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Gia Malone wants one thing and one thing only: to be the best surfer in the world. Her biggest obstacle is the annoyingly perky Elle Britton. Not only is Elle number one in the rankings, she’s also a fan favorite. But there’s a lot about Elle that Gia never noticed, like her surprising sense of humor and picture-perfect mouth. Elle Britton is tired. After tournaments, fan Gia Malone wants one thing and one thing only: to be the best surfer in the world. Her biggest obstacle is the annoyingly perky Elle Britton. Not only is Elle number one in the rankings, she’s also a fan favorite. But there’s a lot about Elle that Gia never noticed, like her surprising sense of humor and picture-perfect mouth. Elle Britton is tired. After tournaments, fan meet-ups, and nonstop media requests, all she wants in the world is a little peace and quiet. But with Gia Malone closing in on her ranking, she has to surf her best. When the media picks up the story of their neck and neck status, Elle finds herself forced further into the spotlight, this time alongside Gia, the knockout with the killer shred and sexy smile. It’s not long before there’s no denying the chemistry on and off the beach. But only one can win… Cover Artist: Jeanine Henning Genres: Contemporary / Romance


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Gia Malone wants one thing and one thing only: to be the best surfer in the world. Her biggest obstacle is the annoyingly perky Elle Britton. Not only is Elle number one in the rankings, she’s also a fan favorite. But there’s a lot about Elle that Gia never noticed, like her surprising sense of humor and picture-perfect mouth. Elle Britton is tired. After tournaments, fan Gia Malone wants one thing and one thing only: to be the best surfer in the world. Her biggest obstacle is the annoyingly perky Elle Britton. Not only is Elle number one in the rankings, she’s also a fan favorite. But there’s a lot about Elle that Gia never noticed, like her surprising sense of humor and picture-perfect mouth. Elle Britton is tired. After tournaments, fan meet-ups, and nonstop media requests, all she wants in the world is a little peace and quiet. But with Gia Malone closing in on her ranking, she has to surf her best. When the media picks up the story of their neck and neck status, Elle finds herself forced further into the spotlight, this time alongside Gia, the knockout with the killer shred and sexy smile. It’s not long before there’s no denying the chemistry on and off the beach. But only one can win… Cover Artist: Jeanine Henning Genres: Contemporary / Romance

30 review for Sparks Like Ours (Seven Shores #3)

  1. 3 out of 5

    Lex Kent

    I loved the characters, but didn’t like the storyline as much as I hoped. I’m a huge Brayden fan and I did enjoy this, I just didn’t OMG love it. Ever since the first few pages of book 1, I wanted to know more about Gia. Gia was more mysterious than the others and I loved that she was a pro surfer. When it came to Gia as a character, Brayden didn’t disappoint. Gia is a pro surfer and currently number 2 in the world. Elle is her archrival and current best surfer in the world. Gia just wants to do I loved the characters, but didn’t like the storyline as much as I hoped. I’m a huge Brayden fan and I did enjoy this, I just didn’t OMG love it. Ever since the first few pages of book 1, I wanted to know more about Gia. Gia was more mysterious than the others and I loved that she was a pro surfer. When it came to Gia as a character, Brayden didn’t disappoint. Gia is a pro surfer and currently number 2 in the world. Elle is her archrival and current best surfer in the world. Gia just wants to do her job and surf. She doesn’t like the fake smiles and kissing up to sponsors that Elle seems to do. People know about their rivalry and when a new sponsor wants to make it the part of a new ad campaign (hello cameo from SoHo), the women are stuck spending time together. The more time together, feelings become involved. Is there any room for a romance between the two best women’s surfers in the world? As I mentioned above I loved getting to know Gia as a character. She was likeable and everything I was hoping for. Gia and Hadley have always been my favorites in this series. While I knew they were not destined to be together, I always thought they could be a couple. I thought it was so funny that Elle ended up being a Hadley clone. Elle and Hadley clicked right away. To me it just proved my personal opinion that Hadley and Gia together would not be such a stretch. I thought Gia and Elle had excellent chemistry. I loved their teasing and flirty banter. They had good sexual tension together that I really enjoyed. I also did like that the angst of the book didn’t really feel forced. I felt their whole relationship was pretty believable. The surfing scenes is something I was really looking forward to. Surfing in lesfic is just not a job we come across often. The few scenes were good and exciting, but I was hoping for a bit more. I wish Brayden explained a little more what I should be seeing in my mind. I live in the mountains, there is no ocean. I don’t know much about surfing and I just wanted to learn a little. What stopped this for me from being 5 stars is I wasn’t crazy about the outcome of some of the storylines. It wasn’t anything bad I just didn’t care for some of Bryaden’s choices. Also, the ending was only okay. The other thing that bothered me is a tiny bit spoilerish so I’m going to use the tag just to be really safe here. (view spoiler)[I felt like the message of the story was you can’t be awesome at you career and have the love of your life. You can only be good. This message is so different than in any of Brayden’s other books so that surprised me a little. Her books seem to be all about hard working women who can have it all. Why can’t Gia and Elle? (hide spoiler)] Even though I didn’t love this it is still really good and worth the read. If you are a fan of Brayden don’t hesitate to read this. If you are new to the series, I would start at book 1 Eyes Like Those. I can’t wait to read Hadley’s book next. Ab ARC was given to me by BSB, for a honest review.

