Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Review: Spark by Brooke Cumberland

Title: Spark
Author: Brooke Cumberland
Release Date: 27th July
Rating: 2 stars

When your past controls your future, how do you move forward?

Velaney Wills knows about that all too well.
Weak, powerless, and fearing the one person who has hurt her the most…can she overcome the barriers to move forward?
Being saved by a muscled Godsend was never on her agenda, but when firefighter, Eric Reilley comes into her life unexpectedly, everything changes.

Velaney has never felt loved or cared for, and her past prevents her from letting anyone in. Eric manages to break down her walls—despite the repercussions that come for them afterwards.

They have an undeniable spark—something she has never felt before, but will it be enough? Can love overcome all obstacles? Can they save each other to protect their love or will her past shatter everything she never knew she needed…?

**Spark is for mature audiences only – strong language, explicit sexual content, and sexual abuse are apparent.**

2 stars

Spark is a novel with great potential, that unfortunately was not used even in 10%. This book could easily mesmerize me and be fantastic read but author decided to go another road and this spectacular premise could not handle it, it was just crashed by things that weren’t necessary.

Fantastic blurb made me believe Spark will rock my world, but unfortunately it only made me frustrated and sad. People who supposed to help author with eliminating unnecessary things haven’t done their job. My biggest issue was the fact that there were so many events I couldn’t keep up! It was like bad soap opera where things go from bad to fucking terrible.

The story follows Velaney, 23 year old woman who one night was caught in the fire. Thanks to her hot neighbor who happens to be firefighter she’s alive. He goes to her bedroom and helps her out of the house. And I loved how it started! But after that things went a little downhill…
In only four chapters main character, Valaney meets Eric five or six times. Almost every encounter ended in Eric rescuing Valeney from fire, bar brawl, getting lost in the woods, when she knocked herself on the butt while running and so on. It was absolutely irritating to see her acting like silly damsel in distress. Every damn time.

Velaney feels toward Eric instant attraction that easily changes into insta love, despite the fact she act like she doesn’t care about him at all, it was plain to see how she really feel. Add to the mix, she has a terrible past that hunts her and another situations where she’s helpless and Eric rescues her, there’s nothing I haven’t seen before.

Oh, yeah, there’s a fact that this sexy tattoed firefighter isn’t as smokin’ as I thought he would be, cause he acts like a totall creeper! He just walks inside Velaney apartment every time he feels like it, is almost everywhere where she is like knight in shining armour, waiting for her to fall on her butt to ‘take care’ of her. I mean, what the fuck is that?

Another thing that I despised is the fact that writing is too fast, there’s several things happening at once, I couldn’t connect with characters and I was so mad because of that!

I wish there were more to Eric and Velaney relationship and that there wouldn’t be cliffhanger which was forced! All situation with Aiden is horrible and it’s definitely not well thought.

But there were nice enough moments to make you forget for a while about errors, I loved sex scenes which were enough to show affection and to turn you on.

Overall, I wish someone helped out the author and gave a few tips how to change this soap opra drama to really entertaining and beautiful story, because Spark definitely could melt few hearts. 

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