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.
It’s not like he and Matt had been close. They’d fought like ill-tempered badgers more often than not, caught in a weird web of competition and jealousy with a dash of reluctant fondness thrown in for variety.
You came with me for my first Brazilian wax. It’s a similar level of discomfort, with the bonus of not getting stuck to the seat afterward.
I mean, we dated for more than eight years without him ever once bringing up the subject of marriage… Once a year, I’d broach the subject. I tried to play it cool, to act like I didn’t care that much, but all I had to do was say the word marriage and he’d act like I just shoved his testicles in a vise and started cranking.
You have to admit, all that name-calling kept the funeral from being too dreary.
This whole conversation was new territory for her, like visiting a foreign country populated only by women who’d loved the same man she had.
It’s like spending your whole life wearing the wrong-sized bra and not realizing it. Then when you finally get the right size, you wonder how you never noticed before how uncomfortable you were.
I snorted, barked, and laughed aloud as I read this highly amusing and bittersweet tale of betrayal, grief, guilt, and new beginnings. Only Tawna Fenske could weave such a humorous and engaging narrative into a romance involving the odd juxtapositions of grief and mourning while also maintaining a breezy and delightful storyline. I adore her humor, fun and unique style, and quirky and endearing characters. I will never forget the hilarity of Meg joining the grouping of the other exes at her departed ex-fiancé’s funeral reception, the cause of his unexpected death, or her spontaneous escapade of LARPing – what a gas!
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.”