  2. 3 out of 5

    Lexxi Kitty

    *I received this book from Bold Strokes Books and Netgalley for an honest review* A weird thing happened when I turned to this book. I was getting flashes of the most recent previous work I’d read, unexpected as I didn’t expect any real similarity. I kind of had a ‘darn’ moment there, but the fact that both books start off with a heterosexual woman and a lesbian eyeballing each other is similar-ish, but everything else was/is different. For one, in the previous book they were eyeballing each othe *I received this book from Bold Strokes Books and Netgalley for an honest review* A weird thing happened when I turned to this book. I was getting flashes of the most recent previous work I’d read, unexpected as I didn’t expect any real similarity. I kind of had a ‘darn’ moment there, but the fact that both books start off with a heterosexual woman and a lesbian eyeballing each other is similar-ish, but everything else was/is different. For one, in the previous book they were eyeballing each other with lust; while here, this book here, they were eyeballing each other as rivals – enemy-like, though a few degrees back from enemies. For another, I rather liked how things unfolded here more than in the previous book. In terms of how the people involved gradually came to some realizations, dealt with some internal and external issues, and eventually came together. Instead of the insta-lust of the other book I’ve not named. This is the third book in Brayden’s California based Seven Shores series that follows four friends as they find love and happiness. Book one, ‘Eyes Like Those’, followed Isabel Chase, writer, and Taylor Andrews, producer (with Isabel being the ‘Seven Shores’ friend, though she’s newly arrived in California at the start of the book). Book two, ‘Hearts Like Hers’, finds Autumn Primm, Venice Beach coffee shop owner (‘The Cat’s Pajamas’), hooking up with a vacationing firefighter (Kate Carpenter). Kate’s the Seven Shores person in that she lives in that apartment complex, though it’s Autumn who is the Seven Shores friend (the difference being that Autumn was friends of the Seven Shores people but didn’t live there). And then we come to this book here, where the woman who intrigued me from the beginning, the one who I was curious about from the beginning, gets her story told. Gia Malone is a young woman who has spent her life surfing. Professionally. She might have liked to go to college, maybe, but she wasn’t in the situation to do both – financially. So, immediately after high school, she entered the qualifying tour. Eventually she rose up to the top tier pro tour and a year before this book opens, she was number 7 in the world (I do not recall if ‘in the world’ is mentioned, but, since the events that occur in this story take place around the world, I assume ‘in the world’ is accurate), and by the time this book here starts, she’s number 2. Occupying the number one slot at top of the pro surfing leader board is Elle Britton. Gia’s rival and something like but not exactly enemy. Part of Gia’s dislike of Elle is the part wherein Elle is number one; mostly, though, it seems that Gia’s dislike stems from how she views Elle’s personality. In that, Elle seems too perky to be real. A fake plastic Barbie type. Several complicating matters turn up – a year before this story opens, a photo was released that made it look like Gia was lustfully gazing upon Elle in her swimsuit (it’s never firmly dealt with, but the impression given is that both parties know that Gia wasn’t actually doing that, it just looked that way). It’s an issue because it gets brought up every once in a while. Then there’s the part where the happily partnered up Seven Shores people begin talking about ‘sparks’ and how Gia and Elle seem to have some – a theory begun before either party seemed to actually desire the other (we are still in rivals zone; also, one of the main people talking about Gia’s love life is her fellow single Seven Shores friend Hadley, so I’m not sure why I worded things the way I did). Then a specific sponsor wants to pair the number 1 (Elle) and number 2 (Gia) in an advertisement campaign – so both would have to work together, interact a lot more than they normally do when on tour. The, how to word this, the romance angle of the book doesn’t really start, though, until another event occurs – on the same day two articles appear, one strongly indicating that Elle and Gia are bitter rivals; other strongly indicating that Elle and Gia are lovers. Elle has an odd reaction to the stories, Gia doesn’t even know those stories exist. Oh, and somewhere along the line Elle picked up a boyfriend who she likes and who likes her, and who both like spending time with each other – a boyfriend kind of adds a complication layer to a female-female romance, eh? Wow that’s a huge paragraph, I should break that down somehow. Nah. One of the problems with a many friends type book is trying to remember who everyone is and how they fit in. I found it easier to remember everyone without thinking too hard with Brayden’s prior series, though I mostly kept up with the character list with this series. There are just many side characters, some of whom already appeared in the story (both mains and side characters). *shrugs, moving on* I liked the two main characters well-enough, and their eventual connection seemed well developed, but I unexpectedly kind of disliked some of the stuff I was seeing with Gia. Mostly in her thoughts and actions regarding Elle. Seeing perkiness as fake and plastic-y. But that, obviously or not, went away as the story progressed. There are issues that pop up as the story unfolds, both foreseeable, and not. Family related, relationships related, and sports related. Everything seemed naturally occurring and not artificially created to add layers of problem issues to overcome. Let’s see, what else is there to say – I liked the characters, main and side. The story was interesting and good. Flowed naturally. Well, just one friend left without a partner (even if you pulled in Elle’s friend Holly it’d still be just one friend, since Holly has Dash, and is straight (though Elle started this book straight so…). Hadley the one connected somehow or another to fashion and a specific store. I’ve tended to like her in the series, so far, with my favorite scene with her being the one where she’s dressed up like a cow. Tail and all. Rating: 4.65 May 18 2018

  3. 3 out of 5

    Agirlcandream

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Wonderful dialogue and lots of inclusion of our favourite couples from the past two books, Gotta love Autumn and her wonder and joy at the impending arrivals along with her ability to eat guilt free with the athlete that is Gia. My favourite conversation involved all four Seven Shores friends and their “Sparks” debate. Too funny. No question the rivalry between Gia and Elle quickly moves through longing to lust after they are forced to work together in an ad campaign. I was loving the sparks unt Wonderful dialogue and lots of inclusion of our favourite couples from the past two books, Gotta love Autumn and her wonder and joy at the impending arrivals along with her ability to eat guilt free with the athlete that is Gia. My favourite conversation involved all four Seven Shores friends and their “Sparks” debate. Too funny. No question the rivalry between Gia and Elle quickly moves through longing to lust after they are forced to work together in an ad campaign. I was loving the sparks until the novel seemed to bog down somewhere around the halfway mark. The choices both women are forced to make might be realistic but those decisions and events that transpire pulled most of the lustre off this coupling. I loved Gia and Elle’s competitive spirits (view spoiler)[ and missed them when love got in the way. Took the fire right out of the book. (hide spoiler)] ARC received with thanks from Bold Strokes Books via NetGalley for review.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Tiff

