It Started with a Kiss
by Lisa Hobman
Publication Date April 21, 2022
Published by Boldwood Books
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Genres: Fiction / Romance / Contemporary, Fiction / Women
***I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.***
Can two strangers dreams lead to their destiny? American Star Mendoza is living in her dream location, Edinburgh, a place she discovered in British novels while growing up. Employed at a trendy city centre coffee shop, quirky, pink-haired Star spends her days fantasising about a handsome businessman she serves daily. He's totally out of her league but a girl can dream, right? Fin Hunter is exhausted from striving for his father's elusive love and approval, and of following a life path of his family’s making. When things go drastically wrong Fin decides it’s time to stand on his own two feet and follow his own dream. Star is bereft when her handsome stranger stops coming to her coffee shop, but a chance encounter in the most unlikely of places leaves her wondering if her fantasy could now become a reality? Can opposites attract over their love of a city and music or is their story simply doomed to fail?
It Started With a Kiss by Lisa Hobman is a lovely romance with opposites attract, all set in Edinburgh, Scotland. I said this is opposites attract, but as the book moves on, I realized they are not opposites at all, as they are very similar deep down.
Star, an American living in Edinburgh, is a free spirit and works in a coffee shop. She loves her adopted city and enjoys taking photos of the historic area. She meets Finn, a local lawyer who comes into her coffee shop most mornings. He works in his father’s firm and has known he would work there his entire life.
Finn has always known what he was going to do in life. Not because it’s something he wants to do, but because being a lawyer at his father’s firm is what was always expected of him. He doesn’t mind his life, much, but when he’s around Star, he learns he wants a lot more out of life.
I loved the setting of this story. Although Finn has lived in Edinburgh his entire life, he, and the reader, get to see the city through the eyes of Star, who loves to explore the city and finds so much beauty everywhere she goes.
Finn and Star are opposites, she’s fun and quirky and works in a coffee shop, and he is rich, formal, and works for a prestigious law firm. But, at heart, they are so much alike. Star and Finn grabbed my attention from the very beginning of the book, and never let me go. Star is such an optimistic character and her love of life is infectious. Finn is a bit formal at the beginning, but when he’s around Star, he’s able to let loose and enjoy life too. They are such a great match and they have real chemistry.
I highly recommend It Started With a Kiss to anyone who loves a good romance.
I received a complimentary copy of this book. The opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.