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Blow: A Love Story

4.44  ·  Rating details ·  27 ratings  ·  23 reviews
If only life were as simple as breathing in and letting go.

Millie Hart has made a career writing happy endings. While her real life is often less than enchanting, at least she has her stories, featuring strong, vibrant women ready for any challenge and men who stand in support of their dreams. Millie makes millions of readers swoon, but despite her agent’s deep objection
Published June 18th 2019 by Tracy Ewens
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4.25 Stars

Longer review to come. For now…

Millie and Drake both brought their own unique (and sometimes abundant) issues to the table, but I loved them together. This is my first read from Tracy Ewans, but after finishing Blow: A Love Story, I plan on stalking her past releases for more goodness.

Her writing is so down to earth and evocative at the same time and I couldn’t help but get hooked. I thought it felt a little long in a few places, but for the most part, Millie and Drake were so likeable
Millie Hart is a successful romance writer, but her father has never respected her career choices or her work. After a brutal rejection at Christmas where she stood outside his bookshop looking in at him and his friends having a good time while she had her nose pressed up against the window like the little match girl, Millie decides that she will write a ‘serious’ novel, with absolutely no romance. She leaves the city and rents a cottage in Bodega Bay for four months to write seriously.

Drake Bra
Christina ☾
Jun 18, 2019 rated it really liked it
Thank you NetGalley for providing me with a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.

I didn't know what to expect when I got approved to read Blow. The cover drew me in and the description drew me in even farther. There's something about people with a dark past being inspired to overcome it. Blow is a beautiful book about two people coming together, despite their past difficulties, and learning to face their fears head on. Told in dual POV, Blow is a slow burn romance novel that will k
Jun 03, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
- Received an Advance Reader Copy in exchange for a fair review -
Fiction, reality, romance conventions and tropes intersect in “Blow: A Love Story”, by Tracy Ewens, with a heroine who is an author and a classic wounded hero.
Drake and Millie’s relationship beginning is a pleasure to read. They’re both tortured in different ways, yet the author manages to inject a humorous tone into the story.
I enjoyed following the heroine’s creative process and the tribute she pays to romance authors and reader
May 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I pepper my reading with books like this for a boost because they usually have good writing and a happily ever after. I have followed this series for a while, not that I remember all the pairings but it jumps from place to place following the families and friends of the newest pair. The background varies vastly from one story to another and it is always immersive and interesting. 

I like the author's narrative style. The clever(/cheeky) bit about this book was that the main protagonist is Millie
Sharon Tyler
Jun 13, 2019 rated it really liked it
Blow: A Love Story by Tracy Ewens Is currently scheduled for release on June 18 2019. While this book is part of a collection of love stories with connected characters, each can stand up well on its own.

Millie Hart has made a career writing happy endings. While her real life is often less than enchanting, at least she has her stories, featuring strong, vibrant women ready for any challenge and men who stand in support of their dreams. Millie makes millions of readers swoon, but despite her agen
Jamie Brydone-Jack
Jun 18, 2019 rated it really liked it
Millie is just hoping for some time away to write her first, what she calls, serious book--one that her father would respect. She is actually a best selling romance writer, and her father sees such books as trash. What she hopes will be quiet times to inspire her muse turns out to be quite loud because of her next-door neighbor’s penchant for loud music as he runs his glass-blowing business. They butt heads for a while, but as they get to know each other, their attraction grows. They both have i ...more
Meghan Lloyd
Jun 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This was such an amazing story! This book taught me so much about healing, letting go, and living life for yourself and not for others. It had such a beautiful message to share with readers, and I can't wait for you to read it too. Tracy Ewens has apparently been writing books for a while, and I feel like hitting myself for not finding her sooner. Her writing style flows nicely, her characters have a lot of depth, and she gives background without interrupting the story. It's easy to follow along ...more
Jun 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This is a wonderful story with two completely ordinary, normal people full of insecurities, issues and doubts and I loved it. It’s so good to have such normal down to earth characters, a man who is awkward is so fresh compared to most romances. Both characters struggle before they come together and it’s lovely and relatable. A wonderful romance for the realities in life and hardships people face. Highly recommended read.

Thanks to netgalley and the publisher for a free copy for an honest opinion
Jun 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
The romance writer and the glass blower, Millie and Drake. We met Drake in Tap, Sistine's brother also known as Iron Man, and I knew he'd be special. His relationship with his sisters is loving and comical. His personality is quirky, sarcastic and creative. Millie, the romance writer with something to prove, has unresolved feelings concerning her father. She's feisty, smart and fits into the small town life. Bodega Bay is gorgeous, having only been there once I can appreciate the details describ ...more
I read an ARC copy of this.

