Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Review: The Faintest Spark (Roadmap to Your Heart #1.5) by Christina Lee

TheFaintestSpark_HighResTitle ~ The Faintest Spark (Roadmap to Your Heart #1.5)

Author ~ Christina Lee

Published ~ 27th March 2017

Genre ~ Contemporary M/M Romance





Malachi O'Rourke spends his years as president of the Disciples of the Road cleaning up his father's mess, grieving a broken heart, and protecting the men under his charge. Sawyer Malone hasn't had it easy either since joining the Scorpions. While paying back a personal debt for his club seems gratifying on the surface, he ends up sacrificing way more than he bargained for.
When Mal recognizes that Sawyer is struggling, he offers him needed support. Something about the man's quiet strength stirs deeply inside him. Sawyer knows he shouldn't rely on the solace Mal provides, but he's been the only ray of light in an otherwise bleak few months. So after a tender moment passes between the men, they simply chalk it up to their newfound friendship.
Besides, no one will ever measure up to Mal's former old lady and Sawyer's just been through his own tragic ordeal. But when they're thrust together for a weekend event involving both of their clubs, they can no longer deny their attraction. Except time-honored loyalties and hard-fought tradition will not only force them to risk their standing--but also gamble with their hearts.


Lisa’s Review

The Faintest Spark is a novella in Christina Lee’s Roadmap to Your Heart series. We get Mal’s story which was an unexpected surprise. Keep in mind this book is part of a series. It can be read as a stand-alone but I think you would get a greater reading experience if you have read at least book one in this series. This was a novella that I truly enjoyed reading. This author has proven to me that she can write some seriously wonderful M/M contemporary romance. In my personal opinion, I think that Ms. Lee once again did a great job penning a low-angst and tender-hearted tale about two men who find their sizzling connection too hard to ignore.

Malachi O’Rourke is the president of the Disciples of the Road. He’s taken on a lot cleaning up his father’s debacles as the former president and he takes the protection of his men very seriously. Sawyer Malone has proven his worth and undertook a huge assignment for his MC, the Scorpions. Sawyer is struggling with all that he had to do for his club. His own president doesn’t see this; however, Mal can see how Sawyer is quietly suffering and can’t help but want to offer his support. After all, Sawyer also helped the Disciples with his undercover mission.

The two men develop a friendship as Sawyer accepts the support Mal is offering. Something unexpected begins to build between the two men, something more than friendship. Mal has never had feelings other than friendship towards another man so he is taken aback with this connection he shares with Sawyer. The men slowly begin to give in and head down that bumpy road of lust and attraction. Coming out and being open about what is developing between them is certainly not an option for an MC president and a biker from another club. Sure there has been a little more acceptance when it comes the MC world, but Mal and Sawyer are risking a lot if they are discovered or decide to openly come out. Will both men risk everything or are they strong enough to walk away?

I really enjoyed this short book. Watching two men who have a lot to lose open up and become utterly vulnerable with one another was beyond beautiful. I loved watching their feelings grow for one another. Both men fell hard and needed to come to a conclusion as to whether they could withstand the hardships that would undoubtedly come with being together and out in the open.

The sex in this book was hot, raw, sweaty and erotically passionate. When Mal and Sawyer finally give in to the escalating tension between them... HOT DAMN! Pair these two together you most definitely get fire-inducing sex that would leave anyone with a pulse panting. You get rough, dirty, and passionately scorching sex! The dirty perv in me loved every minute of it. Lol!

All in all, this author has delivered a gritty and raw yet sweet love story and also managed to keep me intrigued despite the short length of this novella. This is more a HFN ended but I understood this given the fact that Mal and Sawyer’s relationship did not have the time to fully develop like in a full-length novel. Recommended read!

