Book Review – It Started with a Kiss by Melanie Moreland

4 stars

What a beautiful story!

One kiss changed my life. 

Dibs on the rest of yours. 


Have you ever seen the video on Facebook or YouTube when strangers kiss in front of a camera? The reactions vary. Some couples are awkward and others sweet – ok most are awkward.:D

Anyway, it all started with a kiss for Avery and Daniel as well.

When Avery Connor agreed to help out her best friend Beth, she had no idea how much her life would be changed.

Beth was filming a video about strangers kissing and one of her volunteers canceled on her. So she urgently needed a substitute. Why not ask her best friend Avery?

“You want to me to do what?” I frowned at her calm face. Surely she was teasing. “I need you to come to the studio tomorrow, and kiss a stranger.” “A kiss, like on the cheek? A quick hello-type kiss?” Beth huffed in exasperation. “No, Avery. Lips pressing.” She grinned wickedly. “Tongues meeting, if you want. That type of kiss.” “With a stranger.” “That’s the idea.”

Avery was a bit shy and didn’t have the best track record with guys. She was nervous around new people and overcompensated by chewing mints like crazy when she was embarrassed or tense. But she couldn’t say not to her best friend.

Dr. Daniel Stewart, a veterinarian by day, lost a bet with his sister that landed him a role in the experimental video about strangers kissing. Before he even got to the studio he stumbled over Avery. Charmed by her spirit and independence, he instantly was attracted to her. Unbeknownst to either, they were meant to share a kiss just minutes away. That kiss would change their lives forever.

Our lives had just changed—we both felt it, knew it. There was no going back now—and neither of us wanted to.

Avery and Daniel had an instant connection. An attraction, a spark, whatever it was, it was powerful. So powerful, they ignited. That first kiss was proof enough. They felt it in their bones, that they were meant to be more than just strangers. From there on it went pretty quickly for both of them.

Avery had bowled me over, so to speak. It shocked me how much I already felt for her and how well she seemed to fit into my life.

They felt bereft when they weren’t in each company. Daniel made Avery feel wanted, desired, and cherished. All the things she was missing in her life. And Daniel found in Avery the woman that he wanted to grow old with.

Together we were right. We fit together like two pieces of a puzzle.

They were beautiful together.

It Started with a Kiss was one of those feel-good stories. Heart-warming, sweet, and utterly perfect.


I cupped his worried face, tracing over the small ‘V’ between his eyes, and soothing the puckered skin. “You have all of me.” His expression was beautiful, filled with light, as one slow tear ran down his cheek. “I can keep you, Avery?” “For as long as you want.” “Then I’m calling dibs on the next ninety years.”

And a whole lot of SWOOOON.

“I can’t help it with her, Mom. I can’t control it; it’s like a freight train.” I paused to think about everything that was going through my head, and my heart. “I’ve never felt anything like it—with anyone. It’s right, and it’s real, and I don’t want it to stop.”

One of the things I loved most about this book was that even after they got together, the book didn’t end. Melanie Moreland crafted a well rounded novel that included their life after the HEA. How often do I lament that novels feel too rushed. Not here!!!

AND it had the most wonderful epilogue EVER!!!!

The only real complaint that I could find was that It Started with a Kiss was maybe a bit too perfect:D

But all in all, it was a wonderful sweet and swoony romance, and I can only recommend it to anyone that is in the mood for a very loving hero, low angst, and a fantastic heart-warming ending. 

About corina

I’m a blogger, photographer, and unapologetic book addict. I love strong female characters, major jerks, and Happily Ever Afters.

12 thoughts on “Book Review – It Started with a Kiss by Melanie Moreland

  1. Fabulous review, Corina!! I’m always looking for books that go beyond the “and then they got together. END”. This is why I loved Heart-Shaped Hack so much! (And even White-Hot Hack, although it didn’t measure)
    I’ll add it to my TBR for when I need an endorphin injection 🙂

    1. You’re welcome!!! And many thanks for visiting. ‘The Contract’ will always be one of my favorite books.:D Not sure why jerks are such a draw for me, but you made me fall in love with Richard faster than I could blink.

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