Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Book Review: Chasing The Wild Sparks by Ren Alexander (Book #1)

Chasing The Wild Sparks

Wild Sparks Series book 1

By Ren Alexander

Reviewed by Sandra Long

5 Stars

Hadley Beckett has failed in not only her career, but as a daughter, friend, and girlfriend. Hadley’s longtime boyfriend, Finn Wilder, who is Richmond, Virginia’s local daredevil and favorite sportscaster, isn’t afraid of anything…almost. Hadley desperately wants a marriage and kids with him, the two things Finn infamously dreads. 

Finn pressures Hadley into moving in with him, but being traditional, she wants to be married first and she wants to stick to her beliefs, just as he clings to his own. On the other hand, Finn has tolerated Hadley’s stubbornness long enough and he’s reaching his breaking point. 

Fearing at 33 that she will soon be too old to have kids, Hadley wants Finn to change his mind and marry her, yet her insecurities about his public life and from his constant rebuffs have her questioning her aspirations. With conflicting advice from her friends, Hadley concludes she should take things into her own hands.

But then again, Finn Wilder has his own story to tell.

Hadley and Finn meet accidentally in a hospital emergency room and there is instant chemistry between the two despite their totally different lives. She has had several different jobs since college, finally settling in as a legal assistant. She likes her job and her co-workers but at 30 she has no boyfriend and no prospect in sight for the happy marriage and babies she dreams about. He is a TV personality, extremely popular and extremely the confirmed bachelor.

After a few dates they are both deeply in love and committed to each other but everyone Finn knows, including both parents, have been through at least one divorce. He thinks marriage destroys relationships so he just wants them to live together and never have children. She cannot give up her dreams but she also cannot give up this man. This situation causes on-going strife in their relationship but somehow they always manage to stay together.

This author, like many others in today's romance genre, uses the technique of switching from telling the story from different characters' views, so we, as the reader, know what they actually feel. But this author has a very special way of describing the characters in ways that make them come to life for us. They take on a life of their own. The reader gets so caught up in the story that almost before you realize it you have formed opinions of these people and have started liking some and disliking others. They take on the personalities of people like them we have known in real life and that influences our opinions of them. Even the irritating characters become so irritating that we feel an intense emotion when a scene involves them. These intense opinions of the characters is very unusual for most readers but adds greatly to the enjoyment of the book. We find ourselves wanting the main characters to make decisions based on what we would do in their situation and if they don't, we feel angry, almost like a betrayal. Now, this takes good writing skills.

Finn and Hadley go through ups and downs and the book ends with their conflicts unresolved as they prepare to spend Easter weekend with his family. So, the reader will have to wait for the next installment to see how this romance ends.

A delightful book to read. 5 stars and on to the next book !!

Ren Alexander was born in Wheeling, West Virginia, but grew up in a nearby tiny, historical, college town in the Northern Panhandle of the state. She graduated from West Liberty University, where she received a B.S. in criminal justice. Although interested in that field, her true passion was reading and writing. 

She currently lives in Detroit, Michigan with her husband, two daughters and two cats. 

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Daring The Wild Sparks

Book #2

In the follow up to “Chasing the Wild Sparks,” Hadley Beckett’s quest for wedded bliss perseveres…

What would you do if the love of your life were closer to making your dreams come true?

Riding high in her relationship with her sportscaster/local daredevil boyfriend Finn Wilder, Hadley Beckett makes plans concerning her future with Finn. Big plans. 

Infamously anti-marriage, Finn promised Hadley he’d consider taking her to the altar if she gives him more time. Diving headfirst and with encouragement from friends, Hadley formulates her own way to handle Finn if he can’t commit to her soon. 

Knowing she has an uphill climb ahead of her, Hadley is still determined to succeed, yet is she unwittingly destined to fail?

Igniting The Wild Sparks

Book #3

In the second follow up to “Chasing the Wild Sparks,” Hadley Beckett comes closer to triumphing over a reluctant Finn Wilder…

What would you do if the love of your life gave you the keys to the kingdom, but won’t let you in?

At the end of her rope, Hadley grabs her intrepid boyfriend Finn Wilder’s world by the…bridge. Finally ready to end the never-ending merry-go-round that is their unknotted life together, she enlists the help of her friends to help boost her own courage. Since Finn is all about walking on the wild side but not down an aisle, Hadley challenges him to the ultimate test that will prove her more daring than the daredevil himself, hoping Finn will take notice and change his mind about making her forever his.

Throwing down the irrevocable gauntlet, will Hadley celebrate supreme victory over his heart or will she accept the cruelest defeat at the very hand she holds?