What would you do if the love of your life were closer to making your dreams come true?
Riding high in her relationship with her sportscaster/local daredevil boyfriend, Finn Wilder, Hadley Beckett makes plans concerning her future with Finn. Big plans.
Spending time with Finn at his parents’ house for Easter, Hadley can’t wait to share some of her ideas with him, hoping he will go along. She knows she has an uphill climb ahead of her, but she’s optimistic that after what they recently went through, Finn will be receptive to what she has to say.
Infamously anti-marriage, Finn promised Hadley he’d consider taking her to the altar if she gives him more time. Diving headfirst and with encouragement from her best friend Morgan, Hadley devises a backup plan if Finn can’t make a decision soon. However, her other close friend, Rod, disagrees with Morgan’s advice, partly to just oppose her in spite, but also having actual valid points of his own. Feeling conflicted, Hadley takes both of their suggestions and blends them together, formulating her own way to handle Finn.
On the other hand, unbeknownst to Hadley, Finn has plans of his own as well.
Hadley is determined to succeed, yet is she unwittingly destined to fail?
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Daring the wild sparks
Hadley Beckett: Lucy Hale
Morgan: Saoirse Ronan
Rod: Jackson Hurst
Rickey: Paul Wesley
The girl wants to marry, the guy doesn't. The girl should leave him but she couldn't. So, either they can compromise or break up. Question is, who will compromise? Answer: you gotta read the book for that.
The book 1 and 2 goes back and forth on the issue of commitment so if that irritates you then this isn't for you. Personally I find the book entertaining. It was exasperating at times but for an easy read it's good enough.
I can see Finn's point of view and why he equates marriage with disaster. What I don't understand is the obsession and phobia around commitment. In one hand Hadley has to, has to get married as if her relationship is incomplete without it. On the other hand Finn is adamant that marriages leads to divorce. It's like the idea of marriage has somehow overshadowed the basic relationship.
I guess we have to wait for the 3rd book to know which side triumphs....
Chasing the wild sparks
Hadley Beckett has failed in not only her career, but as a daughter, friend, and girlfriend.
Hadley’s longtime boyfriend, Finn Wilder, who is Richmond, Virginia’s local daredevil and favorite sportscaster, isn’t afraid of anything…except for LASIK surgery, dancing, marriage, and kids—the last two being what Hadley desperately wants with him. Finn leads a very public life; however, he leaves Hadley in the dark about most of it. Despite his public persona, Finn is viciously protective of his private life. Excluding their families, his best friend and Hadley’s friends, nobody knows he has been dating her for three years. Finn loves Hadley and he knows she wants to get married. Nevertheless, he has his own reasons for not wanting to marry her.
Fearing at 33 that she will soon be too old to have kids, Hadley wants Finn to change his mind and marry her, yet her insecurities about his seemingly charismatic personality and his constant rebuffs have her questioning her aspirations. With conflicting advice from her friends, Hadley concludes she should take things into her own hands.
Would he change his mind then?
Finn pressures Hadley into moving in with him, but being traditional, she wants to be married first and she wants to stick to her beliefs, just as he clings to his own. Finn has tolerated Hadley’s stubbornness long enough and he’s reaching his breaking point.
Finn Wilder has his own story to tell.
The fact that her friends always have to contradict each other doesn't help either.
The storyline itself is one of those romantic chick-lit we all love to read even though at the end of the day they are all same. It's good but not really extraordinary. I personally found it pretty one dimensional. Especially the continuous "I am insecure" bit. It really starts getting on the nerves.
She currently lives in Detroit, Michigan with her husband, two daughters and two cats.
"Chasing the Wild Sparks" is Ren's first novel.