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Make a Wish by Helena Hunting
Narrator: Stella Bloom, Jason Clarke
Series: Spark House #3
Published by MacMillan Audio on January 24, 2023
Genres: Contemporary Romance
Length: 9 hours, 56 minutes
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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
Make A Wish is the third book of the Spark House series following one of three sisters as she tries to find her place in the family business while also navigating a new relationship with a the widowed father she nannied for eight years before. It is a cute story and can be read as a standalone.
Harley and her sisters have made their hotel a destination for weddings, business conferences and kid’s birthdays. She was happy working with her sisters doing the kid’s parties but those aren’t as lucrative as the other kinds of events and are about to be scrapped. Harley also helped with social media, but the hotel is about to franchise and now has a team for that. She is a bit lost in where her place is at Spark house and is now trying to figure out a way to still work with her sisters at the family business, but also have something she loves doing while there.
Harley nannied for Peyton and Gavin for a year and a half when Peyton was a baby, right after the death of his wife in childbirth. One night lines almost got crossed and Harley almost kissed Gavin. Right after that, he moved to be closer to his in-laws. Now Gavin is back in town and a ten year old Peyton is adorable. When they run into each other at an event, something might be there but with Peyton as a buffer, they explore hanging out with her and becoming good friends.
As someone who dated my Hubs when his kids were about the same age as Peyton in the story, I related to a lot of the troubles of balancing a relationship with someone with kids and some of the additional conflicts with in-laws and mixing a family. While this was different because there is no ex to deal with, there are still relationships and boundaries that need to be considered and navigated.
I connected to the characters and their issues. Harley sometimes is too understanding and forgets to stand up for herself in all of her relationships, while Gavin has the death of his wife to deal with and the guilt of falling in love with someone new. I enjoyed this story and the cute ending. I think a lot of the time Peyton stole the show with her child exuberance and personality. Overall, a very cute story.
Stella Bloom is a favorite narrator of mine. She narrates many books written by Kristen Ashley and I think she captures the emotions of characters in romances so well. Jason Clarke has a huge list of books he has narrated as well. While I don’t know his voice as well as Stella’s, he has this great rumble for the male lead that was incredibly sexy. I liked how he portrayed all the characters. Together they narrated fantastically. I was able to listen at my usual 1.5x speed.
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