14 August 2013

Spark by Brooke Cumberland - Book Tour, Book Review, Giveaway

After being saved by a firefighter, Velaney Wills meets Eric Reilley, who recently moved from Texas to Boston to work on the Boston Fire Department. Ironically, Eric lives below Velaney and with his devilish charm, and sweet accent, Velaney is finding him hard to resist.

Velaney grew up in what should've been the perfect childhood. Her father owns his own dental practice, and her mother a Pastor. She wasn't allowed to swear and never got into any trouble, however, her troubled and complicated past makes her build walls that she doesn't let down easily.

Eric is fascinated with the fact that Velaney can't swear. She uses filler words to express herself that he often finds hilarious. Velaney runs as her outlet - releasing the rage and anger she has built up inside her from a deep secret she's never told anyone except her lifelong best friend, and roommate, Carissa.

Eric and Velaney become running partners - only securing their obvious sexual tension between them. No matter how much Velaney pushes Eric away, he will always be there to save her.

Perhaps it was because Eric saved Velaney, or it was his sexy southern drawl that made him very hard to resist. He saved him from being eaten alive by the fire, and since then, he had been a constant in his life. It would have been creepy, but he had his sweet ways that would make you forget that this guy could just go in and out of your apartment. 

Velaney grew up in a supposedly perfect home. Her father worked as a dentist and has his own private practice, while her mother is a pastor. At first, it was the latter fact that made me think why this girl couldn't swear. Yep. She couldn't fucking swear. But it was more than that, she has a dark past - one she's trying to escape and forget. Yet, past has always find a way to get to you.

Eric, on the other hand, is Velaney's knight and shining armor. He was always there when she needed him the most. At first, I was confused, because he paraded different girls in front of her. I mean, what was that for? But he makes up for it a lot - he cooks breakfast, and takes care of Lane and Riss (who can resist this guy?!). 

One thing they do together - RUN. It has been Velaney's outlet for all the pent up anger, frustration and pain in her past. Eric is doing it as a part of his morning routine. They became running partners. But running every morning is enough to pile up the sexual tension that has been sizzling between then since the fire. Laney tried everything to stop it - but love, coupled with lust and extreme sexual tension had her defenses crumbling down. 

When she decided to finally open up, and be happy - her past came back and haunt her. Question is, will she be willing to risk everything that she has, or will she let him go? 

Velaney is a tough girl. She is, if she had survived what she has been through for long time. With no support coming from her parents, and just on her own - college had been an escape to her. She was finally safe. No one would hurt her. This was heartbreaking - especially for a young girl who would go through this ordeal. I hated her parents for what they did. How can they turn their backs on her? She was just a child! 

I promise you that Spark is a page-turner, and I haven't regretted picking this up. Finishing book in one sitting, I managed not to scream in frustration the moment I reached the epilogue. I had the privilege to read the two different epilogues, and I must say, the final one was just perfect (even though it kept me hanging in there). Like me, I'm sure the readers would be so eager to read the final installment. 

Spark is all about finding love, having the courage of facing and letting go of your past and finally allowing yourself to live and love again. 


Carissa catches up to me and holds my hand. We walk into the elevator and silently back into our apartment. She doesn't say anything, but she looks at me intently.

She swallows and asks, "Are you okay?"

"Of course. Why wouldn't I be?" I ask, knowing exactly why. I just didn't know she knew how I felt. Perhaps it was obvious—except to him.

"Honey, you can't pretend with me. I see sex written all over your hungry pussy. You have a thing for him. In fact, I think you have it bad. So bad, in fact, you don't even want to admit it." She's stern, looking me dead in the eyes.

"Ugh, fine!" I throw my hands in the air. "Why do I have to like him, Riss? He's a firefighter—a hot firefighter. Girls are probably all over him all the time. Firefighter—sexy...sweet...charming—and he has a frigging Texas accent! I mean, c'mon! I have no chance," I ramble, pacing back and forth in the living room. She's watching me, smirking as if she knows something I don't.

"Lane, you need to calm the fuck down. That boy down there, the one with the skank, has the fucking hot's for your ass. Only you're too blind to see it. That skank means nothing, anyway. I can tell." She smiles as if she's the queen of intuition.

"Oh, and how can you tell?" I ask, switching directions. "You know what, never mind, I don't want to know how you would know something like that."

"I can read people Lane, a-mazingly well."

"Whatever. It doesn't matter." I walk into my room and shut the door behind me. I crawl under my sheets, squeezing my eyes shut.

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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.


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