This was a good read. Millie is in town so she can write. Drake is not a big fan of tourists. Yet he is drawn to her anyways. They start spending time together. Of course in the end they are together and happy.
Patricia Baxes
Jun 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing
What an amazing read! This was my first foray into the works of Tracy Ewens, and boy am I impressed. Blow has a remarkable storyline; wonderfully developed characters; twists and turns that that keep you flipping those pages. This is a really good book and deserves to be on your TBR list. (I voluntarily reviewed an advance reader copy of this book and really enjoyed it.) ❤❤ ...more
Roxanne Smith
Jun 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This is a story rich in romance, excitement, turmoil and self-doubt. Two broken people find each other and find in one another the help to mend them both. After a traumatic parting, he reaches out to her in such a tender way you will be reaching for the Kleenex box! Best reunion scene I've read in a very long time! Well done, Tracy Ewens! Can't wait to read the next book.
Jun 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing
not to sound to hype and all but I loved loved did I say loved this book!!!! Millie Heart is used to writing romance novels with happy endings, but her life is anything but that her dad does not approve of her books so she is trying to approve of her dad so she goes off to write a more literal story. While she is in a rented cabin she meets Drake and from there the story gets so much better!!!! I would tell everyone that likes romances to read this one.
It’s 1:12 am. I just read it straight through. What an amazing story! So, so good. ❤ The detail with which this book is written is phenomenal. I felt like I knew the characters. I was very sorry to see it end. Can’t wait for the next story in the series. So. Good. ...more
A Klue
It was refreshing to see such a normal, nice guy, leading man hero, folks. Drake may have a few serious issues to deal with, but I found it sweet how he had very typical “haven’t dated in awhile so not sure what to say or do” angst. Sure, he had a touch of abrasiveness at first, which is explained, including some knucklehead doubts and insecurities, But the way he felt awkward and blushed at times around Millie, the heroine, seeking the right, cool guy things to say endeared him to me. The autho ...more
R Huiszoon
Jun 15, 2019 rated it really liked it
Tracy Ewens, ‘Blow’, a love story.

As an ARC reader I received this book for free. And promised an honest review. Here it is. English isn’t my first language. Sorry for errors.

Rating: 4 stars (of 5).

In general: Author of love stories finds lover.

Main characters:
- Mildred Hartfield (33).
With ‘Milie Hart’as a pseudonym she’s a successful author of romantic books, living in San Francisco. Suffering from a ‘writer’s block’ she rents for a few months a tourist house in Bodega Bay, a quiet coastal tow
Jun 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing
The story of Millie and Drake is one that totally pulled me in. There was just so much interesting information on Millie and how she writes her books and I completely loved that! I felt like one of my favorite authors opened the door to her writing world and let us in to see the process. What a gift that was! And then of course, Millie has her tough background, most especially the father I wanted to shake and ask where his heart was.

Drake, what is there to say about Drake? Damaged from his accid
Jun 15, 2019 rated it really liked it
Millie Hart has struggled with her ambition to be taken seriously by her father. She decides to leave the city, to work on a novel that will give her credibility. She decides to rent a cottage in Bodega Bay, only to face Drake Branch on her first day. Drake owns BP Glass Works, a glass blowing business next door to where Millie has planned to stay and write. He is facing his own issues, having lost part of his left arm after a bike accident. They start off tenuously but soon find themselves
Jun 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Drake and Millie are both living in their own safe sandboxes. It’s only when they are forced to step outside their safety net that they both inadvertently open themselves up to so much more. They both live by lists and routine, without realising how controlled their lives are. Poker playing cats and a wobbly bicycle play a part in their new journey of discovery and it’s not until they are on this journey together do they appreciate how amazing it is to finally open your eyes and your hearts to l ...more
Jun 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Millie lives in her world of romance. She is a famous romance writer. But she wants to read a real and serious book to finally please her father. So she rents a cottage in a small town. Her first day she is startled by a loud music and when she goes to let them know how annoying the noise is she meets Drake. Drake work with crystal and they made a fine work. CAn Millie and Drake help each other to heal their soul from their past damage and face a life together? A wonderful story about love, frie ...more
Kristy Halseth
Jun 19, 2019 rated it really liked it
I received this as an advanced reading copy.

I almost skipped this book because it looked more like Women's Fiction than Romance. But the description was interesting. So I signed up. I'm glad I read it. I wish I knew sooner that it was in the same world as Tap. I prefer to know when books are part of a series or take place in the same world as another series. It helps with perspective on the book.
Jun 18, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: hidden-arc
Our darkest demons always come out to play. Millie and Drake are two damaged characters that are living life in the best way they can but it doesn't mean they're truly living. It's deep, emotional and funny even when you thought the ambiance was too dark.
I voluntarily reviewed this after receiving a free copy.
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Tracy Ewens is a recovered theatre major who writes smart contemporary romance from a beautiful piece of Arizona desert.

When not working on her next book, she drinks copious amounts of tea, prefers an exit row seat, and reads well past her bedtime.

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