Thursday, March 8, 2012

(30) Believe it or Not by Tawn Fenske


Believe it or Not

Publication Date: March 6, 2012
Pages: 384



Believe it or Not is a book about a woman who is about as opposite of her mother as any  woman could possibly be.  In fact, she became an accountant and moved as far away from her "Psychic" mother as she could possibly get.  In fact, Violet moved from Portland, Oregon to Portland, Maine in order to escape the chaos that surrounds her mother.  Life is going well for her until her mother is seriously injured and Violet rushes home to be by her side.

She arrives at the hospital to find that while her mother has physically been hurt, her mind is just as annoying as ever.  And Violet is distressed to learn that her mother, Moonbeam,  expects her to run her psychic shop in her absence.  For the sake of peace and quiet she agrees.  But what she did not expect was the owner of the bar next door would be the sexy Drew Watson.  Will she be able to keep her wits about her or will she fall for his good looks and charm?

Believe it or Not was just okay.   I actually purchased Fenske's first book, Making Waves,  based solely on her participation on one of my favorite blogs, The Debutante Ball. But,I will say that I have not read it yet.  So when I had the opportunity to read an ARC of her second book, I jumped at the chance.  Believe it or Not is a fast read, but the characters did not really strike a chord with me. At all.   The "F" word is used liberally, which doesn't bother me much, but I know that it bothers some of you.  To me, it just seemed like the word was completely out of character for Violet. I will say that I did chuckle at the song references and how they played into Violet's "psychic" abilities.

Bottom line, I wouldn't say that Believe it or Not was a bad book, I was just had really high expectations.  Violet was a likable enough character, but not enough to push me over into the "loved it" category.

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