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The Spark

(The Carolina Connections #2)

4.30  ·  Rating details ·  1,667 ratings  ·  211 reviews
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When your back is against the wall, can you change the person life’s experiences have molded you to be?

Fiona Pierce is many things to many people. Dutiful daughter to her loving parents, fiercely loyal friend to her very tolerant bestie, half-assed employee to her laundry list of bosses, and dedicated fa
Kindle Edition, 385 pages
Published November 29th 2016 by Amazon Digital Services
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Nov 27, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is my second book by Miss Steward and it also happens to be the previous book of this series.This book is meant for NA audience. As expected, there is not much character development in this book. The chemistry is also short and forced. The plot is cheesy. I mean the whole shark loan etc is just OTT.

The banters are cute though. Some of it with a real humor that can cracks a smile on a bad day. The characters both the hero and the heroine are immature. I especially can not sympathize with th
Oct 16, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
4.5 Shortcake Stars!!

I like that this is flipped from the normal scenario. Fiona is a rich girl that is not into commitment. She doesn’t even want a boyfriend, maybe a friends with benefits but nothing more.

Fiona was very ill when she was younger. Because of all the medical treatments she had to endure she feels there is permanent damage to her body and mind. She is funny, big hearted and has giant lady balls of steel!

Mark was a scrawny geek of a child has grown up and exercised his way into a
Paula  Phillips
Feb 17, 2017 rated it liked it
Are you in the mood for a romantic comedy? Wanting something with a bit of a suspense and thrill to it? The Spark first drew me in by the cover as it had a cutesy feel to it and I just expected this to be a sweet romance. Instead, The Spark by Sylvie Stewart had me laughing out loud as I read through the book. Inside it turned out to be a Romantic Comedy/Suspense tale. We are introduced first to Fiona Pierce, who comes across a bit of a ditzy air head that comes from money. She is also sarcasti ...more
Kel (Faerie-bookworm)
Title: The Spark
Author: Sylvie Stewart
Genre: NA Contemporary Romance
Format: Ebook
Pages: 384
Rating: 5
Heat: 5

Thoughts:I'm not sure where to start! This was such a fun read, I giggled almost all the way through this book with a few aww moments thrown in with some tears. Now that I've had the pleasure of reading this one I will definitely have to read the first book! Fiona is a trip, I'm pretty sure I fell in love with her and now have a book hangover. And Mark, swoon, he will most definitely
Feb 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arc
I volunteered to read this book for an honest review for United Indie Book Blog -This is one hilarious book. I absolutely loved the writing style of Sylvie Stewart. This book had my laughing out loud getting funny looks from the hubby. I loved the banter between characters, most especially between Fiona and Mark. These two have sworn off relationships of any kind, not to mention the idea of everlasting love. So the idea of a casual hook up is the best thing for both of them one would think, exce ...more
Feb 11, 2017 rated it really liked it
** I volunteered to read an advance reviewer copy of this book. **

This is just shy of a five-star rating. I laughed so hard at Fiona's thoughts my throat hurt. And my chest tightened and its entire cavity was warmed by Mark. Plus I came very close to crying. An easy read with colorful characters, both primary and secondary, and a storyline that evokes hope with every turn of the page.
Analia Almonte
Feb 12, 2017 rated it really liked it
A great story that will make you laugh and cry in the very good way. Is my first read of the author and I'm not disappointed. Is a great read and an amazing story that will keep you hooked.

