☆☆➹⁀☆ 4 stars ☆➹⁀☆☆
What It’s About:
It’s all fun and games until somebody falls in love…
Jase Dvornakov has always loved women, 80’s hair band music, and things that go boom. He used to disarm bombs in the Navy, but he’s back in Denver after a mission overseas went sideways and destroyed his future, including his marriage. Now he arranges flowers in his family’s floral business because flowers don’t explode.
Cookie-baker extraordinaire, Heather Reese, has had one too many rounds of heartache, so she’s sworn off men and prefers to spend her evenings binge-watching game shows. Plus her no-men rule gives her time to focus on her dream come true—Heather’s Cookie Co.—her very own bake shop with an underground following for naughty shaped treats. She refuses to be interested in the hot-shot florist across the street. He is trouble with a capital T. Sexy trouble, but still, a hook-up with Jase is a hard nope.
Desperate to avoid his family’s incessant matchmaking, a fake breakup with the beautiful Heather is just what the florist ordered. If his family believes Heather decimated his heart, they’ll leave him alone. Heather isn’t so keen on the idea, but Jase is determined to make it worth her while. When a pretend breakup becomes the real romance neither was expecting, together they’ll have to decide if it’s finally time to light the fuse on love…
Blow Me Away is the second book in Christina Hovland’s Mile High Matched series of standalone romantic comedies.
What can I say? Ms. Hovland had me at naval bomb disposal technician turned florist. Jase is no stranger to stress, but his family’s expectations and meddling might lead him to do something crazy—like fake a broken heart to get a few weeks reprieve from their matchmaking efforts. When Jase’s 90-year babushka takes revenge on the “ex-girlfriend”, Heather gets her first introduction to the sexy florist’s crazy family. Heather and Jase are lovably flawed characters. However, their relationship and personal baggage are more like steam trunks! Their respective pasts keep getting in the way living life to the fullest, and that was an interesting twist on the usual one-sided relationship history. I appreciated Ms. Hovland’s skill at respectfully presenting a character with PTSD and throwing him into chaotic yet humorous situation.
Ms. Hovland mixes together a heap of sweet and a bit of heat to create a fantastic romance. The story is well paced, and it allows for ample primary and secondary character development. Between crazy babushka and poor Heather constantly being caught in the crosshairs, I couldn’t stop laughing while reading Blow Me Away. I enjoyed this fun installment of the Mile High Matched series, and I can’t wait to see if Heather’s “cockies” make an appearance in future books.
About the Author: Christina Hovland lives her own version of a fairy tale—an artisan chocolatier by day and romance writer by night. Born in Colorado, Christina received a degree in journalism from Colorado State University. Before opening her chocolate company, Christina’s career spanned from the television newsroom to managing an award-winning public relations firm. She’s a recovering overachiever and perfectionist with a love of cupcakes and dinner she doesn’t have to cook herself. A 2017 Golden Heart® finalist, she lives in Colorado with her first-boyfriend-turned-husband, four children, and the sweetest dog around.
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