ARC Review: When Sparks Fly by Helena Hunting

Happy Tuesday y’all! Today is a huge release day (so many great books are coming out today!) and one of those great books is When Sparks Fly by Helena Hunting. Thank you so much to St. Martin’s Griffin and Netgalley for letting me read an eARC of this book! I’ve read two other books by Helena Hunting- Meet Cute and Kiss My Cupcake– and I really liked both of them, so I was super excited to read When Sparks Fly, and it didn’t disappoint!

When Sparks Fly 4/5 Stars

Summary from Goodreads:

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.

So, I requested this book on Netgalley because of the cover (it’s so cute!) and because it’s by Helena Hunting, so I didn’t read the summary and went into it completely cold, so it was definitely a ride. I wasn’t expecting Avery to get into such a bad car accident so soon in the book or for Declan to blame himself for the accident as much as he did, but that’s 100% what happened. I loved seeing the two of them interact- the journey that they took to transition their friendship into more was so well written- it wasn’t easy or simple, but both of them had baggage and history, so of course it wasn’t going to be easy or simple. I really liked how close Avery and her sisters were and Spark House seemed like a really cool event space (although I didn’t realize it was also a hotel until pretty far into the book haha). One part that really annoyed me was when Avery’s sister got so mad and blew up at Avery for not doing any work and making them do everything, but like unless I was reading things wrong, didn’t both of her sisters pretty much force her not to work? Didn’t she want to work? How can you get mad at her for not working when you’re the one who isn’t letting her work? Like I said, that annoyed me, but that was so small in the overall scale of things. I really liked the last 1/4 or so of the book and how much work was put into that- even if it wasn’t a romance and it wasn’t known to be a happy ending, everything that happened in the last quarter and the growth that one of the characters went through was so great. Overall, I really enjoyed When Sparks Fly and I think y’all need to go out and grab it ASAP!

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