Blog Tour – It Started with A Kiss by Lisa Hobman

Having loved every book that I’ve read, by this author, it was a no-brainer to agree to be part of this blog tour.  Lisa’s writing style simply gels with my reading style, and I’m instantly transported to wherever the books are based. If you’d like to look at my previous reviews, here are a couple of links: Starting Over at Sunset Cottage and Wishing Under a Starlit Skye.

I am grateful to Rachel’s Random Resources and Boldwood Books for the digital ARC which was gifted, via NetGalley, in exchange for my honest review.  You can read my thoughts below.

Synopsis

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?

Previously Published as ‘Star Attraction’

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Review

Oh boy, this is a fabulous story that ticks a few of my favourite boxes.  I’ve recently discovered that I have a real soft spot for romantic fiction that works more on the will they make it angle than the will they ever get together angle.  I grant you, this leads to me spending the entire book expecting things to go wrong, and on that front, this is a corker!

Star and Fin are perfect lead characters.  Born in Edinburgh but raised in America, Star had never lost her love for everything Scottish and had moved back as soon as she graduated from college.  A keen photographer with an accomplished eye for composition, she supported herself by working in a coffee shop and sharing the flat above with her best friend and coffee shop owner, Alec.  Having defied his parents by failing to marry fiancée Elise, Finn finds himself both jobless and homeless as his parents try to manipulate him to follow their wishes. No longer working as a solicitor in the family practice, he explores his secret passion of singing. Two things that Star and Fin share are natural talent and zero self-confidence.

Lisa Hobman has wonderful skills when it comes to creating well developed, engaging characters.  I felt like Fin and Star were friends and I felt fully engaged in their stories.  Of course, there’s a lot more to this fabulous book than just a love story.  There’s a legal wrangle as Fin is asked to give his thoughts on a compulsory purchase scheme and huge opportunities if they can just take a risk and believe in their abilities.

There’s a wonderful supporting cast, but for me, Alec stole the show.  He was the perfect mix of protective guardian and gay best friend.  Whilst he was completely fabulous, Lisa wrote him so perfectly that he didn’t simply slot into the preconceived stereotypes of a gay man.

This is another book from Lisa that I read in a single sitting; a complete page-turner that had me yearning for a night in Edinburgh.

Author Bio

Lisa Hobman has written many brilliantly reviewed women’s fiction titles – the first of which was shortlisted by the RNA for their debut novel award. In 2012 Lisa relocated her family from Yorkshire to a village in Scotland and this beautiful backdrop now inspires her uplifting and romantic stories. Her first title for Boldwood Dreaming Under an Island Skye was published in February 2021.

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