2022 Book #30 – Starry-Eyed Love by Helena Hunting

Title: Starry-Eyed Love
Author: Helena Hunting
Date finished: 7/1/22
Genre: Contemporary romance
Publisher: St. Martin’s Griffin
Publication Date: May 10, 2022
Pages in book: 344
Stand alone or series: #2 in the Spark House series
Where I got the book from: NetGalley
NOTE: I received this book for free from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. This in no way affected my opinion of the book, or the content of my review.

Blurb from the cover:

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.

My rating:  2.5 stars out of a scale of 5

My review: I was provided a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest and fair review.

I have really enjoyed some of Helena Hunting’s books in the past – specifically some of her books in the Pucked series I thought were really good. And I had read the first book in the Sparks House series so I thought I’d try this one too. I have to be honest though, this book just wasn’t for me. It was a perfectly lovely book and I’m sure many people would really enjoy it. But I found Jackson to be way way too much. I think the shut off point for me was when he arranges a surprise trip to New York (for a woman who doesn’t like surprises) and then doesn’t tell her that dinner is with a hugely successful hotel colleague because he didn’t want her to “overthink it” ahead of time. I’m sorry but no. If that were me I honestly would’ve walked away from him after that dinner, that would’ve been inexcusable for me. London felt like a bit of a doormat to me in parts of this book too – it was just hard for me to get through. It was very sweet and very rich man sweeps in and saves the poor overworked little lady so if that’s your deal then I’d definitely recommend this one.

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