Spark (Elemental #2)
Gabriel has always had his twin brother standing right next to him - sometimes pretending to be him. But when an arsonist takes to playing with fire in their town, everyone thinks Gabriel is involved including his family. Yeah, he plays with fire and he's working on controlling it but this time it's NOT him. Too bad no one seems to believe him. Isolated and angry, Gabriel struggles as he turns to a cute sophomore girl to help save his math grade only to find a chemistry between them that rivals the heat of the fire he loves so much. But she has some secrets of her own and he can't help but try to discover them while trying to protect his own. As the truths trickle out, Gabriel must decide who to trust or risk losing his family, his freedom and maybe even his life.
5 stars- Hot sparks are flying everywhere in this masterful continuation of the Elemental series.
I loved Storm and was so excited to read Spark. The idea of the elemental world really appeals to me. I've seen it more and more in books and I can't seem to get enough. This series has this unique take on the Elemental world where partial Elementals are okay but full ones are too dangerous to be allowed to exist. I find it ironic that the ones sent to "deal with" them might be even more dangerous. It's a great paradox that I'm sure will come into play as this series continues. The whole idea is just awesome.
The characters rock this series. I love the four brothers - each one for different reasons. I wasn't sure how I would feel about Gabriel since he was cooky and dangerous in Storm, but I fell for him hard and fast. He's a misunderstood little boy on the inside. I'm sure he's be horrified at the thought, but I so wanted to hug him when his bad luck got him in the worst possible situations. I loved how he fell for the sweet and shy Layne. Not his normal "type", he sees through her efforts to not show her beauty and falls for her. She fills a need in him that he may not have even known he had. I love them together. He sticks up for her. He cares about her. He helps her brother when he doesn't have to. Really, I saw the very sweet, caring side of Gabriel Merrick in this book and he is fabulous. Nick may have won everyone over in Storm, I'm all about Gabriel. I will admit that I really was a little irritated at all of this brothers for awhile in this book. Michael does the best job of being his brother and after Storm, that's saying something.
I have to say that I decided that Hunter wasn't as bad in this book. I really didn't like him at all in Storm. I tried to like him more in Fearless but he redeemed himself for me in this book. Now there is this little question left about him at the end but I don't believe it. I think Hunter is alright.
Layne is this very strong young lady that I would so want to be friends with. She takes care of her deaf younger brother and puts up with her annoying mother and workaholic father. Her secrets were not what I was expecting but they were the perfect sort for Gabriel to help her with. They compliment each other so well and I really enjoyed them.
Now the storyline for this book was not what I expected. I knew that Gabriel wasn't setting the fires since we are in his head when they happen. But my suspension was totally wrong. Love it when that happens. I wish I could have just read this one straight through. It's that good. I made the mistake of starting it very close to school starting for me and I ended up taking a break from it to deal with life. But I really want to re-read it straight through.
If you liked Storm, you're gonna love Spark. If you have read this series, you need to. It's great paranormal romance!!!