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Guest Review: The Test by Tawna Fenske

Posted March 27, 2018 by Tracy in Reviews | 1 Comment

Guest Review: The Test by Tawna FenskeReviewer: Tracy
The Test by Tawna Fenske
Series: The List #2

Publication Date: February 19th 2018
Format: eARC
Genres: Contemporary Romance
Pages: 209
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Series Rating: four-stars

This is a test. A test of every life decision Lisa Michaels has ever made.

Lisa thought she’d gotten everything right: The nicest condo, the right career, the best hair, and a perfectly adequate sex life with her stockbroker fiancé. But when the fiancé ditches her at the altar, Lisa’s left questioning every decision she’s ever made. What if her instincts have been steering her wrong all along? And what if she tested that theory by spending one month doing the exact opposite of what she’d normally do?

A crazy-hot fling with a tattooed steelworker from the wrong side of the tracks seems like a good starting point...

Lisa seems to always do the “right” thing.  Unfortunately that didn’t stop her fiancé from leaving her standing at the altar.  When she’s in a bar with her sisters she’s approached but a very large, very muscled man named Dax.  Her gut is telling her to send him away, so she does the opposite of what her gut is telling her – she takes him home for a one-night stand.  Despite it being a one-night stand Lisa really likes Dax.  She decides that she’s going to give herself a test.  She asks for Dax’s help and he agrees.  Lisa basically engages Dax, for the next month, to help her do the opposite of whatever her gut is telling her to do.

Dax is a tattooed, muscled, man yet highly intelligent.  He doesn’t believe he should even be allowed to touch Lisa and her incredibly soft skin.  He does, however, and loves every minute of it.  When she proposes her test, Dax thinks it’s a fun idea and goes along with it.  He never believed that he would start to have feelings for Lisa, so he dreads the end of the month-long test.

This was an incredibly cute book, hot and sexy as well.  Lisa wasn’t as buttoned-up as I think the author wanted us to believe she was but she was still pretty straight-laced.  That didn’t stop her from easily falling in with Dax’s plans for her.  I loved that they got along so well from day one and I loved that they both felt the connection between them from that time as well.

Dax was a good guy but thought Lisa was too good for him.  I was so happy that she stomped on that idea so that he was clear that he definitely was good enough.

The story made me laugh and of course made me blush as well (that Dax is a dirty-talking man, I loved it!)  This is the only book that I’ve read by this author but it certainly won’t be the last.  I loved her writing style and look forward to the next book in this series.

The List Series

Rating: 4 out of 5


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End Everyday with a Laugh with Tawna Fenske

Posted May 19, 2016 by Rowena in Promotions | 1 Comment

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Best Man for Hire (Front and Center #3) by Tawna Fenske

Anna Keebler makes a living being unconventional. A wedding planner who specializes in more…unusual ceremonies, Anna’s client list includes everything from nudists to paintballers to Little Red Riding Hood enthusiasts. So when her photographer up and quits during a wedding blitz in Hawaii, Anna makes an unconventional decision. She hires a hot Marine to be her new photographer.

Little does she know, Grant Patton is the best man in one of her weddings. He’s so perfect he’s practically a Boy Scout—if Boy Scouts were big, ripped Marines with gorgeous gray eyes, and good at, oh, everything.Especially sex. In fact, his only flaw seems to be that he hates marriage as much as she does. But Anna suspects the sexy Boy Scout routine is a cover, and if he wants this thing between them to be about more than sex, Grant must reveal the dark past he’s fought so hard to hide…


He stood up and hesitated a moment, then turned west and started walking. His pace was brisk, but he couldn’t outrun his thoughts.

Best man? In what world could you possibly be the best man for anything?
Grant kicked his toes through the sand and began to run. The sea air felt good on his arms, and the sand was soft and warm underfoot. He passed a couple playing Frisbee near the water and offered them a friendly smile.

“Afternoon,” he called. “Beautiful day.”

“Sure is!”

He kept running, his pace strong and even. Rows of condos gave way to thick palms, and soon he’d lost sight of any other human life. This was his favorite part of this area of Kauai, his favorite spot on any of the Hawaiian Islands, really. It was possible to lose yourself completely.


He’d been running at least thirty minutes when he spotted a cluster of people. Odd, considering few people even knew this section of beach even existed. The tourists sure as hell didn’t know about it, and most locals stayed away on weekdays. He slowed his stride, frowning. Was he imagining things, or were all of them buck naked?

No, not all of them. His eyes landed on a woman in a bright yellow sundress. She had shoulder-length hair that glinted reddish-gold in the sun. As she turned toward him, her grass-green eyes lit up with something that looked like relief. Grant kept moving forward, almost without realizing his body was carrying him toward her.
For the first time in his life, Grant’s brain tuned out the naked breasts around him and zeroed in on the one fully clothed woman in sight.

“Thank God you’re finally here,” she said, grabbing his arm.

Grant blinked at her, too stunned to reply.

Not that he had a chance to get a word out anyway. She kept talking, her words coming out in a jumbled rush.

“We were starting to get worried. Well, everyone except the rest of the groomsmen, who were all taking bets on whether the best man would make it, but now that you’re here—”

“Best man,” Grant repeated, his brain trying to wrap itself around her words.

