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Sparks Like Ours (Seven Shores #3)

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Gia Malone wants one thing and one thing only: to be the best surfer in the world. Her biggest obstacle is the annoyingly perky Elle Britton. Not only is Elle number one in the rankings, she’s also a fan favorite. But there’s a lot about Elle that Gia never noticed, like her surprising sense of humor and picture-perfect mouth.

Elle Britton is tired. After tournaments, fan
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Paperback, 240 pages
Published June 12th 2018 by Bold Strokes Books
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Lex Kent
May 21, 2018 rated it really liked it
I loved the characters, but didn’t like the storyline as much as I hoped. I’m a huge Brayden fan and I did enjoy this, I just didn’t OMG love it. Ever since the first few pages of book 1, I wanted to know more about Gia. Gia was more mysterious than the others and I loved that she was a pro surfer. When it came to Gia as a character, Brayden didn’t disappoint.

Gia is a pro surfer and currently number 2 in the world. Elle is her archrival and current best surfer in the world. Gia just wants to do
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Lexxi Kitty
*I received this book from Bold Strokes Books and Netgalley for an honest review*

A weird thing happened when I turned to this book. I was getting flashes of the most recent previous work I’d read, unexpected as I didn’t expect any real similarity. I kind of had a ‘darn’ moment there, but the fact that both books start off with a heterosexual woman and a lesbian eyeballing each other is similar-ish, but everything else was/is different. For one, in the previous book they were eyeballing each othe
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Tiff
I want to start this review by saying how glad I am that this is not a trilogy. There is one more and oh how I cannot wait for Hadley. Don’t get me wrong Hadley’s story is going to be outstanding but aren’t all of Brayden’s stories. Let me tell you Gia Malone and Elle Britton bring the heat. Hell yes they do, the heat they bring is hot, smoking hot.

Gia and Elle are fierce competitors. Elle is the currently the number one female professional surfer. She has adoring fans and is the face of women’s
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Rosi
May 28, 2018 rated it really liked it
This is the third episode of the Seven Shores quartet, formed by Isabel, Autumn, Gia and Hadley. Of the two previous books, the first tells the relationship between Isabel and Taylor and the second develops the relationship between Autumn and Kate. So there will only be Hadley to match (this last chapter has already been announced on the publisher's page, to be published in October 2018)

For those who do not want to read the complete series, each of the books can be read independently without hav
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vacatedboat
I’ve tried to write four reviews on this book and it just isn’t working. I end up getting a little...grrrr...and how in the world can I be grrrr when Brayden books are so sticky sweet that I feel like I’m drowning in a cotton candy machine? I have nothing much to add to the reviews except to say that I wasn’t a fan of this one. Even though it’s supposed to have some ‘know what’s important’ moral, the entire (view spoiler) ...more
Joc
This is the third book in the Seven Shores series and is Gia Malone’s story. Slowly by surely Gia has worked her way up the surfing ranks to being second to Elle Britton, her cheerful and annoying nemesis. Being second has put her in the spotlight and circumstances force them into having to work together.

I’m surprised by how much I like Brayden’s books every time I read one. I don’t know if it’s the covers or the titles that make me think I’m going to get an average read out of them but from the
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Danielle
Jun 10, 2018 rated it really liked it
Gia and Elle are competitive surfers. Elle is number one in the world, and Gia has always envied her. Gia is coming into her prime, and her skills are getting better and better. This could be her year. They have the opportunity to do some promotional work together, and sparks fly between the pair. Neither has been lucky in love. Elle is trying her hand at dating, but something has always been missing. Her new guy is ok but a little dull around the edges. Gia hasn't dated much, but that doesn't s ...more
Heinerway
A rather good enemies-to-lovers story with a very promising beginning and a so-so ending.
Sprinkles
The copy provided by NetGalley and Bold Strokes Books Inc. in exchange for an honest review.

