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“From a little spark may burst a flame.” ~ Dante Alighieri

Life’s lessons taught me well.
Dreams and happy endings are simply illusions our mind creates to soften life’s blows. I am no longer a little girl who believes in fairy tales or the existence of knights on white horses.
While I never intended to return to Chicago or to see him again, the decision was out of my control. Now I am here, and I can’t or won’t allow the spark in his piercing blue eyes to reignite my heart the way his predatory gaze sets fire to my body.
Patrick Kelly is my past—a childish attraction.
We are no longer children.

I may have started as nothing, but that is history.
Today I’m part of the royalty—a duke, a lord, or perhaps a knight—anointed by and within the upper echelon of the Sparrow dynasty. The wide-eyed tourists entering Chicago have no idea of what lies beneath the surface as they stare at the shimmering lake and shiny buildings.
Nothing is as it seems.
Sparrows control everything—no one enters our realm without our knowledge or catches us unaware.
No one until her.
Now that she’s here, there is too much at stake to give in to the spark that seeing her rekindles within me. Surely if it were allowed to burn, the flames will consume both of our worlds, leaving only ashes.

From New York Times bestselling author Aleatha Romig comes a brand-new dark romance, Spark, set in the dangerous world of the Chicago underground. It's time to get caught up in this new and intriguing saga, Web of Desire.

SPARK is book one of the WEB OF DESIRE trilogy that continues in FLAME and concludes in ASHES.

Have you been Aleatha’d?

300 pages, ebook

First published January 1, 2021

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Aleatha Romig

100 books12.5k followers
Aleatha Romig is a New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and USA Today bestselling author who lives in Indiana, USA. She grew up in Mishawaka, graduated from Indiana University, and is currently living south of Indianapolis. Aleatha has raised three children with her high school sweetheart and husband of over thirty years. Before she became a full-time author, she worked days as a dental hygienist and spent her nights writing. Now, when she's not imagining mind-blowing twists and turns, she likes to spend her time with her family and friends. Her other pastimes include reading and creating heroes/anti-heroes who haunt your dreams!

Aleatha released her first novel, CONSEQUENCES, in August of 2011. CONSEQUENCES became a bestselling series with five novels and two companions released from 2011 through 2015. The compelling and epic story of Anthony and Claire Rawlings has graced more than half a million e-readers. Aleatha released the first of her series TALES FROM THE DARK SIDE, INSIDIOUS, in the fall of 2014. These stand-alone thrillers continue Aleatha's twisted style with an increase in heat.

In the fall of 2015, Aleatha moved headfirst into the world of dark romantic suspense saga with the release of BETRAYAL, the first of her five-novel INFIDELITY series that has taken the reading world by storm. She also began her traditional publishing career with Thomas and Mercer. Her books INTO THE LIGHT and AWAY FROM THE DARK were published through this mystery/thriller publisher in 2016.

In the spring of 2017, Aleatha released her first stand-alone, fun, and sexy romantic comedy PLUS ONE, followed by ONE NIGHT, and ANOTHER ONE. Her range of genres includes erotic romance novellas in her INDULGENCE series.

Aleatha returned to her dark roots in 2018 with WEB OF SIN, a dark romantic trilogy with an all new anti-hero. The Sparrow Webs continued with TANGLED WEB, WEB OF DESIRE, and soon DANGEROUS WEB.

Aleatha is a member of NINC and PEN America. She is represented by Kevan Lyon of Marsal Lyon Literary Agency. Her marketing is represented by Wildfire Marketing.

