Monday, January 9, 2017

Kayaks & Kisses (Season of Thanks) by Maria Hoagland {Review}

Kayaks & Kisses (Season of Thanks) by Maria Hoagland
Kindle Edition, 119 pages
Published October 31st 2016 by Trifecta Books    

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.


My Review: 4 Stars

I love a little "friendly" competition and when Brynn and Gage both make an offer on an outdoor sporting store, that's what the seller demands. They have to work together for a year as partners, much to both of their dismays.

As the email correspondence begins, each comes off across as stuffy and...old...but I loved seeing them both soften as the story progresses and in unexpected ways. Brynn has had some major disappointment in her life and is determined to make the most of her talents. She's innovative, sweet, and willing to work hard. Gage is determined to prove himself with his ideas, business skills, and knowledge. As a reader, I could see that they're an obvious match, both in and out of the workplace, but they have to figure that out through some big challenges--namely, that Brynn has no idea who Gage really is. The clues are there but she's na├»ve, which is charming, in a way.

I have to admit, I would be pretty upset to discover Gage's secret if I were in Brynn's shoes, but her reaction is perfect! I especially love the way the author portrays honest feelings and reasons, which endeared me to the characters even more. This is a sweet story with a slightly nostalgic feel that left me with a smile. I love a good, clean romance, and would've been happy with a swoony kiss or two.

Content: very mild romance.

*I received a complimentary copy, which in no way affected my thoughts and opinions. All views are my own.*


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About the Author:

Maria HoaglandWhen Maria Hoagland is not working at her computer, she can be found walking barefoot in soft grass, remodeling houses with her husband, or enjoying campfires with their three children. She loves crunching leaves in the fall, stealing cookie dough from the mixing bowl, and listening to musicals on her iPod. Maria earned her degree at Brigham Young University.

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