Friday, April 20, 2018

Flashback Friday: Blowing It and Balls Up by Kate Aaron #Review #Giveaway

Author: Kate Aaron
Title: Blowing It
Series: Blowing It #1
Publication Date: February 22, 2018
Length: 317 pages

Reviewed by Meredith


Being famous sucks.

All Owen Barnes wanted to do was write, but with success comes more than just literary award nominations. His new relationship with gruff, gentle Magnus Cassidy is at risk, and Owen isn’t going back into the closet without a fight.

When a photo circulating online threatens his squeaky-clean image, Owen seizes his opportunity to lash out, not realising he’s hurting the man he’s doing it all for.

Can Owen find a way to reconcile his public and private lives, or has he already blown it? 

Contents: passive tops and slutty bottoms, bitchy best friends, bad jokes, sexy underwear, an excess of beards, and a smattering of angst. May contain nuts. 


I am going to do something a little different this Flashback Friday. While, Blowing It is the spotlighted book I am also going to encourage book 2 of this series in this review as well. It follows Owen and Magnus AFTER Blowing It in an explosive and emotional journey that left me with so many feels. I see these more as one whole book split in two. For Blowing It here's that review:

I am a huge fan of Kate Aaron and of course when I heard about this book I HAD to get in on it! I had the great honor of pre-reading this story and was blown away. It's hugely entertaining, wildly fun, and wickedly hot! What more can you ask for in a book? Kate's versatility as a writer makes all her books feel like a reward for the reader. Owen and Magnus are such fabulous characters on their own, when Kate brings them together it's just perfection. This is, without a doubt, one of the most enjoyable books I've read so far in 2015! You want to grab it!

Balls Up Book 2 in this series
Book Info and Review:

Owen Barnes’s life is finally going the way he wants. He’s making a living as an author, and his relationship with building surveyor Magnus Cassidy is going from strength to strength.

When Owen finds a lump, he buries his head in the sand. He’s too busy for doctor appointments and besides, it’s probably nothing. He pushes concern away and is soon swept up in a whirlwind of distractions. His best friend’s husband is falling apart and Owen needs to be strong for them, not burdening them with his fears.

He says he’ll deal with it when the new book is released, when Ryan and Sameer are more stable, when he’s done writing. Owen has a hundred excuses to hide one simple fact: he’s scared.

Eventually Magnus drags him to the doctor, and the news isn’t good. Can Owen cope with the unexpected turn events have taken, or is his perfect life about to go balls up?

CONTENT WARNING: Cancer, hospitals, chemotherapy, backless gowns, hideous scrotal supports, and the complete loss of human dignity from being shaved by a nurse named Alan.


It's not that often I finish a book, sit back and try to relive the experience all over again. I don't even know where to begin with this book to be honest. I'm good with expressing my feelings but this book left me speechless, breathless. It left me grateful. It woke me up. We are not invincible. We are not unstoppable. We are human and we are guilty of thinking, "This can never happen to me."

In Blowing It (book 1) Kate Aaron introduced us to these very same characters. Relationships were born, bonds formed, and the readers fell in love with this amazing ensemble.

Balls Up, brings us back to them and things aren't okay. It's the realism that Kate captures so well in this story. No doubt she did stellar research and that is so very important for this subject matter. It's the emotion of each moment, each trial, each flicker of change that Kate has mastered.

We read books often to escape the every day. Sometimes we need to be reminded why our lives are so valuable to begin with. Balls Up takes those characters you love, the ones you swear would be your family if they were real and tears them from the pages of fiction. They could be your brothers, sisters, mothers, fathers, cousins, friends, lovers. As quick as a kiss, life can change.

Start with Blowing It, if you haven't already, then grab this book because it's books like this we need more of!

END NOTE: Purchase these together and read back to back. The impact is outstanding. We often want to know what happens to couples after the book closes. In Blowing It they meet and in Balls Up they live.

Purchase Balls Up Here


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  1. My often reread books are a couple of Josh Lanyon’s (The Dickens with Love, I Spy series, Holmes/Moriarity and Adrien English series) and Suzanne Brockmann’s When Tony Met Adam.

  2. I reread A Matter of Time series by Mary Calmes!

  3. Thanks for the double flash. Tbh, I don't reread. Too little time, too many other good books out there to discover.

  4. I like The Marshalls by Mary Calmes.