    I want to start this review by saying how glad I am that this is not a trilogy. There is one more and oh how I cannot wait for Hadley. Don’t get me wrong Hadley’s story is going to be outstanding but aren’t all of Brayden’s stories. Let me tell you Gia Malone and Elle Britton bring the heat. Hell yes they do, the heat they bring is hot, smoking hot. Gia and Elle are fierce competitors. Elle is the currently the number one female professional surfer. She has adoring fans and is the face of women’s I want to start this review by saying how glad I am that this is not a trilogy. There is one more and oh how I cannot wait for Hadley. Don’t get me wrong Hadley’s story is going to be outstanding but aren’t all of Brayden’s stories. Let me tell you Gia Malone and Elle Britton bring the heat. Hell yes they do, the heat they bring is hot, smoking hot. Gia and Elle are fierce competitors. Elle is the currently the number one female professional surfer. She has adoring fans and is the face of women’s surfing. Gia is number two and is doing everything in her power to get her points total to top Elle’s. They don’t hate each other but there is some definite tension. Ooooh, don’t you just love the tension and the whole got off on the wrong foot/rivals scenario, Lord knows I do! Two elite athletes that are both fierce competitors, you know right off the bat that Brayden is going to give you some fabulous angst mixed in with amazing dialogue, light-hearted fun, and characters that steal your heart. Gia is driven, ambitious and solely focused on being the very best female surfer. She loves surfing for the pureness of it and to fuel her competitive spirit. Catering to sponsors and being friendly with reporters is part of her job but something she is less than comfortable with. Elle gets under Gia’s skin because she not only knows how to play the game, she has reporters, fans, and sponsors eating out of her hand. This peppy people person drives her mad. What draws you so much to these Gia and Elle is that they act like real people. They are flawed, they make mistakes, they get tipsy on margaritas in a bar and blurt out something that they shouldn’t. Perfection is boring. Brayden makes them come alive right off the page. You love them for their missteps and their triumphs. You love them because she makes them feel real. We aren’t reinventing the wheel here folks. Brayden has her formula and by golly, I am so glad she does. It works and it’s not good, it’s great. I for one, thank my lucky stars that Melissa Brayden writes lady loving books because she is one of the very best and takes it to the next level every single book. She writes the stories that you come back to. Not once, or twice, but time and time again because they give you all of the feels. Isn’t that why we love romance? Those little flutters, that pull on your heartstrings, that paragraph that makes you actually like, the joy and triumph of an anticipated first kiss. Brayden's books are the ones you cherish. An easy 5 stars!

  5. 5 out of 5

    Rosi

    This is the third episode of the Seven Shores quartet, formed by Isabel, Autumn, Gia and Hadley. Of the two previous books, the first tells the relationship between Isabel and Taylor and the second develops the relationship between Autumn and Kate. So there will only be Hadley to match (this last chapter has already been announced on the publisher's page, to be published in October 2018) For those who do not want to read the complete series, each of the books can be read independently without hav This is the third episode of the Seven Shores quartet, formed by Isabel, Autumn, Gia and Hadley. Of the two previous books, the first tells the relationship between Isabel and Taylor and the second develops the relationship between Autumn and Kate. So there will only be Hadley to match (this last chapter has already been announced on the publisher's page, to be published in October 2018) For those who do not want to read the complete series, each of the books can be read independently without having read the previous ones, although it is advisable to do so and also in the order of its publication, doing so everything will make more sense. Now, in relation to this story, that of Gia and Elle, it is a situation of going from hatred (not so much hate, rather disgust due to accumulated prejudices over time) to love, without much drama and with many romantic situations.  It is also a story of discovering the attraction to the same sex after having had a life of unsatisfactory heterosexual relationships. And it is also a story of learning what is really important in life and knowing how to prioritize and value it. And Gia and Elle are so cute! And even though Elle is discovering this new attraction, she is the one who takes the initiative most of the time. But with the strong but sweet Gia as a source of inspiration, who can resist. So in the end this is a wonderful romance that will not disappoint those who seek a sweet and without angst story, with the addition of finding and following the life of the protagonists of the two previous books in the series. An ARC was sent to me from Bold Strokes Books through NetGalley for an honest review

  6. 3 out of 5

    vacatedboat

    I’ve tried to write four reviews on this book and it just isn’t working. I end up getting a little...grrrr...and how in the world can I be grrrr when Brayden books are so sticky sweet that I feel like I’m drowning in a cotton candy machine? I have nothing much to add to the reviews except to say that I wasn’t a fan of this one. Even though it’s supposed to have some ‘know what’s important’ moral, the entire (view spoiler)[this-is-how-love-affects-your-job-performance-you-silly-emotional-women (h I’ve tried to write four reviews on this book and it just isn’t working. I end up getting a little...grrrr...and how in the world can I be grrrr when Brayden books are so sticky sweet that I feel like I’m drowning in a cotton candy machine? I have nothing much to add to the reviews except to say that I wasn’t a fan of this one. Even though it’s supposed to have some ‘know what’s important’ moral, the entire (view spoiler)[this-is-how-love-affects-your-job-performance-you-silly-emotional-women (hide spoiler)] thing ticked me right off. And I just deleted a lot of words because I was getting grrrrr again, so... 3* for being well written, great banter, and Hadley (honestly, all the stars are for Hadley).

