Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Review: Believe It or Not

Believe It or Not by Tawna Fenske

Publication Date: March , 2012
Publisher: Sourcebooks Inc.
Genre: Contemporary romance
Pages: Paperback, 364pp
ISBN-13: 978-1402257186
ISBN: 140225718X

(Received for an honest review from Sourcebooks Casablanca)

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Excerpt from Believe It or Not



Numbers never lie, so Violet McGinn found safe haven in the most boring profession she could find. Until her renowned psychic mother lands in the hospital and Violet has to run her business. Now you can have your taxes filed and your aura read, in one convenient location.


Drew Watson is the jaded owner of a local hot spot next door, and doesn't need a single thing except a good crowd to dance to what he's spinning on Saturday. 


The only thing Violet and Drew seem to have in common is that neither believes in that psychic hoo-hah. Except Drew seems to play exactly the right song at exactly the right time. And the way they can't seem to resist each other just can't be a coincidence...


Tawna Fenske brings readers a quirky comtemporary romance with laugh out loud moments and some underlying tender moments that will pull at the heart strings. Fenske's pace is fast and her tone is light. She uses music and psychic abilities interchangably and her characters are real, fallable and easy to relate to. This is a romantic comedy that will have readers in stitches with tons of one-liners and a lot of to think about.

Violet McGinn is trying to live down her spiritually enlightened past. She picks the most boring job she could possibly imagine and moves half way across the country. Everything is going just the way she planned until her mother ends up in the hospital and it's up to Violet to keep her psychic business afloat. I liked Violet, she is determined to get away from her past, yet she is still willing to come back to it to help her mother. She doesn't believe in psychic abilities and thinks she can fake it. She even uses the thumping music from the bar next door to help her keep up the sham. She's resourceful to say the least. She was easy to relate to, she had her quirks and she didn't always do the right thing. I liked that the author made her less than perfect, but still very lovable.

Drew is the male lead in this book. A bar owner, who's club features exotic male dancers on the weekend. Not what you'd expect from a straight guy, but he was good at it. I loved all the musical references that the author adds into the story through Drew's club. Drew himself isn't about to get mixed up with a stuffy accountant. That's not his style. Plus the fact that she's the daughter of his loony psychic neighbor. Not a good sign! If opposites really attract these two certainly fit the pattern. I liked Drew a lot. He was a great lead and his career really added to the plot.

As many of you know, I'm not the biggest fan of contemporary romance. My educational background is in history and I tend to like books set in the past. But everyone once in awhile an updated romance with strike a cord with me. This one did. It hit my funny bone head on. There is so much humor in this one and quirky characters and just a great positive tone, that it was hard to put done. I kept wondering what in the world was going to happen next. It was quite unpredictible and I liked that. I loved the charcters. They were honest and real. Fenske does does a great job of giving the reader a very enjoyable read. And let me tell you, you've got to check out her blog. She is a riot!

I recommend this one to readers who enjoy romantic comedies. It's a thouroughly entertaining read with a mish-mash of fun charcters. I'm not sure quite what I was expecting from a book about male strippers, but I'm glad I went ahead and read it. It's not so over the top as to be considered erotic, but it does have some steamy scenes, including one that has an accident with a stripper pole. Oh My!
Believe It or Not is available NOW from your favorite bookseller.

I'm giving this one 4 out of 5 apples from my book bag!

Tawna Fenske is a third-generation Oregonian who revels in writing about the quirky little things that define her home state and its residents.

She's the author of the romantic comedy Making Waves and the popular daily blog Don't Pet Me, I'm Writing. a member of Romance Writers of America. Tawna holds a degree in English lit and makes a living pretending she knows something about marketing and corporate communications.

Tawna lives in central Oregon with a menagerie of well-loved (albeit ill behaved) pets, Believe It or Not is her second novel. 

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