Title: When Sparks Fly
Author: Helena Hunting
Rating: 3 out of 5
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.
Either I’m just too old for this book (I’m not that old!) or this just wasn’t a good fit for me. I enjoy the friends-to-lovers trope, but both of these characters had the self-awareness of a pet rock and what Avery needed help with—the inciting incident if you will—was so overdone and ludicrous I almost stopped reading right then.
Helena Hunting is a bestselling author. When Sparks Fly is her newest novel.
(Galley courtesy of St. Martin’s Press in exchange for an honest review.)