Wednesday, December 6, 2017

A Book a Day with Tracy Ewens: Brew

Brew (A Love Story #9)
Published: September 19, 2017
Genre: Romance

If only life came with instructions.
Boyd McNaughton is working on balance. He is a father, a brewmaster, and the oldest brother of four. When he’s not running Foghorn Brewery with two of his brothers, his days are packed with carpools, teenage angst, and well-intentioned school moms determined to send him on the perfect blind date. After a simple argument ends with a visit to the emergency room, Boyd discovers the one thing he’s been neglecting—his life.

Ella Walters is working on connection. Having grown up in a less-than-affectionate family of overachievers, she moved to Petaluma for a slower pace and to escape her past. She has friends now instead of accolades, chooses chocolate croissants over super foods, and cherishes the peace that’s replaced the drama. Sure, she occasionally misses the buzz of the San Francisco General Hospital ER, but Ella is learning that navigating a fuller life can be just as exciting.

When Boyd’s son, Mason, seeks out Dr. Ella for “advice” and Boyd stumbles all over her newly healed heart, she finds herself longing for something she never knew existed. But families are messy, and they’ll both need to let go of the past if they want to find a future that’s more than by the book.

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5 Stars
Dr. Ella Walters has embraced the small town life, the everybody-knows-everybody thing has grown on her, and she's even managed to slowly let go of her past and accept her single status. Boyd McNaughton is a ruggedly handsome man, Ella can't deny that, but beyond his looks the only charming thing about him is his son, Mason. Ella is working on connections though and Mason brings out the best in her and soon even Boyd can't deny that he wants to be her friend or maybe something more. Mason helps break down Ella's walls and when she embraces hugs she embraces Boyd too. They'll both have to let go of their idea of what's best for themselves in order to see that the best is right in front of them.

"It was one of his favorite brews. Her eyes were more of an oatmeal stout, deep brown with a hint of amber, kind of like last year's Golden Polish."

"That was a good year. Great beer. Great eyes. He allowed himself one more look."

I had no idea how much I needed a sweet romance read to fall into until I opened up the pages of Brew. It's a slow burn romance of the best kind, nothing stands in the way of the characters and their love story except for themselves. Alternating between Ella and Boyd's perspectives, we get to see the characters as they battle their pasts, their heads, and their hearts as they recognize that things between them are more than just lust-driven chemistry. I loved that Brew features a small town, that I know well actually, and the drama that drives the story is wholesome and true to reality. Ella and Boyd were dealing with things like broken hearts, raising teenagers, and navigating the bumpy roads of siblings, friendship, and how much monkey bread is considered too much. Brew is all about the relationships that shape you, whether they are good or bad and it's definitely emotional as the good finally wins out. It's obvious from the very beginning that Boyd and Ella are meant to be, that everything just needed to be sorted out with a bit of help from their very own cupid, Mason, and all the citizens of Petaluma.

"every time she said his name, it was like hearing a song he thought he knew but realizing the new version was better."

Tracy Ewens is a new-to-me author, but she's made a fan out of me with Brew. I could easily find happiness as Ella with a man like Boyd and his adorable son by my side. I'll be going back and reading the entire A Love Story standalone romance series. Fans of easy romance and emotional love stories will fall head over heels for Brew, just as I did. Plus, it features beer, and if you know me or have read my blog at all, you know I love my craft beer!

About the Author

Tracy Ewens is a recovered theater major and author of the A Love Story Series.

She shares a beautiful piece of desert with her husband and three children in New River, Arizona, where she walks her dog Jack, drinks copious amounts of tea, and reads well past her bedtime.

Find Tracy on Twitter at @tracy_ewens and on Pinterest at tracy_ewens. You can also stop by to sign up for updates and news.

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