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Monday, February 20, 2012

Believe it or Not by Tawna Fenske

Believe it or Not by Tawna Fenske
Publisher: Sourcebooks Casablanca
Genre: contemporary, paranormal
Length: Full Length (361 pages)
Heat Level: spicy
Rating: 3.5 stars
Reviewed by Lavender

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 ...

What do you believe in? In Tawna Fenske's quirky novel Believe it or Not, the serious, down-to-earth accountant Violet, and the unconventional bar owner Drew, come to realize the answer is not as simple as it seems.

This is a fun book with underlying humor coloring the adventures of two mismatched characters. Violet wants normal and predictable. Drew is not your average guy. Sexy? Yes. Handsome and fun? Yes. Predictable? Far from it. He has male strippers perform at his bar, for goodness’ sake. However, he does make Violet stop taking herself so seriously.

Violet resists the crazy attraction she has for Drew. Drew also resists what he feels for Violet. She’s not his type. She’s too uptight, like his ex-wife. So why can’t he stop thinking about her?

There is a light and airy feeling to this book as these two have their adventures. Violet is just trying to help her mother out while she recovers; then she intends to go back home, on the other side of the country. Of course, things are headed in the other direction, away from her plans.

This story has plenty of fun characters and enough tension and suspense to carry it through. Pay special attention to the music played at Drew’s bar. Is it a coincidence, or is there something paranormal going on? Also, Violet is confronted with a threat that could lose her and her mother everything.

Ms. Fenske's writing is clever and humorous. Her characters are complex and yet realistic. Overall, I liked Violet as the heroine. Even though she initially makes decisions that hurt those around her, making her look bad, by the end, Violet was redeemed in my eyes.

Those who like witty stories with a touch of the paranormal will probably find this book entertaining.