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Profile Image for April.
729 reviews5 followers
December 31, 2019
I was so excited for Patrick’s story and boy was it worth the wait!! Totally devoured it in one sitting!
Patrick’s past has remained a mystery until now, when that past walks back into his life nothing will ever be the same.
Intrigue,mystery incredible characters and heartfelt emotions are just the start to this gripping and delicious read!
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1,708 reviews19 followers
January 1, 2020
Wow! Hooked from the prologue! A very mysterious and intriguing storyline. Patrick and Madeline have scorching hot chemistry that’ll have you turning the pages for more. The ending will have you begging and pleading for book 2. A definite must read!
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493 reviews9 followers
January 5, 2020
Yesssssss! Patrick and Maddie! They may be my favorite duo, to date! Fire and passion and intrigue. This book has it all and of course, in perfect Aleatha-fashion, she leaves us with our jaws agape and wanting the next book yesterday. I cannot say enough good things about Spark! I also LOVE seeing our old friends too... I missed Mason lol

5 sparkling stars!!!
January 20, 2020
Title: ➳ ❤- Spark
Series ➳ Web of Desire 1#
Author: ➳ Aleatha Romig
Publication:, January 13th 2020
💖💖💖 💖 💖+++

ღ Spark is the first instalment in Aleatha Romig’s new series,

I walk into this this new trilogy of MS Romig wanting know more about Patrick Kelly. I also knew that MS Romig was going have cliffhanger to this book. Wow MS Romig will draw you from the prologue! And of course, willn’t let you go to the ever end! So you need to prepare yourself for one hell of ride

Both Madeline Miller & Patrick Kelly had similar stories growing up

Madeline grew up in the foster system, & then lived in the streets of Chicago. As you can imagine it was so much harder for Madeline, be as beautiful as she is !

She learns to survival, & most important she learn to be invisible.

Patrick, he didn’t do well after Madeline was gone. Yeah he sign up to be marine & he even lives in glass tower with the almighty Sterling Sparrow. But his life was never truly the without Madeline

As you can imagine MS Romig didn’t write simple love story without few bumps in road, you’ll find plenty twist in this story- oh & just imagine this the 1st installment

I’ll be on pin & needles until the next installment

Books in Web of Desire Trilogy should be read in order:

Book 1: 💕 Spark💕 Published January 13th 2020
Book 2: Flame➳Expected publication: February 25th 2020
Book 3: Ashes➳ Expected publication: April 7th 2020

➦📚 *Hope you enjoy this read & also always keep in mind this is just my opinion+ Also I wouldn’t never discourage anyone from reading this book.

Happy Reading & Enjoy --------Paulette Alphas Review
Profile Image for Mali Mor ❤️ The Romantic Blogger.
422 reviews509 followers
March 30, 2020
DNF - Chapter 16 🙈

So... I didn't hate this book... I didn't like it either. 😬

The plot wasn't boring... The writing wasn't bad... The characters weren't annoying... However, I wasn't interested to know what happened in the characters past - what happened in their present - or what would happen in their future.
I tried but... I JUST DIDN'T CARE. 😬😬😬

Profile Image for Deanna❤Pink Lady❤️.
813 reviews832 followers
January 15, 2020
5 “Off and Running”Stars

What an exciting start to the Web of Desire Trilogy. This is Patrick Kelly’s story and boy did it create a spark in me. I found this first book to be very intriguing in setting up Patrick’s life, his coming face to face with his past and his desire to hold on to what he had lost. Madeline “Maddie” and her surprise with seeing Patrick sets off her own sparks but she holds so many secrets that must be withheld. It is quite the tango these two must do.

While the story takes place in 2 days, it was filled with twists and turns and a very OMG moments. That Ending.....but divulging that would be very spoil-ish. There are many sinister players in this story that begin to weave a net around the Sparrows. In this true author’s fashion, there were many calculated and uncalculated diversions that set the stage for this exciting trilogy.

Patrick and Madeleine’s story was addicting, sexy and scintillating. I loved that the Sparrows and their wives were present and part of the story. I can only imagine the storyline from here on out but I’m sure I will be Aleatha’d at every turn.

A truly great start to The Web of Desire!!

