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Believe It or Not

3.79  ·  Rating details ·  547 ratings  ·  79 reviews
Do you believe in...accounting?

Numbers never lie, so Violet McGinn found safe haven in the most boring profession she could find. Until her renowned psychic mother lands in the hospital and Violet has to run her business. Now you can have your taxes filed and your aura read, in one convenient location.

Do you believe

Drew Watson is the jaded owner of the local h
Paperback, 384 pages
Published March 6th 2012 by Sourcebooks Casablanca (first published March 1st 2012)
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Rachel Harris
This book manages to be an entire romantic comedy starring John Cusack, with a ton of music references, a touch of magical realism, and a heavy dose of swoon thrown in for good measure.

I first discovered Tawna on Twitter because she shares an agent with Kiersten White (PARANORMALCY), and then I found her daily blog. I knew that if Tawna was half as funny and charming in her books as she is on Don't Pet Me, I'm Writing--where she routinely makes me snort completely unladylike and spit drink ont
Jane Stewart
3 ½ stars. It’s better than ok. It’s a cute story for contemporary romance with a few chuckles.

Violet is an accountant. Her mother Moonbeam does psychic readings in a small shop next to a bar. Drew owns the bar. The bar has male stripper/dancers on weekends which is popular with women. Moonbeam falls and breaks some bones. She won’t consider surgery and modern medicine unless Violet agrees to run her psychic business while Moonbeam is out. Moonbeam claims Violet is psychic and wants
Sheryl C. Nash
Dec 29, 2011 rated it it was amazing
First up, i would just like to say a big thank you to Netgalley for providing me with an ARC of this book! I loved everything about this story, from Violet and her determination to be "normal" to Drew with his 80's clothes and managing a bar that also happened to have male strippers. But most of all i LOVED the nod to 80's big hair bands....the music really resonated with me and it was like trip down memory lane. This book is a wonderfully humorous contemporary romance with a big dash of sexy th ...more
Rachel- Goodbye Borders
Sep 02, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-2019
Violet is an account who left home when she got the chance. She moved from Portland, OR to Portland, ME. Her mother is Moonbeam, psychic and into anything alternative. She is back home to help her mom out after she falls and breaks a few bones. Drew owns the bar next door. His bar also happens to have (male) exotic dancing for a few night a week.

This was a fun story of opposites attract. I liked Violet's knowledge of trivia and recognition of various songs Drew would play which would cause her t
Heather Book Savvy Babe
Believe It or Not is a fun, cute contemporary romance story. Violet is a woman at odds with herself, she grew up with an eccentric "psychic" mother. Her mother, named Moonbeam, is in the hospital and Violet takes over her mother's business while she recovers. As an accountant, and not believing in psychic ability, Violet has mixed feelings about pretending to be a psychic, but she feels she has no choice. The business next to the psychic shop is a bar that features male strippers on the weekends ...more
SOS Aloha
Mar 06, 2012 rated it really liked it
Here's something to think about: How come you never see a headline like 'Psychic Wins Lottery'? - Jay Leno

Both Violet McGinn and Drew Watson would agree with Jay Leno. They come into contact, and share this opinion, when Violet's mother, Moombeam, has an accident. Moonbeam offers psychic services in a studio next to Drew's bar. But not just a bar, but a hot spot featuring exotic male dancers on the weekend.

Moonbeam, believing her daughter has the gift, blackmails Violet - she'll consider modern
Oct 16, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: romance
Much better effort than 1st book by author. This had a workable plot & quirky characters that have basis in reality.

Spoiler Alert:

Most of us have mother issues so it was fun to read about the heroine's growth in trying to resolve in a positive way her differs & sames with her view of her mom. In this book mom does know best.

Liked the paranormal twists. Never have heard glam rock called butt rock but I was into new wave, punk & country at the time.
Jan 01, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: net-galley
What a cute read! I loved the 80's music and how it went along to make a story that made me laugh. Great characters. ...more
Jul 30, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition

Very funny character interactions and well written. However, the story is predictable and romance between the characters is annoying. I'm not a fan of romance where heroine strings along other guys for the majority of the book (80% for this book). The majority of the romance in this book is: I want you but I can't have you, I want you but you're not right for me, I want you but you're not that person, I want you but you're dangerous and blah blah blah. Repeat that for 80% of the book, and I'm fu

