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Review: Just One Spark by Carly Phillips

Just One Spark by Carly Phillips

He’s a playboy rock star living the rock and roll dream…
Until a very real baby scare threatens to bring it all crashing down.

Dash Kingston has learned his lesson and knows his hard-partying lifestyle needs to change. To clean up his playboy image, he needs a fake girlfriend.

There’s just one problem: the perfect woman for the job is a gorgeous blonde who once aroused not just his body but his emotions, sending him running. And leaving her to wake up alone.

For the band’s sake, Cassidy Forrester agrees to play the girlfriend role, but she’s not going to fall for Dash’s charm or sex appeal ever again.

Except this Dash Kingston swears he’s a changed man, and he’s out to win Cassidy over – for good. But only a fool would make the same mistake twice, and Cassidy refuses to let their spark burn her a second time.

Title:Just One Spark
Author:Carly Phillips
Series:The Kingston Family (Book 4)
Pages:215
Genre(s):Contemporary
Trope(s):Second Chance Romance
Celebrity Romance
Point of View:Third Person, Past Tense, Dual Viewpoints (H&h)
Location:New York, US
HEA:✔️
Release Date:18th January, 2022
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Sexy rockstar shenanigans

Rockstar romance is not my go-to trope but I do so love Carly Phillips and I just had to read the next of the Kingston clan to meet his match – especially since we got a quick tease of Dash and Cassidy in the previous book in this series, Just One Chance. With that said, fear not, this book stands completely alone although the cameo game is strong from other Kingstons, Dares and their friends and extended family.

Dash is a playboy rockstar that has enjoyed the fruits of his fame for many a year. And by fruits I mean women – lots and lots of women. Again that’s not normally my jam but at least it’s not shown on the page and Dash is a suitably changed man once he encounters Cassidy. Although yes, he freaked out after their first night together and ran for the hills. Now he’s all in and the need for a fake girlfriend is the perfect excuse to get Cass close to him again.

Despite his profession, I did like Dash. He was sweet and determined and was definitely trying to make something real with Cass. He did have his problems, which were explored in a sub-plot, mostly to do with drugs, the loss of a friend and his relationship with his father. These weren’t overly important to the story but gave a nice depth to Dash’s character. And of course, I always enjoy the banter that Ms Phillips does so well within her big, close-knit families.

Likewise, I enjoyed Cass’s character. She was a strong and self-sufficient woman who knew her own mind and knew that she was in real danger of falling for Dash by taking part in their fake relationship ruse. She had a nice touch of vulnerability which helped her come across as real rather than clinical as she’s often got her guard up – understandably so.

“Oh, and did I mention that Dash is a dirty talker? Mmm mmm mmm – more, please!”

Dash and Cassidy have some great chemistry and we get more than the usual sex scenes as they are already aquatinted and, for the beginning at least, are attempting to make people believe their fake relationship is real. Oh, and did I mention that Dash is a dirty talker? Mmm mmm mmm – more, please!

There were a lot of different elements to this story and each one morphed into the next seamlessly. It was absolutely a page-turner and I never had to force myself to pick it up and read some more. I did have a little bit of wondering about whether to give this 4 or 5 stars – but I eventually went with 5 stars as I think my hesitation is purely from my usual aversion to rock star romances. And I really did enjoy this book – how could I not when it’s by one of my favourite storytellers, Carly Phillips?

Towards the end of the story we also get a tiny glimpse into the start of Aurora’s story, who is, if you haven’t been reading all the Dare / Kingston books, a Kingston half-sibling who was rescued by the Dare’s in Dare to Stay. And to say I’m giddy with excitement would be a major understatement.

But as to this book, whether you’re a fan of Carly Phillips or of rockstars getting their worlds upended by smart and strong women, then I would recommend this book to you. It’s chock full of twists, turns and sexy shenanigans – you won’t be disappointed. 5 stars.

*I received this book in exchange for my honest review*

Carly Phillips gives her readers Alphalicious heroes to swoon for and romance to set your heart on fire, and she loves everything about writing romance. She married her college sweetheart and lives in Purchase, NY along with her three crazy dogs: two wheaten terriers and a mutant Havanese, who are featured on her Facebook and Instagram. She has raised two incredible daughters who put up with having a mom as a romance author. Carly is the author of over fifty romances, and is a NY Times, Wall Street Journal, and USA Today Bestseller. She loves social media and interacting with her readers. Want to keep up with Carly? Sign up for her newsletter and receive TWO FREE books at www.carlyphillips.com.

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The Kingston Family Series:

Book 1
Book 2
Book 3
Book 4
Just One Wish Carly Phillips
Book 4.5
Book 5
Just One Kiss by Carly Phillips
Book 6
Book 7

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