by Helena Hunting
Publication Date September 21, 2021
Published by St. Martin's Griffin
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Genres: Contemporary, Fiction / Romance / Contemporary, Fiction / Romance / Romantic Comedy, Fiction / Women
Running the Spark House, a hotel/event space that has been in her family for years, has been Avery Spark’s lifelong dream. After years of working hard and making personal sacrifices, Avery and her two younger sisters have turned the Spark House into the premier destination in Colorado Springs. Avery is living her best life—she works with her sisters and loves every minute of it, she has a great group of friends, and she lives in a fantastic condo with her best friend Declan. She might not have any love in her life, but she's happy.
But everything comes to a screeching halt when Avery is in a car accident, leaving her immobile for weeks. After nearly losing Avery, Declan insists that he will be the one to take care of her while she recovers. However, as Declan becomes Avery’s caretaker, lines begin to blur.
Avery and Declan have been best friends since college and always had an attraction to one another, but when she ended up dating his best friend, Sam, they successfully stamped down any feelings they may have ever had for one another. Now, as Declan and Avery spend more time together, they each begin to wonder what would’ve happened if she'd dated him instead of Sam. What starts as a friend helping out another friend turns into foreplay and, before they realize it, they recognize how deeply they care for one another. But when things get serious their past threatens to destroy everything they have built.
When Sparks Fly by Helena Hunting is a delightful, entertaining, and a bit steamy, friends-to-lovers romance.
Avery Spark and her two sisters run an event planning business at the Spark House event space that has been in their family for years. They work hard to keep the business running and are always on the lookout for more events to plan.
Avery and Declan are best friends and roommates. Avery and Declan both enjoy soccer and spending Monday nights with their friends watching football and have a special friendship that neither of them wants to mess with. Back in college, Avery was dating, Declan’s best friend Sam, but when Sam was unfaithful, they broke up their relationship and Declan sided with Avery and they both pushed Sam out of their lives.
When Avery gets in a car wreck while driving to an important Spark House meeting, Decan is sick with guilt because he was supposed to drive her, but was too late getting up after spending the night with his latest one-night stand. So, when Avery is unable to care for herself due to her injuries, Declan takes time off work, to care for her and help Avery recover and gain back her mobility. The time Avery and Declan spend together during her recovery unearths their deeper feelings for each other, but they have to learn to be together again as Avery gets back to normal.
This was a fun, but also deeply emotional book with a perfect friends-to-lovers trope. Both characters have some emotional baggage that keeps them from fully finding love. I like that the main characters are really good friends to start with, and they both understand each other so well, that when they both realize they have stronger feelings for each other, their transition to lovers is easy until they have to face reality again.
I highly recommend this book to anyone who loves a fun romantic book. I received a complimentary copy of this book. The opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.