I received this book for free from the Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Starry-Eyed Love by Helena Hunting
Series: Spark House #2
Published by St. Martin's Griffin on May 10, 2022
Genres: Fiction / Romance / Contemporary, Fiction / Romance / Romantic Comedy
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Charming, hilarious, and emotional, Starry-Eyed Love is Helena Hunting at her very best!
Having just broken up with her boyfriend, London Spark is not in the mood to be hit on. Especially not when she’s out celebrating her single status with her sisters. So when a very attractive man pays for their drinks and then slips her his number, she passes it right back to him with a ‘thanks, but no thanks’. As the business administrator for their family’s event hotel, the Spark House, London has more important things to worry about, like bringing in new clientele.
As luck would have it, a multi-million-dollar company calls a few months later asking for a meeting to discuss a potential partnership, and London is eager to prove to her sisters, and herself, that she can land this deal. Just when she thinks she has nailed her presentation, the company’s CEO, Jackson Holt, walks in and inserts himself into the meeting. Not only that, but he also happens to be the same guy she turned down at the bar a few months ago.
As they begin to spend more time together, their working relationship blossoms into something more. It isn’t until their professional entanglements are finally over, that London and Jackson are finally ready to take the next step in their relationship. But between Jackson’s secretive past and London’s struggle with her sisters, London must question where she really stands - not just with Jackson, but with the Spark House, too.
Helena Hunting’s new release in the Spark House series is When Sparks Fly, featuring sister London this time. The first installment focused on eldest sister Avery, and now it’s time for the artistic and reluctant business owner London’s time to shine. Avery, London Spark, and their other sister Harley run Spark House, a boutique inn/special event place that caters to smaller clientele. At the end of the first book, the sisters are seeing better business opportunities to grow their business through sponsorships and word of mouth from successful clients.
London is newly single and wanting to enjoy this time in her life, but she’s a worrier and someone who likes to keep busy with her artistic Etsy business and being the business administrator for Spark House. When an attractive but a bit scruffy man pays for her sisters’ and London’s bill at a bar, London firmly passes on the man’s offer of his business card. Little did she or he know that their fate was already beginning to be intertwined with both of their businesses.
Jackson Holt is the CEO of his own multi-million-dollar company that specializes in green businesses, and he can’t believe his eyes when he sees a pretty and familiar face presenting to his business associates. Even though he knows better, Jackson takes a personal interest in London’s business and heads up their partnership. As London and Jackson work together more closely and the lines between business and personal start to blur, Jackson’s secretive past and London’s inability to spare more of herself to anything but the family business puts a hard road in front of them to their happily ever after.
They both have tragedies in their pasts that make it hard for them to be in a successful, loving, trusting relationship. Pile on London’s complicated relationship with the oldest Spark sister as well as pressure from that sister’s upcoming nuptials, and London and Jackson’s relationship seems doomed before it even really begins.
London is loyal to a fault and will work herself to exhaustion, while Jackson is quite secretive about himself and his past while trying to keep their relationship professional so it’s not blasted all over social media. With complications on both their ends, I loved seeing them each grow through their struggles with their respective friends and families. Add in an explosion of business for Sparks house through the partnership with Jackson’s company, and the pressure is coming at them from all sides.
I give Starry Eyed Love a four out of five. I’m really enjoying seeing each Spark sister go on their complicated journey to find love while managing a growing business. The writing was so engrossing, emotional, sexy at times, and often fun, as I’ve come to expect from a Helena Hunting novel. I’m looking forward to seeing what the third Spark sister, Hayley gets up to in the third installment.
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About Helena Hunting
New York Times and USA Today bestselling author HELENA HUNTING lives outside of Toronto with her amazing family and her two awesome cats, who think the best place to sleep is her keyboard. She writes all things romance — contemporary, romantic comedy, sports and angsty new adult. Some of her books include Meet Cute, Pucked, and Shacking Up. Helena loves to bake cupcakes, has been known to listen to a song on repeat 1512 times while writing a book, and if she has to be away from her family, prefers to be in warm weather with her friends.
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