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Spark (North Star #1)

3.91  ·  Rating Details ·  301 Ratings  ·  68 Reviews
North Star: Book One

In their small-town high school, Hugo and Kevin became closeted lovers who kept their secret even from parents. Hugo didn’t want to disappoint his terminally ill father, and Kevin’s controlling father would never tolerate a bisexual son. When college took them in different directions, they promised to reunite, but that didn’t happen for seventeen years.
ebook, 304 pages
Published September 2nd 2013 by Dreamspinner Press (first published September 1st 2013)
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I'm a bit at a loss for were to go with this review, so I'll get this out of the way first: I love this book, and I love Posy Roberts.

A few weeks ago, I read Roberts' Feathers From the Sky, a holiday-themed short story, and was enamored. I immediately searched her other works and settled on Spark, the story of two men reunited after a brief romance in their youth.

Warning No. 1: Spark starts off so strong you're going to want to clear your schedule. I promise you won't be able to put it down. Ho
Mar 15, 2016 Karen rated it really liked it
I wanted to love it more, honest I did...

'Sparks' is the third book that I've read by Posy Roberts the other two were 'Feathers From the Sky' and 'Fall Into You' both of these books were 5 star reads for me. They were so fantastic. So I have to wonder if maybe my expectations were a little over the top with this one.

While I didn't find myself becoming as absorbed with 'Sparks' as I was with 'Fall Into You' neither was it by any means a bad story. 'Sparks' is the beginning of a trilogy so it gi
Maggie Simms

edit review: I reread this book and loved it the second time around. I even downloaded the prequel and the sequel to it. Posy Roberts is a great writer.

Though I really enjoyed this book the second time around, There were several things about it that still annoyed me a bit, though:

*Summer. She is the typical all knowing, mother hen, meddling fag hag.

*I didn't really get the whole drama revolving around 'Miss Cherry Pop'. Hugo, who was an actor, PERFORMED in drags in a show. He did not LIVE in dra
Fluffy with a bit of angst in a love story spanning 17 years and second chances.

Hugo and Kevin were best friends and then closeted lovers in high school. Both keep the relationship hidden, for different reasons. College and family expectations made them drift apart, though neither ever forgot his first love.

Where Hugo comes out in college and finds a mostly fulfilling career as an actor and director, including a gig in drag as Miss Cherrie Pop, Kevin follows the path set forth by his controllin
Sep 13, 2016 Samantha rated it it was amazing
Recommended to Samantha by: SueM
4.5 Stars rounded up.

First thought:

Second thought: yum.

But seriously, I was like so excited and then it was just done and that made me super sad.

Spark tells the story of Hugo & Kevin, high school (secret) sweethearts, brought back together by a chance circumstance. They've each done a lot of growing, but one thing that's never changed is their love for each other. This is about them finding each other again, and starting off where they left, and making s

4,5 stars

Loved it and can't wait to start Fusion, the 2nd book of the North Star trilogy.
LiveYourLife BuyTheBook
Sep 08, 2013 LiveYourLife BuyTheBook rated it it was amazing
4.5 Stars
A "Live Your Life, Buy The Book" Review

Spark is one of those books that I am finding difficult to describe. I loved it. It is not angst filled or full of extreme emotions. It is subtle and flowing, written in a beautiful ,descriptive prose that painted images clearly in my mind and pulled me into the story.

Spark is a story about friendship, meeting our family’s expectations as well as our own, discovering one’s sexuality, life dreams, finding and losing love then discovering an unexpect
Nov 20, 2013 Anke rated it really liked it
Love this cover:)

I had mixed feelings while reading this book. The writing was very good and I rather couldn't put it down. I liked that here finally were women who were nice, friends, supportive and not evil and bad. I liked the kids and their interactions, vey well done. I liked Hugo very much, his background and how he took his life in his hands. Yes, some boyfriend-troubles, but overall he's pretty happy with his life. And he has his one best friend Summer - love them both together.

Well, w
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I feel divided with this book.

There were parts I adored here, but also there were parts I was really bored. It’s a slow burn book, in the sense of writing. Everything was done with no rush, very quietly. It’s a love story born from friendship, a story of the first love in youth, and of separation and distance, in time and place. Until one day fate decides to join them again. Lucky for them they are single when they meet again. In that moment, flames of passion blossom, and they decide there won
Sep 15, 2013 Pjm12 rated it really liked it
I thoroughly enjoyed this ponderous yet engaging journey to bring Kevin and Hugo back together after 17 years apart.

