Monday, August 28, 2017

Book Review - First Ten Pages - Sparks by Sharon Horton

As a reader, if my interest isn't stirred in the first ten pages of a book, it's most likely I won't take the time to read the rest of the story. First impressions do matter...

So, what exactly is the point of a ten page review? Obviously, it's not the story itself, the effectiveness of the plot development, the quality of character development, or the overall talent of the author. What I'm reviewing is the author's ability to draw me into their story in just a few pages. Can they give me a sense of place and time, set the tone of the story, make me care about their protagonist, and give me an impelling reason to keep reading. In today's competitive market, an author only gets a few pages to make all that happen for a reader. The rating reflects my view on those elements. It doesn't reflect on the whole book, since I haven't read the entire story. So I encourage those who read these reviews to keep that in mind and to peruse other whole-book reviews to help make your buying decisions.

Title: Sparks
Author: Sharon Horton
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Publisher: The Wild Rose Press

Review Rating: 
**** Intrigued - Taking This Home

Review Comments: 
This story has an amusing first few pages. The introduction of Callie O'Rourke, the new female firefighter assigned to Sergeant Danny Redmond's unit gives him bad vibes, as if life will never be the same. That is, until he meets the redheaded beauty...then he's sure his earlier premonition will come true. With a volcano named The Devil lurking in the background, I have a feeling that this story isn't going to be all hearts and flowers. Intriguing for sure...

Quote from Book:

~ She was trouble, all right. Trouble was, from the moment he caught her sneaking cookies to the dog, to the feigned sparkling innocence of her green eyes, he no longer cared. ~

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