I received a complementary copy of this book and voluntarily review it.
United Indie Book Blog
Feb 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This is one hilarious book. I absolutely loved the writing style of Sylvie Stewart. This book had my laughing out loud getting funny looks from the hubby. I loved the banter between characters, most especially between Fiona and Mark. These two have sworn off relationships of any kind, not to mention the idea of everlasting love. So the idea of a casual hook up is the best thing for both of them one would think, except fate has a way of changing things on a dime. Mark and Fiona are forced to spen ...more
Nickie Adler
Jan 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I voluntarily read this ARC for an honest review. There are so many things I loved about this book. First of all, it has to be one of the funniest books I've read in a long time. The writing is very witty and the characters have great chemistry.
Fiona Price, a pixie of a woman, is unstoppable. She is dedicated in everything she does, wether it's volunteering for a charity, cooking for her friends, there isn't anything she won't do. Except allowing herself to get involved in a relationship. Friend
Cassie May
Jan 17, 2017 rated it really liked it
Reviewed on behalf of 2 Girls Who Love Books Blog
The first thing I thought after starting this book was… Wow, she rambles. And boy does she ramble. The character, not the author, that is. And it was cute. So cute how different parts of her mind and body joined the rambling, like Guilt and Pride and her female body parts. It made me laugh more than once.
After reading the first chapter from the female point of view I was asking myself how the author would manage it to let the male part sound diff
Jan 21, 2017 rated it really liked it
Fun, fulfilling and fast-paced, Sylvie Stewart’s latest book, The Spark, is also a masterclass in how to write a strong, sexy heroine with a hint of vulnerability that a reformed playboy hero simply can’t resist.

The story moves along at a cracking pace and while it takes a while for Fiona and Mark to actually meet, we learn a lot about their backgrounds in the meantime – and it really helped me warm to them.

I did struggle at first with the book’s bright and chatty style but that could have somet
Dec 12, 2018 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
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Mark Beckett is the most annoying, patronizing, arrogant jerk on the face of the earth. So, naturally, I can’t get the damn man out of my head.

Like the old saying goes, I’m a jill of all trades but a master of none. What I lack in skill, however, I make up for in enthusiasm—something certain people (ahem) find irritating. But I have my reasons for living my life the way I do, for diving into one project after another and trying to make a differen
Chantal Bellehumeur
Dec 13, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Although this is the second book of a series, I felt that it worked well as a stand alone. I never felt lost or like I was missing something. In fact, it was easy to get right into the interesting and realistic romance story which was well written and had great dialogues between the fun characters. Once I started reading, I didn't want to stop. There were both serious and funny content as well as drama within the book, and I quite enjoyed it. I am actually curious about the first book in the ser ...more
Kristian Erdmann
Dec 13, 2016 rated it really liked it
This is the first book I have read by this author and I enjoyed it so much. Asset first it was a little hard for me to get in to, but once I did I was hooked!! Fiona and Mark are too cute. Fiona has had a hard time in life and is not really sure how to live for the future. She lives by fake it till you make it. Don't get me wrong she is sweet and totally funny but a childhood illness has left her a little skittish about the future. Mark is a playboy no other way around it. Relationships nope not ...more
Jan 07, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc
You need a good laugh this is the book for you!

Fiona is one of those people who's heart is made of gold. She see's that you are suffering she has this need to fix you. To help med that heart and make things right. That is what she did with Mark and his family. Not only that but she fell hard for Mark too!
Mark who's types were young, blonde and oh so high schoolish! Once he was in Fiona's radar there was not getting out of it. They were not really kind towards each other at first. There were smal
Vikki Vaught
Wow, just LOVED this book. Review to follow.
Jan 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This book was funny to the very end. While it says it's part 2 in the series, it is made to stand alone, which I truly appreciate. We meet Fiona, a stubborn and feisty cancer survivor who has more money than most people because of her parents, and we meet Mark, a man well built, who works hard and takes of his mother. The two couldn't be more opposite, and Stewart lays for us a well written, funny and sexy tale bringing these two together. The characters are well established and each play their ...more
Anna Stewart McCall
Jan 25, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: romance, kindle-books
Funny. As. Hell. I have officially found a new author. Fiona is a cancer survivor sort of drifting through her twenties unsure of what she wants to do with her life. So she bides her time by helping her wealthy parents raise money for childhood cancer research. Through mutual friends, she meets Mark, a meathead manwhore. Turns out that Mark is having some family drama and Fiona is just the person to help him with it.

Okay, so I know the whole manwhore, one and done thing has been done. He just ne
Feb 05, 2017 rated it really liked it
Fiona is the best friend of Laney from the first book 'the spark' but the book is a good standalone. Fiona is a small, feisty woman who always seems to be warm and sunny but has a way with words if needed. Mark experiences this when he tries to flirt with her and gets blasted.
When they get involved after her help with some family issues Mark soon realizes he wants more than 'friends with benefits' but Fiona has her reasons for keeping it that way.

