ward. To enhance the enjoyment of this first book I recommend you read the two prequels, The Rehearsal Dinner (The Wedding from Hell, #1; Firefighters, #0.5) and The Reception (The Wedding from Hell, #2; Firefighters, #0.6). Both books do a great job introducing the characters and setting the scene for Consumed. An added bonus, they are free on most venues. If you are new to J.R. Ward’s books you are in for an amazing ride of a read and if you are already a fan, welcome back! In true Ward style, Consumed is well written, expertly researched and the characters are developed to perfection. Anne is a strong, but also flawed, independent woman in a male dominated world. I loved the way the author had Anne navigate all the uncertainties that encompass firefighters, without losing site of her femininity. Danny is all bad boy alpha male, firefighting machine. These two have been watching and wanting each other for two years….they are totally combustible together. I loved the journey these two characters experienced together. Ms Ward also introduces us to the other guys of the 499 crew and I am looking forward to reading about them in future books. Ms. Ward’s development of the firefighter story line is gritty, edgy and profoundly realistic. Her detailed, descriptive language immerses you into the fire scenes, so much so you feel as if you are right there with these brave firefighters of the 499 Fire House. It as if the “fire” is a character unto itself. There will be surprises….nail biting action and profound darkness. From the first page to the last Consumed totally captivated me. This is a incredible start, to what I consider to be, a series that will keep me reading and wanting more of the 499 Fire House crew for many years. I wholeheartedly recommend this book….Happy reading ***I kindly received an ARC of this book by way of NetGalley/publisher/author. I was not contacted, asked or required to leave a review in order to read this book. I received no compensation, financial or otherwise. This is my honest review.***
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    Consumed by JR Ward

    This is the best book I’ve read in a long while. The characters and the jobs they do are very realistic. They have problems and triumphs just as all of us do. The love story is realistic and very heartfelt. Read this book.
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    Consumed

    I can't always get your books. I was happy when I could find this read. I was surprised that this story is of 56 chapters! I really fell for this story. This book has areas where you may go areas. Grab the tissues and come back. Tom Ashburn is boss for all FireHouses. Anne is Tom's sister and likes Danny and then they crash in. This is a deep area to get tissues! She and Danny went their way. Anne is now an investigator. Someone is now an arsonist and killing people in some scenes! Anne has a pit dog and will come for help later. Good Soot! I recommend for adults to read this book! Feel how it is to read about firemen! I hope you will try to read and enjoying reading. You will not regret!
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    Fast Paced Addicting

    Consumed by J.R. Ward was addicting from page one. We meet Anne and Danny with their fire crew when a call takes them to an abandoned warehouse fire. It is clear, in the first few pages, that Anne and Danny have a connection that goes beyond platonic colleagues. A bad choice on Anne's part puts her life in danger. Danny, rushing to her aide when ordered not to, is forced into extreme action to save her life, nearly losing his own. The several chapters between the beginning incident and Anne and Danny reuniting were fast-paced and incredibly addicting. I couldn't get through it fast enough. Ten months after the accident, Anne begins work as a fire inspector. The loss she suffered due to the fire left her in a very dark place. She can no longer work at the firehouse, and she, to her irritation, continues to think about Danny. Meanwhile, Danny spirals out of control. Too much alcohol, too many one night stands, too many bad choices when battling fires; all this eventually drives a crew mate to contact Anne, with the hope she can help Danny become more stable. I was desperate for Anne and Danny to have their time together. Anne was fighting a losing battle with her feelings for Danny, and Danny needed a break from his anxiety. They needed each other to start emotionally healing from their accident. Anne and Danny both fear admitting their feelings for each other, but for very different reasons. Anne wants to keep Danny from entering her life again. She has convinced herself the romantic feelings she has will fade but, the attraction is still prominent. A past trauma has left Anne distrusting of their emotional bond. She does not make things easy for Danny, and she is slow to open up to him. Danny knows Anne will run as soon as love is mentioned. He takes what she will give him, which amounts to a quick physical interlude. Nothing is new in this scenario, but I had become quite attached to the characters at this point. I sympathized with Danny and his desire to be with Anne. Clues to a series of warehouse arson, that include the one she last fought in, lead Anne to a business tycoon who is untouchable. Something sketchy is happening, but Anne finds it difficult to prove. Anne pursues a lead, and after discovering its legitimacy, someone begins to terrorize her. Danny learns she is in danger and offers to watch over her. Anne brings down some defenses and agrees to let him stay. The intimacy Anne and Danny share, during this time, brings them closer to a sustainable relationship. A woman from Danny's past soon comes between the couple. I found Anne's quick judgment of Danny predictable, not necessarily in a bad way, but her lack of trust in him did cause some frustration. I understand her lack of faith due to her past, and I know she did not have the benefit of hearing Danny's thoughts, but her decision to immediately see the worst did not sit well with me. Following a hunch, Anne pursues her terrorist and nearly loses her life. Danny happens upon the scene and again, keeps Anne safe. I did not see the ending coming, which was a welcome surprise. The lovers, of course, have their resolutions, but the antagonist came out of nowhere. It is clear this book is the start of a series. Short prequel stories are available that I did not read, but it may be worth checking out to get a feel for the characters. I enjoyed Consumed by J.R. Ward and will be checking out the proceeding novels when they are released. I received this book from Gallery Books, through NetGalley, for my honest opinion. I encourage all readers to draw their own conclusions.
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    4.5 Stars!

    Anne, aka Sister, is the only woman firefighter at #499. She is determined to prove that she can be just as good as the boys. She's fallen for playboy Danny but she wants to be taken seriously so she won't allow herself to go there. When an event happens that threatens her career, she's forced to re-evaluate her life. Danny, aka Dannyboy, is the guy perceived to have it all, but internally struggles with a lot of loss in his life. He's the playboy in the group until Anne joins the team. He finally finds a woman who can change his ways but she is out of reach. His life starts to spiral out of control when he's forced to make an impossible decision. This was a very captivating story. The beginning punches you in the gut and leaves you with an aftermath that will quite frankly consume you. I will advise you to read The Wedding From Hell prequels. There are two and they give you an important look into not only our main characters, but a few side characters that you need to keep your eye on. This had one main storyline with a few running in the background that if I had to guess will set up the next book in the series. Anne and Danny our main characters and we get both POV's that helped me know what was running through their heads. We also get a few side character's POV with those smaller start up storylines. Despite everything going on, this was a very easy read because I just got so hooked on these characters and what was happening. There is a lot of excitement in this. If you've seen the prime time show the Chicago Fire, you'll get the picture of what you get in Consumed. I'm truly looking forward to the next in the series.
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