Reviewed by Judy Nickles
Take one athletic director and volunteer firefighter (Noah) whose cousin (Aaron) just dumped the English teacher and girls cross-country coach (Daphne), put them all into a summer filled with the weddings of their mutual friends, and sparks fly.
Dusting off the ashes of a failed relationship, Daphne Morrow decides she is ready to date again. But when her scorched prom photos are discovered to be the ignition point for a small forest blaze, marking her as the prime suspect for the arson, she finds they’re not the only part of her past sparking interest.
Daphne is done with Aaron, but she can’t believe she is so attracted to Noah, who has heretofore been only a good friend. She spends the summer (and most of the book) struggling with her attraction to him, determined not to risk their friendship for a romance she seems to feel is doomed before it begins. Noah, also attracted to Daphne, gives her mixed signals at first, so when he moves in with serious intent, he scares her off.
The main characters of this light romance are under thirty. Their repartee and hijinks accurately reflect their age and background and keep the story moving. The back cover blurb is a little misleading when it says that Daphne is the prime suspect. She is definitely a ‘person of interest’ to the police, but the interest seems to be brief. While the arson neatly ties the threads of the story together, romance takes the upper hand over suspense. The story’s resolution, though predictable (boy gets girl), offers a unique twist.
Courting Sparks will ‘spark’ the interest of those readers who enjoy light contemporary romance.