The narrative does flash back and forth quite a lot initially, but there isn't a lot of angst or obstacle to their love. Yes, Kevin has to out himself, but with Hugo as the prize, there's not much chance that not going to happen. And yes, Hugo does have his own secret identity, but we all know Kevin is too in love to let a little thing like Miss Cherrie! turn him off.

The kids are a
Jay Northcote
Sep 21, 2013 Jay Northcote rated it it was amazing
I was a pre-reader for this so am not entirely impartial, but I loved this story.

Spark is a beautiful story of second chances. Posy Roberts skilfully weaves the strands of two love stories - Hugo and Kevin's first love affair at high school and their reunion years later.

This is a rich and complex story with many layers, and a big cast of characters. But Posy does a great job of creating a satisfying story in this first part of the trilogy. Although some things are left open-ended you're not left
Oct 29, 2013 Erin rated it really liked it
Sometimes a book without too much drama and conflict is a good thing and sometimes it's just what you need.

This book had a wonderful flow to it without being tragic or sad. I bought the idea that Hugo and Kevin were still in love after so many years. There are some people we lose touch with because of some unfortunate twist of fate and reuniting with them changes your life for the better.

More to say but I hate spoilers so I'll leave it at this... if you want to read a great book that will leave
Oct 07, 2013 jagr9563 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: ebooks, m-m, romance
I believe I've read everything Posey has written - and I was (and still am!) honored to be a pre-reader for Spark. It is such a beautifully written book that I couldn't put it down. I'm a little late in getting this review out, but I honestly encourage everyone to read this series. You will not be disappointed!
Oct 05, 2013 L.Giselle rated it it was amazing
MM Good Books Reviews - Spark - Posy Roberts Title: Sparks
Series: North Star: Book One
Author: Posy Roberts
Genre: Contemporary/Coming of Age/First love-second chance
Length: Novel (304 pages)
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press (September 2nd, 2013)
Heat Level: Explicit Heart Rating: 5Hearts
Blurb: In their small-town high school, Hugo and Kevin became closeted lovers who kept their secret even from parents. Hugo didn’t want to disappoint his terminally ill father, and Kevin’s controlling father would neve
This was a really touching tale of reconnection and a love that just didn't want to die. I really enjoyed the intermixing of the past with the present. Kevin and Hugo's past was revealed in a manner that clarified who they were to each other without bogging down the story as they reconnected. I enjoyed getting to know these two as kids and then as the men they've become. I particularly liked that their high school love affair didn't disappear because of any huge blowup or scandal. There's someth ...more
Mar 06, 2014 Heather rated it liked it
Recommended to Heather by: Samantha
Wait. It's just ends like that??

I have a hard hard time with flashback books. Which occurs with a majority of this book. With both POV's that overlap with each other, during the same time reference. I guess I need just a bit more of character interactions in the present. It doesn't help that I'm not a fan of YA types either. I just don't deal well with high school angst.

With all that said. I did like it. While I didn't love it, I liked the idea of old love rekindling into a new love.
But, I did

2.5 stars

I can really, really see why this would be a great read for many people. It is a sweet, coming-of-age story with two very likable, interesting guys. (I really started sitting up more when Miss Cherry Pop! showed up. I wish she'd made and appearance earlier on.)

And I think the story is heartfelt, too. And, I have read other stuff by this author that I've liked, though I'm beginning to think it's the style I'm not really keen on... So, it's all on me that I couldn't really get engaged wit
Sep 06, 2013 Melyna rated it it was amazing

Spark is one of those books that I am finding difficult to describe. I loved it. It is not angst filled or full of extreme emotions. It is subtle and flowing, written in a beautiful ,descriptive prose that painted images clearly in my mind and pulled me into the story.

Spark is a story about friendship, meeting our family’s expectations as well as our own, discovering one’s sexuality, life dreams, finding and losing love then discovering an unexpected opportunity for a second chance.

The fu
Apr 01, 2015 Jamie rated it liked it
3.5 stars

I liked this story and I want to read more, but as others have noted the "telling" instead of "showing" was a bit irritating. It's also repetitive. I did really love the connection between Kevin and Hugo, it was palpable and I loved any scene where it was the two of them.

