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Monday, May 28, 2012

Sparks by Sharon Horton

Sparks by Sharon Horton
Publisher: The Wild Rose Press
Genre: Contemporary
Length: Full Length (280 pages)
Heat Level: Spicy
Rating: Best Book
Reviewed by Sunflower

All her life, Callie O'Rourke wanted to be a firefighter. A lifelong nightmare of being in a fire has driven her to pursue a career to fight fires and save lives. She won't let being a woman stop her from achieving that goal. When her determination and training land her a job, Callie has no idea being the city's first female firefighter will gain the attention of more than just its citizens.

Although haunted since childhood by the fiery death of his father, firefighting is in Danny Redmond's blood. He comes from a long line of firemen, all the way back to his great-grandfather.

Callie's refreshing candor ignites Danny's interest. With her ability to fight fires, combined with the way she puts him at ease, it's not long before they become friends. Focused on being the best firefighters possible, neither is looking for romance. Yet the more they're together, the more they realize firefighting may not be their biggest challenge.

The world is full of books. Endless amounts of them. But there are only a few rare books that you pull out to read and, when finished, you're overcome with such intense emotion. Sparks is one of those books. The experience I had as a reader while engaged in this powerful, riveting story had me in a whirl of feelings.

Callie O'Rourke is Fairmont's first female firefighter. She's a bit of a news maker with this status. Callie's strong willed, fierce, and takes many risks, but these risks are to save lives. She thinks with her heart and her head. She's had a lot of things to deal with in life, but Callie has definitely overcome obstacles to get where she is today. Though she didn't get off on the right note with Danny Redmond, the hero.

Danny is a bit complicated. This man has not been whole for a long time. In a tragic chain of events, Danny's life changed when he was a child, and the things he feels and never completely dealt with affect him to this day. He's not too happy about Callie, but oh my, do things change for him rather quickly.

Written with such intense depth, Sparks draws readers into a wild ride of feelings, a bit of adventure, and a whole lot of love. The conflict keeps the story line tight. Just when I thought Callie and Danny were on their way to a beautiful relationship, some startling revelations come to light, spiraling everyone involved into a confused state. Talk about characters going through turmoil. This novel brings a sense of family and community together. A feeling of nostalgia washed over me many times, as reading this made me think of the times where people looked out for one another a lot more, and strong family ties were more prevalent.

There are touching moments, I wiped away tears more than once. This book is beautifully written. Strong characterization, stunning plot, and at times I held my breath, unsure of what would happen next. Fair warning, readers--this book is going to grab hold of you tight, and won't let go even after the end. I find myself still thinking about Callie, Danny, and the rest of the crew at the fire station. Sparks lives up to it's name, in every sense of the word. This is a story that can be read over and over. It's a keeper!

If you love contemporary romances that have tendencies to bring out tears of joy, gut wrenching pangs of fear, and a powerful love story, let Sparks light up your life. Don't miss this stunning novel!