Kayaks & Kisses by Maria Hoagland – Review

Posted September 25, 2017 by Phyllis Helton in Book Reviews /

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Kayaks & Kisses by Maria Hoagland – Review

Kayaks & Kisses (Romance Renovations)

by Maria Hoagland

Series: Romance Renovations
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Published by Red Leaves Press
Publication Date March 15, 2017
Genres: Clean Romance
Pages: 194


Brynn Caley is about to start her dream career running an outdoor sporting goods store when an out-of-town business guru makes his own offer on the property. Coerced into forming a temporary partnership, Brynn, with her ski experience, finds she has to work with fishing expert Gage to run the year-round shop. Through a series of innocent misconceptions and a few blatant lies, Brynn doesn’t realize that the handsome single guy on the construction crew is her new partner, and he doesn’t want to set her straight until he can gain her favor. She, on the other hand, would do anything not to work with the stuffy businessman she’s only met through email.

Inspired by the movies You’ve Got Mail and The Shop around the Corner, Kayaks & Kisses is a heart-warming tale of finding love in autumn leaves, outdoor activities, and new friendships.

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Strange as it may sound, I sometimes read books without knowing or remembering what they are going to be about.  This mostly happens when I have “purchased” a book and not read it right away.  (I guess you can say that collecting books is an obsession of mine – I always have too many books in my Kindle Unlimited library.)

When I read Kayaks & Kisses, I hadn’t read the synopsis so I didn’t realize its inspiration was The Shop Around the Corner and You’ve Got Mail, two movies that I love.  The fact that it wasn’t blatantly obvious is a good thing, in my opinion, and reflects well on the author that she made the story her own instead of changing the names and location and calling it good.

How do you mistake the identity of your new business partner?  Maria Hoagland made the concept seem conceivable.  The growing attraction between Brynn and Gage when she didn’t know who he was flowed naturally and was well written.

The story was interesting, the overall tone was fairly even keeled without overly dramatic high heights and endlessly plummeting lows.  There was enough flow and detail to the story to keep my attention.  I empathized with the characters and cared about the conclusion of the book.

Keenan and Avery from another one of the books by this author, Home for the Holidays, had fairly large roles here.  According to Goodreads, I read that story in May of this year, but I don’t really recall the story (I did give it 5 stars, though.)  Not remembering the details did not leave me feeling lost in this story, so I would say this story stands by itself quite well.


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