I received this book via Netgalley. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of this review.Starry-Eyed Love by Helena Hunting
Series: Spark House #2
Published by St. Martin's Griffin on 2022-05-10
Length: 344 pages
Reviewing eARC from Netgalley
Reading Challenges: #NGEW2022, 2022 Finishing the Series Reading Challenge, 2022 New Release Challenge, COYER 2022
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.
Loved returning to Spark House! Starry-Eyed Love by Helena Hunting is the second book in her contemporary romance series Spark House featuring the Spark sisters. This one centers on London, the middle child who has closed herself off from relationships to avoid the hurt she felt after losing their parents. I honestly wasn’t sure how I’d feel going into this book. London was my least-liked sister in the first book because of her stand-offishness and her tense relationship with Avery. However, there is always two-sides to every story, and London won me over in just a few pages.
At the opening of the book, we meet London, fresh off a break up and out with her sisters. She is contemplating her dating life, how not upset she is over ending a year-long relationship, when a handsome, albeit rough looking, man asks her out. She thinks nothing about turning him down until he shows back up in her life three months as the head of Holt Media and the Teamology initiative Spark House is taking part of. Now, London has to decide whether he is worth risking her heart over or if they should maintain a strictly professional relationship.
Jackson is a great character. We don’t get much from his POV, unlike the first book with Declan. He is reserved, genuine, and head over heels for London. I love seeing her through his eyes. However, as the owner of the company hers is now partnering with, he can’t pursue her. It’s a delicate balance of wanting and waiting as they work together for a charity benefit.
Overall, I really enjoyed Starry-Eyed Love. Jackson and London are an easy couple to root for, even when they are trying to put each other in the professional category. Their mutual grief over losing parents young bonds them in a way that only those who have experienced the same can understand. I loved how their relationship grew. I highly recommend this one!