What on earth has Melissa Brayden done? Did she...write a sports-themed romance that I can call a favorite? Maybe because it's surfing, which isn't a staple sport I hear about all the time, so I loved it. Even the competition parts which, frankly, had my competitive pulse racing. Good stuff.

Okay, so how about Elle Britton? Number one in the world of surf and number one in my heart for this book, even
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Gaby
May 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This is book 3 of the 'Seven shores' series featuring four friends living in Venice beach, California which I recommend to read chronologically. 'Sparks like ours' is the story of Gia Malone, a professional surfer, and Elle Britton, world champion surfer and Gia's fiercest competitor. As number two in the world, Gia is determined to beat Elle whom she considers superficial and too perky. But when an advertising campaign brings them working together, Gia starts reconsidering her opinion about Ell ...more
Starsandsun
May 15, 2018 rated it really liked it
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Agirlcandream
Jun 10, 2018 rated it liked it
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Anja
May 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Wow, what a ride (even literally ;) I loved this story, the setting and the main characters. All of them, but especially Elle and Gia. Their chemistry goes through the roof, it's not only sparks, it's a complete fireworks of emotion. Definitely 5 stars!
Sandra
Jun 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Part three in the Seven Shores series, which follows the lives of four friends in Venice L.A.

This story is about Gia, the pro surfer. I was looking forward to her story, as I was intrigued by her from the first moment she was mentioned in book #1. She belongs to the top ten in the surf world and wants no more than to be the number one. For that, she sacrifices a lot. She can’t stand her archrival, and actual number one, Elle. Her bubbly personality grates on her nerves, she hates the fake smiles
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Dee
There's no doubt about it, Melissa has the gift of the gab. If you're looking for a feel good story, low on angst, with a great supporting cast, this might be just the ticket.

Why not five stars? Although I was thoroughly entertained, I'm know next to nothing about surfing and found those scenes exhilarating, the relationship between the leads was wishy-washy (no pun intended) at best. I didn't feel the 'sparks' I expected to. Is that on me, who knows?

I loved catching up with the supporting cha
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Catherine
May 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Add another extremely sweet romance to this series. I'm loving that in the last two books of this series the two couples have separated unhappily but mutually without the major drama, it just felt more real to me. The characters in these books are awesome and I just can't get enough of this world of seven shores!

One thing I would say is as a competitive person I would have liked the surf competition part of the story to play out differently. I understand why she wrote it the way she did but I p
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Danni Mladenovic
May 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing
What really amazes me with Melissa Brayden’s books in general is her magical ability to write dialogues! I have a big problem with long dialogues in the books because usually to me they seem kind of forced and artificial, without a natural conversational fluidity, but that is simply not the case with Melissa Brayden! The woman is a Goddess for friendly banter, eloquent flirting between characters and charming replies to provocative teasing! I just love reading her books! LOVE THEM! Again, she sc ...more
Stephanie
May 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing
My favorite in the series so far! Though, I think Hadley's could be the sweetest...we will see.
I was highly anticipating this story as Gia has been the most mysterious of the group of friends...And this was pretty hot I have to say. The chemistry was great. The dialogue was witty. There was a nod to a couple if the Soho Loft girls. Just a really great read!!

4.5 stars rounded up....because when do you read a character dressing up as a cow?

I received an ARC from the publisher via Netgalley in exc
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Yoly
May 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: netgalley
Another wonderful story by Melissa Brayden. I had been waiting for this one as soon as I found out it would be a series because I wanted to know more about Gia. It was worth the wait :)
Only one more book until the series is complete! I'm already looking forward to Hadley’s story.
R
May 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Melissa Brayden’s latest book, Sparks Like Ours, dealt with competitive surfing, job pressures, pregnancy worries, and of course, relationship problems. This is what I love about her books. She places her characters in many different realistic situations with dialogue to match. The key word here is realistic, especially in terms of life, and in this story, competition. The two characters spotlighted in this story were Elle and Gia, who were initially ranked first and second. However, they were n ...more
Sara➽ (Ink Is My Sword)
Am I salty I was declined my request for this ARC? yes yes I am. But who do I blame my netgalley ratio is awful. BUT STILL, THIS IS ONE OF MY MOST ANTICIPATED RELEASES OF THE YEAR.
Rach (Les Rêveur)
Another fantastic novel from the pen of the formidable, Melissa Brayden.

