Review: At The Heart Of It by Tawna Fenske

At the Heart of It

I’ll start by saying that the cute cover in this book was the first thing that caught my attention. Then, I checked the description and thought this would be a fun read.

At The Heart Of It by Tawna Fenske is a contemporary romance centered around a new reality TV show. It is a cute read, though a little boring at times. I think producing TV shows and working on set must be super exciting, but the excitement doesn’t exactly translate to the page–at least it didn’t here. Some of the dialogue gets into the technicalities of producing a show (including actual terminology), which I thought slowed down the story and took my attention away from the romance and conflict between Jonah and Kate.

I didn’t care much for Kate, and Viv (Jonah’s ex-wife) was flat out unlikeable. You have a divorced couple giving advice to doomed married couples on how to save their relationship. All right, I thought that was a nice spin to this. But then, you have Viv, who’s the famous “Dr” and who seems nice enough, but as you learn more about her you find she’s actually selfish with a capital S. I didn’t understand Kate’s fixation on Viv. She adores to the point she’s pretty much memorized every word Viv has ever written and quotes her throughout the book. I thought that was a little out there and painted Kate as insecure, especially when Kate uses quotes from Viv’s book while she’s in bed with Jonah. That was just weird. It’s as though Kate is still finding herself and doesn’t know who the hell she is; however, to the readers she’s still supposed to be this pretty, clever, funny TV producer.

The only humor I found in this is a shirtless Jonah as he walks the dogs in order to call attention to his sister’s animal shelter. Some of his smart ass comebacks were funny too. Overall, the story wasn’t what I thought it’d be. Then again, I’m in the minority here because this book is getting rave 5-star reviews. So, perhaps, it just wasn’t a book for me.

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Tawna Fenske
Montlake Romance
October 3, 2017

Love doesn’t stick to the script in this witty romance from USA Today bestselling author Tawna Fenske.

TV producer Kate Geary is in unscripted heaven. She’s piloting a reality series featuring her favorite self-help guru, Dr. Vivienne Brandt. The Dr. Viv—whose nuggets of wisdom helped Kate get through some of her toughest times. Thanks to Dr. Viv, Kate is almost on the verge of figuring everything out. That is, until Jonah Porter, the superhot book nerd Kate just spent an amazing date with, appears at the show’s first meeting.

Jonah did not want to get reeled into a world filled with invasive crews, pushy network execs, and over-the-top drama, but a connection to the story leaves him no choice. Fortunately, Kate—hot, smart, and funny—helps make it bearable. Now they’re both on the verge of violating their contracts as they find themselves sneaking around off set. But the cameras have a way of finding out everyone’s secrets…especially the ones that can break hearts.