Series: Spark House #2
by Helena Hunting
Publication Date May 10, 2022
Published by St. Martin's Griffin
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Genres: Fiction / Romance / Contemporary, Fiction / Romance / Romantic Comedy
***I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.***
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.
Starry-Eyed Love by Helena Hunting is the second book in her Spark House series, but can be read as a stand-alone book. This fun contemporary romance is just a bit steamy, and a lot of romantic fantasy all in one book.
London Spark is out at the local pub with her two sisters, as they dissect London’s recent breakup with her boyfriend. When a handsome but somewhat scruffy man asks out London, she has to refuse. It’s too close to her breakup and she’s not in the market for a new relationship. But, three months later, she attends a business meeting, and when it’s interrupted by the CEO of the company, London is stunned to realize that the CEO is the same man who asked her out all those months ago.
Jackson Holt is the CEO of Holt Media and is intrigued by the charming woman who runs Spark House with her sisters. But, he learned from experience never to mix business with pleasure so he vows to keep away from the charming London Spark.
As with the previous Spark House book, I enjoyed the sisters and their bond. They work, laugh, and support each other. They lost their parents a few years back and they are determined to continue the legacy of their parents and grandparents. In Starry-Eyed Love, they find a few cracks in this bond, but they don’t allow it to break them.
The romance is a bit of a slow burn, but once it heats up, it’s full-on. Jackson is a rich CEO and he’s able to woo London with expensive trips and gifts, but he’s still a down-to-earth guy who always remembers his simple roots. He has wonderful friends and is especially close to his childhood best friend, Trent.
I recommend Starry-Eyed Love to anyone who enjoys a good romance. I received a complimentary copy of this book. The opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.