  7. 3 out of 5

    Joc

    This is the third book in the Seven Shores series and is Gia Malone’s story. Slowly by surely Gia has worked her way up the surfing ranks to being second to Elle Britton, her cheerful and annoying nemesis. Being second has put her in the spotlight and circumstances force them into having to work together. I’m surprised by how much I like Brayden’s books every time I read one. I don’t know if it’s the covers or the titles that make me think I’m going to get an average read out of them but from the This is the third book in the Seven Shores series and is Gia Malone’s story. Slowly by surely Gia has worked her way up the surfing ranks to being second to Elle Britton, her cheerful and annoying nemesis. Being second has put her in the spotlight and circumstances force them into having to work together. I’m surprised by how much I like Brayden’s books every time I read one. I don’t know if it’s the covers or the titles that make me think I’m going to get an average read out of them but from the moment I start reading I remember having the same thought in the previous Brayden book. This is well-written with interesting characters and a good story line. Book received from Netgalley and Bold Strokes Books for an honest review.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Danielle

    Gia and Elle are competitive surfers. Elle is number one in the world, and Gia has always envied her. Gia is coming into her prime, and her skills are getting better and better. This could be her year. They have the opportunity to do some promotional work together, and sparks fly between the pair. Neither has been lucky in love. Elle is trying her hand at dating, but something has always been missing. Her new guy is ok but a little dull around the edges. Gia hasn't dated much, but that doesn't s Gia and Elle are competitive surfers. Elle is number one in the world, and Gia has always envied her. Gia is coming into her prime, and her skills are getting better and better. This could be her year. They have the opportunity to do some promotional work together, and sparks fly between the pair. Neither has been lucky in love. Elle is trying her hand at dating, but something has always been missing. Her new guy is ok but a little dull around the edges. Gia hasn't dated much, but that doesn't stop her checking Elle out. Unfortunately, Elle has only dated men. These two are focused on their career and everything else has always taken a backseat. This is a sweet romance about competition, compromise and believing in others. It's an easy romance read with some hot surfing. Both leading ladies are interesting characters. They have a good network of friends and promising sports skills. 4 stars out of 5. This is a quick read with a cute romance. *I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Heinerway

    A rather good enemies-to-lovers story with a very promising beginning and a so-so ending.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Sprinkles

    ☆ The copy provided by NetGalley and Bold Strokes Books Inc. in exchange for an honest review. ☆ What on earth has Melissa Brayden done? Did she...write a sports-themed romance that I can call a favorite? Maybe because it's surfing, which isn't a staple sport I hear about all the time, so I loved it. Even the competition parts which, frankly, had my competitive pulse racing. Good stuff. Okay, so how about Elle Britton? Number one in the world of surf and number one in my heart for this book, even ☆ The copy provided by NetGalley and Bold Strokes Books Inc. in exchange for an honest review. ☆ What on earth has Melissa Brayden done? Did she...write a sports-themed romance that I can call a favorite? Maybe because it's surfing, which isn't a staple sport I hear about all the time, so I loved it. Even the competition parts which, frankly, had my competitive pulse racing. Good stuff. Okay, so how about Elle Britton? Number one in the world of surf and number one in my heart for this book, even over Hadley. She managed to charm me as well as she schmoozed the media shoving cameras in her face. There was something very easy and relaxed about her. In the Brayden universe--for those who are familiar--many characters seem in competition to make the wittiest quips or the grab the biggest reactions. Elle's character is people-pleasing without being annoying and try-hard. I appreciate that. Attractive character, relatable personality. I'd buy her calendar, for sure. Elle and Gia, a main character of the Seven Shores books, match well and it is HOT. I hadn't paid Gia that much attention, assuming her to be a carbon copy of Hunter from the Savvy team. You know the type: hot, talented playgirl and all that. Imagine my relief when she turned out to be standoffish, even awkward around women! Much better. I love me a romance that unfolds like theirs. Elle and Gia's first kiss was perfection. I felt all the sparks there. Sure, I had my usual quibbles with Brayden, mostly about dialogue, tone, and the overuse of certain words. But, those didn't deter me from acknowledging that she knocked it out the park for this one! Or, like, she shredded the wave thing that I...I'll stop now. 'Sparks like Ours' really exceeded my expectations and I'm too glad. Elle and Gia's relationship had all the parts of sweet, sexy, playful, hate-to-love, slow burn, toaster oven. The Seven Shores crew, I find them much more refreshing and interesting than the Soho Loft and that's coming from a New Yorker! I guess I craved this chill, sunny setting all along. I'd like to add that the overall message resonated with me, especially with prioritizing one's career. Now, let's get to Hadley's story because I've been anticipating it since book one in this series! Give that woman a girlfriend!

  11. 4 out of 5

    Gaby

    This is book 3 of the 'Seven shores' series featuring four friends living in Venice beach, California which I recommend to read chronologically. 'Sparks like ours' is the story of Gia Malone, a professional surfer, and Elle Britton, world champion surfer and Gia's fiercest competitor. As number two in the world, Gia is determined to beat Elle whom she considers superficial and too perky. But when an advertising campaign brings them working together, Gia starts reconsidering her opinion about Ell This is book 3 of the 'Seven shores' series featuring four friends living in Venice beach, California which I recommend to read chronologically. 'Sparks like ours' is the story of Gia Malone, a professional surfer, and Elle Britton, world champion surfer and Gia's fiercest competitor. As number two in the world, Gia is determined to beat Elle whom she considers superficial and too perky. But when an advertising campaign brings them working together, Gia starts reconsidering her opinion about Elle and Elle begins to question her own sexuality. Will they act on their growing attraction or will their budding relationship be destroyed by the extreme competition between them? This is by far my favourite book in this series, as now the four friends and the secondary characters' personalities are well defined. The 'Soho loft' series is still my favourite but I suppose it's a matter of taste. 'Sparks like ours' is one of Ms. Brayden's books with less angst or drama I've read. The characters' conflict is more due to career challenges than serious disputes or misunderstandings. It makes the conflict realistic and sad at the same time. The rest is pure Brayden's usual style: witty dialogues, hot chemistry, well crafted plots. As always, Brayden uses the perfect balance between show and tell. In her books, we are observers as the events unfold and we experience the characters' emotions which stir our feelings and trigger our imaginations. The author leaves the descriptions to her trademark intimate scenes. And, oh boy, how she excels at that. Ms. Brayden has the lesfic romance formula perfected and us readers cannot get enough. Her books are lesfic heaven. As a bonus to her fans, there are a few cameo appearances or references to some of her most beloved characters: Molly and Jordan from 'How sweet it is', Mallory and Hunter from the 'Soho loft' series and Spencer from the forthcoming 'Love like ours'. Overall, another winner by Melissa Brayden which will make her readers happy. 4.5 stars. ARC provided by Netgalley and the publisher in exchange for an honest review. See all my reviews at www.lezreviewbooks.wordpress.com

