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Blow Me Away


Loved it! 😍

Mix together, a studly florist, a cockie-cookie baker, and an eccentric grandmother. Result? A funny, sexy, very readable romantic romp.

Many romance writers take on the trope of the "fake romance," but this is the first time that I've ever read a romantic comedy involving a "fake break up" by two people who've never even dated. Like the twist on the fake romance trope, Blow Me Away by Christina Hovland succeeds at giving the reader the unexpected--and I liked it.

The one thing that Jase Dvornakov doesn't count on when telling his family that's he's broken up with Heather Reese is that his loving and more than slightly eccentric Babushka will hit Heather's cookie van and total it, throwing the "broken-up" couple together.

Jase, a war veteran who returned home mentally wounded to a wife who had started her life over without him, isn't looking for anything serious, nor really any relationship at all, but he finds himself attracted to Heather and her sweet quirkiness. He begins to open himself up.

Likewise, Heather hasn't had good luck with men. She thinks they want the "fun Heather" and not the "forever Heather." But she begins to fall for Jase and believes that maybe he's the one.

Meanwhile, the third main character is Babushka. She's pushing 90, dating, matchmaking and creating havoc, in a nice way. With age comes wisdom...and manipulation, and Babushka knows how to manipulate.

Hovland has written a fast-paced, funny novel with lots of double entendres, sexy bits, and heartfelt moments moving the reader from laughs to tears. She is a "new to me" writer whose books I will be looking forward to in the future.

Blow Me Away is the perfect beach read: low on angst, high on humor and good-hearted.

I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review.

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Blow Me Away: The Beginning

About the author

Christina Hovland lives her own version of a fairy tale—an artisan chocolatier by day and romance writer by night. A 2017 Golden Heart® finalist, she lives in Colorado with her first-boyfriend-turned-husband, four children, and the sweetest dog around. view profile

Published on February 22, 2019

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70000 words

Contains mild explicit content ⚠️

Worked with a Reedsy professional 🏆

Genre: Romantic Comedy

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