Book Review - It Started with a Kiss by Marina Adair


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.


This is the first book in a new series by Adair, one of my favorite go-to authors for touching story.  This book delivers as expected.  Adair has created characters that are real and feel like real people you could be friends with and want to get to know better.  On the love story side, the chemistry is great and doesn't feel rushed and the story is a great balance of romance, family, and friendship.  

MATURITY RATING - 18+ a little steamy


Marina Adair is the #1 bestselling author of beloved romances such as the Sugar, Georgia books; the St. Helena Vineyard series; the Heroes of St. Helena series; and the Sequoia Lake books—of which It Started with a Kiss is the first installment. Marina enjoys writing contemporary romance novels in which the towns are small, the personalities are large, and the romance is explosive. Marina holds a master of fine arts in creative writing and lives with her husband, daughter, and two neurotic cats in Northern California. She loves interacting with her readers. You can follow her on Twitter at @MarinaEAdair and sign up for her newsletter on her website at


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