  12. 3 out of 5

    Starsandsun

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Goodness! Can’t believe I gave this a 4. Spoilers ahead so If you’re not up for it avoid this one big time. After eating ice cream and jogging around I’ve settled with 4. I love Gia and Elle actually they’re my favorite couple in this series but I feel bad for them. Start of book is awesome. You can really feel the sexual tension between them and their chemistry. Off the charts kind of chemistry well, until they were together. They were like toxic with each others careers. They’re both winning if t Goodness! Can’t believe I gave this a 4. Spoilers ahead so If you’re not up for it avoid this one big time. After eating ice cream and jogging around I’ve settled with 4. I love Gia and Elle actually they’re my favorite couple in this series but I feel bad for them. Start of book is awesome. You can really feel the sexual tension between them and their chemistry. Off the charts kind of chemistry well, until they were together. They were like toxic with each others careers. They’re both winning if they were not together. There is no redeeming moment. They both lost their game. I know, I know not everything is about winning or no career is worth it over someone you love. I get that really but Maybe I was expecting something like Elle would still win it and prove to her parents that Gia is not a bad distraction or to everyone around them. Well, it was just me because I expected something maybe that’s why I really feel bad. Epilogue also gives me this mehh feeling. Also the worst so far. I’m happy for Autumn and Kate. Guest appearance of Mallory, yay! And I was thinking of Gia’s friend Hunter. They both came from Hawaii right, did I miss something from Hunters story? Was Gia mentioned there? Or this is totally a different Hunter? I’m such a downer here, I’m sorry guys. 🙁🙁

  13. 5 out of 5

    Anja

    Wow, what a ride (even literally ;) I loved this story, the setting and the main characters. All of them, but especially Elle and Gia. Their chemistry goes through the roof, it's not only sparks, it's a complete fireworks of emotion. Definitely 5 stars!

  14. 4 out of 5

    Sandra

    Part three in the Seven Shores series, which follows the lives of four friends in Venice L.A. This story is about Gia, the pro surfer. I was looking forward to her story, as I was intrigued by her from the first moment she was mentioned in book #1. She belongs to the top ten in the surf world and wants no more than to be the number one. For that, she sacrifices a lot. She can’t stand her archrival, and actual number one, Elle. Her bubbly personality grates on her nerves, she hates the fake smiles Part three in the Seven Shores series, which follows the lives of four friends in Venice L.A. This story is about Gia, the pro surfer. I was looking forward to her story, as I was intrigued by her from the first moment she was mentioned in book #1. She belongs to the top ten in the surf world and wants no more than to be the number one. For that, she sacrifices a lot. She can’t stand her archrival, and actual number one, Elle. Her bubbly personality grates on her nerves, she hates the fake smiles and all the kissing for attention, but unfortunately, she’s everybody’s darling. When the two of them are thrown together for an advertising campaign, they need to overcome their differences in favor of the client. After a few hours of working together, they discover, that there is much more than the sporting rivalry to the other women. Elle is forced to question her sexuality after she feels the growing attraction to Gia. On the other side, Gia notices, that Elle’s smiles and sparkling personality aren’t faked, she really is this happy person, and she is surprised about the feelings she develops for her. Can they be lovers and also be the competitors for the number one in their sport? Or will the competition bring them apart? I very much liked the surf scenes, the competition was exciting. I’m always impressed by the spectacular rides of the world-class surfers when I watch them on TV or Internet. I live in Switzerland where we only have a lot of mountains and some lakes with small waves, but no sea. (view spoiler)[ The only thing I didn’t like, was the end of the surf world cup. I agree with Lex, that it seems like neither of them can be in a happy relationship and at the same time be the number one in the surf world. I think it could be very much inspiring, to compete in the same sport. (hide spoiler)] The romance was very sweet, Elle and Gia had great chemistry and the love scenes were hot. The conflicts are not about misunderstanding or not telling, like in many other books. I think their conflict could be real. And once they can find a solution, they can become extremely successful. And Gia’s friends are always fun to be with. They are such a great bunch of women, who are supporting and funny and loveable. I liked all the dialogues, witty banter, the flirting and the sincere talks within all the characters. I recommend this entertaining book to all romance and/or sports fans. I’m looking forward to the last one in this series, which will be about Hadley. My rating 4.75 stars.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Dee

    There's no doubt about it, Melissa has the gift of the gab. If you're looking for a feel good story, low on angst, with a great supporting cast, this might be just the ticket. Why not five stars? Although I was thoroughly entertained, I'm know next to nothing about surfing and found those scenes exhilarating, the relationship between the leads was wishy-washy (no pun intended) at best. I didn't feel the 'sparks' I expected to. Is that on me, who knows? I loved catching up with the supporting cha There's no doubt about it, Melissa has the gift of the gab. If you're looking for a feel good story, low on angst, with a great supporting cast, this might be just the ticket. Why not five stars? Although I was thoroughly entertained, I'm know next to nothing about surfing and found those scenes exhilarating, the relationship between the leads was wishy-washy (no pun intended) at best. I didn't feel the 'sparks' I expected to. Is that on me, who knows? I loved catching up with the supporting characters and look forward to whoever's story is next. I suspect it will be Hadley's (must remember Hadley is a she not a he) Thank you to NetGalley and Bold Strokes Books for the ARC