*advanced copy provided by author in exchange for an honest review*
Profile Image for MELISSA *Mel Reader*.
1,335 reviews1,396 followers
January 15, 2020
4 Stars!
(ARC provided by author)

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Madeline Miller grew up in the foster system, and then lived in the streets of Chicago. For years her life was about survival, and being invisible. Then in a desperate moment her life suddenly takes an unexpected turn. She was no longer living in the shadows, but now a successful member of the elite with a well known reputation. She’d come full circle as she returns to Chicago to attend a poker tournament. She’d worked hard to put her past behind her, but then she runs into the boy who once made her feel safe. Patrick Kelly had long ago been someone she trusted and loved. Last she’d heard he’d left for the service, and she thought she’d never see him again.

Patrick Kelly lives in Chicago where he rules the city as part of the Sparrow outfit. He worked for his best friend Sterling Sparrow, who was also the head of Chicago’s underworld. Patrick and his three friend’s worked as a team, and were loyal to one another. They were his family, and he didn’t have a special someone in his life. Then a ghost from the past shows up. Maddie disappeared seventeen years ago without a word, and broke his heart. She taught him nothing lasted, and those eyes had haunted his dreams for years. Now his two worlds were colliding as memories and emotions flooded in. She was no longer the eighteen year old girl he remembered, but was even more beautiful. Their connection still sizzled just as strong, but he wondered if the old Maddie still existed? Fate had brought them back together, and he wanted another chance.

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-God, she was stunning.

-Seeing her brought life where there had been death. Like a stray spark landing upon the dry underbrush of a forest, being in her presence lit my body on fire.

-At the sight of him, thoughts and feelings brewed within me. Each one brought life back to my mind and body. It was as if the energy he produced sparked through the air an electrical current capable of resuscitating the person I’d once been.

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Spark is book one in the Web of Desire trilogy by Aleatha Romig. It’s a dark, second chance romance set in the same dangerous world as Secrets and Twisted, but you don’t have to read the Web of Sin or Tangled Web trilogy to read the Web of Desire series. I’ve been dying for Patrick’s story, and absolutely loved this first book in his trilogy. It has an explosive ending, and will keep you intrigued throughout. It’s full of mystery, secrets, and suspense, and I can’t wait for the next book! I NEED IT NOW!!!

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1,269 reviews337 followers
January 16, 2020
4 stars

This review will be a big challenge if I don’t want to spoil anything for you as the synopsis is really, really mysterious!

What to tell you?

First this is about one of our men in the Sparrow bunch. As two of them already had their story, I’ll leave you do the math about who is concerned.

Second : I read it in one sitting! It’s a fast read, filled with secrets, stakes are high literally and figuratively and the hero is the most “non-threatening” yet commanding that we read about so far! Once you begin the book you’ll want to read till the end because you’ll want to know “who will win” (no telling more).

Third there is of course a love story and this looks nearly like a second chance romance but one where one of the protagonists is left in the dark till the end.

Fourth: let’s talk about the main characters ….to some extent!

The female character is super smart as it seems a trend with Aleatha’s novels (to my great delight might I add) and she has been through a lot. She is not free to do as she pleases. You understand that she owes someone but you don’t know the specifics nor what that someone’s leverage is until the very last sentence. Honestly, I had guessed but maybe it was because I’ve got to know some of Aleatha’s scheming mind! I don’t think most of you will have a clue 😊 .

The male main character is part of Sparrow’s entourage and beyond the undeniable attraction (there is lots of chemistry) he also cares for that woman as they share a past. All along he’ll try to juggle his feelings for her while keeping Sparrow’s interest at heart. That’s not an easy feat and mistakes will be made that will have consequences. He is loyal, strong, protective and a genius at maths.

This being the first book of a trilogy, we will be left with some secrets unveiled without all the explanations about the “how” and “why” and “when”. But that’s just to keep us on our toes and want for more. Aleatha knows how to keep her readers interested!

So why not a 4,5 or 5 stars?

Probably because I love my heroes a little bit more “threatening” if I might say so. I love them dark LOL

More angst too, to add an extra “edge” to this novel but from what I get from the very last sentences, I’d bet my money on the extra angst in book two!

Also I would have loved to have more chapters “in the past”, not just the prologue, to help me know the characters better or rather, their past relationship. But I guess that’s what book two and three will be for!

