Review ~ It Started With A Kiss – Marina Adair

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With a kidney transplant behind her, Avery Adams is determined to channel her inner adventurer and explore everything life has to offer. Only problem is, the closest she’s ever come to a real-life adventure was sixth-grade science camp. So to seize the summer in her rustic Sierra Nevada town, she takes a job as a guide at the local adventure lodge. But Avery doesn’t realize her biggest challenge will register at six-plus feet of rugged good looks and alpha-male charm.

As a member of the Sequoia Elite Mountain Rescue team, Tyson Donovan has made a life out of cheating death and rescuing weekend warriors from the treacherous terrain. “The world is my home” is more than just a motto; it’s what scares off women who would otherwise try to tie him down. When his dad’s health lands the family’s adventure lodge in serious danger of going up in flames, he moves home—and quickly remembers why he left. Until he meets Avery, the irresistible new guide who makes him want to stay.

Tyson gives the inexperienced Avery a lesson in romance that her books could never teach her. And with her undeniable spirit for life, Avery shows Tyson the healing power of love. But with one misstep, everything comes crashing down, and they’ll both have to take the biggest leap of all—into the kind of adventure that lasts a lifetime.

I really enjoyed It Started With A Kiss. There was something about this novel, written by Marina Adair that reminded me of one of my favorite authors, Jill Shalvis. Maybe it was the wilderness or maybe it was the big wild mountain man who was a walking, talking ad for sex. The story pulls you right in starting with a horny old senior and a half-written but suggestive note left in lipstick.

On a windshield.

This story truly does get started with a kiss and it only gets better from there. Avery has been through so much in her young life that even I admired her ability to remain positive and live her life all the way out loud. She has that kind of attitude that can either be really annoying or really endearing, she ended up on the endearing side.

When she and Ty meet, the sparks fly! He’s reluctant to get involved because—holy Batman family issues—he’ll only be in town for a few weeks. But as these things go, you can’t do a damn thing about chemistry. You can try to run from it but it’s like the world’s strongest magnet, pulling you back time and again. They can’t stay away, no matter how hard they try and when they final do succumb it was beautiful and delicious.

It Started With A Kiss does touch on some pretty heavy topics but I never really felt bogged down by them because the characters didn’t let themselves get bogged down with them. They lived, they tried to live and love as best they could without the past affecting them so much. It gave the characters such a full, rich history that I wanted to know more about them all.

The romance is the spotlight in this story and man did it give me the feels. Ty and Avery fell for each other almost right away but they didn’t know it, didn’t show it. It’s like this little secret between the author and the reader and when they realize it you’re just like, “Yay! It’s about time!”

And that, is the mark of a good novel.

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