Book Tour + Review: “It Started with a Kiss” by Melanie Moreland

 Title: It Started with a Kiss
By: Melanie Moreland
Publication Date: January 23, 2017
Genre: Romantic Comedy
Cover Designer: Monark Designs

It started with a kiss.
Then it became so much more.
Love at first sight.
Avery Connor doesn’t believe in it.
But what about love at first kiss?
A favor for a friend. Kiss a stranger and walk away.
But what if that favor, and that stranger, prove to be the turning point of her life?
What if that kiss leads to something more?
Dr. Daniel Stewart is certain it will.
He is determined to make her see him. To feel what he feels.
To have the effects of that kiss last forever.

A story about taking a chance, opening your heart to the moment, and falling in love.

My review:

3.75 Give me three stars 

This book was really sweet, to the point of cheesiness, and incredibly low on angst. It’s the perfect quick read after an emotionally scarring book. I enjoyed the happiness and the lack of drama of this novel, and adored the epilogues. Yes, you read it right epilogueS. I’m a sucker for happy endings, and if during the first part of the book I wasn’t 100% hooked, the second half and the epilogues truly did it for me. Seeing not just their HEA, but also so many scenes of Daniel and Maggie, their daughter, was endearing and funny.

What didn’t work for me was the breakneck speed of their relationship. On the one hand, Daniel was like Dreamy McDreamy, saying all the right things, professing his adoration for Avery to whoever would listen, and worshipping her like a goddess. He’s an alpha male through and through, a bit possessive, a bit jealous, and a whole assertive. It reminded me of some of the Rock Chicks Series’ alphas when it came to persistence.  On the other hand, I like my characters a little more complex and realistic. To like this book you have to believe in love at first kiss. This novel reads like some sort of fairytale, where it’s completely okay to move in with a guy after only a couple weeks of knowing him, or where it’s fine for a guy to talk about your future kids together after a few dates. I’m too much of a callous realist to completely enjoy these things, but I admit that, when I started to suspend my believes, I finally managed to fall into the story.

Avery was such a sweet character and her insecurities were very relatable. I mean, who’s never been hurt by someone’s words? Still, the low level of angst prevented their relationship to be hindered by Avery’s doubts.

All in all, “It Started with a Kiss” is a feel-good, fluffy novel with an epilogues galore that will leave your heart full of gooey emotions. The only flaw was their rushing into the relationship, and the too-natural quality of their interactions, especially at first. I would have wanted to see them explore the first awkward-cute part of the relationship more.

On a side note, the hotness level was definitely high for a sweet romance story. And I find myself agreeing with Daniel about walls 😉


New York Times/USA Today bestselling author Melanie Moreland, lives a happy and content life in a quiet area of Ontario with her beloved husband of twenty-seven-plus years and their rescue cat Amber. Nothing means more to her than her friends and family, and she cherishes every moment spent with them.

While seriously addicted to coffee, and highly challenged with all things computer-related and technical, she relishes baking, cooking, and trying new recipes for people to sample. She loves to throw dinner parties, and also enjoys travelling, here and abroad, but finds coming home is always the best part of any trip.

Melanie delights in a good romance story with some bumps along the way, but is a true believer in happily ever after. When her head isn’t buried in a book, it is bent over a keyboard, furiously typing away as her characters dictate their creative storylines to her, often with a large glass of wine keeping her company.

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