Publication Date: April 22, 2014
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?
Igniting the Wild Sparks is the third in the Wild Sparks series. If you haven't read Chasing the Wild Sparks and Daring the Wild Sparks please don't continue as there may be spoilers to those books... Go pick up this series you won't regret it!
With that said.. It took me several days to digest this story before being able to write this review. The characters in this series have stuck with me to the point of insanity! The love, anguish, friendship, and laughs this crazy group portrays is phenomenal.
Hadley Beckett, our favorite paralegal, is still fighting her long time boyfriend and local sportscaster/daredevil, Finn Wilder, into getting over his fears of marriage. Wanting to commit to him fully and having a family with him, she begins to fight her own inner battle to determine if the piece a paper is really worth loosing the love of her life. Can they be happy with the way things are?
Finn wants so desperately to be Hadley's, AKA Becks, husband, wants her to carry his child, but the risk of divorce is too great for him to take. The ultimate dare he may have to refuse. He's tired of fighting with her, with himself, and with the risk of loosing her. Will he loose her if he doesn't marry her? Will they divorce of he does?
These two have some seriously low self confidence when it comes to their relationship. Both wanting the exact something yet both refusing to admit to it or bend a little. Rod and Morgan are ever presence in Becks life, helping her to overcome whatever obstacle she faces. Although.. Maybe that's not the best thing she needs......
I find myself unable to continue reviewing without spoilers but lets just say... Some serious fights occur, major drama, sweet love, and devastating events occur in the life's of our group of friends. Expect to yell at your book, wanting to throw it across the room. Expect to cry both happy and ugly tears. Expect to be completely BLOWN AWAY by the twist in the plot.
Ren Alexander has surpassed anything I could have ever imagined with this story. I am so glad that I have had the chance to read her novels. She is one author that I will one click anything she hits publish on. Can't wait to see what she comes up with next, while I calm my nerves from this one!
**I had the honor of receiving this novel as a gift from the author**
Chasing The Wild Sparks (Book 1)
SynopsisWhat would you do if the love of your life doesn’t want the same life you do? 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.
Daring the Wild Sparks (Book 2)
SynopsisIn 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?
20 Fun Facts About Ren Alexander1. My favorite ice cream is chocolate/peanut butter, but I don’t do the kind with the cups in it. 2. The smell of peaches, cucumbers, and Easter lilies make me viciously gag. I can’t even walk through a produce aisle without breathing out of my mouth or holding my breath when I’m around them. Peaches are especially smelly there. 3. Watermelon, banana, and peach candy flavors are GROSS. 4. I LOVE lighthouses! 5. I’m a huge history buff. I could watch the History Channel all day when they’re showing actual shows about history. 6. I’m right-handed, but can only drive with my left hand. If I drove with my right, I would drive into a tree or off a cliff. 7. I’ve only owned two cars, both Toyotas. The first, I had for 10 years. 8. I can type 65-70 WPM, depending on my mood and what I’m typing. 9. I’m addicted to Diet Mt. Dew ever since they changed the flavor about five years ago. 10. I can’t stomp on bugs. I will hurl. 11. Mushrooms are the devil. 12. I developed asthma when I was 27. 13. I have a B.S. in criminal justice. 14. When I write, I can’t write scenes out of order. It drives me insane. I have to be driven to that point in order to express the characters’ emotions to my full capacity. It’s not organic to me. 15. I’m a music geek. If someone wants to know who sings what, my friends ask me from 50′s music and on. 16. I LOVE to laugh, but hate my laugh. Hmm… 17. I love plaid! If I could dress like a grunge chick or resembling an old man on a golf course everyday, I probably would. 18. I am VERY camera shy. You won’t find me in many pictures. 19. Each person I’ve dedicated my books to (two so far) have made it into my story as a character. Which ones are they? Hmm… 20. I have one tattoo. A skeleton key with an “R” at the top.
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. "Chasing the Wild Sparks" is Ren's first novel.