When Sparks Fly
- Author Helena Hunting
- Release Date September 21, 2021
- Publisher St. Martin's Griffin
- ISBN/ASIN 9781250624703
- Our Rating
- Reviewed by Jo
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WHEN SPARKS FLY is the first book in the Spark House series, and I already have the second book, STARRY-EYED LOVE, in hand to read. This is Declan and Avery’s story, and it had me all-in from the beginning.
Best friends since college, Declan and Avery buy a condo and live in it together but only as friends. Apparently, they both have more than friendship on their minds, but they don’t acknowledge it or let the other know their true feelings until a catastrophic event occurs.
Avery is in a car accident going to her college reunion when Declan lets her down and doesn’t go with her. That sets the premise for the book, since he becomes her caretaker as she heals. We watch them get closer and then self-destruct. (A tragedy from her teens brings up a lot of bad memories and shakes them all up.) We learn a lot about Spark House, Avery and her sisters’ family business, and the type of events they plan and execute.
Sparks are flying between Declan and Avery as they try to figure out what their relationship is or could be. I love their interactions and the kind acts they do for each other. But when they’re hurting, they don’t hold back from inflicting pain on each other. There are some very steamy moments in the book, as well as past hurts for the characters to handle. The epilogue takes place six months after the story ends and truly satisfies. I like the cover and the titles for each chapter that give a hint of what’s to come.