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Posted November 10, 2013
**reviewed for Round Table Book Reviews**
Poor Velaney! I wanted to throw her a line and pull her out of the hell that is called her life. This girl just could not catch a break.
We continue following Velaney and Eric on their journey together. It's a rough one, that's for sure. We get to find out more about both of their pasts. In Spark, we found out some of Velaney's. In Burn, we learn that Eric has a tragic past of his own. They're two damaged souls who are still able to see the good in the world.
Although this story is mainly about these two, we get to know Carissa more as well. I want her to have her own happy ending.
I couldn't have enjoyed this story any more than I did. Brooke Cumberland has a way drawing you in and falling in love with the main characters. It's a beautiful story of pain, sorrow, closure, and new beginnings. It was wonderful!
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Posted May 14, 2014
Spark was an enjoyable read that brought us Velaney and Eric, two main characters who never understood what love really meant until they found each other. The healing that Velaney went through was amazing to watch unfold. The way she stood up to her past, the way she opened up to Eric. She's a strong person, and now she's found a reason to be happy. A reason to want to wake up in a man's arms. And that reason is Eric.
In Spark, we don't know much about him. The first book was really about Velaney and her journey of healing. Eric is just the guy who helped her through it and made her start to believe in happily-ever-after. But it's clear that there's more to Eric than meets the eye. It's clear that he has demons, too. Demons that still haunt him to this day. But Eric hasn't tried to move forward yet, and he doesn't know how to let go of his past and the pain he's kept buried inside. Velaney is there to help him, although she's still battling demons of her own. After the surgery, she thought she'd moved on. She thought she'd never have to see her family again. But when tragedy strikes, it brings everything back. The pain. The misery. The anger. And Velaney does the one thing she's always done; run away. She runs away from the people who love her the most. While staying with her aunt, Velaney has time to ponder her choices in life.
With time away from everything, Velaney realizes that she needs to go back to Boston and face Eric. Because she's been keeping secrets, and he needs to know them. And it's also because she didn't mean anything she said in that letter. He's her forever, the only man she'll ever want. He's showed her what unconditional love looks like, and she wants that. She just has trust issues. And she and Eric both let bad things tear them to shreds. But moving on is a part of life. At times, I wanted to smack Velaney for her choices regarding Eric, and at other times, I just wanted to give her a big hug. She has had a lot of bad things happen to her, but she's strong. It takes her a long time to realize her self-worth, and that she deserves happiness. Both of these characters do. But because of all the bad that's happened to them, they don't take the time to appreciate the good because they're so sure it'll all be taken away.
Through the tears, heartache, and pain, Velaney and Eric realize that what they have is something to be cherished. The kind of love that people should revel in. With the help of amazing family and friends, they don't lose sight of that realization. Their journey to finding each other was so, so worth it. I loved this book, and I enjoyed watching the developing relationship between Velaney and Eric grow into something much stronger, and that burns brighter, than anything they've ever felt before. And I'm so looking forward to reading Carissa's story.
Posted February 21, 2014
Posted February 12, 2014
Burn was the perfect sequel to Spark. Brooke Cumberland went on to show what an amazing auther she is. I really enjoyed the happily
ever after she gave to Eric and Velaney.
Posted January 31, 2014
So glad I was finally able to read the rest of Laney and Eric's story!!
I loved Burn just as I did Spark. This one has a lot more drama for poor Velaney to go through, but you know they always say what doesn't kill you makes you stronger! By the end of this book, Laney should be superwoman.
Burn picks up right where Spark left off with the two reunited lovebirds on the plane headed to Texas with Velaney having spotted someone else she knows on the plane with them. After a couple of spottings in Texas along with some mega-hot sex in a tractor, they head on back north. Things really come to a head when Mommy Dearest comes a'calling asking Velaney to do the unthinkable. She goes against both Eric and Carissa and does what she feels is right. This causes major problems between her and Eric, but our hot, sexy firefighter wins more brownie points by giving in first and allowing them to get back together.
We learn about Eric's past in this book which explains why he has the hero complex that had him coming across as a tad stalkerish in Spark and why he is so intent on protecting Velaney and keeping her safe. Once you learn what he's been through and knowing why he is the way he is, it's so sweet and caring that you completely forgive him for ever doubting him in any way.
There's lots of back and forth in this book, same as in Spark. Velaney loves Eric, but she's still got that fight or flight mentality that seems to be stuck in flight anytime something happens. You just want to box her ears sometimes and tell her to wake up! Eric is the all-time perfect guy who is head over heels for her and would do anything at all for Velaney. He puts up with so much in this book, I feel sorry for him! There's an awful tragedy in this story that could have pulled the two of them even closer than ever, but Velaney runs and tries to deal with it alone. When she returns, she and Eric patch things up and then crap hits the fan. Eric discovers things about her past and once she learns of these hidden truths, everything in her life starts to make sense and she faces those demons head on with a shocking result! (I do feel what happens at her parents' house was majorly underplayed and unrealistic, that scene was my only complaint in both of these books. There would have been some sort of follow up with an investigation or something, but it was never mentioned again.)
Eric decides he can't live without Velaney and decides to pop the question so he whisks her away to Texas, only things go seriously wrong before they even get to land. Thankfully, he and Carissa had a chance to bond earlier in the book because they need each other to lean on as they're there to support Laney.
The book does FINALLY give us the happily ever after for Eric and Velaney that we have all been waiting for! To truly enjoy this book, you HAVE to read Spark first, otherwise you'll be totally lost. I am looking forward to reading Flame, which is Carissa's story. My only fear is it's going to be hard to top Velaney and Eric's story.
Posted November 4, 2013
Book 2 kicks off with tons more drama. How the hell does Velaney have so much drama in her life? Man, every time I turn the page it is something else!
Just when Velaney thinks Aiden is gone from her life, he pops back up in the airplane on Velaney and Eric's way to Texas. Say what? Dun Dun Dun.....
Velaney has to deal with tons of crap from her past. We know that from book one, but she hasn't learned to make the best decisions and I really wanted to strangle her. ugh..... Damnit. She seriously was pissing me off.
Then, let's talk about Eric. He was pissing me off too. I mean, seriously, I understand that you need to be understanding and stuff, blah, blah, blah, but Valeney needs some serious sense knocked into her head. Was that a little cold? Hmm....let me know.
In Burn, the story of Eric and Velaney are wrapped up and has a lovely epilogue that brings their past and futures together in a nice ending. I truly felt the gammet of emotions throughout these two books; shock, horror, frustration, anger, you-got-to-be-kidding, eye-rolling and happiness. Yep, everything. For making me feel all those emotions I give it 3.75 stars. Not quite 4, but still a great read.
Posted October 5, 2013
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Posted October 14, 2013
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