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.
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**** 4½ Star Review ****
Holy crap! What did I read??? I am going to give you a warning right now. In the blurb, it tells you that Anne's life is changed forever from one decision. That is NO joke! And you don't have to wait for it to happen.
The scene where Anne and Danny's lives are forever changed, left me a complete, sobbing mess. I wasn't sure I could finish it. I couldn't see through my tears. It is soul crushing and told in such detail, it will gut you completely!
From there, these characters are left to pick of the pieces of their lives. Guilt plays a huge role in this. These two characters were thrown such a huge altering curve ball, it's a question of how they will move on from it.
Ward is good at adding other layers to her stories. This one is no exception. While figuring out how to navigate their new lives, Anne and Danny are given other challenges that run parallel to their lives. More danger. More possible heartbreak. It's one of those things where you wonder if the hits will stop coming.
I found myself so engrossed with this book; I thought about nothing else for days after. The story will linger with you for quite a while, trying to piece everything together after that huge twist at the end.
The only thing that I was disappointed in was a main component and driving force for Anne in this book. It was left unresolved. And it was the one thing that should have been resolved. Even though it's mentioned and glossed over, it was such a huge part of the book to be left lingering. So I am left to wonder if it will eventually be in the other books in this series. If not, that will be a huge disappointment.
*Side Note: There are three novellas that proceed this book. It isn't a definite that they need read, however I would highly recommend reading the first two. The third one is completely unnecessary since it's the beginning of Consumed. There are things in them that are referenced in this book that would make reading beneficial. Also, you will get a feel for all of the characters ahead of time.