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The Way She Reads

My thoughts on everything I read; good, bad and indifferent.

Fun with a serious message

Blowing It - Kate Aaron

“...that’s what love is. It’s giving someone the power to hurt you and believing they won’t.”


There’s something magical about Kate Aaron’s writing. When I read the Free Men trilogy a few months ago I fell in love with Kate’s words, her characters and her descriptions of the world they live in. Since Free Men is a fantasy while Blowing it is a contemporary romance, there are an endless amount of differences between the stories. There are powerful similarities as well though. Both books contain characters so clearly drawn you can see and hear them. The descriptions in both books are so well worded the surroundings are easy to picture. And both stories draw you in from the first paragraph and refuse to let you go again until you’ve read the last word.


I love that Kate Aaron isn’t afraid to write flawed characters. It is because neither Owen nor Magnus is perfect they work so well. They were real and beautiful, smart and silly, stubborn and forgiving, understanding and unreasonable and totally recognisable because of it.


Although this story does contain its share of angst, this is for the most part a light-hearted, sweet and at times very funny story, yet it deals with a serious subject. How sad is it that we live in a world where people are made to hide who they are because being true to themselves might mean the end of their career. And that is NOT a fictional problem and it is not only a reality for people in the public eye. Only the other day a lesbian teacher entered a competition to win a dream wedding here in Ireland and felt the need to pixilate her image on her video entry.


Kate Aaron spins a web with her words and getting caught in it is a pure pleasure.

I leave you with the following quote, just because I love it.


“People think writing is a wishy-washy sort of occupation, not realising manuscripts have to be bullied into shape, whole chapters cut or rewritten, characters’ motivations tweaked or twisted or, in some cases, completely slashed and burned.”