Thursday, September 11, 2014

Book Review: Daring The Wild Sparks by Ren Alexander (Book #2)

Daring The Wild Sparks

Wild Sparks Series book 2

By Ren Alexander

Reviewed by Sandra Long

5 Stars

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?

The love story of Finn and Hadley picks up where Chasing the Wild left off. The two lovers meet at his mom and step-dad's house as planned for a long Easter weekend.  But even away from their jobs and their interfering friends, their problems continue and become even more complicated.

After a 3 year courtship Finn's family has decided it is time for him to marry Hadley and they want it done that weekend. They are really putting pressure on him to do it.  But his mom also drops a bomb on the family--she is divorcing her current husband who has been Finn's step-father for 19 years and has a very close relationship with him. To Finn this is even more proof that marriage destroys love and ends happy relationships, all the more reason to stay single and just live together.

Finn and Hadley have argued and made up and argued, several times and after his mom's big announcement, he and his best friend, Ricky, who is also spending the weekend, take off. Hadley feels like he has thrown her down so she takes off also and goes to visit a friend who lives on an island fairly close to Finn's mom. Finn follows her and once more they make up.

They go back to his mom's and Finn and Ricky take Hadley to Easter mass with them. It is her first time and there are baptisms and communion and as she watches Finn, who seems so comfortable in these rituals, she begins to feel very unworthy . She has never been baptized, never attended church, never taken communion. Her feelings affect their relationship after church but she has trouble explaining how she feels to Finn.

Much like the first book in this series, the story continues with break-ups and make-ups for Finn and Hadley. As this book ends, their relationship is still strained. A hot new intern at his office is chasing him shamelessly and when he is asked to coach Hadley's office softball team, his friend Ricky and this blonde intern volunteer to be his assistant coaches since both have been on teams before. Our story ends as everyone arrives for the first softball practice and the intern in hanging onto Finn while Hadley seethes with jealousy, but hides behind her friends trying to keep Finn from seeing what it is doing to her.

Great book, interesting story, but leaves the reader anxious for the next installment. Will these two lovers ever get their act together or will they end up destroying each other and their relationship by not dealing with their own insecurities and sharing those feelings with each other honestly ? Another 5 star novel for this author.

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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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?