Here's the summary from Goodreads: Gabriel Merrick plays with fire. Literally. Sometimes he can even control it. And sometimes he can’t. Like the fire that killed his parents. Gabriel has always had his brothers to rely on, especially his twin, Nick. But when an arsonist starts wreaking havoc on their town, all the signs point to Gabriel. Only he’s not doing it. More than Gabriel’s pride is at stake -- this could cost him his family, maybe his life. And no one seems to hear him. Except a shy sophomore named Layne, a brainiac who dresses in turtlenecks and jeans and keeps him totally off balance. Layne understands family problems, and she understands secrets. She has a few of her own. Gabriel can’t let her guess about his brothers, about his abilities, about the danger that’s right at his heels. But there are some risks he can’t help taking. The fuse is lit…
What I Liked: Okay, this is going to sound corny, but the best word to describe this book is HOT! 1) Gabriel. So, we've moved on from younger brother Chris to focus on Gabriel, the brother who wields fire as his elemental power. Gabriel has a quick temper, but he also has a fiery personality and deep-running passion. He was absolutely a great character to align with fire, and his personality definitely reflected that. In a word: HOT! He quickly jumped up near the top of hot book boyfriends! 2) Gabriel and Layne. I haven't talked a lot recently about relationships that develop throughout a story. But this one is worth mentioning. I think it was sweet the way it began and grew. It might have a little insta-love feel to it, but it isn't overt, and it makes me happy to see these two opposites attract. I think that I was always kind of a quiet girl, so I like to see that girl get the guy every once in a while. 3) I felt like we got to know the relationship between the brothers much better in this book. That is definitely one of the ways that I was able to sink into this book, because the relationships all seemed to real. 4) Continuity. Picking up after Storm, the transition was seamless into Spark. The big, overarching story continued from Storm, but there was also another story happening at the same time that was completely engaging. There was no distraction from either story, and I was engrossed in both.
What I Didn't Like: No complaints here!
Overall Thoughts: In a rare happenstance, I've found a second book that is an improvement on the first. Spark definitely brings a little something more to the table than Storm did, and I don't just mean the Hottie Gabriel. Better defined relationships, and a smooth plot make Spark an excellent continuation of what is already an exciting series. Make sure you check out this series, and get ready for Spirit, releasing in May 2013!
My Rating: 5 shots