When Sparks Fly

St. Martin’s Griffin. Sept. 2021. 320p. ISBN 9781250624703. pap. $16.99. CONTEMPORARY ROMANCE
Declan and Avery have been friends—best friends—since college. Declan, an expert in one-night stands, has only ever had one solid relationship—his friendship with Avery. Neither would ever do anything to jeopardize the friendship. But then Declan breaks his promise to drive Avery to an important meeting one rainy morning. Instead, he sleeps late with a random hookup, letting Avery down for the first time ever. When Avery gets into a car crash and breaks several bones, Declan feels guilty and volunteers to personally provide her with the necessary round-the-clock care. This starts off easy enough, but soon the close proximity begins to change their friendship into something more intimate, something they’ve tried to deny for years. Hunting’s (Meet Cute) latest is a witty romantic comedy with emotional depth; the realistic, well-paced plot is populated by fully realized, likable characters. Declan and Avery’s slowly evolving slow-burn relationship will hook readers, and their gradually revealed backstories make their actions and reactions understandable, relatable, and very readable.
VERDICT Readers looking for a good friends-to-lovers or forced-proximity romance will enjoy. Recommended for general purchase.
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