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Mark Beckett is the most annoying, patronizing, arrogant jerk on the face of the earth. So, naturally, I can’t get the damn man out of my head.

Fiona:
Like the old saying goes, I’m a jill of all trades but a master of none. What I lack in skill, however, I make up for in enthusiasm - something certain people (ahem) find irritating. But I have my reasons for living my life the way I do, for diving into one project after another and trying to make a difference. And if Mark Beckett doesn’t like it, he knows where to find the door. I don’t need his approval...or his panty-melting kisses.

Mark:
I enjoy the simple things in life: a job well done, a cold beer, a hot woman...you get the idea. But there’s nothing simple about the mess I just found myself in. The last thing I need is a pint-size princess sticking her nose in my business and pushing every damn one of my buttons like it’s her job. But Fiona Pierce may be the only one with the tools to solve my problems - and the power to change everything.

Winner of the 2017 National Indie Excellence Award for Romantic Comedy

Winner of the 2017 Readers’ Favorite Silver Medal for Romantic Comedy

©2017/2018 Sylvie Stewart (P)2019 Sylvie Stewart

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  • kphil
  • 30-07-2020

Great listen ;)

I love audiobooks - it brings the book to life. I first read this whole series and the audiobook performance really makes you laugh and feel! I received this complimentary audiobook for an honest review.

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  • Lady M
  • 16-07-2020

hilarious

I'm pretty sure this is the first thing I've read/listened to from this author. it was so funny! there were more times than I could count where I was laughing out loud. it's obviously part of a series, but I have no idea how much I've missed not reading in order. I did feel a little lost a couple of times with trying to know who was who and who was related or whatever. I'm normally not too excited for the alternating chapter narration, but this worked for me. I loved Fiona and I loved the nickname Marc gave her!

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  • Lisa Helmick
  • 27-05-2020

Seriously worth your credit! A favorite of the series!

We first met Fiona in The Fix which is Book One of this series. She was the crazy best friend of Laney who was loaded with double entendre one liners. In this book Fiona is still a fun and crazy girl but she brings about new zaniness. Between her designer outfits and let's not forget all the shoes and boots etc. I could not help but have a clear picture of her in my head and a smile on my face when reading. Fiona has dealt with a lot and since she is usually only interested one one night affairs. It was interesting to see how she deals with Mark once she heard his intentions. I enjoyed Fiona's story and had many a smile and giggle at her antics. She is a great character since I was never really sure what she was thinking or going to do next. PS I loved Marks nickname for her. I think it fits her perfect! I was not a fan of Mark after the first book or the beginning of this book. I did end up really liking him by the end of the book. He also is only interested in one night stands and makes fun of Nate for his relationship with Laney. But he slowly starts to evolve into an human ( you know, from the pig he was before) as time goes by and he gets more time with Fiona. Definitely not love at first sight between the two. I think there is mostly hate and sarcasm. Then that underlying attraction starts and away we go on a great story. We get to meet Marks family in this book and I loved the relationship between Mark and his brother Jake. When they hung out or had phone conversations you could feel their brotherly love for each other. By the way the ending of the book is phenomenal! I can't say what happens but it totally revamped my opinion of Mark and made me believe in him. Jake and Bailey or Gavin next? Either way I will be reading it! Great second book of the series! I did listen to this on audio. Amanda Stribling and David Clark are the narrators. Both did an amazing job with these two characters. I think they were the perfect picks! Another on my favorites listen!

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  • Ana
  • 10-04-2020

The Spark

I loved the banter between Fiona & Mark. David Black & Amanda Stribling did a great job with the narration. I can’t wait to listen to the next book in this series. I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

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  • mrsOsusan
  • 05-03-2020

Love Fiona and Mark!

“The Spark” audiobook is just wonderful and tells the story of Fiona, a tiny dynamo of a woman and Mark, the muscular construction foreman. It isn’t love at first sight for Fiona and Mark. In fact, from the start, they can barely stand each other. Fortunately, due to a circumstance with Mark’s mom, they are forced to spend time together. Mark and Fiona slowly learn that their first impressions of each other were very wrong and that they are perfect for each other. Loved everything about this book, Sylvie had me rooting for Mark and Fiona from the very beginning.

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  • CK Johnson
  • 03-03-2020

You just have to root for these two

Spark which happens to be the is an interesting and funny look at the life of a playboy Mark and a young woman Fiona who had lots of baggage and could not stay out of her own head which has her acting and talking nutty while she avoids any and all entanglements like Mark. They were frienenemies because he was friends to Nate who was dating Lainey which was Fiona's best friend. So there relationship was nonexistant but now that she and Lainey are helping him with his family issue things are about to get very interesting. Lots of laughs, romance, action and little suspense. Great story line and the characters sort of came alive. I was given a audible copy as a gift without obligation from the author. I am providing an honest review.

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  • Cayson09
  • 06-02-2020

What a great book!

I thoroughly enjoyed Fiona and Mark's story. The hilarious banter and obvious sexual tension made for a fantastic listen. The narrators did a great job and I can't wait to listen to book 3.

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  • Tepcat
  • 31-01-2020

AMAZING!

The narrators were so much fun and flipping back and forth between their viewpoints was sometimes frustrating and sometimes hilarious. They each made their character sound as if everything they thought and said was perfectly sane and normal - even when it wasn't! We learn that each character has relationship fears and issues and we actually discover the back story behind the issue so it was so easy to relate to the characters and cheer for each of them in turn - even when they were being totally unreasonable. I loved the way that Mark actually grew up first and then helped Fiona in the most sweet and amazing ways to challenge her beliefs and yet never, ever demean or belittle (HA!) her. One of the great parts of the story was getting to see the previous couple from the series and how their relationship was going. If you hadn't already read it - it was just some nice window dressing to the current couple. For those who had already read it, it was so cool to see what happened next and it makes me anxious to read the next book in the series to see both couple's next steps. Bottom line: This book is worth listening to over and over!