Gia Malone has worked for years to climb the surfing championship ladder and she’s finally one win away from being number one in the world. The only person standing in her way is the current number one, Elle Britton.

When Elle and Gia are thrown together in a new marketing campaign they begin to let their competitive guards down, ultimately seeing each other in a way they never could before. But when surfing has always been n
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Len
Jun 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I’m somewhat selective on which book to read because as emphasized by one of my favorite authors, you should never waste your time on non-quality books. Quality for me has to have at least, among others, a good story, good writing and good storytelling. With Melissa Brayden, you can never go wrong. Her stories are always fun and light. She doesn’t write heavy stories with major plot twist that will make you fall off the sofa, she writes stories that will make you stay on the sofa because you fee ...more
Alena
May 20, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: fiction, queer
Netgalley

I think I’m finally tired of the Brayden formula. I just didn’t care about the characters.

There‘s witty dialogue, even though I still can’t find the voices of individual characters, there’s believable conflicts, even communication, but I didn’t feel it at all.

In addition to her formula what annoyed me was setting up Hadley for the next novel. Little things that were neither here nor there for this book.

At least the book offers lots of different bingo squares for the lesfic bingo, so th
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Kennedy
May 27, 2018 rated it really liked it
This is a read addressing the question, is it possible to simultaneously have a work life and personal life. Some would say of course while others would disagree. I believe it all depends on what is acceptable and perceived as good enough. In a relationship, there can be numerous challenges with one of those being regret. As I was reading, I thought both Gia Malone and Elle Britton were interesting and likeable characters. They were easy to cheer for. I was entertained and educated as I learned ...more
Clare Ashton
Jun 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I've virtually inhaled this series. Can't wait for Hadley's finale.
Chand
May 21, 2018 rated it it was ok
A NetGalley review

Sparks Like Ours is Melissa Brayden’s nth book, but unfortunately she seems to be losing her touch as a storyteller. This book is nowhere near the quality of How Sweet It Is, Waiting in the Wings or Strawberry Summer.

Brayden’s characterisation is usually quite impeccable, but Gia Malone and Elle Britton seem incomplete as characters. There is a half-hearted attempt to posit one as extremely organised and the other as messy, but it’s not a convincing attempt and doesn’t even fin
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Allison
World Cup brain

Starting off, I’m a huge fan of Brayden’s books. I’m not sure if I’m too into the World Cup right now or what but I was having a harder time getting the motivation to get through this book. The disappointing thing to me was that I love surfing, so I was really looking forward to this book. I wish there would have been more about the feeling of surfing and what it does to a person and their mindset. Surfing is more than being about the next competition. I get that the main characte
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V
May 24, 2018 rated it really liked it
Sparks Like Ours by Melissa Brayden is the third book in her Seven Shores series. While the book can be read as a stand-alone, its better to read them in order, so that it isn’t one big giant spoiler for books one and two. As always, Brayden brings something a little extra and refreshing to the romance formula that she has perfected.

Gia Malone is hitting her stride as she rises in the ranks of women’s professional surfing. The biggest thing, no person, in her way is perky Elle Britton. She’s cur
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Female Person
May 29, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: lgbt
This book did not excite me or reach me at all, there wasn't anything that particularly stood out. It's almost like I skimmed the book. All of Brayden's characters blend into each other. Despite the fact that their personalities are somewhat different, her formulaic approach to these stories negates all that. She's reached Radclyffe levels of formulaic now. Also it was clear that Brayden was setting up for the next book with Hayden. But I've never been interested in reading about her. Since the ...more
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