Helena Hunting ➠ Make a Wish

Spark House #3


With her signature charm and sense of humor, bestselling author Helena Hunting creates a novel about love, family, and second chances in Make a Wish.
Ever have a defining life moment you wish you could do over? Harley Spark has one. The time she almost kissed the widowed father of the toddler she nannied for. It was so bad they moved across the state and she never saw them again.
Fast forward seven years and she’s totally over it. At least she thinks she is. Until Gavin Rhodes and his adorable now nine-year-old daughter, Peyton, reappear at a princess-themed birthday party hosted by Spark House, Harley’s family’s event hotel. Despite trying to avoid the awkwardness of the situation, she can’t help but notice how unbearably sexy he looks in a tutu. Add to that a spontaneous hives breakout, and it’s clear she’s not even remotely over the mortification of her egregious error all those years ago.
Except Gavin seems oblivious to her inner turmoil. So much so that he suggests they get together for lunch. For Peyton’s sake, of course. It’s the perfect opportunity to heal old wounds. Or it could just reopen them. This is one of those times Harley wishes she could see the future…

RELEASE DATE: Jan, 24 2023

Not a new author to me but it’s been a while since I have read Helena (since her hockey series) so this was a little new for me.

This starts off cute, we have the nanny and the widower, it’s a cold night, the baby being fussy and a almost kiss. Forward years later, the heroine who has a boyfriend now is working with her sisters…runs into the hero and his daughter who is 9 years old now. They end up in each other’s lives but not together. The heroine is in a relationship to 40% in the book and I was not a fan of it mainly because he seemed useless in the book but I am glad we didn’t get any details in that. What I think I had the issue in this book was the ‘realness’ and yes I always say I want some of that so it feels real but this was real life real and it mostly got me either frustrated and not in a good way or I was annoyed. It’s probably because I don’t have kids so I don’t get the hero’s side of things and things like when he dates during the time apart and cried over one of his break up’s with his daughter, I just couldn’t feel the connection to that. This book is more nonfiction to me than fiction, and while I get relating to the stories this really just in the end made me angry. I didn’t feel anything for the hero, yes I understood what had happened but the H&H connection wasn’t there for me to fully feel THAT for the hero the way the heroine did. I honestly thought the heroine was a push-over, I feel like we didn’t get to see her flourish and become. This just was not for me. I originally DNFed this book, I tried hard to read it before release day then decided to power through because I just couldn’t get my head around that I was reading a Helena H book. The up’s and down’s of a mood reader. But this is my honest opinion and I am going to stop here. If anyone wants to know more feel free to message me otherwise no spoilers in my reviews!

Rating: 3.5 out of 5.

Romance: ♡♡♡
Steamy: 🔥
Triggers: Personal Dislike
Standalone/Series: Spark House #3

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