Thanks for reading!
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608 reviews102 followers
January 16, 2020

We first met Patrick in Secrets (Web of Sin #1) as a loyal and reliable friend of Sterling Sparrow. Finally, he's getting his story. Patrick's POV starts to tell how he became part of Chicago's elite.
"𝓣𝓸𝓭𝓪𝔂 𝓽𝓱𝓮 𝓫𝓸𝔂 𝔀𝓱𝓸 𝓸𝓷𝓬𝓮 𝓼𝓵𝓮𝓹𝓽 𝓲𝓷 𝓰𝓾𝓽𝓽𝓮𝓻𝓼 𝓪𝓷𝓭 𝓫𝓮𝓷𝓮𝓪𝓽𝓱 𝓾𝓷𝓭𝓮𝓻𝓹𝓪𝓼𝓼𝓮𝓼 𝓵𝓲𝓿𝓮𝓭 𝓲𝓷 𝓪 𝓰𝓵𝓪𝓼𝓼 𝓬𝓪𝓼𝓽𝓵𝓮 𝓱𝓲𝓰𝓱 𝓲𝓷 𝓒𝓱𝓲𝓬𝓪𝓰𝓸'𝓼 𝓼𝓴𝔂𝓵𝓲𝓷𝓮."
A poker tournament brought Madeline to Chicago, she's a hustler in playing the game. Her beauty commands attention, no wonder Patrick was captivated by it.
"𝓨𝓮𝓽 𝓶𝔂 𝓪𝓽𝓽𝓻𝓪𝓬𝓽𝓲𝓸𝓷 𝔀𝓪𝓼 𝓯𝓸𝓬𝓾𝓼𝓮𝓭 𝓸𝓷 𝓶𝓸𝓻𝓮 𝓽𝓱𝓪𝓷 𝓱𝓮𝓻 𝓪𝓹𝓹𝓮𝓪𝓻𝓪𝓷𝓬𝓮."
Patrick and Madeline knew one another when they were teenagers surviving life on a daily basis. But something happened that got them separated and never heard or saw one another until now. The attraction is still there and the intimate scene was hot and sensual. But, there are so many secrets yet to be revealed between Patrick and Madeline. I have questions of my own after that cliffy ending.

Ms. Romig has started another enthralling series. I couldn't put this novel down. Everything is perfectly timed and works all together in building of a good and suspenseful story. A must-read start of a series!

Note: ARC provided by the author in exchange for an honest review. Thank you!
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2,835 reviews624 followers
February 2, 2020
I really want to like this book. I do. I heard so many good reviews about Miss Romig. And this is my first read. I want to like it so badly.

The story is full of twist and turns. Angst and drama thrown into the mix. I feel this book would be that perfect book. However what does not work for me is there is too many secondary characters. I do not know the purpose of these secondary character.

With so many twist and turns plus I am blind about gambling, this book turns into a web of confusion for me. I do not hate it but I do not like it either. Some part in the middle, I lost touch of what is going on.

I think the problem is me. I am not used to read this kind of book.

3 stars
Profile Image for Dora Koutsoukou.
1,759 reviews361 followers
April 21, 2020
4 ❤️❤️❤️❤️⚡️⚡️♠️♦️♣️♥️⚡️⚡️🌟🌟🌟🌟s❣️

Let me start backwards.
I didn’t see this cliffhanger coming!!! 😮 I was just blown away!

I have enjoyed most of the author’s series and thankfully the first part didn’t disappoint me.
It had everything! Angst, suspense, secrets, deception, romance, twists and turns.

This romantic suspense story had me reading almost nonstop and it was full of passion and Sparks!
Profile Image for Tia Louise.
Author 66 books6,353 followers
January 7, 2020
LOVE IT! I lost two nights of sleep, because I HAD to know what would happen next. Prepare for nonstop clicking to the breathtaking end...

SPARK is all the suspense and edge-of-your-seat action you expect from an Aleatha Romig story... Patrick is bossy, sexy, and perfect. Maddie is smart, independent, and fierce. I really loved the poker tournament/gambling element--it added a fun layer of suspense by being totally tied into the murder mystery.

