Book Review (& author giveaway): Smooth (part of the Love Story Collection) by Tracy Ewens

Today we're spotlighting ten contemporary romance novels from Tracy Ewens! Each Love Story is a standalone, though there are some shared characters throughout the books. Smooth is the latest in the collection and comes out January 23rd!

Check out these love stories:
Premiere - A Love Story
Candidate - A Love Story
Taste - A Love Story
Reserved - A Love Story
Stirred - A Love Story
Vacancy - A Love Story
Playbook - A Love Story
Exposure - A Love Story
Brew - A Love Story

Smooth - A Love Story
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About Smooth: 

If only life came with a guarantee.   Patrick McNaughton wants more. More people drinking Foghorn’s beer, more money to push their brewery past the competition, and more cooperation from his brothers, who have no sense of urgency. He’s all about conquering one challenge on his way to the next, so long as there’s a remote chance of winning. That’s why Aspen Pane sits in the office down the hall, oblivious to his attraction. Patrick has always wanted more with her, but he never was one to risk it all.  

Aspen Pane has more than enough. As business manager for Foghorn, she keeps the brewery in the black and lives up to the nickname the McNaughton brothers gave her—Wonder Woman. She’s worked hard her whole life for the money she now has in the bank, the small house she calls home, and time with her friends. So, even though it seems everyone close to her, including her brother, is inconveniently falling in love, Aspen sticks with her to-do list. Because love risks everything and she doesn’t do that for anyone.   

After an unexpected flight and an eccentric venture capitalist thrust them into a battle of wits and lies even they’re not sure they can win, Patrick and Aspen must learn the difference between making a connection and making money. They may need to face their fears and risk it all in the name of finding a new work-love balance. 

My Thoughts:

Business Manager Aspen Pane leads a measured life. Her work life is run by schedules, lists and carefully watching over the growth and success of the brewery she works for. Her love life is non-existent. A lifetime of watching her mother search for Mr. Right and the entire family suffering when things don’t work out, Aspen makes sure her life is measured and planned. There are no detours for love because this means losing control and losing yourself.

Brewery co-owner Patrick McNaugton is also driven to succeed. His achievements triumph over an adolescence when his nerdy, gawky self was the cause of much personal angst and self-doubt. He is now a determined and ambitious man focused on growing the brewery and making money.

When Aspen and Patrick get together, things…well, they don’t explode, detonate or anything else that denotes excitement. These two are just too pragmatic for such theatrics.

Actually, they are capable of the theatrics but it goes so against the grain that we don’t see the drama until the push comes to shove stage of the book. What we get in the lead-up to the action is a charming and funny slow burn romance between Aspen and Patrick.

Aspen is wary of personal relationships in general. Patrick has had feelings for Aspen since high school but has never chosen to voice or act them. His attempts to woo and romance Aspen are equally sweet, sincere and awkward. Most times, he gets it right, and Aspen slowly begins to lower her emotional walls.

There’s a wonderful cast of supporting characters who support and tease Aspen and Patrick as only family and close friends can.

I found the slower pace of the book worked well. The writing is descriptive and I felt I had a complete picture of the setting, characters and place within the book. I want to know more about Aspen and Patrick but only because I want their story to continue and not because I felt there was something lacking in the story.

I hope these books are some day turned into audiobooks. I think they’d offer a wonderful listening experience.

This is my first Tracy Ewens book and I definitely plan to read others in the series.

About Tracy Ewens:

Tracy Ewens shares a beautiful piece of desert with her husband and three children in New River, Arizona. She is a recovered theater major who walks her dog Jack, drinks copious amounts of tea, and reads well past her bedtime. Twitter | Pinterest | Instagram | BookBub | Amazon | Goodreads | Website 

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