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Audiobook Review: Make a Wish (Spark House #3) (ARC)

Expected publication January 24, 2023

Author: Helena Hunting

Narrators: Jason Clarke & Stella Bloom

Audiobook Length: 9 hours 56 minutes

Ever have a defining life moment you wish you could do over? Harley Spark has one. The time she almost kissed the widowed father of the toddler she nannied for. It was so bad they moved across the state and she never saw them again.

Fast forward seven years and she’s totally over it. At least she thinks she is. Until Gavin Rhodes and his adorable now nine-year-old daughter, Peyton, reappear at a princess-themed birthday party hosted by Spark House, Harley’s family’s event hotel. Despite trying to avoid the awkwardness of the situation, she can’t help but notice how unbearably sexy he looks in a tutu. Add to that a spontaneous hives breakout, and it’s clear she’s not even remotely over the mortification of her egregious error all those years ago.

Except Gavin seems oblivious to her inner turmoil. So much so that he suggests they get together for lunch. For Peyton’s sake, of course. It’s the perfect opportunity to heal old wounds. Or it could just reopen them. This is one of those times Harley wishes she could see the future…

After reading about the eldest spark sister, Avery, in When Sparks Fly, and the middle sister, London, in Starry-Eyed Love, I was very excited to find out what will happen with the youngest sister, Harley, in Make a Wish. The story opens with Harley as the nanny to Peyton, who is the daughter of widower, Gavin Rhodes, whose wife died in childbirth. Still dealing with grief, Gavin and Peyton move to Boulder from Colorado Springs and Harley expects to never see them again and will miss them greatly after being the nanny for almost a year and a half. Seven years later, Gavin and Peyton, who is now almost ten, run into Harley, who is now 25, as she and her sisters are hosting a birthday party at Spark House, their event center.

When Gavin and Harley interact, it is apparent that there is chemistry between them. Peyton also has a clear bond with Harley, and I love how excited they get when they see each other again. While Gavin and Harley are both unsure, at first about spending time together, they clearly had an attraction to each other, and it was well-written. Now there are a lot of obstacles before the two could be together, especially considering that Harley has been dating Chad for a few months. The story is told through dual POV, so the reader can see each side of the story and issues that could stand in their way before anything could be officially romantic between them.

Harley has a lot going on in her own life along with her trying to find her place at Spark House. There are some callbacks to developments with this establishment and the other two sisters from the other two novels, but a reader could understand it all if they read this as a standalone. With her and Gavin mostly spending time together with Peyton at the center, there were moments where I wanted more time with just the two of them. I could see a romance between Gavin and Harley, but it was, at times, difficult to not view it as it was a connection of convenience because they both are together with Peyton. Overall, though, it was enjoyable, and I love the emotions and growth that were explored throughout the story. After seeing Harley as a secondary character in the other two stories with her sisters, it was amazing to finally see her find some happiness for herself. I am not sure if there will be more in this series as each sister had their own, but I look forward to reading more from the author in the future.

**I give a special thank you to Netgalley and the publisher for the opportunity to read this enjoyable novel. The opinions expressed are completely my own.**

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