Jul 16

The Spark by Vi Keeland Review


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Before I even met Donovan Decker, I knew his shoe size.

You see, I’d gone away for a few days, and in my haste to get out of the airport, I’d grabbed the wrong suitcase.

After checking out the expensive footwear and tailored clothes, I dialed the number on the luggage tag hoping maybe Mister Big Spender might have my bag.

A deep, velvety voice answered, and as luck would have it, he had my suitcase, too.

Donovan and I met at a coffee shop to do the exchange. 

Turned out, it wasn’t just his voice that was sexy.  The man holding my luggage was absolutely gorgeous, and we had an immediate spark.

He got me to admit that I’d snooped in his bag and then convinced me to make it up to him by letting him buy me coffee.

Coffee led to dinner, dinner led to dessert, and dessert led to spending an entire weekend together.

Donovan wasn’t just handsome with a panty-dropping voice.  He was also funny, smart, and surprisingly down to earth for a man who wore seven-hundred-dollar shoes.

Did I mention he also did my laundry while I slept?

Definitely too good to be true.

So what did I do to repay him for his kindness?

I waited until he was in the shower, then ghosted him.

My life was too complicated for such a great guy.

In the months that passed, I thought about Donovan often. But New York City had eight-million people, so what were the chances I’d run into him?

Then again, what were the chances I’d run into him a year later…when I’d just started dating his boss?

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I’m nursing one heck of a book hangover thanks to Vi Keeland and her latest contemporary romance, The Spark. One of my go-to, auto-buy authors, Keeland’s books has landed on my top favorite reads each year, sometimes more than once, since I started reading her work. Her unputdownable, all-consuming love stories are the kind that I can barely tear myself away from, and I’ve finished every single one of her books still thinking about the characters and their stories days later.

The Spark pulled me in with a perfectly paced plot rich with sizzling chemistry and kept me hooked from the start. I loved Donovan, he was such a swoony, patient hero. A high profile, white collar attorney, he’s worked hard to pull himself up from the humble, haunted beginnings of his childhood. Autumn, a social worker, has her own heartbreaking history, and because of it, she’s shied away from relationships. She and Donovan had a fun meet cute courtesy of a case of mistaken luggage, which ends up with them spending an unforgettable weekend together before Autumn ghosts Donovan.

Months later they meet again, and the sparks were still flying and all the attraction between them comes rushing back, but things are now a bit complicated. Keeland very effectively builds their backstory for the reader through flashbacks, and my heart ached for both of them, but especially Autumn. I felt this couple’s longing for and attraction to each other as they worked together, but their relationship was a bit stunted by their circumstances. Donovan patiently waited for Autumn to figure herself out, and I loved how he didn’t give up on her. There were some interesting side characters who rounded out a what was already a fantastic story into something truly special.

The slowly burning build-up of Donovan and Autumn’s relationship was a delicious backdrop to this couple’s chemistry which practically sparked off the page. A steamy love story with punches of emotion and an interesting plot, The Spark was another addictive, passionate romance from Vi Keeland! Five smooches from me!

~ Danielle Palumbo




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