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

“I came to care about these characters so much. The way Ewens developed them and allowed them to grow was just fantastic.”
– Leigh

“…a stunning, passionate ending.”
– Carlene

“…how Tracy Ewens could write about family, love and friendship is just amazing. Genuine, moving and incredibly endearing.”
– Aaly

“Such a beautiful story of love and friendship.”
– Anima

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.

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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
    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
    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
    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
    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
    Rachel (Smooth)
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Farmers Market Sunflowers. 👩‍🌾🌻⁣
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These books looked so lovely together when I unpacked that I’ve left them just as they are on my shelf. ⁣💛💙💜♥️
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I have this practice of reading books on my Kindle first and then buying the ones I love for my shelves. These are all fantastic stories. ⁣
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Fun fact: In my book CATCH, Jules reads TAKE A HINT, DANI BROWN at the suggestion of Millie and Auntie N. 

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This is one of my favorite pictures- me, Michael, and our son in Kanazawa, Japan. It was a funny night, and I was in such a great mood. ⁣
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I'm a notoriously bad picture taker. Seriously someone pulls out a phone, and I lose my mind. ⁣
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But, I am me in this picture. Happy and unfiltered me. ⁣
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Four months after this trip, I found out I had cancer.  I keep this picture in my office even though it is bittersweet. It reminds me that everything is temporary- the good and the bad. ⁣
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Ann Patchett surprises me with the gift of the extraordinarily ordinary every time I read her work. ⁣
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THE DUTCH HOUSE and these words will stay with me forever. ❤️⁣
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All book birthdays are special to me, but CATCH - A LOVE STORY survived breast cancer, moving, and a global pandemic. Well done, Jules and Tyler, you two are magic. Now, off you go. 🥰⁣
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Happy Tuesday to all #amwriting and #amreading! ⁣
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CATCH is out tomorrow. 🥰📚⁣
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We just moved into our new place (still emptying boxes), but I think Jules would approve of my new office view. ⁣
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I’m so excited to finally share Jules and Tyler’s story. I hope you love them as much as I do. 💋⁣
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Me: Cliché phrase. 🙄⁣
Also Me: Stevie elevates everything. 🙌⁣
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Michael racing Newport to Ensenada.❤️ ⁣
Why have I not written a sailor yet? 🤔⁣
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Photo by @katlynewenss, which may or may not piss off her brother @cotter_ewens. Although, I'm guessing he's pretty secure in his abilities. 😘⁣
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So many words to write this week but first…Monday flowers! 💐 
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My oldest’s new addition. The cuteness is strong in this one. 🐾😘
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Finally!  Catch - A Love Story will be everywhere in ebook and print on June 8th. Audiobook by the end of June. 

Ebook up for pre-order. Link in bio. Netgalley coming soon. Happy Reading. ❤️
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Tap is now an audiobook and available everywhere audio is sold!  Thank you to #teddyhamilton and @onenightstandstudios for bringing Cade and Sistine to life. ❤️
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Smooth is now an audiobook and available everywhere audio is sold!  Thank you to #wenross and @onenightstandstudios for bringing Patrick and Aspen to life. ❤️
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Calling all #plantlovers. Can someone tell me what this is? I thought it was a gardenia, but now that it has bloomed and isn’t fragrant, I’m stumped. 🤔
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Brew is now an audiobook and available everywhere audio is sold!  Thank you to #sebastianyork and @onenightstandstudios for bringing Boyd and Ella to life. ❤️
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The best time to wear a red sweater is all the time. ❤️ 
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This photo was on my vision board while I was writing Brew. Granted, Boyd isn’t quite that grey and Mason is older, but for me this image captured the ease of their relationship. 

I am revisiting all things Brew lately since I just finished listening to the new audiobook (thank you, #sebastianyork), which will be available everywhere in the coming weeks. 

When I know I’m going to love a book or any new release by my favorite authors, I will get the audiobook and the ebook at the same time so I don’t  have to stop the story when Jack needs a walk. 

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Attempting to make something happen today. Happy 2021 everyone. How’s it going so far? 🤪
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Goodnight sun. ☀️ 
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Fall 🍁 
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Jack! 🎃 👻 
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He is your friend, your partner, your defender, your dog. You are his life, his love, his leader. He will be yours, faithful and true, to the last beat of his heart. You owe it to him to be worthy of such devotion. ~ Anonymous ❤️
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We need the tonic of wildness... ❤️
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New view 💛
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Life is always happening and waiting for us to notice. - @msmeljolly 
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Just in case you need some Jack. ❤️
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Oh, Nature. I needed this today. Thank you. ☺️❤️
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Yeah, I might have a @blackwing problem. 
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A bit of extra cleaning, and my little library is going strong. #socialdistancing #besafeoutthere #littlelibrary #imnotalibrarianbutiplayoneonmystreet
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Noticed this awesome bit of yellow after lunch today. Why do all of my characters drive trucks or not drive at all? This Bug is practically begging for A Love Story and I’m on it. 🥰
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It feels so good to be back. #grateful  #fuckcancer #writersofinstagram #amwriting
Bodega Bay is named after Don Juan Francisco de la Bodega y Quadra even though he discovered modern day Tomales Bay instead. History is quirky that way. 
The word “bodega” means store room or wine cellar. Bodega y Quadra most likely had ancestors who worked with or owned goods and wine. Names are cool that way. 
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BookBub Alert! Blow- A Love Story will be featured on 10/17. Only $0.99 for the ebook on Amazon, Kobo, and Apple. 
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