This world gets better and better! FIVE STARS!!!
Profile Image for Juli Hall.
1,051 reviews30 followers
January 3, 2020
OMG!!! Aleatha did it again. I’ve been looking forward to Patrick’s story since first meeting him in Secrets. He’s so much more than I expected. My new favorite hero of Aleatha’s. When his past literally and figuratively comes back to life he will do just about anything to protect her. Maddie is in deep trouble and needs to win the poker tournament or she will loose everything including a secret she’s kept from Patrick. Holy moly what a cliffhanger. Can’t wait to read Flame. Highly recommended.
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389 reviews57 followers
January 14, 2020
No one and I mean no one can leave us on the edge of our seat with a sexy thriller like Aleatha and she continues that tradition with Spark. The thing about Aleatha is you never know where you may end up when you indulge in her stories. You start off one place and eventually end up in places you didn’t even know existed. Mentally, emotionally and physically.

Spark, OMG!!! When I finished this book, I could not fall back to sleep. Well, let me go back to what happened the exact minute I finished. I cursed Aleatha, out loud. I know she could not hear me, but I am sure she felt every word that came out of my mouth. Let me tell you why . . .

Once upon a time, there were men; Aleatha’s men. She gave them all amazing stories. Sterling has a Web of Sin, Kader has a Tangled Web and Patrick has a Web of Desire, my favorite of the stories. They are more than just men, they are more than the imagination of Aleatha. They are friends, family, and brothers.

Patrick started from the bottom. He had nothing and no one until one day he saves a girl. Yet, the plans he made, the life he hopes to embark upon took a turn he did not see coming. Until it came back . . . with a vengeance.

Maddie lived a life that was not fit for a girl or anyone for that matter. Her run of the streets was about survival. Running to prevent herself from falling back into the system until she is saved by a boy. But the reality of what can be is sometimes clouded by cognitive dissonance. Until it isn’t.

The first book in this series of three will grab you and hold you hostage. It will have you second-guessing yourself. Once again, the intricate detail, the convoluted thoughts, the cunning prowess and the raw talent of Aleatha makes this a total five-star read.
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3,507 reviews318 followers
January 14, 2020
I've said it before but I'll say it again, Aleatha Romig is the Queen of Cliffhangers! She knows how to grab you and hold you tight until the bottom falls out with the last sentence of the book and you are holding on by a thread wondering how you are going to make it until the next book is released.

I kid you not, this book was fantastic. I fell for Patrick when I first met him in SECRETS (Web of Sin Trilogy) there was just something about him that called to me, I knew we would get his story eventually and to be honest waiting just over a year for it wasn't so bad because it was sooooo worth the wait.

You can read my full review HERE

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488 reviews
January 6, 2020
Spark, Book 1 in Aleatha Romig's Web of Desire series is yet another top-notch, thrilling read from this talented author. You do not have to have read any of the Sparrow Webs books prior to reading Spark, but you should. They will only enrich your "Spark" reading experience. If you don't, not to worry. I'm confident you will enjoy Spark as a standalone. Once again, Aleatha Romig gives us a descriptively rich, action-packed, page-turning story that will leave you begging for more. As always, she has a way of writing that flows seamlessly from scene to scene, giving the reader the feeling of being there, in the story, watching from the corner and waiting with bated breath to see what's going to happen next. I LOVED this beginning of Patrick's story. It was everything I hoped it would be and more. The Sparrow men are back, bringing all their Alpha-maleness with them and I, for one, couldn't be happier. Captivating, gripping, steamy and riveting--you do not want to miss Spark!
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33 reviews6 followers
January 12, 2020
Aleatha Romig never disappoints.
This is the first book of the Web of Desire series.
It’s has passion and suspense!
I could not turn the page fast enough- I have this feeling “ I NEED to know what is about to happen?!?!”
The characters are some familiar people that was fun to read from her other books but don’t worry you can read this book and it will flow beautifully.
I can not wait till part 2 of Web of desire!
Book 1 was captivating- I can only anticipate Book two will be mind blowing!
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495 reviews85 followers
January 26, 2020
Patrick Kelly has proven his loyalty to a man and a city of Chicago like no other. However, he has a secret that he hasn't told anyone, not even Sterling Sparrow the man in charge of this city. Then as I am casing a job and a lead on McFadden possible people is when I see her. The one person who can change everything Madeline (Maddie) but she doesn't see me quite yet cause I am in the shadows. The woman of my past how I believed was dead, the only person that could unravel me. My wife Madeline Kelly...

