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Kayaks and Kisses

About the book: 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: This book was so fun! I loved that it's loosely based on one of my very favorite movies, You've Got Mail. There was at least one line from the movie that I noticed and it made me smile.

Brynn is a fun character! She's a skier, loves everything about it. She's good too, almost made the Olympics before she had a career ending accident. She knows tons about skiing and wants to use that knowledge to help others learn to ski and pick out the best equipment at a small sporting goods store in Ruidoso, New Mexico. I loved the way, she went into the store planning on negotiation, but she was flexible enough to walk away knowing she had a partner that she hasn't met and hoping she can somehow work well with the "old guy who knows about fishing."

Then there's Gage. Not really an old guy, but a true fishing nut. It was really funny the way he would send these e-mails to Brynn. In the e-mails he's just brusque and leaves her feeling that he doesn't think she can make decisions well. And then he leaves her to do all of the work to outfit the inside of their store while he goes to an outdoor expo. 

I loved the scene where Brynn goes to the store to work and finds Gage, who she assumes is someone hired to help outfit the store. And she pretty much tells him what she thinks of him to his face. Not surprisingly, Gage doesn't reveal himself, leaving Brynn to believe a lie. Which leads to some hilarious situations later. So. Much. Fun!

I loved everything about this story. It's cute, a quick read, clean, and tons of sparks between Brynn and Gage.

I was sent an e-copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

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