Smooth - A Love Story (Love Story)

SMOOTH                                                          TRACY EWENS

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.


In this story, Patrick McNaughton along with his brothers own and run a brewery. Looking for another investor even though his brothers and the women whom he has always wanted to be with and is the finical officer of the company. Says they really don’t need anyone else he decides to go for a meeting. When Aspen Payne realizes that Patrick will be flying by himself and he hates to fly she schedules herself to go along. Now having the one women he always works with and wants to be with alongside him would be grand. This turns out the opposite. He does tell her about his intentions but by the time they arrive at the hotel she puts the passed out Patrick to bed. Hoping against all hope that he forgot about the flight and night Aspen shoves away all romantic hopes because really those ideas don’t actually happen in life look at her mother still chasing after it man, after a man and getting nowhere. When Patrick comes to the light bulb moment she is talking to the investor, but not the way Patrick wants her too, for she is ever so kindly telling him to shove his offer up his arse. Not like that but in a nice way. Patrick is upset and this sets off another argument that continues past their return to the brewery. Now he has not only pissed her off but also his brothers because they like Aspen as well and thought he did as well. Now he must not only fix that must most importantly fix himself. He is fighting with himself and this arrogant rich person he continues to go after this investor and does not see that he is hurting himself and the business. He will not be able to be with Aspen and may lose her all together because of his short-sightedness. Will he come out of himself before it is too late? He still must convince Aspen in having something that she does not believe in. A good story with very good characters, even though at times Patrick drove me crazy. A good read. I received this book from I gave it 4 stars. Follow us at

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