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.

Quotes

“She didn’t want the sexy comment or even the little scar on his neck. Details like that led to feelings, closely followed by loss of control. Unlike many women, and roller coaster riders for that matter, Aspen never wanted the thrill of the drop.” “His back was to her, he was still facing her books, and he knew it was dangerous to turn around. There was something about the way the air changed when she walked in that told him he wasn’t ready for Aspen in a cocktail dress. She dressed up for work all the time. He’d survived the casual leather. Cocktail was probably a more lipsticked-up version of work, he told himself.” “She reminded herself that men were accessories. Distracting and lovely sometimes, but rarely necessary.”

Reviews

“Smooth definitely goes to the top of the list in stealing my heart and leaving a warmth long after the last page.” – Becky “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.” – Rachel “It had all of my favorite combinations in a book- a HEA ending, old love, slow burn, and friends to lovers.” – Brittany “…how Tracy Ewens could write about family, love and friendship is just amazing. Genuine, moving and incredibly endearing.” – Aaly “Dialogue is witty and amusing, as is a sub-plot.” – Ellesea

Chapter One

Patrick McNaughton was sweating. Under the circumstances, he expected nothing less. What started as warmth at the back of his neck had made its way across his chest and down to his palms. The metallic taste on his tongue was another part of the panic spiral that ensued anytime he got near an airplane. If the paralyzing uncertainty of putting his life in the hands of a random pilot wasn’t enough, the idea of one missing bolt sending him whirling toward the earth from 30,000 feet finished his hot-then-cold terror. Whenever possible, Patrick opted to drive or take a train, but he’d been in promotion and marketing his entire adult life. Flying was part of the job, so he traveled alone. That way he could whimper in private or drink until he passed out without anyone realizing his weakness. His strangling fear. It wasn’t exactly a fear, he’d rationalized a few years back. It was a condition, something to do with his equilibrium, or maybe it was his brain. Read More

What Readers are Saying…

  • "It’s light without being fluffy, the romance realistic, the friendships meaningful, and the characters easy to connect with. I always recommend Tracy Ewens’ novels, but this one might be my personal favorite."
    Carlene (Tap)
  • “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.”
    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 (Exposure)
  • 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.
    Wishful Miss (Brew)
  • "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."
    Rachel (Smooth)