  16. 4 out of 5

    Catherine

    Add another extremely sweet romance to this series. I'm loving that in the last two books of this series the two couples have separated unhappily but mutually without the major drama, it just felt more real to me. The characters in these books are awesome and I just can't get enough of this world of seven shores! One thing I would say is as a competitive person I would have liked the surf competition part of the story to play out differently. I understand why she wrote it the way she did but I p Add another extremely sweet romance to this series. I'm loving that in the last two books of this series the two couples have separated unhappily but mutually without the major drama, it just felt more real to me. The characters in these books are awesome and I just can't get enough of this world of seven shores! One thing I would say is as a competitive person I would have liked the surf competition part of the story to play out differently. I understand why she wrote it the way she did but I personally would have enjoyed it better if it had gone down a different path (that's all I'll say without giving it away). As always Brayden doesn't disappoint! I was given this book by NetGalley for an honest review.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Det. Nidhi

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. I'm addicted and out of control with this series. 3rd book I've read in a span of 5 days. I'm glad that the fourth book isnt out yet or I'd have lost more sleep reading that too :) I love this feeling of getting hooked onto a series. That happiness you get after you finish a good book is worth everything. So this book is about Gia Malone, who is a surfer, placed 6th in the world. Her only aim is to get that coveted 1st place. Enter Elle Britton, the charming people pleaser who is currently placed I'm addicted and out of control with this series. 3rd book I've read in a span of 5 days. I'm glad that the fourth book isnt out yet or I'd have lost more sleep reading that too :) I love this feeling of getting hooked onto a series. That happiness you get after you finish a good book is worth everything. So this book is about Gia Malone, who is a surfer, placed 6th in the world. Her only aim is to get that coveted 1st place. Enter Elle Britton, the charming people pleaser who is currently placed first in the rankings. So Gia has a bit of a jealousy streak and hates her and misses no opportunity to call her a fake person. (I can relate to this juvenile display lol) So as fate would have it they are chosen to endorse a chips brand and so they are forced to call a temporary truce, which leads to sparks and much more. I love the entire troupe of a straight girl falling for another girl. Elle isn't straight but she hasn't given much thought to herself as she is way to focussed on her career. So when suddenly she's put in close proximity to Gia all hell breaks lose. I love how Isabel is an enabler. She keeps making Gia believe that there are sparks between Elle and her, and that inturn messes with Gia too. It was a relief that they didn't deny their feelings. Brayden's books are strangely tragic. Like in Waiting in the wings or in First position, there is something bad that happens to one of the protagonists. The Same thing happens here too, as both Gia and Elle's surfing suffers. It made the entire book believe able. I loved how both of them came to terms with their life, and weren't in denial. Everything was finally resolved in a satisfactory way and thank God for that. So all in all I loved this book a lot. This author has me hooked. I can't wait for Hadley's story now and jeez it's gonna be a long wait.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Danni Mladenovic

    What really amazes me with Melissa Brayden’s books in general is her magical ability to write dialogues! I have a big problem with long dialogues in the books because usually to me they seem kind of forced and artificial, without a natural conversational fluidity, but that is simply not the case with Melissa Brayden! The woman is a Goddess for friendly banter, eloquent flirting between characters and charming replies to provocative teasing! I just love reading her books! LOVE THEM! Again, she sc What really amazes me with Melissa Brayden’s books in general is her magical ability to write dialogues! I have a big problem with long dialogues in the books because usually to me they seem kind of forced and artificial, without a natural conversational fluidity, but that is simply not the case with Melissa Brayden! The woman is a Goddess for friendly banter, eloquent flirting between characters and charming replies to provocative teasing! I just love reading her books! LOVE THEM! Again, she scored perfectly with Sparks Like Ours! I love loved she had included the characters from her previous books, so it makes you feel like those people really exist! Basically - Melissa Brayden writing a mediocre book - there is yet to be seen - if that EVER happens, considering how brilliant she is in romance genre!

  19. 5 out of 5

    Stephanie

    My favorite in the series so far! Though, I think Hadley's could be the sweetest...we will see. I was highly anticipating this story as Gia has been the most mysterious of the group of friends...And this was pretty hot I have to say. The chemistry was great. The dialogue was witty. There was a nod to a couple if the Soho Loft girls. Just a really great read!! 4.5 stars rounded up....because when do you read a character dressing up as a cow? I received an ARC from the publisher via Netgalley in exc My favorite in the series so far! Though, I think Hadley's could be the sweetest...we will see. I was highly anticipating this story as Gia has been the most mysterious of the group of friends...And this was pretty hot I have to say. The chemistry was great. The dialogue was witty. There was a nod to a couple if the Soho Loft girls. Just a really great read!! 4.5 stars rounded up....because when do you read a character dressing up as a cow? I received an ARC from the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Clare Ashton

    I've virtually inhaled this series. Can't wait for Hadley's finale.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Amanda

    I have really enjoyed all of Brayden's books. I was more excited when I first began reading her books and would preorder, and start them the day they were available. I am not that reader anymore, but I still enjoy them a great deal. I have liked each book in this series more than the last. I still do not feel like this group compares to the Soho group, but I liked this book the best. I enjoyed catching glimpses of some of our favorites from her other books, and look forward to more of that in th I have really enjoyed all of Brayden's books. I was more excited when I first began reading her books and would preorder, and start them the day they were available. I am not that reader anymore, but I still enjoy them a great deal. I have liked each book in this series more than the last. I still do not feel like this group compares to the Soho group, but I liked this book the best. I enjoyed catching glimpses of some of our favorites from her other books, and look forward to more of that in the next one. This book was an easy uncomplicated romance, with some pretty hot scenes, some humorous moments and of course great dialogue. I really enjoyed it and I am looking forward to the final book in the series.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Yoly

    Another wonderful story by Melissa Brayden. I had been waiting for this one as soon as I found out it would be a series because I wanted to know more about Gia. It was worth the wait :) Only one more book until the series is complete! I'm already looking forward to Hadley’s story.