Jul 16, 2020 rated it liked it
Fun, light contemporary romance, although you're getting exactly what you're getting - despite the heroine's professed concerns about the ethics of her mother's psychic business, she has no compunctions about taking over for her to keep her in business while she's in the hospital. How convenient that she doesn't actually exploit/lie to anyone while she's doing it, right? I get it, that's not what this novel wants to deal with, but it's a little shady. ...more
Mar 11, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Tasty Bite of Brain Candy
Violet McGinn has a...complicated relationship with her mother, a self-proclaimed psychic who calls herself Moonbeam and gives psychic readings out of her shop in Portland, Oregon. And yes, that's a large reason why Violet is an accountant. In Portland, Maine. About as far away as she could get from her loopy mother in both career and location. Violet doesn't believe in psychics. She believes in statistics. She believes in facts. She believes in all things normal.

Be that
Rexanna Ipock-Brown
Jun 26, 2020 rated it liked it
Take an accountant filling in for her psychic mom who meets up with the bar owner next door and see what develops. Violet and Drew discover there maybe something to all that psychic stuff and to falling in love.
Sandy M
Mar 23, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: contemporary
I’ve been looking forward to Tawna Fenske’s second book since I read her debut, Making Waves, a number of months ago. She sold me on that book and any future works with her humor and her lovable and quirky characters. Is the sequel as good as the original, so to speak?

Almost, but not quite. Even after all these months I still remember Alex and Juli from Making Waves, their unique and hilarious first meeting, their high sea adventures, their steamy love scenes, and the unusual use of that black t
Kimberly Sabatini
May 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: adult
Gahhhh I read this a while ago and don't know why I haven't given it 5 stars--it is Tawna Fenske after all!!!! ...more
Aug 13, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

This was an enjoyable read. The characters were funny and their predicaments were funny. I laughed out loud several times.
Apr 27, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: romance, humor, weird
So. Much. Fun. Exactly what I needed! Light-hearted, full of bad puns and quirky characters and weird scenarios, and totally sweet.
Sep 06, 2014 rated it it was ok
I like relationship/character focused romances, and Believe It or Not does focus on our two leading characters. Unfortunately I just had a hard time with it, I think it was more personal preference than anything. Some author's humor works for me and some don't. This author had some funny and amusing moments but more often then not I was going Wha? Really?! I mean how do you confuse B and E with B & D - especially that conversation? And I have a headache.

This book had quirky characters, awkward
Feb 06, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: romance, contemporary
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Premise: Non-believer accountant agrees to run her mother's psychic business while she is in hospital, meets neighbour who runs a bar with male exotic entertainment.

Cover: Title - Belief (what it's based on, how it changes) is the theme for the whole story, so this title makes a lot of sense. Art - Dreadful. Apprentice Writer hoped the cover would change from the Advanced Reader Copy she received, but judging from the Goodread listing it didn
Mar 18, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Freaking Hilarious

Okay the likelihood of any of this is fairly low, but sometimes that really doesn't matter because you're laughing so hard that you can't help but enjoy a ridiculous story for what it is.
May 19, 2012 rated it liked it
At First Sight: Accountant Violet never wanted anything to do with her mother Moonbeam's psychic business. But when Moonbeam suffers a fall, and only agrees to have surgery when Violet promises to look after the business and keep Moonbeam's appointments, Violet is stuck playing the psychic and listening to 80's glam rock, courtesy of the bar next door and it's owner Drew.

Drew knows his business is a little unusual - much as he likes to say his bar is just like any other, the place is most well
Feb 07, 2012 rated it really liked it
Rating: B

After enjoying Ms. Fenske's Making Waves, I was happy to see she had another romantic comedy coming out. This time our heroine is a serious accountant with possible psychic abilities and the hero owns a strip club bar featuring male strippers two nights a week. You would think they wouldn't have anything in common but Ms. Fenske brings these two together and shows us how much they really do.

Violet heads back to Portland, Oregon to help her mom, Moonbeam while she recuperates from surger
A review for The Romance Reviews.

Tawna Fenske has a hit on her hands with her latest book, BELIEVE IT OR NOT. There wasn't anything I didn't love about this quirky, humorous and very unique novel, and I recommend it to all contemporary romance fans.

BELIEVE IT OR NOT tells the story of Violet, an accountant whose main goal in life is to have a normal, if not boring, existence. Why? Because she grew up with a mother who wants to be called "Moonbeam" and runs a psychic consultant shop in Portland,
Kat Latham
Feb 23, 2012 rated it liked it
Review first published at Reader, I created him.

