Spark by E Davies
Perfect. Moist. Supple. Like the stranger's lips.
Once a gourmet baker designing elite desserts, Kevin Walker now works at a second-rate bakery and dreams of opening a dessert bar with his best friend, mixologist Troy. When Troy secretly applies for a Main Street storefront on Ember Isle, an exclusive gay millionaires' retreat, they're accepted – despite how Kevin's always said he's straight. Kevin's not worried; he's secure enough in his sexuality. He's never been with a woman, but then, he's never found the right one... right?
Billionaire Eli Black thought he had it all until he walked in on his high-rolling actor boyfriend Tom rolling in the hay with another man. His closest friend Dean drags him to Ember Isle to make him have fun while they wait for Tom to make the news public. He doesn't think he can flirt again, but before he can even set foot on the island, he's proven wrong. When he later spots a dessert bar and can't resist a peek before opening time, the man he met earlier catches his eye. He wants Kevin over his knee and in his bed... and he doesn't believe for a second that Kevin is straight.
Eli and Kevin try to understand their intense mutual attraction at first meeting, and they're drawn together for fun in the island heat. Wires cross afterwards as they realize they're more than a one-night stand, yet Kevin thinks Eli is lying to him about being single. Can their budding relationship survive its first test?
Spark is the first book in the Island Heat series. Book two, Sizzle, will be released on July 31st, 2015.
Spark is a short novella and is the start of a series. It is a quick, easy read with low angst and low drama. I was just getting into the story when it ended, so I would read the next book in the series. The storyline shows a lot of promise, I'm interested in seeing where the author is taking the two main characters.
The setting of an exclusive, luxury island for rich, gay men is fascinating. Everything they need, and every fantasy they desire can be fulfilled here. Eli is a guest on the island with his friend Dean, he's there to recover from a break up with a cheating boyfriend. Kevin is a talented baker, but he's fed up of working in working in a second rate bakery. He's shocked when Kevin and his friend Troy are given a chance to set up their own dessert bar on Ember Isle, but decides that it is a chance he can't afford to turn down. Kevin is in his early twenties and is a virgin, he's also unsure if he's gay or straight. But when he meets Eli, the chemistry between them is instant. Their first meeting involves some crabs and is absolutely hilarious!
Both of the main characters are likeable, especially Kevin who's a real sweetheart, and I look forward to finding out more about them. This is a nice, quick read that sets the scene nicely for future books. There's not too much to the story and it took me a while to connect to the characters, which is why I've only given it three stars, but it shows a lot of potential to improve as the story progresses.