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Flame (Spark Series) (Volume 3) Paperback – February 6, 2014
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Brooke Cumberland is a USA Today Bestselling author who's a stay-at-home mom and writes full-time. She lives in the frozen tundra of Packer Nation with her husband, 3 year old wild child, and two teenage stepsons. When she's not writing, you can find her reading love stories, listening to music that inspires her, and laughing with her family. Brooke is addicted to Starbucks' Caramel Macchiatos, yoga pants, and sweets. She found her passion for telling stories during winter break one year in grad school--and she hasn't stopped since.
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This is the third book in the Spark series. No you don't have to read the first to to read this one, but I recommend reading them to get a better grasp on some of the story lines.
This is Carissa's book, this is her story. We get to find out why she is, the way that she is. Carissa only knows one thing, and that is to not get her heart involved. Her motto is love'em and leave'em. That is her motto until she meets Drew. He is a Senior at the University, and a Rugby player. He is also from England. Carissa swoons when she hears his voice. Can Carissa keep her heart to herself, or is she going to get it broken?
Brooke has written a book that I love, again. There really isn't anything that she has written that I haven't loved. She writes like she is telling you the story that her best friend told her about last night. She lets you get to know the characters and you become friend with them. I love that about her, she wants you to have a personal connection with each character that she writes. If you haven't read any of her books yet, you need to! This book is great!! You will not be disappointed!!
It was amazing getting to watch her grow and mature as the book progressed. There is lots and lots (did I say lots?) of sex in this story, but that's who Carissa is. But there's a lot more than that as Carissa works through the spectrum of emotions of falling in love for the first time.
A great author also has the ability to knock the reader for a loop with an unexpected plot twist. Be prepared that this story has one of the best plot twists I have ever seen! I went from loving the author to despising her in the matter of a few pages. She was back in my good graces once I recovered, picked my jaw up off the floor and kept reading.
I'll just finish up this with one word.....AWESOME!!!
Her life was going exactly how she wanted it until one night Drew walked into her life and tilted it on it's axis. Drew is everything that Carissa ever wanted, but didn't know she needed. He is patient with her, persistent and he is there for her as she learns to love, forgive and lower the steel walls that surround her heart. There is only one problem, Drew can't stay, he must leave and go back home to London after he finishes school. Carissa must decide if love is worth fighting for or if she will put the wall back up and go back to her old ways.
Let me tell you something Brooke hits readers will one gut-wrenching twist that left me curled up in a ball, snot running down my face, in a body convulsing ugly cry. I may or may not have threated her with bodily harm. In the end Flame goes down as what I believe to be Brooke's best book to date.
Okay I am in LOVE with this book. Just want to state that now before I get more into this review!!
Lets meet Carissa: She doesn't do relationships, she had a druggie mom and an alcoholic father. She left home after graduation high school and didn't look back. She used sex like it was her drug of choice. Until she met Drew.. Drew was her game changer.
"The Moment feelings become a part of sex is the moment hearts begin Breaking. And that is exactly the reason I keep my distance"
" Get in. Get out. That's my motto"
Drew- Drew is this amazingly sexy guy from London. He is over in the U.S.A on a football scholarship with the local college. He is drawn to Carissa from the moment he sees her and lord help me if his intensity doesn't get you I don't know what will.
"I laugh in his face. “You are an egotistical man, aren’t you?” It’s nothing I can’t handle. I’ve had my fair share of men like him in the past. They all think they are above any other guy— irresistible, desirable, cocky. I can see right through them all. “I’m just a man who knows what he wants…” “And what’s that? Sex? I doubt you have any problem with that.” He stares intently at me, rubbing a hand on my cheek. “Not just sex,” he whispers in a deep voice. “Passion, desire, control.” His hand travels down my neck and lands on my hip. “And right now… I want that with you,” he growls in my ear."
As time goes on Drew starts to penetrate Carissa's wall she has built up around her heart. She tries to block him out but Drew is a persistent guy, He wants her and he will do just about anything to have her. It is beautiful to read.
"No matter how much I see you... or how much I'm with you...it's never enough. I always want more."
See???? Isn't he perfect!!!! I fell totally in love with Drew and Carissa's story. I loved every twist and turn. The sex is steamy and panty wetting!!! I also may be guilty of telling Brooke that I don't like her a time or two.. and after tossing my ipad again (this seems to be a running theme with her amazing books) I may have told her I wasn't going to finish the book. But we all know I picked it back up and finished lol!! AND I LOVED Every bit of Love, Hate, Rage, Sadness, Happiness, and every other emotion this book made me feel. I Truly am so happy this book is out there for everyone to enjoy!! I don't know how she is going to top this!! But I am going to be eagerly waiting to find out!! Now I am off to nurse my book hangover because I am unsure I can pick up anything else right now..