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If only life were as simple as a good-looking guy and a great dress.

Samantha “Sam” Cathner gave up needing Peter years ago, but now her theater needs his play. She knows how fairytales end once the house lights are up, so she steadies herself to work with the brilliant playwright who once broke her heart.

Peter Everoad is back in Pasadena, the hometown he traded for the bright lights of New York as soon as he graduated. The Pasadena Playhouse, where his oldest friend and one time lover Sam works, is in financial trouble, they need him and his new play, Looking In.

Sam is flustered to reencounter this new version of Peter—as always, witty and smart, and now handsome and successful. But he’s still the jerk who crushed her happily-ever-after. She’s not going to let him waltz in and unsettle her carefully ordered life. But she’s drawn to him and intrigued by the autobiographical undertones of Looking In—is the Pasadena debutante “Sally” supposed to be her?

Can Sam ever really trust Peter again, or will the demons that drove them apart the first time, tear them apart again?

Quotes

“Do you ever notice…how they stop the movie before you see the complications of the romance?”

Reviews

“Peter and Sam are a likable duo, and readers will be on the edges of their seats as they wait to see if the play has a happy ending.”
Kirkus Reviews

“A captivating story with great, likable characters that had me rooting for them until the very end.”
Balancing Emma

“Ewens has managed to write love scenes that are nice and spicy, but not over-the-top, which gives the story class.”
Book Club Mom

“Premiere is a beautiful story about second opportunities and the love among friends.”
Nube

“That love affair that you can’t explain in words, Tracy has written about it with her exquisite and flawless words. Her narrating style is captivating, making me swoon with the rhythm of the story.”
Aditi

Chapter One

Samantha Cathner liked understated. She appreciated it. Certainly she believed it was better to be a quiet surprise than a loud letdown.

For this reason, and many others, the Norton Simon Museum spoke to her. She arrived early to double-check everything for the fundraiser. The Norton Simon was a special venue, part of the neighborhood. The famous umber-tiled exterior walls and the beautiful grounds blended well with the rest of Pasadena. It was simple and yet able to hold its own among the most sophisticated houses of art, even stacking up to The Getty.

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What Readers are Saying…

  • “Tracy Ewens writing proved to be what I crave from my romance books. Angst and conflict coupled with a character driven plot guided by charming, unassuming characters and terrific writing.”
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    TeriLyn (Playbook)
  • “No characters have felt more real to me than these two. Sure there is the snappy dialog, wry and witty humor, but underneath it all is a love so deep and thorough that you can’t help but let your heart and emotions be touched in a way that lasts long after the story ends.”
    Becky
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  • When it comes to the story itself, I loved the author’s voice. Her way with words, especially the inner dialogue of the characters, it was a really engrossing and comfortable read. It was funny, sad, happy and angsty at times but each character shined through as his/her own person and moved the story along as just the right pacing.
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  • "Another great and witty book from Tracy Ewens, this time focussing on Patrick McNaughton and the brewery’s wonder woman Aspen. Great connection between the characters and you really get drawn in to the story."
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