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Starry-Eyed Love

By: Helena Hunting
Narrated by: Jason Clarke,Stella Bloom
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"Narrators Stella Bloom and Jason Clarke provide all the ingredients for the listener to have a love affair with Hunting's story."—AudioFile Magazine 

Charming, hilarious, and emotional, Starry-Eyed Love is Helena Hunting at her very best!

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.

©2022 Helena Hunting (P)2022 Macmillan Audio

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Who doesn't love the down to earth millionaire?

London Spark has been rather focused on helping her sisters build up their family business, Spark House. However, her love is in the creative aspect, and not the business end. This is evident by the number of paper stars London has made in the past two books. Her nervous habit has her carrying strips of paper in her purse so that she can make the stars any time. (I’ve given it a try, and I have to say, they’re not so easy. But I think I need different paper.) Just recently single, London finds it necessary to focus on her work, and even turns down an invite from a stranger at a bar.

Jackson Holt is a media mogul, and a young and attractive millionaire, looking to work with other small companies. Luckily his company is expanding to have an office in Denver, and just by chance, the woman who turned him down at the bar is part owner in a prospective partnering business.

The trope of we can’t work together and see each other works well in the second Spark House book. Everyone understands the need to separate work and pleasure, but as the reader, the attraction is there and we’re cheering, “Just do it!”

London and her sisters, and Jackson and his entourage, are fun characters. Ms. Hunting always does a wonderful job of making you feel for them.

If you love contemporary romances with characters who feel for those around them, as well as budding romance, you’ll love this book.

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Starry Eyed Love

Love it. Can’t wait for Harley’s book because this one was great! Loved Avery’s book also

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Great performance, great story

Love Helena Hunting and this story did not disappoint. Really fun love story. The stars at first didn’t align, but work brought the two back together. They overcome family and history to find true love.

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Everything A Love Story Needs!

London and Jackson are perfect for each other and I loved both characters. She was a strong independent woman who loved her sisters and he was a man who needed to learn to love. I also loved all of the peripheral characters which made for a pretty sweet love story for me. I enjoy a book that has just enough angst but not enough to make me crazy. So this one was pretty perfect.

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London and Jackson

London Spark is at a bar with her sisters when a handsome stranger pays for their drinks and gives her his business card. Yeah, no thanks. She's just out of a relationship and is too busy with Spark House, the boutique hotel/event location she runs with her sisters.  A couple of months later, London is doing a presentation for a possible deal at a multi-million dollar corporation and the CEO shows up. Luck would have it that Jackson Holt is none other than the handsome stranger at the bar.

Jackson can't believe his luck: good luck because there she is again and bad luck because now they'll be working together for an event and he can't show personal interest in her until it's over, as it will be inappropriate. When their direct business asssociation is over, they are finally able to pursue a relationship but their personal lives come with a lot of complications for them. 

I have to confess that book 1 in this series wasn't a favorite for me, but I was interested in London, especially because she has anxiety. She deals with it with by folding origami stars that she later uses in decorations for events and art pieces for her passion: her Etsy shop.

It was a sweet romance (the steam is there, relax, folks!) and Jackson is a yummy cinnamon roll. The "villain" in this is not villain at all and, surprisingly, the character I wanted to smack upside the head was the oldest sister, Avery (from book 1). She loves her sisters but what an annoying, self-centered, selfish girl. Seriously, girl! 

It was a fun, sweet story that I really enjoyed!

Bonus: we get to catch up with a lot of characters from the Shacking Up series. 

Narration: Stella Bloom, who is great, and not as much Jason Clarke as you would want. 

Rep and possible triggers: FMC has anxiety. Mentions of loss of parents.

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even better than book 1

It is rare that a book can make me teary-eyed, but I truly enjoyed this story.

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Super cute

After listening to the first book in the series I knew I was going to enjoy London book. I love the relationship of the spark sisters have with each other and how they act as a family unit to run the Spark house. This is a super sweet romance and I can’t wait for the next book in the series.

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I listened to this on Audible. The narration was good. this was a nice family oriented story. The character relationships are dynamic. All though there is a sweet love story its not so intense and I really liked how their jobs were explained in detail so u coukd form a picture of the characters in the moment. lovely book.

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A cute book, but nothing special

It's not a terrible book, but I didn't find it to be anything worth swooning over. The story is a typical girl-next-door meets the millionaire and falls in love rollercoaster. Very predictable. This is the second in the series, and I think the first book was better. Stella Bloom's narrating style is not my cup of tea. She makes every main character sound the same: dramatic and just absolutely exhausting to keep up with. I feel the book would've been more enjoyable with a different female voice. I even found myself skipping through some of her chapters at the end...

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Exhausting!

I had to listen to this 2 speeds below my normal. The female narrator was exhausting!
Not a pleasant experience. Tired of Helena Hunting’s anxiety based heroines.
Definitely my last purchase from this author.

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  • Mrs D
  • 06-04-22

🎧London and Jackson 🎧

Second in a series. I didn't read the first but there were enough references to it that I didn't feel I'd missed anything.
Run of the mill not-quite-Cinderella story with average narration from Stella Bloom. You can always tell when she's at the last sentence of a chapter by the way she "dramatically" drags out the last few words.
Would have loved to hear more from Jason Clarke but there was only a handful chapters from Jackson's POV.

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  • Kathy
  • 05-28-22

Excellent writing

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I love Helena Hunting’s writing style and the flow of her words - it grabs me every time. The Spark sisters and Spark house are an interesting and fun setting for this series. Jackson and London are great together and the Spark sisters’ solid bond adds so much to the story. Listened to the audio and the narrator's voices were excellent, but much too slow at 1x speed - listened much faster and wish they’d record at a more normal reading speed. Looking forward to the next book in the series.

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  • 09-28-22

Loved London

Avery was annoying in this book but glad she pulled herself together to see reason in the end.
Jackson was lost and Trent didn't have the best friend role down in the small time we saw him in this book.
Very happy Jackson and London found each other.
Harley was a sweetheart.