I really liked this story. Well written, not to
Dec 01, 2016 rated it it was amazing
The Spark is a great sequel to The Fix but also completely enjoyable on its own. It is witty, steamy, and hilarious. The characters are well developed and fun to follow, and the book is fast paced and hard to put down. The writing is very good, and I loved the way the main characters took turns narrating the story. The Spark is a great addition to The Carolina Connection Series. I can't wait to read the next book! ...more
Katie Phillips
Dec 14, 2016 rated it really liked it
Sylvie asked me to read this book and I am so glad I did! I am super OCD about reading in order, but you really can read this as standalone. I got hooked and bought book 1! Immediately had me rolling...sarcasm and profanity and requirements. Thank you so much Sylvie and am excited to read about Laney and cannot wait for Jake's story :) ...more
L. Noel
Dec 24, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This was a great read, and I didn't know it wasn't a standalone. I quickly warmed up to Fiona, and her attitude, which takes a little getting used to, and I liked that she was dealing with a real issue along with a man. I think the author did a good job for peppering this story with humor, because it makes the story so relatable and lifelike. ...more
Tiffany Copple
Jan 25, 2017 rated it really liked it
Man I really enjoyed this book . I wasn't too sure at first , but I am glad I read it. Fiona is hilarious , the things that come out of her mouth will have you dying laughing . This book isn't just funny there are some parts that will bring years to your eyes. This is my first book by Sylvie Stewart but I look forward to reading more . ...more
Heather Jordan
Dec 13, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Funny, sexy, fast paced read. This book had me laughing out loud, shedding a few tears and had me cheering on both of the main characters. First book I've read by this author but I loved it so much I already bought the first book in the series and I'm anxiously awaiting the third ...more
Dec 19, 2016 rated it really liked it
Another fun and sexy installation from this hysterical author. Keep them coming Sylvie!!
Sara Oxton
May 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing
The Spark by Sylvie Stewart a fantastic five-star read. This is the second book in the Carolina Connections series, and the second book by this author I have read, but I have already downloaded the next book in the series, I loved this series that hard!! Sylvie Stewart writes funny and lovable so well, I laughed so hard I thought I would pee my pants at some parts of the book, possibly more than the first. I adored that there are so many lines I could quote from this book, I would be here all da ...more
Apr 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Gah! Get out of my head, you brute!”
This is book two in the Carolina Connections novels series by Sylvie Stewart. If you have not read book one, STOP, do not pass go, do not collect $200, go read it NOW! Sure, this could probably be read as a standalone however, I would highly suggest that the books are read in order. They will make much more sense and besides you will laugh so hard you cry so why not read it first??? Seriously, it is nice because the characters are an extension from the first b
Claire Annovazzi
(audiobook) If I liked The fix, I LOVED The spark. First, because this time, it’s read by not one but two narrators, so you get the dual point of view, and they’re both excellent. Second, because we get a little more drama and tension in this one. You actually fear for the characters not to end up together, since they have real problems. And finally, because you meet again with the characters from The fix--which is a big plus.

Fiona is a fake airhead, with an enormous heart and titanium balls. Sh
Apr 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I am voluntarily leaving my honest review on this book based on an advanced readers copy I received. I think you will really love Mark and Fiona story.
Feb 24, 2017 rated it really liked it
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** I received a copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review. Thank you!**

The Spark is the second book in The Carolina Connections series but can be read as a stand alone. I have not had the opportunity to read the first book but it didn't hinder my understanding or enjoyment of it at all. In fact, now that I have read The Spark it has made me want to go back and read the first book.

First, I need to apo
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Sylvie Stewart is a USA Today bestselling author of romantic comedy and contemporary romance. She loves all things North Carolina, wants a baby goat for a pet, and lives to make her readers laugh and swoon. Sylvie's newest release is The Runaround .


Other books in the series

The Carolina Connections (6 books)
  • The Fix (The Carolina Connections, #1)
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