When Sparks Fly is the newest contemporary romance written by Helena Hunting. Believe it or not, it is actually the first book that I have read by her. I have heard her name often, and even have a couple of her previous books on my shelf but, for some reason have never picked them up. Well, I’m certainly glad that I decided to pick this one because it was a great introduction to her writing style and has me wanting to read more
When Sparks Fly is a best friends turned lovers type of scenario. I love those kinds of books especially when they are done right. In this case, Avery Spark and Declan McCormick are the two characters in question. They have been best friends since college and are currently roommates. The idea of romance has never crossed their minds but, suddenly they find themselves in a closer proximity than they ever expected. This brings up many questions and could change their dynamic forever.
Avery is a sweet girl but, she is very guarded. Her last relationship did not end well and since then she hasn’t really been able to commit to anything except for her work at her family’s event hotel. She is also emotionally traumatized from her parents death when she was eleven. They died in a car accident and when she winds up in a car accident herself, it brings up alot of emotions which she had thought she had resolved. Plus, she is normally very independent and does not like be helped with anything. So to be dependent on Declan is very hard for her.
Declan is in such denial about his feelings for Avery that he puts his emotions into everything else. He is a major playboy. In fact, this is the reason that Avery winds up in the car accident in the first place. Or so he blamed himself. If he had been more available, maybe the tragic event wouldn’t have happened. So when she needs someone to help her twenty-four seven, he is quick to volunteer. Only is is hard to keep those feelings hidden under the surface when they are so close together.
The switch from best friends to lovers does not happen over night for Avery and Declan. There is some strong build up first which I appreciated. And when things start to get complicated, they actually take a step back. There are so many factors that go into this dynamic and if this doesn’t work out it does not affect only them. I really liked the way that their relationship was built up. You could tell it was based on friendship and respect and that they were not afraid to call each other on their stuff. Also, they had chemistry together.
When Sparks Fly really was a wonderful introduction to Helena Hunting. I look forward to reading more from her soon. I’m also curious if she will be continuing with this and turning it into a series. Avery has two sisters who are single, plus Declan has a couple of buddies who are single I believe. Will we be able to see all them get their happily ever after?
Rating: 4 Stars
**I received this book for free from Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.**