An Unforgettable Slow-Burn Romance at Martha’s Vineyard

4 out of 5 stars

It Started with a Kiss by Clare Lydon, narrated by Katy Sobey, takes readers on an enchanting journey of two strangers whose lives take an unexpected turn after a scorching, once-in-a-lifetime kiss in a bar. This sapphic romance novel is a delightful slow-burn story set in a sun-drenched UK vineyard, and it’s sure to warm your heart.

One of the standout features of this book is the tantalizing “will they, won’t they” dynamic between the main characters, Gemma and Skye. The author masterfully builds the tension, making you feel the simmering attraction just below the surface. The slow burn is a testament to Lydon’s storytelling skills, and it keeps you eagerly turning the pages, wondering when the inevitable explosion of emotions will occur.

Lydon expertly crafts a narrative that keeps you guessing about the ultimate fate of the characters’ relationship. You’ll find yourself oscillating between expecting a happy ending and wondering if the obstacles in their path will prove insurmountable. It’s this uncertainty that keeps you fully engaged and emotionally invested in the story.

The vineyard setting, known as Martha’s Vineyard (not to be confused with the popular vacation spot in the US), is a real gem in the story. Lydon’s vivid descriptions and her evident knowledge of the vineyard and wine-making industries create an immersive and authentic backdrop for the blossoming romance. The “excuses” to bring the characters back to the vineyard, such as frost warnings, add a layer of realism that enhances the overall reading experience. You can almost feel the warmth of the sun and the scent of the grapes as you read.

The family dynamics in the story are intriguing. The rules and expectations imposed by Gemma because of her family and family’s history have a significant impact on her life and choices and almost set her up for failure (or at least stop her from growing). It’s a thought-provoking exploration of how family can both hold us back and shape our interactions with the world. The characters’ growth and development in response to these familial influences add depth to the story.

Overall, It Started with a Kiss is a beautifully executed slow-burn romance that will tug at your heartstrings. Clare Lydon’s skillful storytelling, the tantalizing uncertainty of the central relationship, the picturesque vineyard setting, and the exploration of family dynamics all combine to make this audiobook a delightful and memorable experience. Katy Sobey’s narration adds an extra layer of charm to an already captivating story. Whether you’re a fan of sapphic romance or just looking for a heartwarming love story, this audiobook is a must-listen.

Book Description:

Can one kiss change your life forever?

When two strangers meet in a bar and share a scorching, once-in-a-lifetime kiss, they never expect to see each other again. Until days later, when Skye walks into Gemma’s Surrey vineyard. For once, Gemma is lost for words.

When they start working together, they agree nothing can happen. Business comes first.

But such simmering sexual tension can only be contained for so long, before the lid finally blows off….

Join Gemma and Skye as they fight their growing attraction in this glorious, slow-burn romantic comedy set in a sun-drenched UK vineyard. Queen of British sapphic romance Clare Lydon does it again with this gorgeous summer story!

It Started with a Kiss by Clare Lydon
Narrator: Katy Sobey
Length: 7 hrs and 46 mins
Published by Custard Books Genres: Friends to Lovers, Hot for Boss, LesFic/Sapphic Fiction
Format: Audiobook
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Also by this author: Before You Say I Do, Hotshot

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