Review: Something Sparked by Mari Carr

Reviewed by Shelly

I started finding errors (articles and syntax) early in this purchased book and just couldn’t help but start to judge the quality of the story. Jeannette’s from a big family but she’s chosen the life of a social recluse. I found her to be a nice person, but I didn’t understand why she chose to keep herself apart from these admittedly wonderful and loving people. They’d not hurt her in any way. I didn’t understood her pushing them away, and by the end of the book, I wasn’t made to understand either.

Jeannette doesn’t date, I don’t mean she hasn’t dated in a couple months or years – she just doesn’t date. So when a couple of firefighters, who moved to town a few years ago, flirt, tease and basically cajole her into going out with them she finally succumbs to their persuasiveness. I wouldn’t even call it charming because they weren’t. The scene when Jeannette accepted their offer of a date seemed off – I didn’t think that she’d accept based on what happened. I had a hard time believing her character changed that much in a few minutes because she’s not an impulsive person.

Jeannette’s part of the Sparks family that makes up a big part of the small town. She works at the family restaurant that’s a staple in the town. She’s got a good life if you’re looking from the outside in. When we meet Jeanette, she’s going through a rough patch. There’s something in her past that’s been eating away at her for the last 15 years and it’s sucking all the life out of her. She’s going down the slippery slope of depression and she knows it because she’s been there before. I’m not sure how she’s gotten out of it in the past as it’s not discussed but this time she has the distraction of Luc and Diego.

Jeannette’s determined to do something different and that different is going out with Luc and Diego. Luc and Diego are best friends (twice in the story they reference each other as brothers, listen folks I’m no prude but that’s disturbing on so many levels I can’t even tell you) and lovers. The thing with them is that they don’t date separately. It’s always together and everyone in the small town knows it. Jeannette’s opinion on their dating history is the same as everyone else’s – no-one gets it. To be honest, I didn’t get it either.

The story started out well. Jeannette, Luc and Diego actually went on dates.The first time they got to first base was fun for all. There was no pressure, nothing forced. The guys didn’t try to talk her into anything and Jeannette, with her history, didn’t miraculously decide she’s gotta have it and have it right now. But I knew it wouldn’t last.

When her house is destroyed by a fire, she goes to live with Luc and Diego. Yep, here it comes. I was sorely disappointed with what the author did to Jeannette’s character. I thought the intent here was that she’s a sweet, likable, staid and self-protecting personality. But the more I got to know her the less I liked. She doesn’t pay attention to anyone around her. She’s got this big family but at 31 years of age doesn’t realize how much they care about her. These people took her in when she was 16 and both her parents were killed in a car accident. Spoiler alert. She was also raped by her teenaged boyfriend. It was her first and last time for anything sexual. But she tells no one, not even the female cousin she claims to be closest to. How does this person who’s without sexual experience ‘know’ there’s something going on between Luc and Diego. Does she have some sixth sense that sees things that aren’t visible to the naked eye?

Jeanette had never used a tampon, never masturbated, never gone to the gynecologist. Nothing.

How does that person who’s totally ignored her sexual organs insists during her first night of, almost, coitus with Luc and Diego claims she wants to watch Luc and Diego have sex, not just fellatio but full on anal. I had to put the book down for a bit at that point because I was just too outdone because I was just disappointed.

The three eventually have their HEA and the identity of the bad guy wasn’t a secret to me. All in all, this story was a big disappointment and although I initially wanted to read the other books in the series I don’t see myself doing that at this point.

Happy reading folks!

Rating: D

Click to purchase: Amazon

Something Sparked
by Mari Carr
Release Date: September 1, 2015


  1. oh this one definitely sounds disappointing, but I am not a big fan of menage so I will definitely pass on this one. Thanks for sharing your thoughts on this one.

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