Thursday, February 23, 2017

Review: It Started with a Kiss (Sequoia Lake #1) by Marina Adair

"Perfectly made. For me." - Tyson Donovan

It Started with a Kiss
Author: Marina Adair
Series: Sequoia Lake #1
Publisher: Montlake Romance
Release Date: January 31, 2017
Source: Publisher for Review

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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 was a bit flabbergasted by the fact that I experienced a rocky start with It Started with a Kiss. And by start, I actually mean the first 60% or so of the book. There was a short period of time where I had to set it aside because I had not been sucked in. When I did go back and got past the hurdle, I ended up really liking the last bit of the book. It felt as if something was missing and, for the longest time, I could not pinpoint what it was. It wasn't until the book finally clicked with me did I realize what was missing... I wasn't feeling the chemistry between Tyson and Avery. I'm not saying that it wasn't there, they are obviously attracted to each other from the very beginning. Once they let their hair down, I was good to go. And to be honest, I loved how free and open they were during sex. They made each other laugh and I adored that. I loved Tyson and Avery. Both characters broke my heart. Ty has been put through the ringer and for him to face a horrible event from his past says a lot about his character. Avery is strong and tenacious. She will stand toe-to-toe with anyone. She persuades Ty to give her a shot and is determined to prove that she has what it takes. The background characters were just as lovable and I'm glad that we get more of them in future books. Overall, while it didn't quite feel like a Marina Adair book, I'm still glad I read it and I'm looking forward to the next book in the series. I just wish I had felt more of the chemistry between Ty and Avery earlier on in the book.

Marina Adair is a #1 national bestselling author of romance novels. Along with the St. Helena Vineyard series, she is also the author of Sugar’s Twice as Sweet, part of the Sugar, Georgia series. She lives with her husband, daughter, and two neurotic cats in Northern California. She loves to hear from readers and likes to keep in touch, so be sure to sign up for her newsletter.

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