Thursday, October 6, 2016

Review: Spark by Michelle M. Pillow

Title: Spark
Series: Intergalactic Dating Agency, Galaxy Alien Mail Order Brides
Author: Michelle M. Pillow
Read copy: eBook (Kindle)
Published: October 5, 2016
Publisher: The Raven Books LLC

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.

My rating:

Kal has tricked his cousins, Vin and Sev, into signing up with the Galaxy Mail Order Brides Agency. Well, he’s forged their signatures, but they’re already on their way to Earth, so there’s no turning back. Kal wants to meet a woman, have some fun, and make memories that will keep him company when he’s alone again, back on his home planet, mining ash.

But Kal, Earth name Spark, didn’t count with the strange reluctance of Earthling woman he’s encountered. They can’t seem to run fast enough away from him, despite his honesty. Then there’s the one who told him honesty must come in smaller doses...And then disappeared with a cryptic remark about Fate. He doesn’t know this Fate person, but he’s determined to find him if it’ll help him find the woman again. Everything on this backward planet is strange, from the mating rituals to the language, but he’s determined to master it all, if it means finding her.

This one started promising. The first two chapters, concentrating on the “separate entities” of the hero (and his two cousins) and heroine were good, but it all went downhill pretty fast as soon as the two worlds collided.

The hero sounded and acted like an idiot. I know they’re supposed to be from another planet and the cultural differences are enormous, but still, an intelligent being learns to adapt and seeks multiple sources of knowledge, not just porn and male-stripper videos. Or maybe that’s just what I would do.
The heroine turned into a bimbo the moment she laid eyes on the hero, and every attempt at making her not appear shallow (like her background and her charity fork or whatever the hell she did) fell flat, and only made her appear like the one-dimensional character that she was.

The suspense, if you could call it that, felt rather redundant. Almost as if it were added just to create additional conflict and increase the page-count, while also offering an easy, rather deus ex machina solution to the heroine’s skepticism.

The entire story felt redundant, actually. No depth, no personality to the characters and no chemistry between them, it felt like it was written as an afterthought by someone with very little time.


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