One word answers. Then silence. Despite my best efforts, it was impossible to draw J out. This was quite unusual for me. This birthday dinner for my other friend ended up being one of the most awkward meals I have ever experienced. J only gave one-word answers and the other guy at the table wasn’t contributing to the conversation either. Sigh.
I am generally able to coax conversation out of the most reluctant people. Most of the time, once I start asking people questions about themselves they begin to open up and share. I ask about hobbies and potential common ground. I’ve had some conversations where the other person will just begin talking and talking non-stop and only afterwards have heard others mention how shy and quiet they are. Really?
A Sudden Spark
by Liwen Y. Ho
Series: The Spark Brothers #2
Publication Date July 22, 2018
Genres: Christian Fiction, Clean Romance
Setting: California Contemporary
Main Character Ages: 25-34
Written for: Adults
He’s a writer too shy to speak to women. She’s a single mom who’s sworn off men. Little do they know how much a marriage of convenience will shake up their lives.
Brandon Spark may know a thing or two about women as a romance author, but his real love life proves otherwise. Between his hang-up over a college friend and bouts with social anxiety, dating is the last thing on his mind … until he runs into his old crush.
Hair stylist Bria Montgomery made some major mistakes a decade ago—wandering from her faith, then getting pregnant and dropping out of college. She’s desperate to leave her past—and the men from it—behind, but it’s impossible when they keep showing up in her life.
Brandon can’t believe he has a second chance with his first love; Bria can’t fathom ever falling for a guy she friend-zoned years ago. When an unexpected custody battle forces them to become husband and wife, things get intense and personal—fast. Will this sudden change end their friendship or spark a lasting romance?
I received a complimentary copy of this book. This gift did not influence my opinion or review.
Also in this series: A Single Spark
Painfully shy. That was Brandon Spark. His brothers were all almost larger-than-life, but Brandon was the quiet one and preferred hanging out in the background unnoticed. I loved that he was a romance writer who had only fallen in love once. Only kissed a girl once. Never dated. Yet his books were very popular. What a fun idea!
Brandon was slightly jealous of his brothers – the way they were so heroic and able to jump in and take charge. It was so cool how he got to be the hero of his story, as impossible as it had seemed.
Bria couldn’t understand shy and quiet at all. Her son, Seth, was an enigma to her. All he wanted to do blend into the wallpaper and read. Bria was pretty much all alone, other than him. Her parents had disowned her; Seth’s father signed away parental rights and ignored his son. It was so sad. She liked Brandon as a friend but he was the antithesis of the kind of guy she was attracted to.
I loved the way that Brandon and Bria reunited and how despite the fact that Brandon knew he was still in love with her, he was so afraid to take a step to get closer to her. The pep talks he gave himself as he tried to work up the courage to approach her were so cute. One of my favorite scenes was where Brandon finally got up the nerve to have Bria cut his hair and then almost chickened out. He met Seth, having no idea who he was, scared to death about having to order lunch for himself. The ensuing conversation they had and the way that Seth talked him out of his fear was adorable.
This is a very sweet marriage of convenience story that is believable and enjoyable.