Friday, March 9, 2012

Book Review: Believe It or Not by Tawna Fenske

SUMMARY: Do you believe in...accounting?

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.

Do you believe

Drew Watson is the jaded owner of the 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 night.

Do you believe

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 truth be told, it makes Violet's heart dance just a little ...


Sexy and sweet with just the right amount of humor and emotion mixed in, Believe It or Not is a lusty hit of a novel. With a natural and intense chemistry between them, but their heads getting in the way of their hearts and their parts plenty, Violet and Drew are a realistic and fun couple. More than just opposites in personality, with some pretty conflicting views of things yet a constant connection between them, these two will make any reader yearn to be in that new and intriguing relationship stage again.

Violet is hilarious, with her own outlook on life that has its quirks, but is far from the free spirit and even hippie take her mother has. Exasperated by some of what her mom thinks and does, but clearly loving her all the same, there is something quietly endearing about Violet that will pull readers towards her without them knowing it. Add in her take the bull by the horns way of doing things, and the straightforwardness in her words, and Violet is a firecracker of a girl.

Opposite her is Drew, a straight guy who runs a bar that just happens to have male exotic dancers a few nights a week. Fenske adds in the laughs and jokes about this plenty, using them to both build his character and the story. A charming and good guy at heart, Drew is a bit of a womanizer and someone who is, in all the ways that count, just bored in love. Pained over things in his past, and almost afraid of big attachments, Drew has a few lessons of his own to learn.

While individually these two are great characters, its the interactions and sparks between them that really drive this book. Running into each other in the most random of ways and butting heads plenty, there is plenty about these two to keep them apart. Yet they find a way to keep running into each other, crossing over into the lame reason territory that gets your heart beating. With plenty of witty banter flying between them, crazy and almost unbelievable antics, and just the right amount of emotion and rough stuff, Violet and Drew have a path all their own that is both hilarious and sexy to follow them down.

There are some wowing scenes in this one, not just those that involve kissing or rolling around on the floor, and Fenske keeps the pacing brisk and engaging throughout. With writing that is just the right amount of quirky, yet certainly in different voices than what was seen in Making Waves, this one is alluring from the start. Leaving readers feeling good, and wanting what Violet and Drew have, Believe It or Not is delightful, riotous and tempting.

Source: ARC received from publisher in exchange for an honest review 
Mass Market Paperback: 384 pages 
Publisher: Sourcebooks Casablanca
Publication Date: March 6, 2012


  1. Violet sounds awesome and like my kind of character! I haven't heard much about this before but it definitely sounds like it'd be up my alley! Great review Kari!

  2. Oh, yay, I'm glad this one is as good as her first :D Tawna is awesome and I LOVED Making Waves.