When Sparks Fly by Kristen Zimmer

This was the book I didn’t know I needed until I started it. 

What was the book about?
Britton has been bounced from foster family to group home all of her life. She knows she will never find her forever home, and she is ok with it. She is so close to ageing out of the system she needs to get through senior year with a new foster family. 

Problem? Her new foster family are not only wonderful humans, and she’s worried she might begin to get too comfortable with them, and not to mention she has started to develop feelings for their daughter, Avery.

Avery is everything that Britton is not. She’s popular, a cheerleader and happens to be the most beautiful human in Britton’s world. 

She just needs to hide her feelings for the year and get through adapting to a new home and school. Easy right? But when Avery starts showing signs of mutual feelings, Avery thinks she imagines it? And why does Avery get mad when she spends time with her new friend, Spencer? What is Avery hiding?

Featured Tropes
Young Adult, Soul Mates, Low Angst, Forbidden Love, Coming Out, Forever Family

Book Strengths
This book was the kind of perfection I was in the mood to dive into. I absolutely loved reading Britton and Avery’s love story. I sometimes struggle with teenage love stories because I wonder if they will make it in the real world, but these ladies are destined to be together forever.

Britton was the star of the story, and honestly, I’m so glad Kristen Zimmer wrote this from her POV because I only wanted to be in her mind and see things the way she sees things. She’s so kind, loving and authentic, which was a testament to her nature when her life to date wasn’t easy. 

When Avery finally shows Britton her feelings, I felt my heart swell because I don’t think I have ever read a character more deserving of happiness than Britton. She deserves only happiness from now on, and honestly, I think Avery has been through enough sadness to be worthy of someone as special as Britton.

I just loved their love and loved all the surrounding people in both their lives that were non-judgemental and supportive during Britton’s readjustment into a new world and to Avery’s secrets coming out.

Oh! The ending and epilogue? Absolute perfection. That’s what fairy tales are made of.

Character Chemistry
The chemistry between Avery and Britton was a slow build because even though the immediate attraction is there, Britton is trying to suppress it. After all, Avery is her foster sister. But when these two finally let their guard down, it’s like a turning tide. You can feel the chemistry emanate off the page. Loved it!

Heat Rating
(2.5 Flames)

Wrap Up 
I absolutely adored reading this book. It was like a warm hug, and I know I will reread it time and time again. I really hope we don’t need to wait as long again between books from Kristen Zimmer because I love her writing.


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