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Blow: A Love Story

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4.17  ·  Rating details ·  128 ratings  ·  67 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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Jenny (Reading Envy)
Aug 05, 2019 rated it really liked it
A sweet romance novel set in a tourist town that is very aware of its romance tropes (because the protagonist is a romance writer.) Millie is there to write Serious Literature instead of romance, but the locals and garden gnomes are not cooperating. .
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
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Millie Hart writes romance, the happy endings that readers want for themselves, but she knows she can do more. In one last attempt to impress her scholarly father Millie sets out to write the complete opposite of romance, but first she'll need to get somewhere secluded, somewhere moody, somewhere not filled with a lawn of gnomes. Unfortunately, a lawn of gnomes and a cheery cottage is what she's got, so she's going to make the most of it, at least u
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
Aug 18, 2019 rated it did not like it
This book was complete dreck. I know it was a romance, but it was so poorly written and so boring I dreaded reading it. I felt I had to finish it because I bought it thinking that a love story between a glass blower and a writer sounded interesting. The author manages to make these vocations so utterly banal and monotonous. I recommend you steer clear.
Sep 27, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: chick-lit, 2019, arc
It was fine (but worst title).
ultraviolet ♡
”Her stories were not about sadness or the everyday cruel things people did to one another. Instead, they were the pure delight that emerged from the bits of love Millie remembered and still clung to with all her might.”

Blow: A Love Story is bursting with so much warmth that it will just naturally rub off on you. This is the first glimpse of the sun after days of storm and thunder. A perfect dream to be lost in to escape the ugly nightmares and I definitely basked in the happiness that this
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
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
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 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 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley, 2019
Thank you to Netgalley for the complimentary copy in exchange for an honest review.

This story was adorable! I loved Millie and her passion for writing and telling a good story. She was so well rounded and had some trauma in her past and chose to look on the brightside and write romance books and I admire that courage and mentality.

I also loved Drake complete with all his issues as well as his extended family and coworkers at the glass blowing workshop. All the characters were so well fleshed out
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
thewoollygeek (tea, cake, crochet & books)
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
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.) ❤️❤️
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. ...more
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.
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.
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
Jul 26, 2019 rated it it was ok
2.2/3 stars as far as romance goes
Thanks to Netgalley for the ARC! I’m not a big romance reader, but this title sounded pretty good, so I figure I would give it a go. I will try to be neutral in terms of the genera as it is not one I read much in.

As far as romances go, the story was rather predictable. I feel like there’s an outline writers follow: dislike to interest to love to some kind of complication to happily ever after. This title was interesting bc it was a character who is a romance aut
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
Jul 27, 2019 rated it really liked it
Thanks to Netgalley for providing me with a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review :)
This was my first Tracy Ewens book and it will definitely not be my last, I absolutely loved this love story!
Reading a romance book from the perspective of a romance author was refreshing and thoroughly enjoyable.
This book follows Millie a popcorn loving romance writer, who is struggling to gain the respect of her romance book disapproving father and Drake who is trying to get his life back on trac
Sep 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing
It has taken me a while to realize that I rate romance novels on a completely different scale than everything else. They are so easy to rate with 4-5 stars because they almost always leave me with this feeling of instant happy and fluffiness that I don't get from other genres. 

"Blow: A Love Story" easily fits the "instant happy" category! The main character, Millie, is a successful romance writer set on writing a "more serious" novel. She intends to have a 4-month writer's retreat for herself in
Jul 18, 2019 rated it really liked it
3.75 stars

Big thanks to Netgalley for the opportunity to read and review this title.

Just get a look at this cover! That’s it friends, zoom in and take a nice long gander. She’s a beaut, isn’t she? The heathered tones, the curly red locks, the title... it all beckoned me in from my very first glance. What can I say? I’m a sucker for irresistible cover art!

The synopsis sounded like an absolutely perfect summer read. A coastal town, a feisty author protagonist, a gorgeous yet flawed next door neigh
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
Nicole | Sorry, I'm Booked
Aug 22, 2019 rated it really liked it
Originally posted on my blog Sorry, I'm Booked

I have a soft spot for small town romances, so I knew I was going to enjoy this story. I loved Millie’s personality; Ewens wrote her really well. Millie is a person in love with the world and the people around her. Her endless curiosity and rambling made her fun to read.

Drake was also written well. A man from a small town that likes to make fun of tourists when they roll in; a man full of creativity and endless love for his family and friends. His st
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Tracy Ewens is a recovered theatre major who writes contemporary romance. 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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