Title: Starry-Eyed Love (Spark House #2)
Author: Helena Hunting
Publisher: St. Martin’s Press
Publication date: May 10th 2022
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.
Charming, hilarious, and emotional, Starry-Eyed Love is Helena Hunting at her very best!
Helena Hunting is a newer author for me, but after loving the first Spark House book I knew I needed to continue the series – and Starry-Eyed Love did not disappoint. This one follows London and her love story, featuring an insta-love trope and workplace (ish?) romance. Jackson Holt is the very hot, very rich man who London meets in a bar and turns down, but he pops back up in relation to Spark House and they have to work together… closely. This book delves further into London’s desire to lessen how involved she is in Spark House and really focus on her creative pursuits.
This was a really solid romance, Jackson was an instantly smitten hero and London was the unconvinced heroine who needed a lot of prodding to say finally say yes. There are some callbacks to the first book with Avery and there is more of a presence with the third sister since she and London live together. The writing is very reminiscent of Hunting’s other books, so if you have read her before and enjoyed than you know what to expect.
This is written in dual POV, which is the absolute best format for romance books in my very expert opinion (lol). There’s just something about knowing both sides motivations and how they are perceiving the tension leading into the romance. It heightens the entire reading experience and single POV just can’t compare. Very much ready for the last sister’s book now!
Thank you to St. Martin’s Press and Netgalley for an early copy in exchange for an honest review.
Happy reading, folks!