A 5 Star Review by The Romance Reviews:
"Oh my. What could be better? Two sexy guys finding each other amongst the wonderful traditions
and experiences that is Wicca. As a Wiccan myself (a solitary practitioner, not particularly devout but finding sense in the tenets and beliefs of this wonderful way of life), I settled in to read this book with a sense of expectation. And I wasn't disappointed.
SPARKS & DROPS is a beautifully crafted tale, layered with intrigue and secrets, plenty of sexual desire and lusty needs between Niall and Gus, all wrapped
up in a clever tale of mystery.
I really enjoyed this book, for its characters and its setting in the Wiccan scene. I'd definitely recommend this book to anyone
out there who's looking for something a little different and wants a little magic with their story."
A 4.5 Star Review by Reviews by Jessewave:
"I have been following author Susan Laine since near the beginning of her writing career and I can honestly say she just keeps getting better and better. Her stories have become
tighter with more intricate plots and her characters have moved beyond the standard fare to embrace both cute personality quirks and really lovely innate traits that make them feel so very real. Sparks & Drops is, once again, a novella that has it all
and is highly entertaining to boot. --
All in all, Sparks & Drops is both a good mystery and a sweet romance, two of my favorite genres rolled into one. I really
admire the way in which author Susan Laine always strives to write a better story, deeper and more involved characters and humorous and entertaining plot lines. Overall this was a solid story that left me ready and eager for the next installment."
A 4.5 Star Review by Joyfully Jay:
"Sparks & Drops contains so many different elements and combines them admirably. There is the mystery element as the men investigate first the missing Joy, a woman we get to know in her absence as the investigation
deepens. Then as the murderer strikes, the investigation turns deadly and the suspense ratchets up as the men themselves fall into danger. Laine superimposes Gus and Niall’s growing romance over her murder mystery, balancing love and the investigation
aspect equally. And importantly for this author, the teachings and rituals of the Wiccan religion flow like the threads of a tapestry throughout the story, pulling it together and highlighting its basic tenants while pointing out many misconceptions. It all
works here and works exceedingly well.
I loved her characters. -- So bring on the next mystery. I can’t wait
to see what happens next to Gus and Niall. I absolutely recommend this to romance and mystery lovers alike. Cover art by Brooke Albrecht is terrific and works perfectly for the story."
A 4.5 Star Review by Scattered Thoughts and Rogue Words:
"Sparks & Drops contains so many different elements and combines them admirably. There is the mystery element as
the men investigate first the missing Joy, a woman we get to know in her absence as the investigation deepens. Then as the murderer strikes, the investigation turns deadly and the suspense ratchets up as the men themselves fall into danger. Laine superimposes
Gus and Niall’s growing romance over her murder mystery, balancing love and the investigation aspect equally. And importantly for this author, the teachings and rituals of the Wiccan religion flow like the threads of a tapestry throughout the story,
pulling it together and highlighting its basic tenants while pointing out many misconceptions. It all works here and works exceedingly well."
A 4 Star Review by Top 2 Bottom Reviews:
"-- The best bit was… the whole development of Wiccan/Pagan elements within the story. As a practitioner,
I truly appreciated the factual way it was handled. This is NOT a story about magic, but a true account on things a Wiccan witch would know and understand. With Gus explaining things to the novice Niall, one could almost use this as a simple basic primer for
the Wiccan way. -- (Recommended for) those m/m romance lovers who love a good mystery, like stories spiced with a Wiccan flavor, or don’t mind sexual frustration for the reader. --"
A 4.25 Star Review by The Novel Approach:
"I absolutely adored Sparks & Drops! Set in my favorite
part of the country, the Great Northwest, this mystery wasn’t so complicated that I became lost in the storyline, and it managed to hold my interest from beginning to end. It even had a couple of surprises thrown in while figuring out the who-dun-it.
Plus, it had the added bonus of learning more about Wicca practices."
A 4 Star
Review by Dark Divas Reviews:
"A cute start to a fun new series. While there is a pretty good mystery and some serious stuff goes down, it feels fun and light. -- I like these guys. I am looking forward to reading more of their adventures.
They strike a good balance between them and in many ways make excellent partners."
4 Star Review by GayListBookReviews:
"Susan Laine has created an impressive mildly suspenseful saga that I thoroughly enjoyed. Niall and Gus have a working partnership that evolves into a promising friendship."
A 4 Star Review by Literary Nymphs Reviews:
"Ms. Laine has a done a masterful job at showing the positive aspects of
Wicca while weaving it into a mystery. Gus and Niall are an interesting pair and work really well together to solve the case. I enjoyed how Ms. Laine shows their attraction but keeps the growth of their relationship at a slow pace. It was enjoyable to see
characters not falling instantly in love. I look forward to seeing where this series goes."
4 Star Review by Multitasking Momma's Book Reviews:
"I love reading books where not only do I get entertained, I also get to learn quite a few things I never thought I would learn. Sparks & Drops managed to do both and I truly enjoyed myself. -- I
just so love mysteries, especially when they are written so well and is laced with just the right amount of romance. -- This story is a mystery first and a romance second and I am glad the author did not choose to include a hohum insta-lust-plot. Here, we
see the two men get to communicate, get to know each other at a more personal level, get to develop a true and trusting relationship. I love stories like these where I can just get lost in the moment of trying to solve along with the men."
A Wonderful 4 Star Review by Rainbow Book Reviews:
"--This story is a brief but informative overview of the Wiccan and Pagan ways combined with
a love story and an intense murder mystery. Having the story flow as well as this one does is a remarkable feat considering how much is going on. The religious aspects are so well blended in the story that it doesn't sound like Susan is proselytizing or dumping
information when explaining them. Niall realizes being a witch is an intricate part of Gus's world. Wanting to be supportive and respectful, he graciously joins in ritual celebrations. Their mutual respect and playful banter adds an extra special touch to
their budding relationship. I recommend this story to those who enjoy a good murder mystery with lots of twists and turns, are interested in learning more about the Wiccan path, a romance between two very different men, and, of course, a happy ending. Thanks,
Susan, for the informative and entertaining tale. Blessed Be!"