Brittany's Review for Chasing the Wild Sparks
Chasing the Wild Sparks is book one in the Wild Sparks series by Ren Alexander, and it is definitely a great start to a series for this beginning writer.
I had heard so much about this series, seeing people raving about it all over Facebook. I finally checked it out, and I was blown away.
Hadley Beckett has been dating local sports anchor Finn Wilder for three years now. Finn, it seems, has commitment issues. He won’t introduce her to his friends, he won’t propose to her, and he won’t take her anywhere in public. Hadley, or Becks, as Finn calls her, is getting fed up.
Becks and Finn, along her best friends Morgan and Rod, travel on a tumultuous journey to find out where their relationship really stands. After a huge blowout one night, it seems that the end has come for Becks and Finn.
Can both of these stubborn adults give a little to each other so they can both get what they want?
Like I said earlier, I had heard a lot about this book. Before I had even read it, I had been pimping Ren on my blog, getting her page to reach certain milestones. Now I have a reason to pimp her.
The story was fantastic. Full of angst, love, and friendship. Finn and Becks work really well together, and her best friends are hilarious. I know there’s a story behind Gregory Rodwell, and I really hope he gets a book soon.
This book kept me on my toes the whole time. I was hoping that at some unforeseen moment, one of them would give in. I can’t tell you if they did or not… that’s for you to find out.
Ren also does an amazing job with making this book really steamy, yet really sweet at the same time. My panties were wet at the same time that my cheeks were hurting from smiling at the cuteness.
There were some small grammar errors, nothing to major. The only thing that bothered me a lot, was the point of view changes. Now, don’t get me wrong, I love reading in dual points of view. But I absolutely hate having to read the same scene in a different point of view. It’s boring.
Really, though, that’s all. This book was fantastic and I’m itching to read the next book, Daring the Wild Sparks. I really want a happily ever after for both people.
Five stars from me, Ren! You did a wonderfully amazing job with this first book and I know that some pretty amazing things are going to come from you.
Brittany's Review for Daring the Wild Sparks
Book number two in the Wild Sparks series by Ren Alexander has left me desperate for more Finn and Becks. I am left with so many emotions, so many questions, so many hopes for this couple… This book was all around phenomenal.
What in the hell does he dream about? Probably bridges and blow jobs.
Actually, Finn Wilder dreams about his Becks. About being with her in every way, holding her at night, kissing away her fears. He even dreams about… well, I can’t tell you, because it’s a deep, dark secret that only Ricky, his best friend, really knows.
I don’t care if you’ve been baptized or not. I know what’s in your heart and soul and that’s why I love you so much. And if God has a problem with it, then I don’t want to go to heaven.
Hadley Beckett feels insecure in her relationship with Finn. She believes she’s not enough, that she can never be who he wants. I mean, he won’t marry her, won’t have a baby with her, and they’ve been together for over three years. Someone has to give, but who will it be?
In Daring the Wild Sparks, Finn and Hadley are fighting more often that usual. And about serious topics too. Neither one will budge on their stance, hoping the other will get tired and give in. That’s never going to happen, though, and it just might lead to the end of their relationship.
He is the real thing, my epic love.
Ren Alexander has once again killed me with her words. I was so into this book, ignoring all my other duties as a blogger and student. I was captivated from the beginning of the very first book.
I love that I can feel such emotion towards these characters. I admit, there were points where I hated Finn. Yes, I know. How is that possible? He’s hot, funny, and just all around amazing. BUT, I also wanted to strangle Hadley, but I can’t. They’re not real. Sorry for bursting your bubble.
There was one point where I was absolutely certain that Finn was going to propose, then I turn the page, and NOPE. Big smack in the face. He didn’t. But, I’m not saying he didn’t at all… You have to read to find out.
Ren Alexander, I am LOVING your work. I hate that it took me so long to read these. I am definitely in love with Ricky Tesco, though, Finn’s cop best friend. Yeah, he’s mine, so ladies, back off. ;)
This book receives five stars from me, for keeping me in suspense and making it almost impossible to put down my kindle. Those are the best types of books, that’s for sure.
If you want to read this, make sure you read book one first, Chasing the Wild Sparks. I highly recommend it!
Brittany's Review for Igniting the Wild Sparks
I just finished this book. Like five minutes ago, and I am IN TEARS. I am SOOO hurt and devastated by the ending, I’ll warn you now, because I have to. IT IS NOT A HAPPY ENDING! At least, not to me. I have to tell you, because I wouldn’t wish this pain on anybody… Yeah, I might need psychiatric help if I’m getting so worked up over a book.
The Wild Sparks series is freaking fantastic. Times a billion. Wait, times infinity. It’s been a while since I’ve been hooked like this. Worth the read, if you are prepared for the emotional trauma it will bring you.
Throughout the series, Finn Wilder and Hadley Beckett have been trying to come to a compromise of sorts. Finn wants Hadley to move in with him, after three years of dating. Hadley wants to get married and have a kid. Finn wants neither of those, yet Hadley gives in and moves in with him.
Hadley is constantly told by her two best friends, Gregory Rodwell and Morgan Yates, that Finn is just stringing her along. Hadley, of course, doesn’t believe it. Both her and Finn have confessed their love to each other and have vowed to never leave, no matter what.
Things are thrown at them that neither of them that test their relationship. I can’t really say much, because I don’t want to give it away… but it sucks!
Is there something strong enough to break them? Will they be able to stay strong and keep their relationship going?
The emotions… I’m still on a high, well, a low. I am so upset. I have tears right now, after about half an hour after finishing the book. I connected with those characters. I prayed, I pleaded, I begged, I cried, and I screamed. I wanted everything for them, everything, but not everything happened.
This book deserves five stars. I am in no way going to give it a bad review because of the crappy ending, because this book, along with all the others in the series, was phenomenal. To be able to incite this much emotion in me takes a lot. My heart might be broken, but I’m willing to let everyone know that Ren Alexander is one fabulous writer. Really. Give her a chance. But like I said, not a happy ending.
It needs another run through with an editor, but that’s my only MINOR complaint. Like I said, the ending. Major complaint there.
I don’t think I could ever come to terms with this. I just… I can’t. I’ll stop ranting, because I want you to go check out this series. Really, it’s… I’ve ran out of words. Great, fabulous, fantastic, amazing, phenomenal, brilliant, stunning. You get my drift.
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?
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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.