“I don’t mean to rush you, but you’ve got three minutes to take your clothes off and get oiled up,” she said. “You can use that tent over there if you want, though I don’t really see the point since you’ll be running around naked for the next few hours.”
He stared at her. He knew it wasn’t polite, but it was hard not to admire the lush curve of her breasts beneath the yellow sundress, and the taut muscles in her calves. Her toes were bare and tipped with bright orange polish, and the inside of her right ankle bore a small tattoo of a feather. Her arms were long and pale, but shapely. He looked back up at her face, which was framed by straight, shoulder-length hair the color of carrot cake.

She frowned at him and spit out a lock of it, and Grant wondered if it tasted like cinnamon and nutmeg. He was thinking of running his fingers through it when a gust of wind blew her hair across her face, showing two bright blue streaks mixed in with the auburn strands.


The woman tightened her grip on his arm, and Grant lost his breath for an instant.

“Come on, buddy,” she said. “We’ve been waiting on you. Off with the clothes already.”

Another woman joined them, wearing nothing but a short veil and pair of sunglasses. She touched the redhead’s arm and leaned close. “Actually, Anna, this isn’t—”

“Sure I am,” Grant said, and reached for the hem of his shirt.

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Tawna Fenske

Tawna Fenske is a fourth-generation Oregonian who writes humorous fiction, risqué romance, and heartwarming love stories with a quirky twist. Her offbeat brand of romance has received multiple starred reviews from Publishers Weekly, one of which noted, “There’s something wonderfully relaxing about being immersed in a story filled with over-the-top characters in undeniably relatable situations. Heartache and humor go hand in hand.”

Tawna lives in Bend, Oregon with her husband, step-kids, and a menagerie of ill-behaved pets. She loves hiking, snowshoeing, standup paddleboarding, and inventing excuses to sip wine on her back porch. She can peel a banana with her toes and loses an average of twenty pairs of eyeglasses per year.

To learn more about all of Tawna’s books, visit www.tawnafenske.com

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Guest Review: Making Waves by Tawna Fenske

Posted November 25, 2011 by Book Binge Guest Blogger in Reviews | 3 Comments

Mary’s review of Making Waves by Tawna Fenske

When Alex Bradshaw’s unscrupulous boss kicks him to the curb after 20 faithful years as an executive with the world’s largest shipping company, he sets out to reclaim his dignity and his pension. Assembling a team of fellow corporate castoffs, he sails to the Caribbean to intercept an illegal diamond shipment. None of them counted on quirky blonde stowaway Juli Flynn, who has a perplexing array of talents, a few big secrets, and an intoxicating romantic chemistry with Alex…

I discovered Tawna Fenske via her blog, which is absolutely hilarious and very ribald (Oh, go on. Visit her blog HERE. You know you want to.). Tawna’s the kind of girl I’d like to hang out with. We could ogle hot guys, chat about writing, and drink some yummy adult beverages. (Do I have a little girl crush on her? Maybe. But she’d understand and be totally cool with it.) Anyway, when she announced her first romance was coming out (back in August–yes, this post is just a little late), I immediately went out and pre-ordered it.

MAKING WAVES is hilarious. I found myself laughing out loud at some of the crazy fixes Juli and Alex get themselves into. The plot is completely over-the-top, which I adore when it’s done right (and this is done right). Alex and his merry band of corporate castoffs go rogue, with a wildly ridiculous plan to become pirates and rob (re-rob?) their boss of some precious cargo so they can retire in peace and prosperity, like they planned before said boss completely screwed them over.

Having just quit yet another job, Juli’s in town to fulfill her Uncle Frank’s last wish and dump his ashes in this particular area of the Caribbean. Alex and Juli meet at a bar and, before they can even finish their first drinks together, they’re playing an island version of The Newlywed Game. Yes, really.

Then there’s the scene when Juli takes her anti-seasick pills and it makes her completely loopy. And, of course, instead of getting on the charter boat that is to take her to dump Uncle Frank, she climbs into a window and accidentally stows away on Alex’s boat. Alex and his makeshift pirates are none-too-pleased with that turn of events. But she stays, causing trouble and making sparks with Alex. The interplay between the two of them is hot-hot-hot!

If Alex and Juli aren’t entertaining enough on their own, there’s the eclectic crew on board the ship. There’s the big dude, Cody, who insists on being called Cookie (since he’s taken over the galley); there’s Phyllis, who doesn’t know how to be girlie but doesn’t mind some lessons so she can seduce a special guy; and Jake, who’s just crabby about the whole thing. While Cookie’s my favorite, each one of the secondary character adds his/her own flavor to the story.

And then there’s the infamous cheese doodle scene. I won’t say too much about it except that I had to read it over because I laughed so much the first time, I was practically crying. I’ll leave you with this quote: “Oh, baby! I want to rub your cheese doodle ’til my hands turn orange.” p.277 Oh, yes. She went there.

Anyone who likes a lot of humor and a wild plotline in their romance should pick up MAKING WAVES.

Rating: 4.75/5.0

This book is available from Sourcebooks Casablanca. You can buy it here or here in e-format.

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