Author: Helena Hunting
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.
Starry-eyed Love follows the middle Spark sister, London. Readers met her older sister, Avery Spark in the first novel, When Sparks Fly, although each story could be read as a standalone. The three Spark sisters, Avery, London, and Harley, run the family-owned event hotel, Spark House in Colorado. Their business keeps them very busy as there just never seems to be enough time in a day. London is also busy as she has her own Etsy shop that sells floral arrangements and fits her passion more. After a recent break-up, the sisters go to a bar to help London move-on. A man hits on London, but she is not interested. Fast-forward a few months and this man ends up being the CEO, Jackson Holt, of Holt Media who London is trying to impress during a business presentation.
As London works as the business administrator of Spark House and Jackson’s company is reaching out to small businesses to raise eco-awareness, it was a very fun way to bring the two characters together after their initial bar meeting. As there is business opportunities on the line, the two of them should no longer act on their attraction to each other. The two characters work together over the next few months with multiple interactions, but Jackson is determined to keep the relationship professional for the time-being. In their minds they both want to move forward with a potential relationship once their business deal is complete, but there are added obstacles as Jackson’s mysterious past and London’s internal struggles play a part. London’s struggles are more apparent in the beginning of the story as she is torn between her life at Spark House and her pursuing her passions with her Etsy shop. On the other hand, Jackson’s past is more secretive and is revealed over time. I liked this balance as it helped spread out the drama for the reader.
As Jackson and London begin as business partners, who happen to be attracted to each other, their relationship is a very slow burn. Most of the initial interactions surround the “green” way of Spark House, which can bog down the flow a little for some readers. For me, I enjoyed the environmental discussions between them, but I do wish the business jargon was reduced slightly as I am a sucker for romances blooming slightly earlier in the story. No matter what the two characters are discussing, they had great banter and chemistry and I enjoyed their journeys as individuals and as a couple. Overall, this was a very sweet story and I cannot wait to read Harley’s story!
**I give a special thank you to Netgalley and the publisher, St. Martin’s Griffin, for the opportunity to read this enjoyable novel. The opinions expressed are completely my own.**