Starry Eyed Love by Helena Hunting
May 10, 2022
Review by Jen
Starry Eyed Love by Helena Hunting is the second book in the Spark House series. You can listen or read it without having read book one.
Some background- Spark House is a boutique hotel in Colorado run by the Spark sisters. They create unique events and operate their business through the lens of sustainability. This second book features London Spark, the crafty (as in Etsy crafts!) middle sister, and media mogul and total hottie, Jackson Holt.
London and Jackson first meet in a bar. London is with her sisters enjoying a drink, has just recently broken up with her boyfriend and she spots a handsome bearded guy looking over at her table. The guy orders drinks for her table and then swaggers over to say hello. While she and her sisters are mesmerized by his handsome looks and stunning pickup lines, London lies and tells him that she has a boyfriend. Such strength this girl has. Or is it stupidity? Hmmmm…..
Fast forward a few months, and Holt Media, a huge national media company, reaches out to the Spark sisters to see if they’d be open to a partnership. Holt has an initiative that supports and collaborates with businesses that practice sustainability. London heads over to Holt Media offices to present more on Spark House, what they stand for, and some thoughts on strategy.
A good-looking, not bearded, man walks by the conference room while London is presenting. He does a double take, pauses and when no one in the room speaks to him, London introduces herself and invites him to sit in. The man is, of course, Jackson. And, of course, he sits himself down and starts asking her questions about Spark House. He recognizes her. She doesn’t immediately recognize him.
The rest of the book is the two of them working with each other as business partners. They desperately try to not be attracted to each other. And there’s some suspicion on the part of Jackson’s people that the Spark sisters are using him for his connections and cash. I love Jackson because he doesn’t ever entertain that thought and defends London at every turn. He’s loyal to her, they hang out quite a bit and go RIGHT TO THE LINE without really engaging in a romantic relationship.
There’s not a lot of conflict. Which is fine. Sometimes I just want people to like each other, be nice to each other, fall in love and for things to work out, drama free. There’s one bit of messiness that you can see coming pretty quickly in the book, but even that didn’t cause massive amounts of angst for me.
I liked the narrators in the audio book and it’s a good sign when I walk longer every day because I MUST hear the next chapter.