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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, Ann Ashburn, who is consumed by her troubled past, her family’s scorched legacy, and her current case: chasing a deadly killer.

consumedAnne 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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Fly Girl’s Review:

Wow!!!I’m not sure where to even start.  This was the first novel by J.R. Ward I’ve read and I see why people absolutely love her work and auto buy it.  Her way with prose is spectacular.  Although, if you didn’t live in the 80’s you may not get a lot of the references in this book.  But since I’m a product of the 80’s it was a winner for me.  I can’t believe I haven’t read her work before now.

I wanted to read this one because I’ve heard so much about her and didn’t want to start in the middle of a series, so I decided to start with the first one in her brand new Firefighter series.  Well I will say I was stunned.  It whisked me in right from the get go, and I mean like paragraph two.  It is just one big action filled novel with very few slow spots.  The inner dialogue of the characters during the action scenes is where she does the introspection and development.  It keeps the story moving forward at MACH 1 through the whole book.  She also uses analogies up the wazoo to make sure you get the full feeling and emotion of every scene.

The love story of Anne and Danny is so amazing and real, it almost feels like a relationship I once had.  But I’m not going there right now.  There is so much guilt on both sides and anger to fill the room with you, that you, at first, wonder if the room will erupt from it and aren’t sure it will resolve itself.  Somehow she delivers a HEA and still makes you want more just as if it was a cliff hanger, but it’s not.  This will definitely be in my top 10 list for the year.  I can’t say enough how quickly you should get this book.  If you do, please feel free to comment on how you liked it.  I’d love to hear your take on it too.  I will definitely be auto buying the next one in this series.

5 of 5 Propellers

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J.R. Ward is the number one New York Times bestselling author of the Black Dagger Brotherhood series of vampire books. She is a winner of the prestigious Romance Writers of America RITA award for Best Paranormal Romance and is a multiple RITA nominee. A graduate of Smith College, she was a double major in History and Art History with a medieval concentration in both and she still longs at times for a return to those days sitting in dark lecture halls, looking at slides of old triptychs and reliquaries. Prior to becoming a full time writer, she was a corporate attorney, serving for many years as the Chief of Staff of one of Harvard Medical Schools premier teaching sites. Her idea of absolute heaven is a day filled with nothing but her computer, her dog and her coffee pot and the Brothers, of course.