When Sparks Fly by Helena Hunting
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Avery runs an event planning facility named the Spark House with her sisters. Lots of LOL event shenanigans – a “Hobbyhorse Expo” with horse riding games and competitive tensions between the riders. London and Harley are her sisters, and they all are quite tight — each with their own specialties to run the events. Our author wrote such a strong and independent heroine in Avery. She is so confident and comfortable with her body, her career, and her friendships. Very refreshing!
Declan is your typical gorgeous finance guy who loves to hang with his buddies and watch sports. He is obviously popular with the ladies to a fault. Avery and Declan are BFF roomies – they actually bought a place together. Never any romantical feelings between the two all through college and the few years they have been shacking up. Declan has women overnight and they have a sign to let each other know if someone is in their room. He is super relationship reluctant which plays into the slow burn of the sexual tension between the two.
A pretty horrific car accident has Avery almost dying and leaves her with multiple broken bones. Declan is distraught as he feels responsible and offers to take over her in-house care full time. So, you know where this is going right? “Forced Proximity” meets “Friends to Lovers” troupe. As Declan is caring for Avery, he begins to really want more than friends – but constantly struggles with his “no relationship” fear. Avery gradually wears him down to move to that “friends with benefits” fun.
When Sparks Fly has some awkward and tenuous situations and a break-up that kind of put me off (just a little because you know they are going to get back together). And they do eventually get to that HEA with a little therapy help along the way. The epilogue is absolutely a sweet bow to tie up this romance – water obstacle race style! You will enjoy this story as a stand-alone and I think Ms. Hunting has some sequels brewing with Avery’s sisters down the road as well.
I received this ARC from Netgalley and the publisher St. Martin’s Press in exchange for an honest review.
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