Starry-Eyed Loved (Spark House #2) – Helena Hunting

Genre: Romance
Publisher: St. Martin’s Griffin
Pages: 352
Release Date: May 10, 2022

Haven’t read the previous novel, When Sparks Fly? Check out my review HERE!

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. 

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I didn’t love Starry-Eyed Love as much as its predecessor. Instead, I found it to be bland and unoriginal. Though Starry-Eyed Love isn’t exactly a workplace romance, more workplace adjacent, it still features forbidden romance vibes. London and Jackson’s interactions in the opening chapters are filled with subtle tension that I expected to build as their working relationship progressed. Unfortunately, their chemistry never evolved past a simmer. So, their eventual coupling was anticlimactic and mildly fade to black.

Jackson’s first introduction is very different from who he is the rest of the novel. He’s first described as rugged, a little mysterious, and is as smooth as they come. However, Jackson is the workplace is stilted and feels forced. Smooth Jackson is replaced with stiff Jackson.

Spark House becomes a central focus of the novel as London brings in more work than they can handle through the exposure she’s able to garner with Jackson’s partnership. This causes stress and tension between the sisters. Avery was particularly annoying. I understand her feelings and where they’re coming from, however it took up too much page time that could have been better used developing London and Jackson’s chemistry.

Overall, Starry-Eyed Love was slightly disappointing because of the lack of chemistry between the main characters.

*** I received an ARC from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. 

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Will you be reading Starry-Eyed Love?

2 thoughts on “Starry-Eyed Loved (Spark House #2) – Helena Hunting

  1. Great review. I did enjoy this one more than the first (which I really didn’t like because of Avery) but I feel like I’m in the minority with this opinion 😂 I thought the payoff for London and Jackson was worth the read but I do agree that at times it felt too much like a slow simmer. I also really disliked Avery here. She was so irritating, omg! 🙈

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