Starry-Eyed Love by Helena Hunting
Publication Date: 17 May 2022
Starry-Eyed Love is the absolutely charming story of London, the middle Spark sister. When I received this ARC, I hadn’t read the first book in the Spark House series, When Sparks Fly. After just a few pages of this second book, I decided to go back and read the first before diving into this one, because although this could possibly be a standalone, you get much more out of it if you start the series at the beginning.
Our meet cute is actually a two-parter for London and Jackson. When she first encounters him, they are in a bar and he looks like a scruffy lumberjack. She turns down his request for a date, and moves on with her life. Then she meets him again, at first not even recognizing the cleaned-up CEO in a suit when she meets with his company to discuss a partnership with Spark House.
London is definitely my favorite Spark sister. She’s the one thrown into a role in the business that she doesn’t necessarily enjoy, but she does it for the good of her family. Her anxiety is presented in a realistic manner, and once again I applaud the author for incorporating mental health awareness into her books. I identified so strongly with London, and seeing her get her happily-ever-after made my heart sing.
Jackson is the head of a green-focused company, and although I totally support going green, there was just a bit too much discussion about that, and I ended up skimming the pages where it was all business talk. But I loved watching Jackson try to maintain his professional relationship with London, when we all know that’s not gonna happen.
The one character I really didn’t like was Avery. Her personality has drastically changed from the first book, as she is now obsessed with planning her wedding to the exclusion of pretty much else in her life, including working at Spark House. And her obsession with not hiring outside help seems a little ridiculous to me. But overall I liked this second book a bit more than the first, and I can’t wait till the third one comes out!
Thank you to St Martin’s Griffin for providing a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.