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Full of Steam, Swooning, and Surprises
Reviewed in the United States on August 28, 2018
The simplest way to describe Spark of Intent: big sh*t happens.
There's a lot of progress in this book all around: Nix's relationships with her mates (emotional AND PHYSICAL), their suspicion of the Council & shifters' way of life, and digging deeper into what makes each of the boys tick.
No specific spoilers, but those of you who were disappointed with the steam level in book two will not be disappointed with book three. Although there's still some of that teasing that Wylde and Arthurs demonstrated so well in the first two books, Nix and the boys make some progress in the bedroom (and perhaps the kitchen ;P) that drives them closer together.
What I liked is that Wylde & Arthurs are staying true to the MC they've crafted; Nix is learning how to be part of a romantic relationship, how to experience and participate in physical love, how to be part of a team, but that doesn't erase her past. There's a big moment that some might see as a major setback for Nix and the boys, but it makes them all realize that they need to put some serious work into acknowledging and responding to each others' needs. It would have bothered me if Nix was suddenly able to just fall into this relationship with ease, and it's so much more realistic that they have to work at it.
Not only are we getting to see more of their relationship, but we're also learning more about the boys. There's a lot of vulnerability here, and it just endears them to me even more. Despite the other differences they might have, all the boys are connected by the fact that Nix helps heal them in some way, helps to make them feel whole. Spark of Intent is a book where I think Theo really gets a chance to shine, and I love that Ryder's sweetness and innocence are a part of this story, too. Right now, I think those two are winning out for my current favorites, but there are some swoon-worthy moments that are bringing Kill & Hiro as fast-approaching competition.
Side note: don't hate me for saying this, but I'm also totally intrigued by one of the potential suitors that Nix meets at the Gala. Despite his potential to be terrifying, there's a quick chemistry. a spark of interest, and I'd like to see Nix make another friend who will help to shake up her (and the shifters') world.
The plot continues to thicken in every way possible; I'm just waiting for something to happen (not eagerly) because I'm just getting so attached to Nix and the boys and the little family they're creating, but it's clear that the Council will do whatever it can to tear them apart. This is going to sound super vague, but there's something even more dangerous that gets set into motion, and it's driving me nuts that Nix and the boys don't seem to have it figured out yet. They're being hit with drama from all sides, and unfortunately, it's blinding them to a huge issue that needs to be dealt with. They're distracted, and I'm not sure what kind of crazy ripples are going to come from what happens to Nix in Spark of Intent.
Overall, Spark of Intent brings so much to the table. Romantics will swoon, adventurers' pulses will race, and curious readers will be left wanting more. Whether it's the fight for their relationship or their coming fight against society, Wylde & Arthurs' characters have won me over, and I'm dedicated to knowing where this is all going next.