Excerpt from Brew: A Love Story by Tracy Ewens
“I wanted to kiss you. I’d like to do other things with you.”
Oh wow, a man of few words, but they were good words.
“But I don’t know how to do this. I’ve lived my life with one purpose for a long time and—”
“Number forty-four,” a woman with dyed red hair and a brown uniform that looked like a mash-up of a fifties diner and a UPS driver said, placing a tray between them and taking the number without another word. Boyd placed Ella’s hot dog in front of her, took his, and put the tray behind them.
“And?” Ella said after taking a sip of her Coke.
“I guess that’s it. I’ve spent thirteen years raising a son. I don’t think I’ve ever thought about having a relationship before and if I did for a second or more it was, without a doubt, squashed by diapers or not wanting to screw him up.”
“It was a kiss, Boyd.”
He bit into his hot dog; Ella did the same.
“That was not just a kiss and you’re not some hookup. I knew that. I felt it the first or second time I saw you.”
“Knew that I’d go up in flames if I kissed you and sure enough, I went ahead and did it anyway.”
“And that was a bad idea. The flames being a metaphor, of course.”
“It wasn’t a bad idea. A complicated one, no doubt. The flames are not the point.”
Oh, but they were, Ella thought. Men did not blurt out that they went up in flames after kissing a woman, at least not any of the ones Ella knew. Of course, she’d never met a man who was raising a son. She had never known a man with baby wipes.
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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.
About Tracy Ewens:
Tracy Ewens shares a beautiful piece of desert with her husband and three children in New River, Arizona. She is a recovered theater major who walks her dog Jack, drinks copious amounts of tea, and reads well past her bedtime.
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