I received a complimentary copy in exchange for an honest review.
I am still trying to figure out my feelings as I write this review for Spark. It was thought provoking, moving, and I don’t think I’ve ever read anything like it. It was my first Erin Noelle novel and definitely not my last.
“You’re the only thing that can save me from me right now.”
Crew faces the unthinkable. His brother is ill. And is getting worse. The only option is an alternative and somewhat controversial method of treatment. In this journey to treatment for his brother, he meets Hudson Shavell and her family. They are a very unique bunch. They differ from the family norm and Crew and his family are immediately drawn to them. More so, he’s drawn to Hudson. Her spirit is unlike any other girl he’s met. Her love and appreciation of people and life captivates his heart in more ways than he is willing to admit.
“...because my life didn’t start until you entered it.”
The attraction between Crew and Hudson is consuming, overwhelming. Its magic. They fall slowly. And their love is powerful. It’s heartbreak. It’s beautiful. Their love is simple. But life happens. Life gets hard. It becomes painful. But their love remains. It heals. But how do you find your way back?
“Every minute of every hour of every day. All I want is you. It fucking consumes me.”
So much happens in this story. It is so different than anything you will ever read. The author carefully crafts all of her characters as every single one of them stands out. While the story did start out a bit slow for me, it quickly picked up and I found myself turning the pages until it was over. And even then I was still tapping my kindle hoping there was more. I loved Crew and Hudson and was immersed into their story. No one is perfect. Especially these two. Words hurt. But actions? They hurt too. I would have liked to see Crew grovel a bit more, but I understand. Hudson has such a big heart. Her missing piece was Crew. You can’t live with half of your heart missing.
“In pieces without you. I can’t be whole without you.”
Spark made me question destiny and all it entails. How much it means when it comes to love. How your soul can recognize it’s light in another. That was Hudson and Crew. That one spark lit the moment they met. While it might have dimmed through circumstances, trial and tribulation, their spark always remained. I’d like to commend the author in truly demonstrating the power in love. Especially for your family and what lengths you’d go through to make everything better. This book truly showcased the resiliency of the human spirit and the human heart.
Have you ever reached that moment in a book where the hero stakes his claim and you feel like cheering and clapping, all filled with excitement and anticipation at all the greatness that is ahead? I even wrote down at which percent it happened – 21%, “you belong to me”. The writing and build up to that point made those 4 little words so powerful. It didn’t take me long to fall in love with Crew and Hudson. But sometimes, love doesn’t always last…
This story was all sorts of heartbreaking. Crew’s younger brother, Caleb, suffers from epilepsy and has horrific seizures everyday. I loved how he was a resilient kid. Armed with a killer personality and smart mouth, I knew I was going be in trouble with that one. Caleb and his mother move to Colorado to find alternative treatments to Caleb.
Hudson’s family rents out cabins and runs a mar grow-op for a legal dispensary in town, which I believe is owed by her uncle. Hudson creates and grows her own strains depending on the needs and wants of the customer. Which means she has to test them herself. Which brings me to really my only issue with her, she smokes too much of it. I’m only concerned because she even does it on break at school in her car! Oh, and when she wakes up rolls over and lights one up. So it’s not solely based on her business needs. Other than that, she’s pretty freaking cool, and her family is originally different and refreshing.
Everything seemed to being going so well. People were falling in love and learning to live. People were adjusting and starting to benefit from the new lifestyles they found themselves living in. Then one night…Well I can’t say that’s for you to find out, and of course everything changes.
Crew’s horrible words to Hudson I could have easily forgiven because it was clear where they were coming from. It his actions that followed those harsh words that made everything hurt so bad. That was going to take a far longer time to forget. Hudson if far more forgiving than she ought to be. I was determined to not forgive Crew, until I did. His heartfelt apology was enough to draw tears from my eyes. It was sincere and held a lot of meaning. All was good in the world, love was in the air again. That was, until Hudson opened her mouth and ruined it by mentioning Tasha. RIGHT AFTER HIS APOLOGY! You couldn’t just leave it alone could you, Erin? Why did you have her bring it up again? It ruined anything and everything his apology held. Me, as a reader, needs to leave the story with good things in my head. But you wiped out any merit his apology had on my HEA vision with one word, TASHA. I really am mad at that. As well as you writing the disgusting thing he did in the first place. His awful words could have been enough, you know. ANYTHING else you could have had him do to look like an ass, and you had him do THAT! Not cool! You didn’t have to take it so far. Wow, that felt good to get out.
I started out the story in love, and it ended with the mind set of, I’ll tolerate these characters together and just write out that one part I hated, pretend it didn’t happen and I’ll be back in love with Crew and Hudson. I liked the story enough, along with good writing and story telling abilities, to want to continue with book two. I’m looking forward to more of Hudson’s quirky family.