Now That It’s You by Tawna Fenske

Posted in Advanced Reader Copy/ Chick Lit/ Contemporary Romance/ Netgalley/ Reviews 27th June 2016
Now That It’s You by Tawna FenskeNow That It's You by Tawna Fenske
Published by Montlake Romance on September 6th 2016
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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.

This isn’t at all what I’d expected, not that it’s a bad thing.

If the blurb made the book sound like a romantic comedy, the story itself feels the farthest removed from it. Instead, I found myself getting lost in the drama of the oddest, but somehow the most fitting relationship forming in the wake (literally) of a dead ex-fiancé, who really isn’t likeable at all from what we’re told about him, between a caterer with bigger dreams than she could ever fulfil and a successful artist torn between loyalty to his brother and a deep, abiding thing he has for her.

‘Now That It’s You’ has has quirky moments and some laugh-out-loud ones, but there’s a depressing, nostalgic strain of melancholy shot through it because a lot of the book delves into unrequited feelings, hard lines and limits in relationships and how people react – not entirely rationally – when faced with unimaginable (or potential) loss. But with Meg Delaney and Kyle Midland, Tawna Fenske has written a very sympathetic pairing here that I couldn’t help but like very much: a soft-hearted female lead and a standup male lead who thankfully, don’t fly into histrionics or behave reprehensibly in any way. I did like Meg and Kyle both individually and together very much; instead of the ‘forbidden’ aspect of their relationship, I liked Fenske’s take on their existing chemistry and friendship and how they’d simply moved forward after a decade of knowing each other.

Yet if there aren’t any sharply spiked moments of angst, there is however, a load of family drama and a huge elephant in the room that the story spend trying to work out, which did sometimes try my patience. There were times I wish Meg had stood up more for herself or that Kyle had been more decisive with his own family, but those thankfully, detract from the satisfaction I felt when I finished the book.

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