Madeline grew up in foster care homes and then on the streets because she was so beautiful she learned how to blend & learned how to survive, that is where she met Patrick on the run, they shared the same lifestyle and soon protected each other and then fell in love and that is where their story began.

Now on the job not knowing how to tell his friends nor his boss Sterling Sparrow his secret he had to try to protect Madeline while she was with her own body guard and the city and boss he loved so much. Who will come out on the losing end Patrick's wife Maddie or the City of Chicago/Sterling Sparrow. Just know as Aleatha does best this does end in a cliffy but it is so delicious just leave you wanting more of Aleatha & Web of Desire series.
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1,321 reviews89 followers
January 6, 2020
Spark is like a join the dot puzzle. You know the dots are all there but you can’t quite tell what the big picture is going to be. The game to join the dots is going to be a brilliant one if the first part of the story is anything to go by.

I had one of those stop mid chew moments when one of the dots was joined and then the final dot revealed in this episode knocked me on the floor! So many more things to discover that have me intrigued. I’m eager for more. Desperate.

Maddie and Patrick were young when they first met. As adults when they meet again, it’s electrifying. The suspense is killing me. I need to know the whats and the whys like I need more gin on a Friday night.

I feel the need to re-read it already to write a who’s who of the characters and their relationship with each other. Poker players and those watching the poker players. And then those people watching the people watching the poker players! It’s all so clever.
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1,236 reviews208 followers
April 15, 2020
This book was great but I thought boring at the middle. This cliffhanger... OMG
I go to the next book.
We will see...
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2,239 reviews106 followers
January 12, 2020
***ARC Provided by the Author***

Not once, literally not once, did the cliffhanger in this one even occur to me. And, really, it should have. It's in character, and it follows with who Patrick and Madeline are...but it didn't occur to me. And. this made it a lot of fun...well, as fun as those torturous things called cliffhangers can be...so, only a little fun.

As always with Aleatha Romig, this book is on the darker side. But, it isn't. No one is being kidnapped or held against their will be the hero or the heroine. The hero and the heroine didn't kill anyone...at least not yet and not in this book...so, for one of her titles it's tame. Part of me wants to recommend this one for people who have a hard time with darker romance...but, as it's a trilogy and all of the things I mentioned above could still happen in books 2 and 3, I don't want to do that just yet.

It's well-written and engaging from the beginning. There are a couple of "huh" moments and one that I am still waiting for the explanation behind. I am sure it's coming, and it's a small thing, really...but I am curious. I also have an idea what I think happened...as there are certain characters who only turn down being told things when they already know them...but, I am going to have to wait and see on that.

I am looking forward to the next title in the trilogy, and I am looking forward to the reaction of the characters to the revelation at the cliffhanger.

I enjoyed and recommend this title.

***This and other reviews can be found on our blog https://www.bookedallnightblog.com/***
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718 reviews330 followers
January 12, 2020
Let me start by saying.. HOLY FUCKING SHIT

I feel like there will be a lot of cursing this review but I will try and be good... But damn it, Ms. Romig, you have done it again and left me fucking speechless.

Aleatha's unique approach to anything she writes continues to blow me away. It doesn't matter what kind of genre/sub-genre she writes... You know going into the book that it's going to be brilliant and Spark (Web of Desire Book 1) was no exception and if I am honest... This may be Ms. Romig's best work to date.