  23. 3 out of 5

    R

    Melissa Brayden’s latest book, Sparks Like Ours, dealt with competitive surfing, job pressures, pregnancy worries, and of course, relationship problems. This is what I love about her books. She places her characters in many different realistic situations with dialogue to match. The key word here is realistic, especially in terms of life, and in this story, competition. The two characters spotlighted in this story were Elle and Gia, who were initially ranked first and second. However, they were n Melissa Brayden’s latest book, Sparks Like Ours, dealt with competitive surfing, job pressures, pregnancy worries, and of course, relationship problems. This is what I love about her books. She places her characters in many different realistic situations with dialogue to match. The key word here is realistic, especially in terms of life, and in this story, competition. The two characters spotlighted in this story were Elle and Gia, who were initially ranked first and second. However, they were not perfect, and that, in itself was okay. The constructive message I felt Ms. Brayden conveyed throughout this story was as follows: Life is not perfect, the people we love are not perfect, but if we deal with life’s situations in a positive manner through communication, respect, and love, we will always be winners. This book is definitely a winner!

  24. 5 out of 5

    Sara➽[hiatus] (Ink Is My Sword)

    Am I salty I was declined my request for this ARC? yes yes I am. But who do I blame my netgalley ratio is awful. BUT STILL, THIS IS ONE OF MY MOST ANTICIPATED RELEASES OF THE YEAR.

  25. 3 out of 5

    Rach (Les Rêveur)

    Another fantastic novel from the pen of the formidable, Melissa Brayden. Gia Malone has worked for years to climb the surfing championship ladder and she’s finally one win away from being number one in the world. The only person standing in her way is the current number one, Elle Britton. When Elle and Gia are thrown together in a new marketing campaign they begin to let their competitive guards down, ultimately seeing each other in a way they never could before. But when surfing has always been n Another fantastic novel from the pen of the formidable, Melissa Brayden. Gia Malone has worked for years to climb the surfing championship ladder and she’s finally one win away from being number one in the world. The only person standing in her way is the current number one, Elle Britton. When Elle and Gia are thrown together in a new marketing campaign they begin to let their competitive guards down, ultimately seeing each other in a way they never could before. But when surfing has always been number one in your life, where does love fit on the scale? What a fantastic series, one that I am so glad isn’t ending with this book. The Seven Shores series is one of my favourites to date. I must admit that in the last two books Gia wasn’t my favourite of the main four friends (Autumn and Hadley were), however after this book that all changed. I definitely have the major hots for Gia but I also think she’s an incredibly amazing friend and person who has an infectious and endearing personality. Elle on the other hand I wanted to be BFF’s with. She’s happy go lucky and a genuinely good person. Gia and Elle together are a match made in heaven. They have very different traits which compliment each other perfectly. However, when it comes to the love they are incredibly similar as they’d do anything for their friends and the ones they love dearly. They also have the most amazing chemistry that is all encompassing and passionate, which I hadn’t expected to be as potent as what it was. You have to get on the Seven Shores train but be aware you’re not going to want to get off again! Another indisputable 5 star novel from Melissa Brayden!

  26. 5 out of 5

    Len

    I’m somewhat selective on which book to read because as emphasized by one of my favorite authors, you should never waste your time on non-quality books. Quality for me has to have at least, among others, a good story, good writing and good storytelling. With Melissa Brayden, you can never go wrong. Her stories are always fun and light. She doesn’t write heavy stories with major plot twist that will make you fall off the sofa, she writes stories that will make you stay on the sofa because you fee I’m somewhat selective on which book to read because as emphasized by one of my favorite authors, you should never waste your time on non-quality books. Quality for me has to have at least, among others, a good story, good writing and good storytelling. With Melissa Brayden, you can never go wrong. Her stories are always fun and light. She doesn’t write heavy stories with major plot twist that will make you fall off the sofa, she writes stories that will make you stay on the sofa because you feel good. It’s her game. Sparks like Ours is a sport-romance book that will give you a glimpse of the world of surfing. Ladies in board shorts trotting the big waves, how cool is that? I think it’s rare that this sport is given the limelight in lesfic so it’s a treat to have this one. Although not explored as much but perhaps there’s really nothing much to it so I’m okay. The main and supporting characters were very likable. Yep, simply cannot love Gia and Elle and not the others, after all this is a series. I couldn’t really care less if they seem to come from one mold by the way they speak. The sweet, sweet Hadley of course is an exception. I enjoyed their banters. Brayden has a knack for writing funny and witty dialogues. It makes you root not only for the romance but also the friendship. This may be a good book but being a sports enthusiast with a very competitive spirit, there’s one thing I didn’t like and it’s in the last 10% of this book. Brayden, why??? Nonetheless, this is a totally recommendable book. And I recommend reading the first two installments. 5 stars. -ebook copy provided by Bold Strokes for honest opinion/review-

  27. 3 out of 5

    Alena

    Netgalley I think I’m finally tired of the Brayden formula. I just didn’t care about the characters. There‘s witty dialogue, even though I still can’t find the voices of individual characters, there’s believable conflicts, even communication, but I didn’t feel it at all. In addition to her formula what annoyed me was setting up Hadley for the next novel. Little things that were neither here nor there for this book. At least the book offers lots of different bingo squares for the lesfic bingo, so th Netgalley I think I’m finally tired of the Brayden formula. I just didn’t care about the characters. There‘s witty dialogue, even though I still can’t find the voices of individual characters, there’s believable conflicts, even communication, but I didn’t feel it at all. In addition to her formula what annoyed me was setting up Hadley for the next novel. Little things that were neither here nor there for this book. At least the book offers lots of different bingo squares for the lesfic bingo, so there’s that.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Jacob Proffitt

