Wednesday, 5 October 2016

Spark by Michelle M Pillow

Title: Spark
Series: Intergalatic Dating Agency (#1)
Author: Michelle M Pillow
From: Review Copy
Genre: Sci-fi, Space Opera, Romance
Release Date: 5th October 2016
Challenges: 2016 New Release Challenge
Links: Goodreads - Amazon
Synopsis (from Goodreads): Mining ash on a remote planet where temperatures reach hellish degrees doesn't leave Kal (aka Spark) much room for dating. Lucky for this hard-working man, a new corporation Galaxy Alien Mail Order Brides is ready to help him find the girl of his dreams. Does it really matter that he lied on his application and really isn't looking for long term, but rather some fast action?  Earth women better watch out. Things are about to heat up.

I got super excited to learn of a brand new series from Michelle M Pillow, and I wasn't disappointed, this was such a fun read and I had a smile on my face the whole way through. This new series is linked to the wider universe of Pillow's books, but you can read it without having read any other books, though I appreciated learning more about the way Galaxy Brides started! 

While the majority of the book was set on Earth, there was still a lot of world building in Spark. There was a lot of background for Kal, Vin and Sev's lives, and their alien race, which was interesting and added to the already diverse universe that Pillow has created through her books. 

I liked Carrie as a character too, she was an interesting character, and very much a normal person, interested in far more then just men, partying and clothes. I really bought into her, and loved that she actually questioned the fact that she felt drawn to someone so quickly (but was willing to go with it after a few stalls). 

The chemistry between Kal and Carrie was fantastic, though it wasn't the only relationship in the book. Kal's cousins, Vin and Sev, who actually came across as more like brothers to him, were also present and I liked the bond between the three men. There was also Carrie's relationship with her cousin, Missy, who was quite difficult to like at times. 

Kal's naivety towards human culture was great on two levels. On the one hand it provided some funny moments, and on the other it made him more believable as an alien visiting from elsewhere. Despite some of the things he was saying (accidentally) he was sweet and protective and it made me like him a lot. 

This series is off to a great start and I can't wait to read more from it!