Title: The Spark
Author: Vi Keeland
Genre: Standalone Contemporary Romance
Release Date: July 12, 2021
Before I even met Donovan Decker, I knew his shoe size.

You see, I’d gone away for a few days, and in my haste to get out of the airport, I’d grabbed the wrong suitcase.

After checking out the expensive footwear and tailored clothes, I dialed the number on the luggage tag hoping maybe Mister Big Spender might have my bag.

A deep, velvety voice answered, and as luck would have it, he had my suitcase, too.

Donovan and I met at a coffee shop to do the exchange.

Turned out, it wasn’t just his voice that was sexy.  The man holding my luggage was absolutely gorgeous, and we had an immediate spark.

He got me to admit that I’d snooped in his bag and then convinced me to make it up to him by letting him buy me coffee.

Coffee led to dinner, dinner led to dessert, and dessert led to spending an entire weekend together. Donovan wasn’t just handsome with a panty-dropping voice.  He was also funny, smart, and surprisingly down to earth for a man who wore seven-hundred-dollar shoes.

Did I mention he also did my laundry while I slept?

Definitely too good to be true.

So what did I do to repay him for his kindness?

I waited until he was in the shower, then ghosted him.

My life was too complicated for such a great guy.

In the months that passed, I thought about Donovan often. But New York City had eight-million people, so what were the chances I’d run into him?

Then again, what were the chances I’d run into him a year later…when I’d just started dating his boss?

My Review

Donovan and Autumn’s first encounter/connection is a memorable one for both of them, but it sends one fleeing from her overloaded emotions because she doesn’t know what to do with them and she figures she’ll never run into Donovan again. But fate has other ideas with a few added obstacles to make a second chance at being together more of an angsty slow burn. 

And that’s exactly what readers get as they dive deeper into The Spark and with the dual perspective as well as the past/present format, the context and details offered allow for a clear picture of just how good the hero and heroine could be together if they give it, especially Autumn, a chance.

I’m all about understanding the hero and heroine of any book that I read. I want to get to know who they are at their core, what makes them do and say the things they do…that’s how I form a connection, not only with the characters, but with the story line as well and it’s at that point where I become completely invested, ready for them to get it together and find their way to their happily whatever.

I love when I have certain expectations for a particular story and it ends up being beyond what I expected. I’ve read a ton of Vi Keeland romances and while they all stand on their own when it comes to plot and characters, there’s usually some of the same tropey details and characterization, but The Spark didn’t use those traditional writing and character elements, specifically when it came to Donovan, which is why he is definitely one of my fave Keeland heroes.

4.5 Poison Apples

Vi Keeland is a #1 New York Times, #1 Wall Street Journal, and USA Today Bestselling author. With millions of books sold, her titles have appeared in over a hundred Bestseller lists and are currently translated in twenty-five languages. She resides in New York with her husband and their three children where she is living out her own happily ever after with the boy she met at age six.

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