Your audiobook is waiting…

Sparks like Ours

Narrated by: Melissa Sternenberg
Series: Seven Shores, Book 3
Length: 8 hrs and 43 mins
Categories: Fiction, Gay & Lesbian
4.5 out of 5 stars (294 ratings)

$14.95/month after 30 days. Cancel anytime.

OR
In Cart
This Story Is Seductive

Publisher's Summary

Gia Malone wants one thing and one thing only: to be the best surfer in the world. Her biggest obstacle is the annoyingly perky Elle Britton. Not only is Elle number one in the rankings, she's also a fan favorite. But there's a lot about Elle that Gia never noticed, like her surprising sense of humor and picture-perfect mouth. 

Elle Britton is tired. After tournaments, fan meetups, and nonstop media requests, all she wants in the world is a little peace and quiet. But with Gia Malone closing in on her ranking, she has to surf her best. When the media picks up the story of their neck-and-neck status, Elle finds herself forced further into the spotlight, this time alongside Gia, the knockout with the killer shred and sexy smile. 

It's not long before there's no denying the chemistry on and off the beach. But only one can win.... 

A Seven Shores romance

©2018 Melissa Brayden (P)2018 Bold Strokes Books, Inc

What members say

Average Customer Ratings

Overall

  • 4.5 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars
    207
  • 4 Stars
    67
  • 3 Stars
    16
  • 2 Stars
    3
  • 1 Stars
    1

Performance

  • 4.5 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars
    203
  • 4 Stars
    64
  • 3 Stars
    13
  • 2 Stars
    2
  • 1 Stars
    0

Story

  • 4.5 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars
    196
  • 4 Stars
    62
  • 3 Stars
    21
  • 2 Stars
    2
  • 1 Stars
    1

Reviews - Please select the tabs below to change the source of reviews.

Sort by:
Filter by:
  • Overall
    2 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    2 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    2 out of 5 stars

Not My Favorite

The story was just ok, predictable and boring. The narration seemed to make the characters mechanical and all the same. I love MB, but this one was not my favorite.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars

Great narrator elevates a great story

Narration can ruin the experience of a book or make it great. A great story teller as Melissa Brandon deserve a great narrator and for this book she got one. Mellisa Sternberg does a superb work in reading this book. Listening was effortless. The moving from character to another felt so natural. There was no point during the listening that I needed figure out who is talking.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

Melissa Brayden has never disappointed

I loved it!!! I can totally relate, Always and the Narrator is good. My life has been written in all her books and I sit here wondering, how may lives do I have... This is great stuff. ❤️

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars

WOW

Loved the book, hell I've listened to the first 3 now and cant wait to be able to get the 4th. Amazing story line.

  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars

Wanting more

I loved this book probably because I love be surfing, but I like the characters. It’s not a 5 star because I would like more character development on Gia and Elle. Why do lesbian novel have so much sex scenes. It’s like cursing unnecessary. I think you could do a whole series more on n just these 2. Though I am curious why when Gia brought up hunter, Melissa did write in that Malory brought hunter with her and they reconnected there friendship

  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars

Sparks are flying and it was good

This book was not my favorite of Melissa's prob because the plot was a little overdone with competing athletes. I love the surfing aspect though. Also, I felt the way the surfers handled the initial losing streak was a bit weak.
But getting past all that, I love all these characters and they sassiness and everyone's outlook on love and romance. Melissa gave me a nice read and I enjoy the 7 shores romances a ton.
Keep going. I feel a fashionista is going to be very happy soon.

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

lovvvve ir

omg omg I hope Hadley story is out by now. I mean common on Mel you have enough time. If not GETS TO WRITING WOMAN LOL!!!!

  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars

Amazing story

This book had me hooked from the beginning. It’s a great story from a brilliant writer, with excellent character development as well as delightful dialogue. I loved everything about it and totally recommend this book

  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars

A Competitors-to-Lovers Done Especially Well

I listened to this one as an audiobook while walking the dog and doing chores over a week or so. I savoured it, which isn't to say I wasn't hooked, but more that the pacing here was really consistent and gave nice pauses where I could (just) stand to pause it to hold onto the story for a few more dog walks at a time.

This book in the Seven Shores quartet lands upon Gia, the top-ten surfer we've come to love through the first two books, and settles itself pretty quickly into what could be in the hands of a lesser author a simple play through of the "enemies-to-lovers" trope (or, maybe just "dislike-to-love"). Gia plays her life pretty close to the chest, and she's worked damn hard to get where she is, and isn't one to mince words—which leaves her to be far, far less outgoing than one of her competitors, Elle, who is currently number one in the surfing rankings.

Elle—to put it mildly—drives Gia nuts. She's so plastic and fake and bubbly and always "on" and it's so obvious no one can be that upbeat and happy and perfectly perky all the time.

And then they land a co-sponsorship, which means spending time together, and it turns out Elle isn't by any means plastic. And Elle starts to realize Gia has more to her than just being a grumpy and silent and talented athlete. They bond. They help each other out once or twice, and then... well, like the title says, sparks.

I love where Brayden went with the conflict of their relationship, because (a) it wasn't something I'd seen before in a (fr)enemies-to-lovers plot, and (b) it was about the two women making a choice between two very important things. It wasn't miscommunication. It wasn't a misunderstanding. It was a realization that two things they wanted very, very much weren't going to be compatible in the short (and maybe even long) term.

I loved that.

I also loved the resolution having impact, and something I rarely ever see in sports-related romance, which I would love to see much more often, but I don't want to spoil it by spelling it out here.

I should note the performer continues to be excellent in this audio series, and her tones and accents nabbed and grabbed throughout, and as always the characterization was solid in her hands. If you've not tried this series, grab them in order, and feel confident in getting them all in one go.

Now I'm so looking forward to the last of the quartet, Hadley.

(Also, I wonder if I could convince Brayden to write a Christopher story for me.)

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

Excellent Audio!

I enjoyed Sparks Like Ours by Melissa Brayden. This is part of the Seven Shores romance series. Two rival women surfers must work together on an ad campaign. And the rest is history . Melissa Sternenberg does an excellent job with the narration.

Sort by:
Filter by:
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
Profile Image for Miss
  • Miss
  • 07-22-18

A real pleasure

Well worth the wait - a really enjoyable book with fantastic dialog as you would expect from Melissa Brayden

1 of 1 people found this review helpful