Review of Blow Me Away


Blow Me Away

(A Mile High Matched Novel)

Christina Hovland

February 22, 2019


Blurb: 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 the Mile High Matched Series. Each book stands alone and can be read in any order. If you love friends to lovers with a dash of steam, this is the book for you!

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Many romance writers take on the trope of the “fake romance,” but this is the first time that I’ve ever read a romantic comedy involving a “fake break up” by two people who’ve never even dated. Like the twist on the fake romance trope, Blow Me Away by Christina Hovland succeeds at giving the reader the unexpected–and I liked it.

The one thing that Jase Dvornakov doesn’t count on when telling his family that’s he’s broken up with Heather Reese is that his loving and more than slightly eccentric Babushka will hit Heather’s cookie van and total it, throwing the “broken-up” couple together.

Jase, a war veteran who returned home mentally wounded to a wife who had started her life over without him, isn’t looking for anything serious, nor really any relationship at all, but he finds himself attracted to Heather and her sweet quirkiness. He begins to open himself up.

Likewise, Heather hasn’t had good luck with men. She thinks they want the “fun Heather” and not the “forever Heather.” But she begins to fall for Jase and believes that maybe he’s the one.

Meanwhile, the third main character is Babushka. She’s pushing 90, dating, matchmaking and creating havoc, in a nice way. With age comes wisdom…and manipulation, and Babushka knows how to manipulate.

Hovland has written a fast-paced, funny novel with lots of double entendres, sexy bits, and heartfelt moments moving the reader from laughs to tears. She is a “new to me” writer whose books I will be looking forward to in the future.

Blow Me Away is the perfect beach read: low on angst, high on humor and good-hearted.

I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review.


4 out of 5 butterflies

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