Spark by Brooke Cumberland
Release date: July 20, 2013
My rating: 4.5 stars
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.**
I swing my arms around, crack my neck, and slam my feet to the pavement. Rage and anger are what feed my runs every single day. A childhood filled with regret and pure hatred is the focus of it all. What sounds like the perfect childhood—dentist father, pastor preaching mother, was anything but.
Oh god, I made it. Oh, sweet, baby cheese balls—as my mother would say—I'm home. Desperate for air and water, I sprint to the elevator. I slam my body against the back of the elevator, except it's not the wall I'm used to hitting my hands on.
I look up and see Eric. Shirtless. Sweaty. He smiles down at me, and my hands that are supposed to be smacking the wall are pressed up against his hard, sweaty chest. Oh hells bells, he has a nipple ring. And tattoos. Good Lord, I'm doomed.
"I'm so sorry! Geez. I'm sorry, Eric. Did I hurt you?" What a ridiculous question.
"Of course not. I should be asking you that." He laughs, well aware of how hard his chest is. His chest hairs are covered in sweat, but surprisingly it smells sweet. I've never had the urge to lick someone's sweat off before, but he gives that thought a whole new meaning.
"Can I sue for wrist damage?" I tease back. Of course, it was my fault for running into him, but my wrist really did hurt.
"Can we settle out of court, at least? I can't have felonies on my record." He smirks, and I swear I feel my heart beating out of my chest. Holy shizzwizzle, his body is fracktastically hot.
"I suppose I could. What are you offering?" I ask, crossing my arms, seeing if he plays along.
"I could settle for dinner." He smiles again and leans back on the railing.
"Dinner? You're a cheap—" Nope, I can't say it. No matter how much I want to, I can't get it out.
"Ass? Were you just about to call me a cheap ass?" he asks, pretending to sound offended. I laugh, embarrassed that he even noticed.
"Yeah, but I failed miserably." He continues laughing as I feel my cheeks heat. "I'm not some childish good girl, I promise. It's just that every time I swear, or attempt to that is, I see my mother's sneering face in my head."
Brooke has done it again! She has wooed us into yet another storyline that we cannot wait to have more! I absolutely loved this book!
I loved the characters in this story… I even love that I hated one character. Is that weird? Who loves to hate someone? Apparently me! The characters were believable and had good chemistry.
This storyline is one that screams emotional torment! And that it is! This story has you wanting the end, but at the same time not wanting it to end! The bond that the characters form is real and full of sparks.
There is just enough of a combination of wit, love, drama and heartbreak to equal a huge success! I have a feeling that Brooke is moving to the top of the list as one of my favorite writers! She is inventive and brilliant with her story writing! I can’t wait for book two to come out!
Brooke is a midwestern gal, from the cheese state of Wisconsin! Go Packers! She's a stay-at-home mom of three beautiful children (one daughter & two stepsons) and a black fury dog. She's studied psychology in college, and counseling and education in graduate school where she found her love for writing. Most days you can find her reading or writing, or just hanging out with her family! She loves movies, cooking, and shopping! She's addicted to Starbucks, Coach purses, and wearing yoga pants.