Thursday, May 3, 2012

Sparks by Sharon Horton

Title:  Sparks
Author: Sharon Horton
My Rating: B-

Genre: Contemporary Romance
Series: -
Main Characters: Callie and Danny
Release Date: April 2012
ISBN: 978-1-61217-145-6
Publisher: Wild Rose Press
Links to Purchase:
Sexual Intensity: spicy

This book was provided to me by the publisher in return for an honest review.

Story Overview:

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.
Page Count: 278
Rating: Spicy
Word Count: 79192
978-1-61217-146-3 Digital
978-1-61217-145-6 Paperback

My Review:
As the first female firefighter at Station One, Callie and Danny spark up an almost immediate friendship. They join together as allies to avoid Danny's sister-in-laws matchmaking mechanisms...with the promise that they will just stay friends. Danny is the Sergeant at the station and his older brother Will is the Captain. After the death of both of his parents at the age of ten, Will and Bex pretty much raised Danny. Danny is haunted by his parents' deaths. 
I really liked the family dynamic in this book. Will is very march a part of the story, as is Callie's uncle who she calls Uncle Mayor (he's the mayor of this little town.)
Overall I really liked all the characters and the variety of them within this story. For this size novel, there are a LOT of players within the story, but it never got to be too much or confusing. There were moments throughout this book when the character's reactions seemed a bit too much based upon the circumstances, but I loved the firefighter storyline, the great scenery and ambiance of the story, and the overall characters in the book. There was action that was fabulous too...hello, firefighters. 
Unfortunately, the romance had moments where it felt bi-polar with the back and forth between whether or not the two characters wanted to get together (i.e. Danny is one confused and emotional guy.) Those emotional moments seemed a bit forced in their reactions and I felt if they'd been toned down just a tiny bit, I would have enjoyed this book a lot more. The story definitely has a lot going for it and there are moments where it is just so beautiful and heartwarming.
While not a flawless novel, I did enjoy reading it and getting to know these characters. It was a fun and entertaining book to read. If I was younger, I'd be seriously tempted to work at becoming a firefighter after reading this's such a great tribute to what they do day-in and day-out.

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