The room is dark, except for the streetlights coming through the blinds. I can barely see her, but I feel her. She pushes me up against the wall and we kiss harder than we ever have before. I’ve been waiting so long for it to happen, and finally, it’s going to. Then the bedroom door flies open, and someone screams her name…
Britton Walsh has never had a home. After a lifetime in the care system, she doesn’t expect she’ll ever find one. But beginning her senior year with new foster parents in a new city, means starting over yet again. Tom and Cate Cahill seem okay. The hitch? Their daughter, Avery.
Beautiful, popular and cool, Avery is everything Britton is not. She’s all Britton could ever ask for in a sister, or even a friend––but having survived without either for so long, Britton knows the way her heart races whenever Avery enters the room can only mean one thing…
But Avery has a secret. Something that is eating away at her and stopping her letting anyone in, least of all Britton. Will Avery’s insistence on punishing herself for a mistake in her past make Britton’s last year of high school, and finding a place to call home, impossible? Can two such different people ever find common ground, friendship, or maybe even something more?
An unforgettable new adult lesbian romance for fans of Keeping You a Secret by Julie Anne Peters, Her Name in the Sky by Kelly Quindlen, or Nancy Garden’s classic young adult coming out novel, Annie on My Mind.
New Adult novel: recommended for 17+ due to mature themes and sexual content.
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Contemporary romance is not typically my go-to genre, but when When Sparks Fly by Kristen Zimmer was available to review, I jumped on it. The blurb sounded intriguing, and I was already hooked.
Kristen Zimmer‘s writing is excellent. I found myself drawn in to this plot and these characters, and I couldn’t put it down. I ended up reading this in one sitting, because, every time I thought about taking a break, I wanted more.
The plot is intriguing, but what makes it better is how realistic these characters feel. Britton and Avery feel like real people, and their connection is felt through the pages.
When Sparks Fly is a beautifully written, lesbian romance, that had me hooked from beginning to end. I look forward to reading more by Kristen Zimmer.
*I received a free copy of this book from Bookouture, BOTBS Publicity, & Netgalley to review honestly on the blog tour. All opinions are my own and unbiased.*
Kristen Zimmer is a New Jersey-based freelance writer and editor. A member of the International Women’s Writing Guild, she holds a B.A. in English with a Concentration in Creative Writing from Montclair State University. When not busy writing or burying her nose in books of the YA/New Adult fiction persuasion, Kristen enjoys spending time with her family, which includes two adorable black Lab mixes and a very patient Better Half.
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