Author Liwen Ho

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He’s falling for the one woman he can’t have…

John Spark may be a star football player, but he’s fumbling hard off the field. The moment he sets eyes on Mia Kennedy, he fails at his one job—to drive his best friend’s little sister home without falling for her.

An innocent road trip has Mia wondering if there could ever be more between her and her brother’s best friend. Despite their ten-year age gap, she and John have the best conversations, and their chemistry is undeniable. 

The closer they get, however, the more John pulls away. There’s something keeping him from recognizing his true feelings, and Mia only has a handful of hours to find out why before they go their separate ways. 

A Forbidden Spark is a forbidden romance with a forced proximity twist that will have you giggling and kicking your feet.


A Forbidden Spark


“Do me a favor, will you?” Mason remarked. “If you see any strange guys hitting on Mia, you go up to them and growl at them, okay?”

“Oh, my goodness, Mason!” his wife Tanya exclaimed. “Don’t listen to him, John. He’s just being an overprotective big brother.”

“I get it,” John replied. “I’d be overprotective, too, if I had a younger sister.”

“Thank you, man,” Mason said. “That’s why I asked you to drive Mia home. I know I can trust you to take care of her, and more importantly, not to fall in love with her.”

John doubled over in laughter at Mason’s claim. “Me, fall in love with Mia? Drive her home, yes. Fall in love with her? Absolutely not. You have nothing to worry about—” The rest of his words died on his frozen tongue.


If Mason said anything else, John could no longer hear him. His attention was completely enraptured by a woman who had just come down the front steps of the apartment complex. Wearing a white lacy coverup that did little to conceal the turquoise bikini top beneath it, her tanned skin practically glowed in the sunlight. Her golden-brown hair fell around her shoulders, swinging from side to side as she glanced up and down the sidewalk. When her gaze landed on John, her eyes lit up with recognition. He stood rooted in place, gawking at this gorgeous specimen of a woman who was headed straight for him. Her smile grew brighter and wider as she neared.

His mind wavered between two questions: Do I know her? and If not, how do I get to know her?

“Yes, I see him,” the woman spoke into her cell phone. In her other hand she held a large purple duffle bag, which she set down at John’s feet when she reached him. “Is he okay? I have no idea. Let me ask.” 

She stood up on her tiptoes and waved a hand in front of his face. “Hey John! My brother said if you’re too tired to drive, you should take a nap at my place first.”

“Y-you’re Mia? I-I’m John.” He blinked, his brain unable to process the sight before him. This was Mia? Where had the girl with braces and overalls gone? How had she transformed into this curvy young woman who had him so stunned he couldn’t even speak properly? It was a wonder he remembered his own name. But then again, she already knew that. “I mean, I’m not tired. I can drive.”

“Okay, great. I’m sorry I kept you waiting so long. There are always a million things to do before a trip. I’m good to go now. Are you ready to hit the road?”

“Yeah, sure. It’s okay. I didn’t mind waiting.”

“You didn’t mind?” Mason’s voice filled John’s ear again, shaking him from his stupor. “What happened to you shriveling up and dying from having to wait so long?”

“I gotta go, Mase. I’ll call you later.” 

He hung up at the same time that Mia ended her call. Grabbing her bag, he directed her to his truck and opened the passenger door. As soon as he closed it behind her, he blew out a long breath as Mason’s words came back to him.

I know I can trust you to take care of her, and more importantly, not to fall in love with her.

The way his heart raced made John realize the inevitable: he had his work cut out for him if he didn’t want to fall in love with his best friend’s little sister.


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