I will read the sequel but I'm not in a hurry.
♥J ♥
Aug 11, 2016 ♥J ♥ rated it it was ok
Recommended to ♥J ♥ by: Samantha
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Unfortunately a lot of this book is told and not experienced and there is a lot of repetition of the same thought/idea throughout. I did enjoy the characters and the story concept, it just failed in it's delivery.

I may read book 2 eventually if it fits a challenge, just to see how this progresses.
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Brandon Witt
Sep 08, 2015 Brandon Witt rated it it was amazing
A beautiful love story with exceptional writing!
Becky Condit
Oct 25, 2013 Becky Condit rated it it was amazing
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They don’t know me, no matter how many years they’ve known me. You know me. They’ve known me for twice as long as you, but you know me twice as deep. That’s what really matters.

This book gets 5 sweet peas, just because of the recipes in the back. The end.

Ok..ok. A real review then… ;)

This book is fabulous. The characters are fantastic. The storytelling is sublime. There isn’t anything abo
Spark is a wonderful book written about Hugo and Kevin, two men who were each other's first love in High School and went through a lot to get to the place they were but lost touch when they went to college.

It's the adult version of the book and there is a young adult adaptation called Private Display of Affection by Winter Sandberg. I read that book first and I'm really glad I did. It came out after Spark did so some people didn't get the chance I did to really get to know Hugo and Kevin as tee
Dec 31, 2013 GayListBookReviews rated it really liked it

These guys have an amazing love story, both when they first became best friends as teenagers, falling in love for the first time, and reunited as adults, realizing that all of those feelings are still there. I was rooting for these guys and their forever love from the very beginning.

Hugo was the rock. The one who had family support and love. The one who knew who he was and while his awareness of the dangers of being openly gay in a small conservative town kept him subdued he was never ashamed
Mar 21, 2014 Beacullen rated it really liked it
Shelves: m-m
This book is told mainly in flashbacks, which I liked. It totally showed you how these two became so close. All the things they had to deal with to even be together in High School. They end up separated in college, but meet up again years later while at a friends cabin on the 4th of July. I really liked how accepting Kevin is of Hugo, he just loves him, and is willing to do anything for him. His dad makes it really hard, hes a horrible man. When Hugo tells him he wants to be an actor he basicall ...more
Love the mash up to make this book the great adult tittle it is.
I read them backwards, really.
So all the YA bits and pieces were fresh in my mind from reading Private Display of Affection the YA version of Hugo & Kevin's love story, the beginning if you will.
I was skipping those bits, just to get to the juicy bits. And Im not talking about the sex, tho those are really great scenes, I am talking about the reconnecting, the second chance Kevin and Hugo have.
Their love is strong, and this new
Annie ~ From Top to Bottom Reviews
Just finished Spark and really loved this story. Can't think of anything I didn't like right now.
I loved the characters. Hugo and Kevin, Charisse (she deserves a best sister award!), Summer, Finn and Brooke (both sooo cute and that ending *sigh* You'll understand what I mean once you've read the book.) all felt so real.
And I really feel like I got to know them. Too bad they're not real!
I enjoyed the flashbacks about Hugo and Kevins past, and kind of fell in love with them both reading about th
Joyfully Jay
Mar 21, 2014 Joyfully Jay rated it really liked it
Shelves: sammy
A Joyfully Jay review.

4 stars

In her novel, Spark, Posy Roberts writes a beautiful coming of age story that morphs into a gentle tale of self-discovery and renewed love. Her characters are rich—fully fleshed out and completely believable. Kevin and Hugo both go through many stages from young teens grappling with their sexuality and the pangs of young love, to men who must make decisions that ultimately may affect those they love. Her secondary characters are important to her story line, both add
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Real. Genuine. Love.

Posy Roberts writes about the realistic struggles of men looking for love. Whether her characters are family men, drag queens, or lonely men searching for connections, they all find a home in her stories.

Posy is a Jill of all trades and master of the drill and paintbrush. She’s married to a partner who makes sure she doesn’t forget to eat or sleep during her writing frenzies. H
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“I've been in love with Kevin since I was sixteen years old, babe. There's no falling when I've never been able to get back up from it.” 4 likes
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