    This is third in a series and the friend group is very present in this story. I highly recommend reading these in order. I've been nervously excited to read Gia's story. Gia is a steady core for the friends and I've enjoyed her contributions in those stories. She doesn't say much, but she's always there when she is needed and can be counted on to deliver the insightful truth when it is most useful. I've liked how grounded she is and that Elle has always been the exception to her mellow—the person This is third in a series and the friend group is very present in this story. I highly recommend reading these in order. I've been nervously excited to read Gia's story. Gia is a steady core for the friends and I've enjoyed her contributions in those stories. She doesn't say much, but she's always there when she is needed and can be counted on to deliver the insightful truth when it is most useful. I've liked how grounded she is and that Elle has always been the exception to her mellow—the person who sets off her inner rant/fluster/challenge monster. So I had high hopes to see them get to know each other better and see those sparks fly. And I was not disappointed. Elle is the perky chick with nothing but good things to say about anyone and is casually kind as a matter of course. It was so awesome seeing how kindness really did lie at her core, even though it turns out she isn't nearly as secure as she comes off as. Having her open up to Gia (and Gia learn to trust her) was an outstanding romantic story and I enjoyed their relationship very much. It was also interesting seeing Elle come to understand her sexuality better as she realizes the common denominator of her mediocre dating life has been that she is targeting the wrong, erm, demographic. Brayden does this very well and I loved how illustrative of her personality her coming out was. Not that the story was all win. The stuff that grated was mostly small stuff with drama-pushing events coinciding rather conveniently but there's one major element behind pretty much all the conflict of the story that strains credulity more than a bit. I'll spoiler tag it, but it shows up early and never goes away so it's not much of a spoiler. Essentially, you have to buy that (view spoiler)[there's an inverse correlation between their relationship and their performance in the surf championship. So the closer they become, the more they screw up, or have bad luck, or whatever. And it's to such a degree that it's pretty much impossible not to associate the losing streak with their loving streak. And yeah, I know sports all have coincidences and luck and emotional factors play a role in performance and all that. But it was so very strong a correlation that I had a hard time taking it seriously (hide spoiler)] . I finally managed to let go of that element and just accept it as a story premise but it was hard and I didn't like it. I will admit that it was interesting seeing them work through that obstacle and I really like how it ended and that Brayden didn't give any easy answers. But still... Anyway, I had a hard time putting it down and really liked getting to know Elle and Gia better. They have an outstanding relationship and I love how well each balances the other with the laidback Gia serving as bolster to the more outgoing and bubbly Elle. I'm going with a solid four star rating on this one, despite how irritating I found the central conflict. A note about Steamy: There are three explicit sex scenes (I think, it has been a couple days) and the middle of my steam tolerance. Very well done as Elle is essentially learning everything new and Brayden does a really good job with the not-a-virgin-virgin position Elle finds herself in.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Kennedy

    This is a read addressing the question, is it possible to simultaneously have a work life and personal life. Some would say of course while others would disagree. I believe it all depends on what is acceptable and perceived as good enough. In a relationship, there can be numerous challenges with one of those being regret. As I was reading, I thought both Gia Malone and Elle Britton were interesting and likeable characters. They were easy to cheer for. I was entertained and educated as I learned This is a read addressing the question, is it possible to simultaneously have a work life and personal life. Some would say of course while others would disagree. I believe it all depends on what is acceptable and perceived as good enough. In a relationship, there can be numerous challenges with one of those being regret. As I was reading, I thought both Gia Malone and Elle Britton were interesting and likeable characters. They were easy to cheer for. I was entertained and educated as I learned surfing lingo. I appreciated the hardwork they put in to be the best and the challenges of affording to compete. The story was well told with bursts of challenges and decisions to be navigated. There were a few loose ends that this reader would have appreciated resolution. ARC provided by Bold Strokes Books, Inc. via NetGalley

  30. 3 out of 5

    Chand

    A NetGalley review Sparks Like Ours is Melissa Brayden’s nth book, but unfortunately she seems to be losing her touch as a storyteller. This book is nowhere near the quality of How Sweet It Is, Waiting in the Wings or Strawberry Summer. Brayden’s characterisation is usually quite impeccable, but Gia Malone and Elle Britton seem incomplete as characters. There is a half-hearted attempt to posit one as extremely organised and the other as messy, but it’s not a convincing attempt and doesn’t even fin A NetGalley review Sparks Like Ours is Melissa Brayden’s nth book, but unfortunately she seems to be losing her touch as a storyteller. This book is nowhere near the quality of How Sweet It Is, Waiting in the Wings or Strawberry Summer. Brayden’s characterisation is usually quite impeccable, but Gia Malone and Elle Britton seem incomplete as characters. There is a half-hearted attempt to posit one as extremely organised and the other as messy, but it’s not a convincing attempt and doesn’t even find a second mention in the narrative. Their backgrounds too are not delved into in any reasonable depth. The typical saviours of Brayden’s novels—humour and the oh-so-sweet moments—do not manage to do a good job this time and fail to have their usual impact. In fact, none of the dialogues or conversations evoke enough emotion to draw even the beginnings of a smile from the reader. Though the plot where two rivals end up falling in love is convincing, what is missing is a narration that packs a punch in its portrayal of the conflict and/or the love. Nothing, absolutely nothing touches the heart. If this book had been authored by anybody else, it might have got a better rating. But from Melissa Brayden one expects more. Much, much more.

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