Book Review – Now That It’s You by Tawna Fenske

Book Review – Now That It’s You by Tawna Fenske
Book Review – Now That It’s You by Tawna FenskeNow That It's You by Tawna Fenske
Published by Montlake Romance
Publication date: September 6, 2016
Genres: Romantic Comedy
Pages: 313
Format: eARC
Source: Publisher
2 Stars

Talented chef Meg Delaney hasn’t spoken to her cheating ex-fiancé, Matt Midland, for two years. Ditching him at the altar after blurting out “I can’t” instead of “I do” would sour any relationship. But now, just as Meg is finally ready to bury the hatchet, she learns closure is permanently off the menu. And the kicker? Matt’s brother, Kyle, is back in her life, stirring up feelings that are equal parts guilt and lust.

Meg was the best thing that never happened to Kyle. He couldn’t make a move on his brother’s girlfriend—even if Matt didn’t value her nearly enough. The situation is even more complicated now that Meg’s bestselling aphrodisiac cookbook has spawned a legal battle with the Midlands. Maybe he should stay away. But love, like family, plays by its own rules. And the one woman he shouldn’t want might be the only one who’s perfect for him.


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One of the things that attracted me to NOW THAT IT’S YOU was the storyline: a guy falling in love with his brother’s ex-fiancĂ©e. I was in the mood for something fun, so I decided to give this a go. This book had a few fun moments, but I really didn’t care for the story after the lawsuit plotline was introduced.

The writing was okay. There were a couple moments in the beginning that seemed a little too convenient (i.e.Kyle finding Meg’s balloons, Kyle finding Meg near the lake). I appreciated the time the author took to build the romantic relationship. But the ending and resolution felt really rushed to me. This book is billed as a romantic comedy, but I didn’t really find it that funny. Maybe a better description of it is a lighthearted romance that deals with family issues.

The parts that I did enjoy were the sweet romantic moments between Kyle and Meg. Kyle was endearing at times and maddening at times. He was so attentive and attuned to Meg, which made me really root for him. But my feelings for him diminished after what he did in the end. It was sort of a jerk move. I really liked Meg. She’s had to work for everything she has, but I really wanted her to stick up for herself, especially to Sylvia (Kyle and Matt’s mom).

With comedies, sometimes certain characters’ character traits are exaggerated for comedic value. Normally, this doesn’t bother me if it’s done with a good amount of nuance and is necessary. Sylvia was the villain in this story and her actions were so overly cruel to the point that she didn’t seem real. She had the absolute inability to see a situation from other sides. It didn’t seem believable to me that she would channel her grief in the way that she did.

It was nearly impossible for me to completely empathize with Matt, and therefore, I couldn’t excuse the actions his family took after his death. Had I been able to fully feel the sadness the author wanted to convey, I think I would have enjoyed the book a little bit more. My lack of empathy only heightened the need for Meg to stick up for herself, which didn’t really happen. Meg is left with a moral quandary: fight for her own interests or do right by Matt and his family.

This book has its sweet and sexy moments, served up in a fun way with a LARPing scene and a super awkward wake. If it interests you, give it a go. You may enjoy it more than I did.

* I received an advance copy from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

Teaser: Now That It's You by Tawna Fenske

2 Stars
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Audiobook Review – Watching Edie by Camilla Way

Audiobook Review – Watching Edie by Camilla Way
Audiobook Review – Watching Edie by Camilla WayWatching Edie by Camilla Way
Published by NAL
Publication date: August 2, 2016
Genres: Suspense, Thriller
Narrator: Fiona Hardingham, Heather Wilds
Length: 9 hours and 6 minutes
Pages: 304
Format: Audiobook, eARC
Source: Publisher
4 Stars

Beautiful, creative, a little wild… Edie was the kind of girl who immediately caused a stir when she walked into your life. And she had dreams back then—but it didn’t take long for her to learn that things don’t always turn out the way you want them to.

