Title: Spark a Little Flame
Author: Jennifer Archer
Genre: Romance, Fantasy
Series: Make a Little Magic # 1
Date of Publication: updated re-release March 2020
Publisher: Jennifer Archer Books
J.T. Drake’s father is a mad scientist, so he isn’t surprised when his father’s neighbour calls him to inform him that he needs to check up on his father. He is surprised, however, when he gets struck by lightning in his father’s lab and wakes up… invisible.
Roselyn Peabody is a scientist who is working with Professor Hershell Drake on an electromagnetic refractor. But when she finds out that it worked–transforming his son and making him invisible–she’s nervous. They have no way of turning him back.
J.T. flirts unabashedly with Roselyn, but she’s hesitant to explore her feelings for him. Is he just interested in her because he knows she’s the only person who can make him visible again?
This book is absolutely adorable and sweet and has some steamy scenes, all just enough to keep me up late finishing this compelling book.
There are quite a few cute scenes that were only possible because J.T. was invisible, and they are what made this book truly unique and worth checking out. For instance, when she’s studying a physics book, looking for clues about how to make him visible again, and he comments on the fact that she has pretty ears. She’d had no idea he’d been watching her so intently. So freaking cute!
However, I was surprised when there wasn’t one of those scenes in the middle of the novel where Rosy and J.T. temporarily break up/fight. This is expected in romantic novels, and I was a little floored when it never quite happened. I would have liked to have seen their commitment to each other questioned in the form of a dramatic fight at some point.
We do get some action in the story, in the form of espionage that can only be done with an invisible man in tow. I won’t reveal much more because of spoilers, but it made for an entertaining, thrilling, and at times hilarious novel.
J.T. is a typical lady’s man, though I was relieved to see that the author didn’t lean too heavily into this stereotype. J.T. is charming and used to dating a certain type of woman. Rosy, with her petite frame, glasses, and intelligence, definitely doesn’t fit the bill. Nevertheless, he’s attracted to her and her sweet sassiness and her devotion to his father who is like the father she never had.
Roselyn tries to write off J.T. as a spoiled jock, but there’s something about him that seems different. They exchange witty banter and he isn’t too embarrassed to offer a genuine apology when he crosses the line.
We also get scenes from the point of view of J.T.’s father — Hershell. He’s sweet and absentminded, and his older, nosy neighbour definitely has the hots for him. These scenes helped to flesh out his shared past with J.T., providing the other side of the story. Where J.T. felt neglected as a child, like he came second-fiddle to his father’s research, his father was going through something that J.T. could never have understood. Hopefully that’s vague enough for you, I don’t want to spoil any twists in the story!
This is a sweet romantic fantasy for fans of books where opposites attract.
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