Monday, March 15, 2010

Spark of Desire Arden FD book 2 by Charlotte McClain

Title: Spark of Desire Arden FD: Book 2
Author: Charlotte McClain

Publisher: Lyrical Press

ISBN: 978-1-61650-111-2

Genre: contemporary romance comedy

Length: 154

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Heat Level: sweet
Reviewer: Brecken Stevens

Date: March 14, 2010

Jessica has dreams she’s put on hold for thirty years. On her big three-oh, she decides to make a move forward. Bumping into a handsome man in the languages section leads to more change than she could have hoped for. Kevin is a firefighter and a quiet one at that. He isn’t very outgoing, doesn’t like to draw attention to himself and for the most part keeps to himself. Something about Jessica’s enthusiasm and desperation in her desire to be a paramedic reach past his usual hesitance and make him offer to help her train for her exams. Along the way, both are attracted, and also try to convince themselves that they aren’t right for each other. Can they stop trying to not be a couple and see what happens when they let things heat up?

Spark of Desire made me happy. Jessica and Kevin had me hooked with their very down-to-earth personalities. Jessica’s self-conscious issues speak to all women in one way or another, but her determination and strength shout a strong character that is multi-faceted and interesting. Some themes were repeated over and over, but that’s common for a story that doesn’t rely on suspense or intrigue. The plot moved very well with sweet and thoughtful moments. The secondary characters were charming and since this is a series, I can’t wait to read more about the other firefighters in the department. Spark of Desire is a four and a half diamond kind of read for those looking for romance for the sake of romance. It was smooth and sweet and left me smiling.

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