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  • Misty
  • 31-01-2020

enjoyable fun romance

This easy fun storyline is fast paced, has plenty of drama, suspense, amazing humor,  secrets, angst, danger, and twists and turns. The characters are well developed,  have undeniable chemistry,  incredible banter, and seem to break each other every rule in not getting feelings department.  It is a great standalone with in the Carolina series getting appreances from previous characters and new additions. A wonderfully narrated story really feeling all the emotions and characters differences.

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  • susieq
  • 20-01-2020

He grows on you

This enemies to livers comedy/romance was totally entertaining. it is Mark and Fiona's story. Mark is hard to like in the beginning, a muscle bound , arrogent player. Fiona is also a little over the top with enthusiasm. They both grew on me as I learned their stories This was a fun, somewhat steamy and exciting story.

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  • Mwaka
  • 24-11-2020

loving these series

loved it that you had two voices reading this book. certainly made it interesting to listen to and quite hilarious at times.

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  • Amber N
  • 09-11-2020

Enjoyed

This was a fun and easy read. The characters are easy to love and fun to listen too! I liked that he ended up on the other side of the story from his past. Great banter. Excellent duet narrators!

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  • Amy
  • 18-08-2020

Really good

Good story! I enjoyed. If your looking for a sexy read then this is for you.

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  • L. Girl
  • 11-08-2020

Funny feel good kind of story

Really quite enjoyed this one. A little bit of everything in it comedy romance and a little angst. Both characters were strong and endearing. Performance wise male narrator not my favourite but still enjoyed this very much.

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  • Dektolia
  • 08-08-2020

Listen to the audio version

Even though this wasn't my favorite Carolina Connections book when I read it, it was still a fun audiobook. I thought the group conversations between body parts were a little much in the written version, but somehow Amanda Stribling made it seem...well, still not entirely normal, but at least not so odd. The characters were great, and I love the writing style. The narration was awesome, and they obviously performed it better than I imagined it when I read it. I always appreciate dual narrators when there are dual points of view. Overall, I'd recommend this series. The Spark is a standalone with no cliffhanger and you could read only this one, but you shouldn't.

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  • Jessica
  • 08-07-2020

Enemies to Lovers with a lot of Humour!

Did the Audiobook meet your expectations? Yes I really enjoyed this book. This was the first book that I have listened to by Sylvie Stewart and I loved it. Sylvie has a great sense of humour that show through the story. I was hooked by this line at the beginning “I am to pretty to go to jail”! How did the story make you feel? This was a very heart warming. The banter between Fiona and Mark was very entertaining. Fiona is a great character. Did the narrator make it easy to follow the story? Amanda and David have made it very easy to follow the story. Did you find the narrator’s voice fitting for the main protagonists(s)? Amanda and David have done an amazing job with their dual narration. They both had the ability to bring Sylvie’s characters to life. Do you recommend this audiobook and will you pick up more? I absolutely recommend this book. I am looking forward to hearing about the rest of Carolina Connection stories. I was gifted this audiobook in exchange for an honest review.

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  • Dawn Fuhrman
  • 20-05-2020

Laugh out loud good

This book has to be my favorite. It had a little bit of everything I love in a story. SUspense, romance and laughter make this story a must read. Opposites attract is one of my favorite tropes because of all the banter between the main characters. This story did not disappoint. Add the fact that Fiona has a bit of attitude and the banter because laugh out loud fun. Mark and Fiona are opposites, yet there is that spark that keeps bringing them back to each other. When Mark's father brings trouble to his mother, Fiona jumps in ready to help. This is where the chemistry heats up. The romance was slo, but it was well worth the wait, because there was so much happening in the middle that I could not stop listening. Amanda Stribling and David Black brought this story to life. Amanda really narrated Fiona perfectly. She brought out Fiona's spunk, attitude and sass. David brought Mark to life. He narrated Mark exactly as I imagined him to be. This narrating team is fun to listen to and easy to follow. They made the experience of the story even more enjoyable.

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  • serenechaosnyc
  • 24-03-2020

Funny and sweet

Mark and Fiona didn't have a great first impression of each other but after Fiona helps Mark with a personal family dilemma, their interest and affection for each other grows. But both are more interested in one-night stands. Or are they? I liked their banter and there were so many really funny parts in this book. Just their reactions to certain situations, their sarcasm but affection and their chemistry really elevated this story. I also loved seeing Lanie and Nate again; it's always wonderful to visit the prior couples. Overall, I really enjoyed this book. I received the audiobook upon request but I have bought the ebook. In terms of the audiobook, it is really well done. Both Amanda Stribling and David Black are so good as the characters with excellent control of their voices to play multiple characters. I thought their reading elevated the story.

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  • Christy D
  • 09-03-2020

The Spark

This is a super fun and witty story that keep you listening. The characters and their banter were so much fun and the bit of mystery/danger added to the story. The narration was well done and easy to listen to.

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  • chez
  • 05-01-2020

Fun and enjoyable

A great, light, fun and enjoyable book with great likable characters and a Interesting storyline. The narration was expressive and clear. The only issue I have, is the same for most audible books, the accent is annoying for non US listeners.

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