At the Heart of It by Tawna Fenske

At the Heart of It

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 verg...

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At the Heart of It Reviews

  • Colleen Giminiani

    Author Tawna Fenske always brings her A game when she writes her heartfelt stories. She has a way with words that make you not only enjoy reading, but feel the emotions through the pages. At the Heart of It was no exception.

    I was totally sucked in from the beginning. From the way they met to the way the story evolves - LOVED IT!!!! The author has a way to bring fun and humor to her reads that leave me happy and fulfilled.

    I loved Jonah!

    I would recommend this book to others.

  • Ashley Hampton

    Another winner from Tawna Fenske! I loved the story, and the characters in this story, even if I wanted to kick Kate in the head sometimes for being too in-her-head instead of in the moment. Jonah, on the other hand, was adorable and selfless in many ways, especially with his sister. I thought the opening chapters were amazing and set up the story one way, and then gave me a twist. I liked the unpredictability in this story a great deal, as I was surprised several times in a great way. There wer

    Another winner from Tawna Fenske! I loved the story, and the characters in this story, even if I wanted to kick Kate in the head sometimes for being too in-her-head instead of in the moment. Jonah, on the other hand, was adorable and selfless in many ways, especially with his sister. I thought the opening chapters were amazing and set up the story one way, and then gave me a twist. I liked the unpredictability in this story a great deal, as I was surprised several times in a great way. There were some well-written and classy steamy moments (read not fade to black but not explicit either). As I expect from Tawna, there were some laugh-out-loud moments, including the ones with Marilyn, who totally stole my heart. The secondary characters in this book were engaging and at times almost stole the show. (Really - who couldn't love Pete?!?)

    Just as with Tawna's other books, I found myself transported into another world as I read. So much as that I ignored everything else and finished the book in a few hours! I highly recommend this book. Engaging, funny, and a must read!

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    NUMBER OF HEARTS: 5

    Loved it!!! I just adore authors who set their books in my home state (or a least part of the book!!) Kate and Jonah are so much fun right from the very start. It was hard not to root for these two. I alway enjoy reading Ms. Fenske’s books. She can take your typical boy meets girl story and turn it upside down and shake it up like a snowglobe. We know that there has to be a happy ending when just don’t know how all the pieces w

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    Loved it!!! I just adore authors who set their books in my home state (or a least part of the book!!) Kate and Jonah are so much fun right from the very start. It was hard not to root for these two. I alway enjoy reading Ms. Fenske’s books. She can take your typical boy meets girl story and turn it upside down and shake it up like a snowglobe. We know that there has to be a happy ending when just don’t know how all the pieces will fall together or how long it will take.

    I do hope that there will be another book set in this world because Amy really needs to fall in love.

    Disclaimer:

    I received a complimentary copy of this book from Netgalley & Montlake Romance

    in exchange for an honest review. This review is my own opinion and not a paid review.

  • Carrie

    Kate Geary is a television producer that is working in unscripted television or the more known term, reality TV. Right before beginning her newest television project Kate meets Jonah Porter, a super hot book store owner that she immediately hits it off with. However, Kate doesn't see anything taking off with Jonah since she is away from home for her project even as much as she did end up liking him.

    Kate then decides to focus on her upcoming project featuring her idol, Dr. Vivienne Brandt. Dr. V

    Kate Geary is a television producer that is working in unscripted television or the more known term, reality TV. Right before beginning her newest television project Kate meets Jonah Porter, a super hot book store owner that she immediately hits it off with. However, Kate doesn't see anything taking off with Jonah since she is away from home for her project even as much as she did end up liking him.

    Kate then decides to focus on her upcoming project featuring her idol, Dr. Vivienne Brandt. Dr. Viv is a self-help guru whose advice Kate has followed and feels she owes many thanks to helping her during her toughest times. The producers want Dr. Viv and her husband on the show but since writing together the pair have divorced but that is not Kate's only problem with the success of her show, the ex-husband in question is none other than the man she met, Jonah.

    At the Heart of It by Tawna Fenske is a contemporary romance read that features a very very awkward love triangle of sorts. Kate being the producer of the show that her idol is starring in also finds herself falling for Jonah which leads to a lot of balancing between career and personal life which leads to some funny times, some touching moments and a lot of drama being pushed from the execs of the show.

