Tuesday, January 24, 2023

Make a Wish by Helena Hunting - ARC Review & Release Blitz

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…

Sometimes, a book just works. It flows well, the connection with the characters feels real, the secondary characters enhance the story without pulling focus from the main characters.

Harley and Gavin are one of these stories. I love their initial meeting, and I love the way both see it as an issue, but for different reasons, which is so true to what happens in life.

I liked the way their relationship developed, and that others were also around to tell them what they were seeing, to allow for them to see things in a different light.

Usually, I get frustrated when there are characters who cause issues for the main couple, but in this one, it worked as it forced Gavin, and in a way Harley, to deal with the things that happened 7 years ago (which is both in the blurb and in the first chapter) and not try to pretend that it didn't exist and isn't going to keep being an issue until it's dealt with.

This book made me connect with the characters, and feel for them, and want to see them figure out a way to make it work out in the end. And, the way it is worked out doesn't feel rushed but feels like people who are faced with something they have known was an issue and that, finally, the thing that they will lose if they don't handle it is more than the fear of handling it.

I enjoyed and absolutely recommend this title. It can be read as a standalone, but it's also fun to have read the other books in the series as they are loosely connected.

Amazon Universal → https://geni.us/MakeAWishZon

Add it to Goodreads → https://geni.us/MakeAWishGR

Website → https://helenahunting.com/books/make-a-wish/

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