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Roadmap to Your Heart Series Reading Order 


The Darkest Flame (Book 1)

From the author of There You Stand, a new male/male romance about an errant motorcycle recruit and the captivating bartender who sends his wheels spinning down an all too tempting road.
Vaughn O'Keefe has been part owner of the Hog's Den for years. Privy to plenty of Disciples of the Road business, he's never been more ruffled as when a new recruit named "Smoke" walks through the door. Something about the man gets his blood pumping, but he knows to keep his preferences under wraps around the club.
"Smoke" Callahan has done a couple of rehab stints and is finally clean, thanks to help from the Disciples. He's on the right path and isn't about to get sidetracked, no matter how much the guy who manages the bar gets beneath his skin. Besides, his last relationship with a man left him scared, alone, and with a nightmare of an addiction.
When the Hog's Den becomes shorthanded, and Smoke is ordered to help out the one man he can't have, his longing for the bartender reaches blistering proportions. Vaughn figures a night together should be enough to satisfy their mutual attraction. But neither banks on just how scorching hot it might be.
As Smoke's past unravels and the one person he hopes never to lay eyes on again messes with all he holds sacred, it's time to involve the Disciples. Problem is, he'll have to risk his membership, his heart, and his own hide to keep everyone he cares about safe.



The Deepest Blue (Book 2)

Lee exchanges skyline for swampland in the next book of her male/male romance series, Roadmap to Your Heart.

Rugged and conventional Callum Montgomery enjoys running Shady Pines hunting preserve, except for the secret that’s eating him alive. When his sister brings a date for a family wedding, he can’t stand the arrogant city slicker with the stick up his perfectly fine ass. He doesn’t understand his draw to Dean, who pushes his buttons at every turn, but he’d never dream of betraying his sibling over some lust fueled fantasy.

Handsome and conscientious Dean Abbott is a research assistant in his university’s biology lab. When his roommate, Cassie, begs him to be her pretend date in front of her meddling family, he begrudgingly agrees to help. He doesn’t anticipate being enchanted by the countryside, the colorful cast of characters, or her sexy and brooding straight brother.

When contempt turns to passion and leads to stolen moments in a sugar cane field, Callum can’t help longing for the kind of connection he believes he can never have. But not even the world’s most heart-melting kiss can bridge the vast philosophical differences between the men.

Dean’s return to his urban lifestyle leaves him restless, his mind continually wandering to the charming setting that spoke to something missing deep inside him. Because you can take the city boy out of the country but you can’t make him forget the intriguing man he left behind.



The Hardest Fall (Book 3)

Lee trades country ballads for show tunes in the next standalone book of her Roadmap to Your Heart series.
After licking his wounds from a painful relationship, Tate Sullivan is ready to move back home. He picks up where he left off as drag queen extraordinaire Frieda Love in a West Village bar in New York City. He doesn’t expect to be drawn to the mysterious man with the dark eyes who shows up to every single performance—flirtatiously eyeing Tate one second and disappearing on him the next. Why mess around with a guy who is clearly giving him mixed signals?
Sebastian Clark is on a mission the first night he shows up at Ruby Redd’s. He doesn’t anticipate his plan being flipped on its head by the charismatic drag queen and even more so by the mesmerizing man beneath the makeup. But the more he learns about the vibrant and brash Tate Sullivan the more intrigued he becomes. So he pushes aside his guilt about why he sought out the bar in the first place in order to get to know the guy behind the stilettos.
They’re opposites on many levels, but as Tate spends time volunteering with Sebastian at the shelter, he begins to feel good about himself in ways he hadn’t before. For Sebastian, Tate represents a sense of fun and freedom that is completely fresh and invigorating. Before they know it, their easy companionship catches fire, and Sebastian is kissing a man for the first time, while Tate is opening his heart to new possibilities. But Sebastian is still keeping a secret, and Tate will have to decide if he can trust again, or if the betrayal he feels from Sebastian’s confession is too much to overcome.


the sweetest goodbye

The Sweetest Goodbye (Book 3.5)

Billie Montgomery was always known as the sick kid with the therapy dog. Dylan Bowden never had two nickels to rub together, let alone a true home to call his own. The two have been best friends since high school. They're always there for each other, so when Billie opens his own bakery called Montgomery's Sweets no one supports him better than Dylan.




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