    I know that Kate is the main character in the book but Jonah was the one that sort of stole the show for me. He's rather funny which is why he was being included in the show but overall he was just a great guy that obviously cared for his family with his interactions with his sister. Jonah's sister also stole the show a bit herself with her animal care facility and all of the critters involved, so incredibly cute.

    I also enjoyed the use of reality television in the story since it really has skyrocket and seems like everywhere you turn these days another new show is popping up on the air. Not sure I was convinced of Dr. Viv's show actually ever being a hit but hey, I suppose it's a step up from some of them already on the air though. In the end this was quite a cute read with great writing and likable characters with a lot of funny moments throughout.

    I received an advance copy from the publisher via NetGalley.

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  • Castille

    The premise of At the Heart of It is adorable, but I didn't find the actual writing to live up to it; though seeing the long list of five-star reviews has made me question my sanity. I wanted so badly to love the characters and go with them on their journey, but every piece felt so cliche and curated for the specific aim of adding quirkiness or drama. In a sense, I found the characters to be caricatures rather than grounded in any sense of reality. I enjoy lighthearted pieces and thought there w

    The premise of At the Heart of It is adorable, but I didn't find the actual writing to live up to it; though seeing the long list of five-star reviews has made me question my sanity. I wanted so badly to love the characters and go with them on their journey, but every piece felt so cliche and curated for the specific aim of adding quirkiness or drama. In a sense, I found the characters to be caricatures rather than grounded in any sense of reality. I enjoy lighthearted pieces and thought there was a lot going for this in the plot, but execution felt like it was trying too hard to be "Me Before You". I'd be interested in reading more of Fenske's work to see if I could relate more to her other characters.

  • Bookgasms Book Blog

    This was the kind of book that kept a big cheesy perma-grin on my face throughout basically the entire book. It was adorable and funny and super fun to read. On top of all those things? Jonah Porter

    stole my heart. What a fantastic hero – manly, a little rough around the edges, but smart as a whip and funny to boot. I’m in love y’all. Heart eyeballs for days.

    The relationship between Jonah and Kate was such a treat to read. From the moment their meet-cute made me giggle and swoon, to t

    This was the kind of book that kept a big cheesy perma-grin on my face throughout basically the entire book. It was adorable and funny and super fun to read. On top of all those things? Jonah Porter

    stole my heart. What a fantastic hero – manly, a little rough around the edges, but smart as a whip and funny to boot. I’m in love y’all. Heart eyeballs for days.

    The relationship between Jonah and Kate was such a treat to read. From the moment their meet-cute made me giggle and swoon, to the super satisfying ending – they kept a smile on my face and butterflies in my belly. The “unscripted television” storyline read very authentically and provided a fascinating and fun backdrop to the budding romance. I sometimes felt like it dragged a bit for me in the middle – more attention going to the TV show than the chemistry between Jonah and Kate, but it ultimately didn’t really take away from my adoration of this couple. They’re both pretty fantastic characters in their own right, but the way they worked as a couple inspired the vast majority of those cheesy grins, and swoons galore.

    There were so many highlights – things that made me laugh out loud, clever little quips, and all the ways that Jonah endeared himself to me over the course of the story. It was just a

    read, which was exactly what I was looking for. ~ Shelly, 4 Stars

  • Tina

    Another amazing, humorous, and just downright incredible read from Tawna. She never disappoints. You are always guaranteed to laugh and smile. There is no shortage of that in this book.

    Watching these two go through the motions of this semi taboo relationship really made my heart happy. Tawna has that knack for throwing in those super hot nerdy men that we can't help but fall in love with. There are twists and turns that keep you on your toes.

    I can't recommend this book enough. While you're at

    Another amazing, humorous, and just downright incredible read from Tawna. She never disappoints. You are always guaranteed to laugh and smile. There is no shortage of that in this book.

    Watching these two go through the motions of this semi taboo relationship really made my heart happy. Tawna has that knack for throwing in those super hot nerdy men that we can't help but fall in love with. There are twists and turns that keep you on your toes.

    I can't recommend this book enough. While you're at it, go back and read some previous books. I promise you won't be disappointed.

