Review: It Started With a Kiss by Marina Adair

It Started With a Kiss by Marina Adair 
Series:  Sequoia Lake (# 1)
Release Date:  January 31, 2017
Publisher: Montlake Romance
Pages: 286
Source: book provided by publisher for review



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.


Review:   This is a feel good story even with a lot of darkness – illness and loss are front and center – but so is love and opening your heart to see what you might find.  Ty and his dad have a contentious relationship after the death of Ty’s brother and Dale’s son fifteen years before.  Ty left and really never looked back and only came home occasionally since the memories were still too raw.  During that time their family business was getting run down due to his parent’s aging and the amount of work and physical labor to keep the place running.  When he takes vacation to help get the lodge and its equipment, trails and other things up to snuff for its reinspection he gets way more than he bargained for on several different fronts.

Enter Avery, a breath of fresh air, that doesn’t let anything get her down since after losing her mom, being sick and having surgery she felt she had to live her life to the fullest.  And boy, does she ever.  The adventures she embarks on are NOT for the faint of heart.  When she meets Ty there is immediate chemistry but they are strangers and he’s only in town for a few weeks.  When their paths keep crossing and they find out who the other is, sparks really do fly.  Will they be on the same page if they decide to only worry about the here and now and take what they can get?

There are family and friends, secrets, fear, anger, sadness, guilt, illness, support, lots of work but fun too.  There are plenty of adventures and Avery gets a rush each time she’s involved in one.  The descriptions of the mountains, the lake, the lodge and the town made me feel that I was there with the vividness and colors portrayed. There is lots of loving and flirting along with love and wonderful happily ever afters on several fronts.  There was nice closure with the epilogue that takes place five months after the story ends.

Adair is an author I’ve read before and somehow didn’t keep up with.  I have read books in several series including this one but have never completed any of her series which I’ll have to rectify.  I’ve added many of her books to my TBR pile from her St. Helena Vineyard, Destiny Bay and Sugar, GA series.  I can’t wait for the next book at Sequoia Lake.  The excerpt at the end of the book just whet my appetite for more.

Favorite Quote:  He might call her “angel,” but she was a fireball of trouble.