Now That it's You by Tawna Fenske
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.
I'm sorry, but this contains spoilers, which I usually try not do!
Now That It's You simply didn't do it for me. The start was good - going to visit an ex-fiance in hospital only to be told he's dead when the MC gets there - but for me it went downhill after that.
I struggled with the never-ending description of meeting a couple of role-players in the park, which when on for several pages, adding nothing to the plot and very little of any interest or importance to the main characters. in fact, if I hadn't been reviewing this for NetGalley, I probably would have given up at this point.
Whether this coloured the rest of the story for me, I can;t say. All I know is that I struggled to like it. the fact that Meg took it upon herself to pay for the aborted wedding (where was Matt's responsibility in all this?) and that his family seemed happy to let her do so, after what he confessed to the night before their wedding, dumbfounded me. The fact that they went after Meg with a vengeance when he died really, really annoyed me.
That Kyle, the new love interest and brother of the deceased, betrayed her and she accepted it, annoyed me even further, and made me wonder at Meg's mental health in finally choosing to be with him.
I enjoy a flawed character as much as the next reader, but I failed to connect with any of the characters in this novel.
I received this novel from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
About the Author
Tawna Fenske is a USA Today bestselling romantic comedy author who writes humorous fiction, risqué romance, and heartwarming love stories with a quirky twist. She traveled a career path that took her from newspaper reporter to English teacher in Venezuela to marketing geek to PR manager for her city's tourism bureau. An avid globetrotter and social media fiend, Tawna is the author of the popular blog, Don't Pet Me, I'm Writing, and a member of Romance Writers of America. She lives with her husband in Bend, Oregon, where she'll invent any excuse to hike, bike, snowshoe, standup paddle, or sip wine on her back deck. Tawna has published several romantic comedies with Sourcebooks, including Making Waves, which was nominated for contemporary romance of the year by RT Book Reviews. She also writes interactive fiction capers for Coliloquy; steamy, heartwarming series books for Entangled Publishing; and tender, funny romances for Montlake Publishing. Tawna's quirky brand of comedy and romance has won praises from Kirkus Reviews, which noted, "Up-and-coming romance author Fenske sets up impeccable internal and external conflict and sizzling sexual tension for a poignant love story between two engaging characters, then infuses it with witty dialogue and lively humor. An appealing blend of lighthearted fun and emotional tenderness."