This is a quick, easy read. The characters Noelle has created are likable and relatable- I could see the Shavell family living next door to me and by the time you get to know Crew, his mom and little brother, Caleb, you'll feel you've known them forever. Hudson is a responsible, resourceful, and powerful female protagonist. And Crew...well, let's just say he is the perfect book boyfriend, though he might tell you differently.
He is solely focused on taking care of his brother how has epilepsy and being the man of the house to support his mom in her attempt to care for him and his brother. He has put his life on hold to be the big brother that takes it on himself to make his brother's life as normal as possible. It is clear from the beginning that Crew is a player and doesn't see himself settling down until he's older. Then he meets Hudson and his plans are derailed. Besides that, he is trying to find a job that will allow him to homeschool his brother and make money. In a ski town in the Colorado Rockies, that shouldn't be too hard, right?
Hudson thinks she is ready to date someone and try to balance school, her chores at the family B&B, her growing business and the general issues life throws at her. That is all well and good until she meets Crew. He throws her completely off course, but what he also does is give her a purpose. She knows she can help Caleb and the pot she grows can be used medicinally. The new laws in Colorado afford them the ability to grow and market the pot for several different groups of customers, not the least of which is someone who could benefit from a special strain she's been working on. Hudson knows the laws, the rules and the effects. It's perfect for all of them. Caleb gets the help he needs and Crew can get his hands on Hudson.
As a reader, I will tell you, this book has so many ups and downs, it will take you on a ride. I laughed, I cried, I yelled at the characters and I couldn't put it down. The pace is steady and yet, I found myself needing to know what happened next. What would Crew do about his job? What would Hudson do about the guy who was following her around? What would Caleb do with the pot? How would Hudson's family, especially her sisters, handle Crew being around? And Grandma.....she cracked me up. And....since it is set in my home state, it was even better!
I'm looking forward to book #2! Oh! And on a side note- while the characters are college age, this is not a YA book- better for mature readers!
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My younger brother is getting worse, and my job - my duty - is to help him at all costs. We've tried everything modern medicine has to offer and nothing works.
Deciding to turn to unconventional treatments, we end up at Fire-on-the-Mountain, a holistic resort deep in the Rockies.
In our search for medical marijuana, I find beautiful, free-spirited Hudson Shavell - a girl who may not only hold the key to heal my brother, but to fix me as well. Even though I can't afford distractions right now, she's all I can think about. All that I want.
It's funny how everything can change with one little SPARK.
***Though Spark is the first book in the Fire on the Mountain Series, it is a stand alone novel***
***Intended for mature audiences only***