  • Guilty Pleasures Book Reviews

    I’ve always loved Tawna Fenske’s books for the humor she infuses in her work and there was plenty of that in At The Heart Of It, but it was also an extremely sweet albeit crazy, mixed-up romance. A producer of unscripted (aka reality) television scores a show with a self help guru who is her hero, only to find that the man she spent an incredible night with is that woman’s ex-husband. Sounds like an interesting plot twist to a reality television show or perhaps a well written, extremely entertai

    I’ve always loved Tawna Fenske’s books for the humor she infuses in her work and there was plenty of that in At The Heart Of It, but it was also an extremely sweet albeit crazy, mixed-up romance. A producer of unscripted (aka reality) television scores a show with a self help guru who is her hero, only to find that the man she spent an incredible night with is that woman’s ex-husband. Sounds like an interesting plot twist to a reality television show or perhaps a well written, extremely entertaining, fun, emotional, and sensual romance novel.

    Kate Geary and Jonah Porter meet while both are on a weekend away and spend a pretty perfect day together enjoying each other’s company platonically before going their separate ways. So when Kate is in Seattle to nail down the final changes to her latest unscripted television show with Dr. Vivienne Brandt, she is taken off guard when she finds that Vivienne’s ex-husband and the man the network wants to appear on show with her is none other than Jonah, the man she’s had a hard time forgetting since her trip to Oregon.

    I enjoyed so much about this story but especially the way Kate and Jonah met and the easy way they feel into a friendship. Being thrust together in an unusual way just added to this intriguing book and the connection between them grew stronger even as they kept telling each other they needed to keep their distance. I honestly felt they had such good intentions but the pull between them was just too much for them to deny. This was a complicated story because while Kate felt loyalty to Jonah, she also had a job to do and was contracted by law to do it as the production company and network saw fit. Kate and Jonah were intelligent, adventurous, and charming and it was satisfying watching them fall in love even when they weren’t ready to admit it. While they were different in many aspects of their lives, they complemented one another nicely. I loved they both were willing to try new things together and worked hard at communicating effectively. There was some weirdness given that Jonah was working with his ex-wife and Kate pretty much idolized her, but even with that they worked through it.

    Despite being someone who is not a fan of unscripted (reality) TV at all, Ms. Fenske made me fall in love with these characters and their journey. Romantic, funny, and sexy, At The Heart Of It is another fantastic offering from author Tawna Fenske.

  • Alaina Meserole

    Sometimes Kindle Unlimited gives you a really good book recommendation--this is that time.

    Now this is the first book I've read by Tawna Fenske and I'm in love.

    Before I go into spoilers and such I just want to state that I loved the characters and I definitely loved their freaking story. LOVED!

    Sometimes Kindle Unlimited gives you a really good book recommendation--this is that time.

    Now this is the first book I've read by Tawna Fenske and I'm in love.

    Before I go into spoilers and such I just want to state that I loved the characters and I definitely loved their freaking story. LOVED!

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  • P.e. lolo

    Kate Geary is a TV producer and she is hoping her next idea for a show takes off. Having read a book from a self-help author she wants to do a show with the author helping couples, like a reality show. The top ex’s like the idea and meeting the author she also agrees, but then she finds out that the husband in the book and her are divorced. She also finds out that about two months before while on vacation they actually meet and spent a weekend together seeing Shakespeare plays together. Now seei

    Kate Geary is a TV producer and she is hoping her next idea for a show takes off. Having read a book from a self-help author she wants to do a show with the author helping couples, like a reality show. The top ex’s like the idea and meeting the author she also agrees, but then she finds out that the husband in the book and her are divorced. She also finds out that about two months before while on vacation they actually meet and spent a weekend together seeing Shakespeare plays together. Now seeing Jonah again she does not equate him to the average Joe as he was in the book. Not wanting to do the show he agrees because of a personal reasons that are explained in the story. Once everything begins the real twist begins Jonah and Kate and their feelings for each other. Like every show there must be drama, and this drama does not go well. Jonah wants to blame everyone but his sister tells him he must look at himself as well. With Jonah once being married to Dr. Vivienne Brandt the author and everything else around him has Kate wondering what to with herself. Whether to continue with the show, or just leave town, so many decisions for her. When you start to come to the end of the book everything takes some nice unexpected turns that I did not see happening but was still in line with the story and it all worked. Overall a good book. I got this book from Netgalley.com I gave it 4 stars. Follow us at

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