Reviewed by Becca
TITLE: Spark to the Heart
SERIES: Hearts of Parkerburg #4
AUTHOR: Havan Fellows and Lee Brazil
PUBLISHER: Appleton Publishing Avenue
LENGTH: 167 Pages
RELEASE DATE: March 1, 2017
As a misguided youth, Rosy loved being that kid in Parkerburg—you know the one that everybody swears will end up in jail or comatose—until one summer day on the back roads of town when two lives came to a screeching halt.
Thirteen years later, Rosy owns the local pub on Maple Street and makes a good show of how he’s recovered from tragedy. He even convinces himself…until he meets the new man in town and realizes just how okay he isn’t. With the demons of his fatal past still stalking him, Rosy has no idea how to switch from simply existing to actually living.
Angus “Jet” Manheim—famous for his smooth, sexy voice and notorious for his hard partying ways—sped through most of his adult life on stage and in the recording studio. Sober and retired to the quaint New England town of Parkerburg, Jet’s ready to slow his soundtrack…until his compelling neighbor—a grumbling, muscular mountain of a man with an odd name—ups the tempo.
Frequently absentminded, Jet finds Rosy an easy object of focus, a solid center around which Jet hopes to build a future. But retirement isn’t easy. The entertainment industry doesn’t stop knocking just because you hang a do not disturb sign.
When Rosy’s and Jet’s pasts try to harmonize with their present, they might have to decide whether the chorus is worth repeating.
I enjoyed this series. I’m new to it so I’m glad I got the chance to read them. Overall, I liked them. The writing was good. I loved the characters. I think personally for me, though, I felt like something was missing to keep it from being a five star read. I wish I knew what. I think part of it was, as much as I love sex in a book, (and I like lots) it seemed like that’s all the relationship was about. It was finally toward the end of the book that they started to really talk and getting to know each other better. Other than that, great book.
We get to know the bar owner Rosy in this book and what makes him the way he is and how he ticks. Rosy is a great guy. Sometimes a little rough around the edges. But when you find out his past story, you forgive that gruffness. Unless he is just being flat out rude, which he can be on occasion. But Rosy has a big heart underneath that gruff exterior and he looks out for everyone, giving even the biggest ass currently in town the benefit of the doubt. I love those kind of guys. They are such badasses on the exterior but all goo on the inside. So when he sees Jet for the first time, you can’t help but be happy about how intrigued and captivated he is by this man because Rosy deserves to be happy.
Jet is just wanting some peace and quiet away from the rockstar life that he lived. He’s retired now and wants to get his little shop up and running in a place that captured his heart in early years. Now he can be happy living the quiet life. He doesn’t expect anything in lieu of love but gets the jolt of his life when he sees Rosy for the first time. He is as captivated by Rosy as Rosy seems to be by him, and it’s left him feeling a bit adrift at how much of an impact he has made. He gets no chance to recover as Rosy steamrolls him into a ‘relationship’ where the sex is unbelievable and he feels things he has never felt with anyone before. The chemistry between these two is unbelievable. It’s smoking hot as is the sex. They get off track at times as they butt heads on several things but I love that Rosy especially won’t give up and let things slide. He wants to get to the bottom of anything wrong because he can’t stand to be away or be in any turmoil with his man.
This is a good series. This book was a good read and can be read as a stand alone. I recommend reading the whole series though because little details can make a difference. For sweet love stories with a bit of angst – these are it. A book to definitely curl up with on a quiet day and just escape. Happy reading!