Now, at thirty-three, Edie is working as a waitress, pregnant and alone. And when she becomes overwhelmed by the needs of her new baby and sinks into a bleak despair, she thinks that there’s no one to turn to…

But someone’s been watching Edie, waiting for the chance to prove once again what a perfect friend she can be. It’s no coincidence that Heather shows up on Edie’s doorstep, just when Edie needs her the most. So much has passed between them—so much envy, longing, and betrayal. And Edie’s about to learn a new lesson: those who have hurt us deeply—or who we have hurt—never let us go, not entirely…

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Camilla Way’s haunting thriller about two former best friends who meet up years later is full of twists and turns. You think you know what happened until you realize you really don’t. I enjoyed reading (listening to) this book and would recommend it for those who love gripping thrillers.

“Heather, what do you want?”
But instead of answering she reaches over and taking me by surprise, gently pulls a strand of my hair between her fingers. “Still so pretty, Edie,” she says dreamily. “You haven’t changed a bit.” And I can’t help it: I inch so obviously that I have to get to my feet, cluttering the tea things together in the sink, her eyes boring into my back.

Edie and Heather, were best friends growing up in Fremton until one night when everything changed. They haven’t spoken since that night. Now many years later, Heather shows up at Edie’s doorstep at the exact moment when Edie needs someone. Heather has just given birth and has no one to help her. Heather’s reappearance after so long is jarring and frightening, chilling Heather to the bone. Edie doesn’t want her there anymore, forcing her to leave. But she can still feel Heather’s eyes on her.

“I try to imagine what somebody who’d never met her before would think of her, what sort of person they’d see. A plain, heavyset woman, entirely ordinary; the kind you’d see anywhere, on any day. And yet there is something—has always been something—off-kilter about Heather, something you only really notice after you’ve known her for a while. An indefinable thing missing somehow. It’s there, in the too-eager smile that never falters, in that fixed hazel stare. The way she is so large and clumsy yet can creep up behind you so silently that you don’t realize she’s there until you turn and find her right behind you, just inches away.”

The story is told in alternating prospectives, with Heather narrating the “before” and Edie narrating the “after”—the dividing line being an incident that you won’t learn until in the latter part of the book that forever changes everyone involved. The author skillfully leads readers down a winding road that left me changing my theories and shifting my thoughts on every character throughout the novel.

“You were my friend. Tell them what you did.”

Way sets a chilling and haunting tone from the very beginning, with an ever-present feeling that something isn’t quite right. With Heather coming back into Edie’s life, Way conveyed Edie’s panic and unease wonderfully to the reader.

“But what am I going to do? Oh, Heather, what am I going to do? How could he do this to me?” She bursts into tears again and says, “I can’t go home. I don’t want to be on my own. I don’t know what I’m going to do.” She looks up at me so helplessly that my heart fills with love and happiness.
“You can come home with me,” I say. “I’ll look after you. Don’t worry. I’ll always look after you.”

What I enjoyed the most—and what left me so unsettled—was the dichotomy between the past and the present versions of both women. On one hand, Heather can be seen as a bit disturbed and unwell. But, we learn that she’s been emotionally neglected by her parents and plagued by guilt. There is an emotional vulnerability to her that was there throughout the past and present storylines. The same can be said of Edie. In the past, we see a side of Edie that isn’t always pretty, with her own set of problems at home. Meanwhile, in the present, Edie is in a better place after distancing herself from her past, and trying to build a life for herself. She comes across as a resilient woman who has risen from the ashes.

Audiobook comments:

Fiona and Heather’s narration of Edie and Heather, respectively, was really fantastic! Both narrators brought these characters to live, bringing out the intricacies and vulnerabilities of each character. Heather Wild’s accent was a little bit of an adjustment, mostly due to the cadence of her accent. (This is not at all a criticism.) The emphases she put on syllables on certain words is different from what my American English ears are used to.

I’m going to look for both of these narrators for future audiobooks because I really enjoyed their performances! Fiona and Heather’s narration pulled me into an already-gripping story and their take on the characters intensified the suspense.

Edie: Fiona Hardingham
Heather: Heather Wilds

* I received an audiobook from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

 

 

Teaser: Watching Edie by Camilla Way

4 Stars
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