A Spark of Romance by Jamie K. Schmidt

Is she out of reach?

Fire Chief and former Army sergeant Kayleigh Baker is determined to save Mulberry’s annual Fourth of July fireworks display. She doesn’t want to disappoint the kids and the fireworks are a bittersweet memory of her mom’s last summer. As the town prepares for the summer parade and picnic, Kayleigh works to convince her former high school crush — now the straight-laced police chief — to help her cause.

Does he stack up?

Police Chief Liam MacAvoy doesn’t like the chaos the fireworks cause for his department and can’t hide his relief when they’re canceled. But now he’s got the woman he’s been in love with for as long as he can remember asking for his help. How can he say no? What he’d really like is to show her that fireworks and town traditions are not the only things worth fighting for.

Can the boy next door and the town hero find the courage to finally seize their chance at love?

Title:  A Spark of Romance
Series:
Author:  Jamie K Schmidt
Genre:  Contemporary Romance
Published:  June 30, 2020
Publisher:  Tule Publishing
My Rating:  4 stars

Take two equally stubborn, hard-headed people.  Mix in a bit of history of crushes and an unsuccessful kiss back in high school.  Fold in some conflict over Independence Day fireworks.  Sprinkle with lots of sexual tensions and small-town ‘romantic help’.  And you’ll discover ‘A Spark of Romance‘.

Liam and Kayleigh are obviously interested in each other… for a very long time.  Yet, each now has responsible careers that will put them on opposite sides of a holiday tradition in their small hometown.  As the Police Chief, Liam isn’t the least bit sorry that troubles with the supplier of the fireworks display will prevent that nightmare of calls, emergencies, and possible body parts being blown off from taking place.  On the other side, Kayleigh as Fire Chief wants that display with all of her heart for many differing reasons.  And she’ll do anything she needs to do to make those fireworks ignite the sky this year.

I enjoyed ‘A Spark of Romance‘ and certainly hope it is an introduction to a soon to be series, it has that feel to it.  A romance that feels old-fashioned in mindset and delivery was a delightful discovery.  Yet.  It seemed to me that for most of Liam’s and Kayleigh’s story all they did was argue, or fight, or walk away with issues unresolved.  I felt the attraction, knew that they had feelings for each other (or was told that they did), and there were so many laugh-out-loud moments (think mischievous Husky on a roof needing rescuing), and a down-home small-town feel that the arguments didn’t take away from my enjoying their story and wanting to know more about characters I met.  So, I’m going to leave it at that.  I had fun, I definitely want more stories about this family, this town, and these secondary characters because I can see what might be – and I want to experience that.

*I received an e-ARC of this novel from the publisher, Tule Publishing. That does not change what I think of this story.  It is my choice to leave a review giving my personal opinion about this book.*

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