Patrick and Maddie met when they were young, in a back ally of all places and instead of playing their story out, the author jumps years ahead and what transpires next will have your head spinning because it sure as shit had mine going around.

This story takes place in just a two day period, but that didn't mean it lacked for anything in those two days in the book the author left this book lacking nothing and well left me wanting more... Wanting? no no... More like NEEDING more.

I won't dive deep into this, but I will say... You do not know what you are getting into, I kind of still don't know what I'm getting myself into... But know I need this, I need to know more... NOW!!
My head is spinning


I cannot wait for book two to get these answers... well some of these answers... Okay, let's be real, this author is gonna have me hanging by a thread the entire trilogy, she already has and I LOVE IT!

This was an epic start to what promises to be an amazing trilogy. It had me from page one. It's addictive, insanely intense, all-consuming, unpredictable and mind-blowing. I was in a trance and found myself completely lost deep into this plot!

5 Stars!!

Profile Image for Cristina.
512 reviews387 followers
January 21, 2020
Wait, what?! This ending!!! OMG! How?!
This book was great! From all points of view. I really needed to read a mature book and this one was the perfect one. It was full of action and suspense. Everything I needed.
But the cliffhanger... how am I supposed to wait another month to read the next book?! This is torture.
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1,704 reviews
January 14, 2020
Spark (Web of Desire #1) by Aleatha Romig
5 stars
M/F romance
I was given this book for an honest review by Wicked Reads.

Aleatha is an amazing writer. This is a spin off book from the previous series and I would highly recommend reading that one first, as there are characters from that series in this one too.

Patrick had nothing when he was younger. Now, older, wise and somewhat more ruthless, he has more money than he knows what to do with and respect from people all over his city. He has never forgotten where he came from and while he has no desire to go back there, it shaped him in a profound way. Patrick knows that his job is to protect his boss, but when his past comes back to smack him in the face, he's not sure if he can do that.

Maddie's beginning was about survival. She learned early on that you can only count on yourself. Smart, savvy and beautiful, Maddie also learned the art of never showing her emotions. When she finds herself running from the authorities, she didn't expect to be saved. But, with that salvation also comes a steep price.

This is the first book in the series and it will suck you right in. You'll want to turn the pages faster than ever and when you see where the story might be taking you, you'll curse and scream when you get to the end. I cannot wait to see what happens next, because I know that Romig will continue to lead us through the twists and turns of the story like only a Romig story can.
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1,959 reviews89 followers
January 4, 2020
4.25 stars

In the first installment of this new trilogy, the author explores timeless love and how circumstances beyond one's control, can tear it apart.

Madeline Miller and Patrick Kelly first meet under unusual circumstances, in a back alley, where the desperate situation they share, unites them for years to follow. Rather than explore the blossoming love story, this story fast forwards years later, when Madeline reappears in Patrick's life. A woman who he thought was dead but remains his wife. *record scratch*

Yes, that interesting twist caught my attention too. And made me eager for answers.
What tore them apart?
Why did Patrick think she was dead?
Why does won't she seek safety with him now, when there clearly is a major spark between them?

"Do you still want to kill me?"
"Not as badly as I want to fuck you."

Unfortunately, we don't get answers to the first two questions. Instead, this story centers on poker tournament they are both playing in, and it is clear, both must win. But of course, there can be only one winner. So, what happens to the loser?

I wasn't sure where this story was leading, as Madeline and the author are far from forthcoming. However, we are given a bomb of a cliffhanger at the end, which partially answers my third question above. It is an "oh shit" moment and now I want book two more than ever!

The author threw a lot at us in this book, I'm assuming to set up the plotline of the future installments. As always, I'm looking forward to the journey as the author weaves the story together, along with the multitude of threats this couple face.

*An ARC was received for an honest review.

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620 reviews167 followers
April 7, 2020
Can’t Read My Pokerface… She’s Got Me Like Nobody!
*arc generously provided by the promo team in exchange for an honest review*


“I still get lonely
And baby, only then do I let myself recline
Can I let go, and let your memory dance
In the ballroom of my mind?
Across the county line.”