This romantic comedy has a delightful romance but is too light on the funny.

When Violet McGinn's mother needs surgery, Violet flies across the country to help her out and is roped into temporarily taking over her mother's business.

Violet's mother is a psychic.

Violet is not.

Fortunately, her mother's clients seem to broadcast their fears and insecurities, and she can usually figure out how to use pop-psychology to help them out. Unfortunately, some o
Karla Nellenbach
Feb 03, 2012 rated it really liked it
since this is a Friday, I'm going to give you the goods in true Friday Five Fashion (say that five times fast). And so, I give you:

Five Reasons To Fall For BELIEVE IT OR NOT

The Characters. Of course you have your MC, Violet McGinn, and her LI (love interest) Drew Watson (*sigh, swoon* Drew. *sighs again* I love him and kind of wish he was real...and working next door to me. I'm just saying.) But, in some cases, it was the side characters who stole the show for me, even those who only showed up f
Judy & Marianne from Long and Short Reviews
Originally posted at: http://longandshortreviews.blogspot.c...

What do you believe in? In Tawna Fenske's quirky novel Believe it or Not, the serious, down-to-earth accountant Violet, and the unconventional bar owner Drew, come to realize the answer is not as simple as it seems.

This is a fun book with underlying humor coloring the adventures of two mismatched characters. Violet wants normal and predictable. Drew is not your average guy. Sexy? Yes. Handsome and fun? Yes. Predictable? Far from it. H
Mar 26, 2012 rated it it was amazing
When Violet's mom winds up in the hospital, she returns home to take over her psychic shop. Little did she know that the owner of the strip club/bar next door would be so hot! Unfortunately, he REALLY does not fit the normal, boring (cough cough) image she's looking for. Violet does not fit his bimbo airhead standards. Can they get over their differences for true love?

My first thought of this novel was-wow, never thought I'd read a romance about a straight guy owning a bar that employs male stri
Aug 03, 2012 rated it it was amazing
What a fun book. Violet came home to Portland to help her mom who has ended up in the hospital. Mom is a somewhat flaky psychic who provided Violet with an unconventional childhood. Violet countered that upbringing by becoming a straitlaced accountant and moving across the country. All she wants is a normal life with a normal husband, etc. Now, mom has more or less blackmailed Violet into running the psychic business until mom can get back to it. Violet doesn't even believe in psychics, so she h ...more
Sharon Redfern
Feb 24, 2012 rated it really liked it
Violet has come home to help her mother, Moonbeam, after she falls down the steps of her new age shop and needs surgery. Her mother is also a noted psychic and Violet has grown up to be as opposite of a psychic as she can-an accountant. When it becomes obvious that Moonbeam will be in rehab for a while Violet takes over the business. One of the first people she meets is Drew, the owner of a bar/male strip club next door. He thinks Moonbeams is nuts and is pretty skeptical about Violet even thoug ...more
Wendy Sparrow
Feb 19, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: romance
I'd intended to buy this late last night but wait to read it. Instead I read the excerpt and stayed up until 3 a.m. reading it. This book was that elusive and wonderful unputdownable experience.

Tawna's writing style reminds me of one of my other favorite and unputdownable authors: Jennifer Crusie. They both have the same hilarious moments which actually make me bark out a laugh which is quickly followed by embarrassed shame and the hope that no one heard me. Ideally this book should be enjoyed l
Mar 06, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I believe in Tawna Fenske’s BELIEVE IT OR NOT.

When Violet McGinn’s psychic mother lands in the hospital, Violet must take over her business, but all she would rather do is her safe job in accounting. Psychic abilities or not, Violet didn’t count on her mother’s shop’s neighbor, Drew Watson, and she to have such a connection from their first meeting. As a bar owner, Drew plays the right song at the right time for Violet to make her psychic predictions. Violet must find a way to embrace the crazin
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When Tawna Fenske finished her English lit degree at 22, she celebrated by filling a giant trash bag full of romance novels and dragging it everywhere until she’d read them all. Now she’s a RITA Award finalist, USA Today bestselling author who writes humorous fiction, risqué romance, and heartwarming love stories with a quirky twist. Publishers Weekly has praised Tawna’s offbeat romances with mult ...more

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