Sunday, July 28, 2013

NEW RELEASE + REVIEW: Spark by Brooke Cumberland

Brooke Cumberland has released her new novel Spark early!


When your past controls your future, how do you move forward?
Velaney Wills knows about that all too well. 
Weak, powerless, and fearing the one person who has hurt her the most…can she overcome the barriers to move forward?
Being saved by a muscled Godsend was never on her agenda, but when firefighter, Eric Reilley comes into her life unexpectedly, everything changes. 

Velaney has never felt loved or cared for, and her past prevents her from letting anyone in. Eric manages to break down her walls – despite the repercussions that come for them afterwards.

They have an undeniable spark – something she has never felt before, but will it be enough? Can love overcome all obstacles? Can they save each other to protect their love or will her past shatter everything she never knew she needed…?

**Spark is for mature audiences only – strong language, explicit sexual content, and sexual abuse are apparent.**

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Nadine's Review

5 Well-Deserved-Stars

Finally, Velaney can leave her home to attend college with her best friend Carissa. Finally, she doesn't have to live in this hell called home any longer. She and her best friend leave and Laney swore she wouldn't return -ever. Her so called home, the place where she should feel safe and secure was everything but!! 

Despite being away from home, for quite some years, Laney can't get rid of her demons and fears; the demons that stole her childhood. She struggles to enter relationships and can't open up herself - she's too damaged. The only person that knows about the horrible things that happened to Laney is her bestie Carissa; she's also the only person that believed her. How terrible is it to know that your own parents accuse you of lying? Right, it sucks and hurts. 

Laney seems to have everything she needs: a nice apartment with her bestie, a great job, and a fun part-time job with nice co-workers in a bar. She has her routine and she likes it; she didn't need or want a man that knocks her off balance or hurts her(again) - she prefers to be alone. Well, everything seemed to 'work out just fine' for Laney until the night Eric, the very handsome and loveable firefighter, saves her from a fire. 

Eric and Laney feel their instant spark when being close to another, but can Eric break down her walls and help her overcome her fears and demons? Is Laney ready to tell her secret and fully trust someone, or even love? It definitively won't be an easy task for both of them but it'll be worth it, because neither of them can deny the spark they feel when thinking, touching, or seeing each other.

Unfortunately, the past won't stay hidden forever and soon the demons come right back into Laney's life, threatening to destroy everything she loves.

The story has it all: great character/story development, flashbacks, and an awesome epilogue! This book is filled with love, angst, passion, and humor. I enjoyed reading every character, especially Eric's - he is a real gentleman and yep I fell for him badly. Carissa is the best friend every girl wishes for and Laney can be lucky to have her. Of course there is one character (I can't tell the name) which I hated, and trust me you'll hate him too and wish him very bad things in life! The story ends with a bit of a cliffhanger and you really want to know what's happening next.

It was a very sweet love story and more than once I caught myself saying aaawww. So I recommend this book, if you like to read about a girl that's fighting her demons and fears while meeting along the way her true hero.

** copy given to beta read, in an exchange for an honest, spoiler-free review **

About the Author

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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