13 Beaches – Lana Del Rey

What’s this book about? (I'm trying to give as little spoilers as possible)
Just go in knowing that this is a romance with very dark and twisty elements. In the first instalment, you get the set-up and a lot of mystery, therefore, I won’t reveal what exactly this story is about.

This isn’t my first time being Aleatha’d. Honey, the Consequences series was probably one of my first Dark Romance expeditions. Years later, I’m reuniting with this author and can I just say that she hasn’t missed a single beat. Wow. I’ve read both Spark and Flame as I’m writing this review. It’s very difficult not to spoil anything that happens, but I’ll try. This book is best enjoyed when you have NO CLUE going in. Madeline has an intensely mysterious role in this book and Patrick Kelly is out there trying to ignite the sparks that will ignite flames. There were twists in this story, but the final twist was the bestest of the best. I didn’t see it coming. I read this quickly as it was a page turner in every sense of the word. I’m not a big poker fan, but Romig had me invested in the story nonetheless. The chemistry between the main couple was the main driving source and it was gripping. I wanted to know more about these two and what I found out… Damn. That cliffhanger had me starting the second book REAL quick.
I recommend this read to people who haven’t been Aleatha’d because they deserve to witness this wonder, lovers of twisty dark romance and who’d love to read about a reunion between two tortured leading souls with tons of secrets.


“There's something in the wind, I can feel it blowing in
It's coming in hotly and it's coming in strong.”

Changes – Lana Del Rey

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7,626 reviews16 followers
March 25, 2020
SPARK by Aleatha Romig is the First book in the Web of Desire Trilogy Series. This starts the story of Madeline 'Maddie' Miller and Patrick Kelly. Madeline and Patrick knew each other when they were younger. But Madeline disappeared leaving Patrick at a lost. Madeline has now return to Chicago but we start to learn that all isn't so good for her. Patrick lives in Chicago and is a key part of the Sparrow group that he helps to run with his friends. So of course their worlds collide again now they are in the same town. This book does end setting us up for the next installment in their lives. This is one book that you won't be able to put down and you will want the next one right away. Can't wait for more!

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488 reviews23 followers
January 14, 2020
"In Patrick’s arms, I would find that strength to remember the fire he tended within me and allow it to keep me warm in the future."

How to resist to an Aleatha Romig series... it's impossible! Spark, Web of Desire #1, will take you in a breathtaking atmosphere, where the Chicago underground world plays power games against the mafia of Detroit. 

If you have read the Web of Sin series or the Tangle Web series, the you know who Patrick is. If you haven't, then, you'll fall for that loving, attentive and passionate man. His loyalty to those he holds close knows not bound. 

And when he meets again his long lost love,  Madeline, SPARKS fly. 

"Spread your legs, Maddie girl. If you’re not wet, I will turn around and walk away. If you are, I’m reclaiming what’s mine.”

As she attends the Club Regal's poker tournament, money isn't necessarily the primary stakes.

Deceit, manipulations, poker faces, alliances, dive in and enjoy the intense storyline. I am definitely looking for more of Maddie and Patrick In Ashes! 

"Too many balls. Not enough hands.

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616 reviews8 followers
January 14, 2020
4.5-4.75 STARS

Delving into this first installment of Aleatha Romig’s Web of Desire trilogy, I had no idea what to expect from Patrick Kelly’s story. Because when it comes to Aleatha, I have learned to always expect the UNEXPECTED. And with “Spark,” that’s exactly what this author has delivered!

Right from the get-go, an early revelation took me by surprise. From there, I slowly rode the wave of intrigue, curious as to where Patrick and Maddie’s story would take me.

Despite my early suspicions that turned out to be correct, I still felt the one-two punch of the cliffhanger ending that totally knocked me for a loop. Because the intensity brewing behind this ending is really just the beginning of a new, darkly twisted series, set against the backdrop of the Sparrow underworld. And that, my fellow readers, can only mean one thing… time to buckle up and hold on tight for what will surely be the ride of our lives!
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