Review: Blow Me Away by Christina Hovland

Posted February 22, 2019 by Sophia Rose in Reviews / 6 Comments

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I received this book for free from Author in exchange for an honest review.
This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Review: Blow Me Away by Christina Hovland
Blow Me Away

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Series: Mile High Matched #2
Genres: Contemporary Romance, Romantic Comedy
Published by Indie/Self Published
Released on February 22, 2019
Pages: 237
Format: eARC
Source: Author
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The Delight

The first book in this delicious romantic comedy series absolutely sparkled in an opposites attract so I was totally on board with another pairing from the circle of friends in a sizzling friends to lovers that had me guffawing at the over the top antics of Jase’s family and the snappy dialogue between Jase and  Heather.

Review

Blow Me Away is book two in the Mile High Matched series that shifts the focus to a new pair from a fun circle of friends in a Colorado town.  It can definitely be read standalone or out of order, but the references back to Brek and Velma’s romance makes it best when read in order.

In this latest installment, Jase, a divorced, former Navy demo expert now florist whose business is opposite Heather’s cookie bakery has the poor woman who swore off men struggling to remember why.  Her bruised heart reminds her and Jase seems too much fun and temptation to be serious.  But then Jase makes up a break up with Heather to get his close-knit, interfering family off his back.  He’s hoping for three or four week’s reprieve from the matchmaking efforts when his Babushka drives right into the middle of affairs and decides that she likes Heather and she’s going to do what is necessary to get this pair back together.  Jase finds himself oddly on board with this and Heather goes into this zany plan tentatively.
But with cockies, strip clubs, a senior ‘senior’ prom, crazy relations, and a circle of friends, what could possibly go wrong?

I adore this author’s fun blend of sugar and spice.  The romance and comedy are balanced well and there is plenty of depth in the character’s backgrounds leave room for growth.  Jase has a crazy Russian family that made the meet the parents moment laugh out loud funny especially when Jase’s grandmother rats out Heather as the gal who drove her to a strip club and helped her move in with a man to Jase’s overprotective and volatile parents and siblings.  Jase tries to protect Heather from them all, but naturally, she thinks he has to be exaggerating and just wants to hide her because he’s not as into the relationship- she learns quick how wrong she was.

The story moves along quickly, but is not under developed.  I liked seeing them both face their past issues with the help of friends and it was fun seeing a bit of their separate businesses of him working art with his flowers while dancing shirtless to 80’s music and she in her bake shop decorating cocky cookies for bachelorette parties.  I was glad to get caught up a little with the first couple and spend time with the circle of friends.  But, mostly, I was smiling and having a good time as Jase and Heather realize they are just right for each other from flirty banter to companionship and more.

All in all, this second installment was as good a hit as the first book and I look forward to who’s up next- maybe our sexy chef?  This is a heartwarming and hilarious rom-com that I can easily recommend to others.

My thanks to the author for the opportunity to read this book in exchange for an honest review.

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I was born and raised near Sacramento, CA. I have read since I was four years old and developed tastes that run the gamut of literature. I went away to college and have a degree in education, a certificate in family history research, and a certificate in social work. I worked for a non-profit agency with low income families for 20 years which included being responsible for the children’s library and promoting/teaching adult literacy. I have lived in Southeast Michigan for the last 18 years and I am currently a book addicted homemaker with a cat and husband who keep me grounded. Recently, I made it a challenge to review each book that I have read as a favor to author friends who said reviews are important. I have done reviews for Good Reads, Amazon, eBay, and Smashwords, but mostly at Goodreads and Amazon.

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I could see myself liking this one. It sounds pretty good.

Sophia Rose
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It was pretty hilarious at times and a fun romance.

herding cats
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The tag line made me laugh. I’d not seen this one but oh it sounds fun! Thanks for the heads up on it.

Sophia Rose
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That whole book is hilarious with his family’s antics and the way he made up a romantic break-up with her to get his match-making relatives off his back.
Ha! The funny part is that the heroine keeps getting into bad situations and his mom thinks she’s a terrible influence on her son. 🙂

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Sue G.

Great review! This looks fun and I just adore this cover!

Sophia Rose
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They are a good time, Sue. Hope you get the chance. 🙂