Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Blog Tour for Igniting the Wild Sparks by Ren Alexander

Publication Date: April 22, 2014
In the second follow up to “Chasing the Wild Sparks,” Hadley Beckett comes closer to triumphing over a reluctant Finn Wilder…
What would you do if the love of your life gave you the keys to the kingdom, but won’t let you in? At the end of her rope, Hadley grabs her intrepid boyfriend Finn Wilder’s world by the…bridge. Finally ready to end the never-ending merry-go-round that is their unknotted life together, she enlists the help of her friends to help boost her own courage. Since Finn is all about walking on the wild side but not down an aisle, Hadley challenges him to the ultimate test that will prove her more daring than the daredevil himself, hoping Finn will take notice and change his mind about making her forever his. Throwing down the irrevocable gauntlet, will Hadley celebrate supreme victory over his heart or will she accept the cruelest defeat at the very hand she holds?


Igniting the Wild Sparks is the single most difficult book that I’ve reviewed so far. This book carried so much emotion. I’ve read reviews before where people say that they had to put the book down for awhile because the emotions were to strong. That has never happened to me before, until Igniting the Wild Sparks. I have never cried so much during a book. My eyes were blood shot and swollen.

In Igniting the Wild Sparks Finn is still trying to work up the courage to pop the big question, while Becks is still trying to come to terms with having a life with Finn but never getting married or having a family. There is a lot of angst throughout the book. Finn and Becks love each other fiercely but are both stubborn and want what they want. It is difficult for either of them to give up on their beliefs and overcome their fears. It is devastating to watch their relationship during the rocky points because they hurt each other so easily. There is love, laughter, betrayal, manipulation, angst, and trickery throughout the book.
Ren Alexander is truly a wonderful writer. I have never in my life felt so attached to two characters. Ren draws you in and captures your full attention. I had to wait a week before I could write this review because there was no way I could write it without letting my emotions get in the way. Even now, a week after reading it, it still gets to me. I really hope Ren Alexander decides to continue Finn and Becks story as I am extremely anxious to read more. This book deserves 5 outstanding stars!

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Chasing The Wild Sparks (Book 1)



What would you do if the love of your life doesn’t want the same life you do? Hadley Beckett has failed in not only her career, but as a daughter, friend, and girlfriend. Hadley’s longtime boyfriend, Finn Wilder, who is Richmond, Virginia’s local daredevil and favorite sportscaster, isn’t afraid of anything…almost. Hadley desperately wants a marriage and kids with him, the two things Finn infamously dreads. Finn pressures Hadley into moving in with him, but being traditional, she wants to be married first and she wants to stick to her beliefs, just as he clings to his own. On the other hand, Finn has tolerated Hadley’s stubbornness long enough and he’s reaching his breaking point. Fearing at 33 that she will soon be too old to have kids, Hadley wants Finn to change his mind and marry her, yet her insecurities about his public life and from his constant rebuffs have her questioning her aspirations. With conflicting advice from her friends, Hadley concludes she should take things into her own hands. But then again, Finn Wilder has his own story to tell.


Ok, this review is going to be very hard for me to write. Not because I didn’t like it or because I’m having a hard time coming up with the right words. No, this review is hard to write because I don’t want to stop reading Daring the Wild Sparks, the next book in the series! Yes, I have become quite obsessed with Finn and Becks!

Finn and Becks love each other so deeply it is borderline obsession. They both want the same thing, to be together forever. However, they also both doubt the others love. The reason is because Finn refuses to marry Becks, which is her dream, and Becks refuses to move in with Finn, which is his dream. What do you do when the love of your life refuses to fully commit?

It’s so heartbreaking to watch the troubles between Finn and Becks because you just know they love each other so much. So much so that they just can not see it themselves. They hurt each other so often because they both fear the other will leave. They are very insecure about their relationship but as a reader I knew to the very marrow of my bones that neither would leave the other. 

Ren Alexander has done a phenomenal job of keeping my attention throughout this book. The world in which she has created is completely captivating. There were so many times I wanted to shake some sense into the characters. The side characters are absolutely hilarious!! I laughed and teared up and got so frustrated so much while reading this book. The passion between Finn and Becks is explosive and often had me hot and bothered.

