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The Spark

By: Sylvie Stewart
Narrated by: Amanda Stribling,David Black
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Mark Beckett is the most annoying, patronizing, arrogant jerk on the face of the earth. So, naturally, I can’t get the damn man out of my head.

Fiona:
Like the old saying goes, I’m a jill of all trades but a master of none. What I lack in skill, however, I make up for in enthusiasm - something certain people (ahem) find irritating. But I have my reasons for living my life the way I do, for diving into one project after another and trying to make a difference. And if Mark Beckett doesn’t like it, he knows where to find the door. I don’t need his approval...or his panty-melting kisses.

Mark:
I enjoy the simple things in life: a job well done, a cold beer, a hot woman...you get the idea. But there’s nothing simple about the mess I just found myself in. The last thing I need is a pint-size princess sticking her nose in my business and pushing every damn one of my buttons like it’s her job. But Fiona Pierce may be the only one with the tools to solve my problems - and the power to change everything.

Winner of the 2017 National Indie Excellence Award for Romantic Comedy

Winner of the 2017 Readers’ Favorite Silver Medal for Romantic Comedy

©2017/2018 Sylvie Stewart (P)2019 Sylvie Stewart

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very good

Loved it !! this story. the narrator is so fantastic it's like your really there!! good overall

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Awesome story

The Spark definetly lived up to it's title. Mark and friends were so funny in the beginning I laughed like a fool. The story took a more serious turn with absolute fluency. Some very serious life events occurred and were handled eloquently. I enjoyed this book very much. Thanks for the good read!

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Great listen ;)

I love audiobooks - it brings the book to life. I first read this whole series and the audiobook performance really makes you laugh and feel! I received this complimentary audiobook for an honest review.

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hilarious

I'm pretty sure this is the first thing I've read/listened to from this author. it was so funny! there were more times than I could count where I was laughing out loud. it's obviously part of a series, but I have no idea how much I've missed not reading in order. I did feel a little lost a couple of times with trying to know who was who and who was related or whatever. I'm normally not too excited for the alternating chapter narration, but this worked for me. I loved Fiona and I loved the nickname Marc gave her!

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Seriously worth your credit! A favorite of the series!

We first met Fiona in The Fix which is Book One of this series. She was the crazy best friend of Laney who was loaded with double entendre one liners. In this book Fiona is still a fun and crazy girl but she brings about new zaniness. Between her designer outfits and let's not forget all the shoes and boots etc. I could not help but have a clear picture of her in my head and a smile on my face when reading. Fiona has dealt with a lot and since she is usually only interested one one night affairs. It was interesting to see how she deals with Mark once she heard his intentions. I enjoyed Fiona's story and had many a smile and giggle at her antics. She is a great character since I was never really sure what she was thinking or going to do next.
PS I loved Marks nickname for her. I think it fits her perfect!

I was not a fan of Mark after the first book or the beginning of this book. I did end up really liking him by the end of the book. He also is only interested in one night stands and makes fun of Nate for his relationship with Laney. But he slowly starts to evolve into an human ( you know, from the pig he was before) as time goes by and he gets more time with Fiona. Definitely not love at first sight between the two. I think there is mostly hate and sarcasm. Then that underlying attraction starts and away we go on a great story. We get to meet Marks family in this book and I loved the relationship between Mark and his brother Jake. When they hung out or had phone conversations you could feel their brotherly love for each other.
By the way the ending of the book is phenomenal! I can't say what happens but it totally revamped my opinion of Mark and made me believe in him.
Jake and Bailey or Gavin next? Either way I will be reading it! Great second book of the series!

I did listen to this on audio. Amanda Stribling and David Clark are the narrators. Both did an amazing job with these two characters. I think they were the perfect picks! Another on my favorites listen!

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The Spark

I loved the banter between Fiona & Mark. David Black & Amanda Stribling did a great job with the narration. I can’t wait to listen to the next book in this series. I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

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Love Fiona and Mark!

“The Spark” audiobook is just wonderful and tells the story of Fiona, a tiny dynamo of a woman and Mark, the muscular construction foreman. It isn’t love at first sight for Fiona and Mark. In fact, from the start, they can barely stand each other. Fortunately, due to a circumstance with Mark’s mom, they are forced to spend time together. Mark and Fiona slowly learn that their first impressions of each other were very wrong and that they are perfect for each other. Loved everything about this book, Sylvie had me rooting for Mark and Fiona from the very beginning.

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You just have to root for these two

Spark which happens to be the is an interesting and funny look at the life of a playboy Mark and a young woman Fiona who had lots of baggage and could not stay out of her own head which has her acting and talking nutty while she avoids any and all entanglements like Mark. They were frienenemies because he was friends to Nate who was dating Lainey which was Fiona's best friend. So there relationship was nonexistant but now that she and Lainey are helping him with his family issue things are about to get very interesting. Lots of laughs, romance, action and little suspense. Great story line and the characters sort of came alive. I was given a audible copy as a gift without obligation from the author. I am providing an honest review.

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What a great book!

I thoroughly enjoyed Fiona and Mark's story. The hilarious banter and obvious sexual tension made for a fantastic listen. The narrators did a great job and I can't wait to listen to book 3.

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AMAZING!

The narrators were so much fun and flipping back and forth between their viewpoints was sometimes frustrating and sometimes hilarious. They each made their character sound as if everything they thought and said was perfectly sane and normal - even when it wasn't! We learn that each character has relationship fears and issues and we actually discover the back story behind the issue so it was so easy to relate to the characters and cheer for each of them in turn - even when they were being totally unreasonable. I loved the way that Mark actually grew up first and then helped Fiona in the most sweet and amazing ways to challenge her beliefs and yet never, ever demean or belittle (HA!) her.

One of the great parts of the story was getting to see the previous couple from the series and how their relationship was going. If you hadn't already read it - it was just some nice window dressing to the current couple. For those who had already read it, it was so cool to see what happened next and it makes me anxious to read the next book in the series to see both couple's next steps.

Bottom line: This book is worth listening to over and over!

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