I have been in a romance mood lately, which is new for me. I think I have boosktagram to thank for that!
Though both Avery and Declan can afford their own place, Avery likes to live with someone else, and it works well to live with her best friend Declan. When Avery is in a car accident that Declan bailed on, guilt-ridden, Declan insists on taking care of Avery as she recovers. The two get closer than ever before and both start to get feelings for each other.
Avery Spark is living her best life. Between her friends, her sisters, and Spark House, the event hotel her family owns, she doesn’t have much time for anything else, especially relationships. She’d rather hang out with her best friend and roommate, Declan McCormick, than deal with the dating scene. But everything changes when she is in a car accident and needs someone to care for her as she heals.
Declan avoids relationships, giving him a playboy reputation that he lives up to when he puts a one-night stand ahead of a promise he made to Avery. While he may not have been the one driving the car, he feels responsible for Avery’s injuries and is determined to make it up to her by stepping into the role of caretaker.
Little did they know that the more time they spend in compromising positions, the attraction they’ve been refusing to acknowledge becomes impossible to ignore. When they finally give in to the spark between them, neither is prepared for the consequences. Their love is fragile and all it will take is a blow from the past to shatter it all.
When Sparks Fly is a steamy friends-to-lovers romance about college friends turned roommates who are forced to address their unresolved feelings for each other when one of them is in a serious car accident.
Helena Hunting’s writing quickly immersed me in this story. I was invested from the first page to the last. Although I do think the romance lost some of the tension and excitement in the second half of the book. It was an interesting plot choice by the author, but one I ended up not minding too much.
I found the characters in When Sparks Fly to be likeable and relatable characters but also real. I am not a fan of characters that are perfect. The main characters were flawed but redeemable. I also loved that in the end they handled problems in a pragmatic, mature way. That is a swoon-worthy relationship in my opinion.
Even though Avery, the main female character, is an athletic woman who is one of the guys, it was nice that Helena Hunting did not make her stereotypical. That is another thing that often bothers me about romance.
I will mention that some readers may find that one of the characters does something they will find irredeemable, but I thought it was an emotionally-driven mistake that I can see someone making in real life. If you like a perfect, flawless love story, When Sparks Fly may not be for you. But if you enjoy a story with emotional depth and realistic characters, I recommend this book. I enjoyed it!
When Sparks Fly
September 21, 2021
Note: I received a gifted copy of this book from Book Sparks as part of their 2021 Fall Reading Challenge book tour. Regardless, I always provide a fair and honest review.