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New Release Review and Giveaway! A SPARK OF ROMANCE by Jamie K. Schmidt

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Is she out of reach?

Fire Chief and former Army sergeant Kayleigh Baker is determined to save Mulberry’s annual Fourth of July fireworks display. She doesn’t want to disappoint the kids and the fireworks are a bittersweet memory of her mom’s last summer. As the town prepares for the summer parade and picnic, Kayleigh works to convince her former high school crush — now the straight-laced police chief — to help her cause.

Does he stack up?

Police Chief Liam MacAvoy doesn’t like the chaos the fireworks cause for his department and can’t hide his relief when they’re cancelled. But now he’s got the woman he’s been in love with for as long as he can remember asking for his help. How can he say no? What he’d really like is to show her that fireworks and town traditions are not the only things worth fighting for.

Can the boy next door and the town hero find the courage to finally seize their chance at love?

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A Spark of Romance is a sweet friends-to-lovers romance between the fire chief and the police chief of a small town who are clashing over whether or not the town’s fireworks display is going to happen on Independence Day. (Her: yes, it’s my dead mother’s legacy. Him: but the noise complaints! the dogs! the kids using the example to set off their own and almost blowing off their body parts! Oddly enough, given that the heroine is an Army vet, veterans’ PTSD being set off doesn’t come into play…maybe no one else in town has been in combat?)

Kayleigh and Liam were clearly into each other–the whole town could see it, as is evidenced by her dad’s social media feed–and it took them *forever* to finally get together, but there was a whole lot of rom-com-y-ish reasons why throughout which made it more fun than frustrating most of the time. An honest conversation or two could have cleared things up as well, though it was obvious that they both had baggage (especially from the carnage left behind by their first kiss as teens) that made it *mostly* believable that they didn’t just sit down and have a chat to clear the air.

And then they do get together, and it’s all adorableness–worth it!

The small town setting is delightful and the secondary characters a lot of fun (KAYLEIGH HAS TWO SISTERS, Y’ALL!) so my fingers are crossed that we’ll see more books set in Mulberry in the not-so-distant future 🙂

Rating: 4 stars / B+

I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy of this book.

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  1. Sara Strand Sara Strand

    You know, sometimes I just really need a fast read and this seems like I could enjoy this one. Thank you for being on this tour! Sara @ TLC Book Tours

  2. It did read really fast! I hope you enjoy 🙂

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