Review: Sparks Fly by Lauren Runow

Posted April 3rd 2018 by The Faerie Queen in Reviews / 0 Comments


Sparks Fly

Review: Sparks Fly by Lauren Runow
This book may be unsuitable for people under 17 years of age due to its use of sexual content, drug and alcohol use, and/or violence.
Author: Lauren Runow
Release date: April 3rd 2018
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Pages: 165
Format: eBook
Source: the author

I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

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Everly wasn’t excited over her impending meeting with the enigmatic Prince Sage. Being one of only four women from whom the Prince gets to choose in marriage was never something she valued. Her goal was to politely and elegantly remove herself from a forced wedding due to long standing traditions. Handsome Prince or not, she won’t marry for anything but love.

Once Sage proceeds to the next candidate, Everly finally feels she can move forward with her life. On her own terms. That is, until she receives a mysterious request, asking her to solve a riddle, taking her on a night she’ll never forget.

A fervent adventure ensues, and attraction builds as the excitement of the night unfolds. Sparks fly in more ways than one just as she finds out who’s stealing her heart.


The Faerie Queen’s review

DNF @ 21%

Another book I wanted to like but clearly wasn’t meant for me. I wasn’t ok with a few things, but I wanted to get through to the end after reading other reviews. However, I finally reached a point where I thought “this isn’t ok” and had to admit defeat. Here’s what led to my decision…

  1. The prince is a from a country called Canterbury. Every time this was brought up, I was jarred, since Canterbury is a real city in England. I think it would have been better to make up a completely new country name so as to avoid this (and comments from my status update from other readers support this suggestion).
  2. Sage’s mom seemed really weak, and his dad was just rude and controlling. I know this isn’t a big issue and can work, but they seemed a bit two-dimensional, like they had to play the role for Sage to have something serious to rebel against. It didn’t read naturally.
  3. Everly is “not like other girls”, of course. She’s Different because she has Real Interests and Ambitions and doesn’t just want to be with Sage because he’s a prince! Sigh.
  4. Sage thought it was ok to send his friend to follow Everly around in secret. He also thought it was ok to lead another woman on just so he could maintain a show before surprising Everly.
  5. But then, so that he didn’t have to feel guilty about leading the other woman on, she turns out to be a piece of work, saying he has no choice to marry her and that he just has to deal with it and put on a show for the cameras. Of course she needs to be nasty to contrast with Not Like Other Girls Everly.
  6. Finally, Everly received a text from an unknown number, asking her to play a game. I’m sorry, but has she not watched any of the Saw movies?! And then she got a riddle that she interpreted as an instruction to go to a club. She talked to her friend on the phone, who asked if Everly wanted someone to go with her, and she said no. GIRL, ARE YOU INSANE??????? You’re going to go to a dark club on your own at the instruction of a stranger?! That’s just dangerous and appalling.

That was the final straw for me. I realised I wasn’t going to enjoy this story when I was either rolling my eyes or just dumbfounded at how unbelievable it all was.

It really is a shame since that cover model has such nice eyes, eh?


About Lauren Runow

Lauren Runow is the author of multiple Adult Contemporary Romance novels, some more dirty than others. When Lauren isn't writing, you'll find her listening to music, at her local CrossFit, reading, or at the baseball field with her boys. Her only vice is coffee, and she swears it makes her a better mom!

Lauren is a graduate from the Academy of Art in San Francisco and is the founder and co-owner of the community magazine she and her husband publish. She lives in Northern California with her husband and two sons.

You can also stay in touch through the social media links below.


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