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…
A onetime nanny reunites with her former employer in Hunting's immersive third Spark House contemporary romance (after Starry-Eyed Love). While working for single father Gavin Rhodes to nanny his daughter, Peyton, Harley Spark developed quite a crush. Seven years later, she still harbors embarrassment about attempting to kiss Gavin one night—only for him to respond by abruptly moving away from Colorado Springs. Now 28 and co-running the event hotel that gives the series its name, Harley's shocked when Gavin and an almost nine-year-old Peyton turn up at Spark House for a birthday party. Gavin's back in the area to help run his family business and asks Harley out to lunch with him and Peyton to reconnect. Sparks fly, and the pair decide to try dating—but Gavin's still grieving his wife, who died in childbirth, and feels guilty about moving on. Complicating matters even further is his former mother-in-law's intense dislike of Harley. Will they be able to make it work with the specters of the past hovering over them? Harley's genuine joy at being around children—and her affection for Peyton in particular—adds to her appeal, and the slow-burning romance between her and Gavin keeps the pages flying. Readers looking for a fast-paced story about love after loss should snap this up.
What a beautiful story. Gavin has been through so much with the loss of his wife and being a single dad from the start. I loved how Harley had a roll in their lives when Peyton was a baby, then again when they moved back to town. The bond that Harley builds with Peyton was really beautiful, and Gavin and Harley have amazing chemistry. They had a ton of issues to work through, and it wasn’t easy. I felt every heartbreak and ounce of grief that they were working through. I really loved how Harley stepped up and voiced her feelings about Spark House. I felt like she was drifting aimlessly for awhile, but she really fought for what she wanted. These sisters have been really fun to get to know and read about. I have really enjoyed this series
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This is the last book in a three-part series. It easily stands alone. This is an age gap, nanny sort of romance, and single dad romance plus its also a second chance at love for this couple.
The story begins 8 years before when Harley is a young girl of 20 and she is nannying for Gavin who is 29. He is a young single dad whose wife died in childbirth. She has been working for him for the last 18 months and she has a huge crush on him. They have a moment shall we say, and then she never sees him again until 8 years later at Spark House.
Gavin and Peyton have moved back to town and Peyton falls very hard for Harley so much, so she begs her dad for playdates and that starts Harley and Gavin's relationship.
There are some issues along the way to their happily ever after like a boyfriend and a Mother In Law and what Harley wants for her future and Gavin has some major things to figure out too.
This was a really well-done romance. I liked that the author threw some obstacles in the way that were realistic and made their journey to second chance to love more realistic. A really awesome way for this series to end.
The final Spark sister to get her HEA was my favorite of the series. Harley is very strong even though she's so young. Her feelings were so deep and so powerful. Peyton was the best part of these characters.
This series was cute and I enjoyed getting to know them