Okay, I’m wrapping this review up because I’ve been away from Finn and Becks for far too long. I give Chasing the Wild Spark 10 wonderful and beautiful stars!!



Daring the Wild Sparks (Book 2)



In the follow up to “Chasing the Wild Sparks,” Hadley Beckett’s quest for wedded bliss perseveres… What would you do if the love of your life were closer to making your dreams come true? Riding high in her relationship with her sportscaster/local daredevil boyfriend Finn Wilder, Hadley Beckett makes plans concerning her future with Finn. Big plans. Infamously anti-marriage, Finn promised Hadley he’d consider taking her to the altar if she gives him more time. Diving headfirst and with encouragement from friends, Hadley formulates her own way to handle Finn if he can’t commit to her soon. Knowing she has an uphill climb ahead of her, Hadley is still determined to succeed, yet is she unwittingly destined to fail?


In the second installment of Ren Alexander’s Sparks series Finn and Becks still struggle with their belief that one will leave the other. The love that they hold for each other is borderline unhealthy. I know that they both belong together and want them to be together but I kept getting so frustrated with their mistrust with each other. I felt down in my soul that nothing would tear them apart.

It’s so maddening to watch these two people, who love each other unconditionally, fear that their love is, in fact, conditional. Their love is there for everyone to see, and everyone does see it, but they can not see it themselves. Their irrational fear is putting a major strain on their relationship and it hurt my heart to witness it.

Ren is such an amazing writer. Her attention to detail is outstanding. The way she portrays Finn and Becks relationship and their issues is believable. Many couples go through the same thing on a daily basis. I can not tell you how obsessed I have become to finish out Finn and Becks story. It’s not that I want to finish their story, it’s that I NEED to. This story has left me with so many feelings that I don’t know what to do with them all. Daring the Wild Sparks has definitely earned a permanent place on my bookshelf.


20 Fun Facts About Ren Alexander

1. My favorite ice cream is chocolate/peanut butter, but I don’t do the kind with the cups in it. 2. The smell of peaches, cucumbers, and Easter lilies make me viciously gag. I can’t even walk through a produce aisle without breathing out of my mouth or holding my breath when I’m around them. Peaches are especially smelly there. 3. Watermelon, banana, and peach candy flavors are GROSS. 4. I LOVE lighthouses! 5. I’m a huge history buff. I could watch the History Channel all day when they’re showing actual shows about history. 6. I’m right-handed, but can only drive with my left hand. If I drove with my right, I would drive into a tree or off a cliff. 7. I’ve only owned two cars, both Toyotas. The first, I had for 10 years. 8. I can type 65-70 WPM, depending on my mood and what I’m typing. 9. I’m addicted to Diet Mt. Dew ever since they changed the flavor about five years ago. 10. I can’t stomp on bugs. I will hurl. 11. Mushrooms are the devil. 12. I developed asthma when I was 27. 13. I have a B.S. in criminal justice. 14. When I write, I can’t write scenes out of order. It drives me insane. I have to be driven to that point in order to express the characters’ emotions to my full capacity. It’s not organic to me. 15. I’m a music geek. If someone wants to know who sings what, my friends ask me from 50′s music and on. 16. I LOVE to laugh, but hate my laugh. Hmm… 17. I love plaid! If I could dress like a grunge chick or resembling an old man on a golf course everyday, I probably would. 18. I am VERY camera shy. You won’t find me in many pictures. 19. Each person I’ve dedicated my books to (two so far) have made it into my story as a character. Which ones are they? Hmm… 20. I have one tattoo. A skeleton key with an “R” at the top.
Ren Alexander was born in Wheeling, West Virginia, but grew up in a nearby tiny, historical, college town in the Northern Panhandle of the state. She graduated from West Liberty University, where she received a B.S. in criminal justice. Although interested in that field, her true passion was reading and writing.
She currently lives in Detroit, Michigan with her husband, two daughters and two cats. "Chasing the Wild Sparks" is Ren's first novel.

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