Release, Review, & Giveaway – It Started with a Kiss

  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.


Let me start with the good. The beginning was genius in terms of introducing Avery and Daniel as well as their relationships with their friends and family. I loved the way they met and how hot their first kiss was. Dating would be so much easier if we could just jump to the first kiss. Especially if it led to meeting your soulmate like these two were lucky enough to do. I loved both of the characters. They had depth and strength of character, their relationship was sweet if not a bit syrupy, and there wasn’t much angst. I liked their playfulness and honesty with each other. Everything just seemed so easy between them.  Daniel was probably the most loving character that I’ve ever read. He knew all the right things to say to make you swoon. And his dirty talk was sexy! Finally, the epilogue was all kinds of wonderful. I loved how the author took us into the future to show how their lives went from that first kiss to their happily ever after.

All that being said, I’m not sure I really bought into the instant obsession and comfortableness they found with each other all in one day. And that’s what it felt like to me, obsession. They literally couldn’t stop making out and having sex against and on every surface. I needed more meat to their story. At one point, I started losing interest in it. Most days, I have a hard time separating myself from a book. I found myself taking lots of breaks and skimming through some of the sex scenes and never-ending descriptions about their feelings for each other. It felt redundant and too fanciful for the short amount of time they knew each other. If you haven’t guessed, I’m not a huge fan of insta-love stories. I really wanted to love this book.



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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