Author: J.R. Ward
Genre: Romance, Romantic Suspense
From the #1 New York Times bestselling author of the popular Black Dagger Brotherhood series comes a brand-new novel about arson investigator, Anne Ashburn, who is consumed by her troubled past, her family’s scorched legacy, and her current case: chasing a deadly killer.
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.
From the creator of the bestselling Black Dagger Brotherhood, get ready for a new band of brothers. And a firestorm.
Anne is the only female firefighter in the 499 and she’s worked hard to get where she is. She’s one of the best firefighters in the city, if not the state. She’s got instincts that’s unparallel to all except maybe Danny. But while battling an intense fire, Anne’s instincts fail her, and she finds herself trapped. The building is collapsing around her and she can’t free her arm. Danny comes to her aid with a gas-powered saw but that doesn’t help. She tells him to go, let her die but he refuses. In one moment, they decide together what must be done.
One decision, between two lovers, alters both of their lives forever. Anne’s now an arson investigator and she’s uncovering a fire bug. While she investigates, her thoughts are consumed with Danny. Yes, both of them survived but are not the same people they once were. Can they bury the guilt and pain or will the arsonist trap in yet another fire, only to be consumed?
I was consumed by this book and I’m not exaggerating. I read the two prequels in early September and I instantly connected with both Anne and Danny. They’re quite similar in that they are brilliant firefighters who don’t give a damn for consequences or risks. All that matters is saving lives and fighting the beast (fires).
I couldn’t stop reading and dreamt about this book too numerous to count. Anne’s story became a part of me. Yes, this is one of those books which will never leave me.
What makes this a must read is how deep the storytelling goes. Ward knows how to plunge the reader into the characters and the reader experiences all that they are experiencing with such accuracy and depth of feeling, that it leaves the reader clinging to every breath. The guilt, heartbreak, day-to-day living of both Danny and Anne was an emotional experience. I kept asking myself what would I do in Danny’s shoes?
I’m happy to see this will become another incredible series like The Bourbon Kings series (which I gobbled up) and I can’t wait for the next installment.
Disclaimer: I received an ARC from Simon and Schuster Canada via Netgalley in the hopes I’d review it.
Favorite Character/Quote: “You need to go,” she ordered him. “Now.”
Danny stopped talking, his face going still behind his clear shield. And then he removed his oxygen supply. “We die together, then.”
He was every bit as resolved as she was, an unstoppable force meeting an immovable object.
My Rating: 5 stars
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J.R. Ward is the author of over twenty novels, including those in her #1 New York Times and USA Today bestselling series, The Black Dagger Brotherhood. There are more than 15 million copies of Ward’s novels in print worldwide and they have been published in 25 different countries around the world.
After graduating from law school, Ward began working in healthcare in Boston and spent many years as Chief of Staff of one of the premier academic medical centers in the nation. She lives in the south with her incredibly supportive husband and her beloved golden retriever. Writing has always been her passion and her idea of heaven is a whole day of nothing but her computer, her dog and her coffee pot.
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Reviewed by: Mrs. N