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At the Heart of It

3.96  ·  Rating details ·  857 ratings  ·  127 reviews
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
Paperback, 334 pages
Published October 3rd 2017 by Montlake Romance
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Sep 14, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
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
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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
Oct 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Everyone!
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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Ashley Hampton
Aug 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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 ...more
Colleen Giminiani
Aug 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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.
Jun 14, 2018 rated it really liked it
At the Heart of It was my very first book that I received from Bookworm Box! I was very excited to receive my box in the mail and knowing that my purchase helps those in need was just the icing on the cake.

This novel follows unscripted television (reality tv) producer, Kate Geary, as she starts up her brand new show - Reboot with Dr. Viv. What Kate doesn't realize is the man she can not stop thinking about since her weekend in Ashland is her idol's ex husband! You just know that the sexual tensi
Oct 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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
Jun 23, 2018 rated it did not like it
At first, I didn't think that it'd come to this but I honestly can't name one thing about this book that I enjoyed, except that the first 2-3 chapters were cute and promising (too bad it was all false advertising). I really only finished this book out of sheer stubbornness and nothing else.

The creepy factor in this book was off the charts. Like (view spoiler)
patrick Lorelli
Oct 10, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: romance
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 ...more
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Sep 28, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: shelly
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 completely 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
Meredith Schorr
Feb 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I've found another favorite author of traditional romantic comedy - this book was funny, with a swoon-worthy hero and likeable heroine. And I enjoyed that the one graphic sex scene was appropriate to the story and not overdone.
Sep 19, 2017 rated it liked it
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 ...more
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Aug 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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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 w
Aug 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Just when you think you have read it all. Along comes a hilarious romantic comedy that makes you wish this book would never end. Tawna Fenske has a way of developing smart interesting storylines that are never boring. I find myself laughing and amazed that her research is spot on, it never feels like she pulled it from the air and hoped her readers would buy it. “At the Heart of it” is on the fast track to be a book to love.
Linda Grimes
Oct 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing
The prospect of another Fenske book always brightens my day, and AT THE HEART OF IT did not disappoint! It has all the heat, heart, and hilarity readers have come to recognize as signature Fenske. 'Nuff said. Go read!
Lisa (Remarkablylisa)
Mar 25, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: march-2018
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I received a copy from Thomas Allen & Son in exchange for an honest review. 

I've read books from Tawna Fenske before from Entangled Publishing and I knew she writes these fluffy romantic comedies so when I was given a chance to read 'At the Heart of It' I had to grab it before the chance was lost.

At Heart of It starts off kind of odd for me. It feels like there was not a proper introduction to the story but it felt like the book started off in the middle of a scene with no p
Reality TV romances seem to be all the rage at the moment.

Kate Geary is a TV producer, she has pitched the idea of her idol, Dr Vivienne (Viv) Brandt, having a reality TV show in which she helps a different couple each week get over their relationship issues. Kate credits Viv with helping her to see her own relationship issues clearly and is fond of quoting Dr Brandt's wisdom.

Although studio management give the go-ahead for the show, they want to bring Viv's ex-husband 'Average Joe' to help the
Oct 09, 2017 rated it it was ok
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
Riet De Bruin-Strijker
Sep 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Loved it! Witty banter and a lot of humor in between the characters and in the scenes in the book. But being honest, what I always want to do with reviews, is that I had some hesitation about Kate’s profession. I hate reality shows with a passion. I had to push myself through that hesitation in order to appreciate the way Kate was written. After that, I enjoyed myself immensely reading this book! I thought this book was a bit more serious even with the witty banter than some other books I’ve rea ...more
Sep 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Such fun characters - Jonah and Kate. Kate cracked me up with the fact that she can quote all of the self-help books that her idol, Dr. Viv ever wrote. Funny thing is, that after she meets Jonah and they hit it off on an "unofficial" date, the next time she meets him is when she is working out the kinks of Dr. Viv's reality TV show. Not knowing why Jonah is there, and trying not to make it obvious that they knew each other somewhat intimately, Kate finds out that Jonah is Dr. Viv's ex-husband. T ...more
Pauline (Passionate About Books)
"We were pulled into each other's orbit for a reason."
Two total strangers meet... they have a very brief romance and depart without a trace. But, as you have it, life works in mysterious ways and these two strangers find themselves again but this time they have to work with each other on a professional level along with an ex-wife who may or may not be crushing on said ex! Yeah, "At The Heart Of It" is going to make you laugh, piss you off and make you sigh all in the same book! 5 Romantically Sw
Oct 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A laugh out loud rom com that I could not put down, finished it in one day. Loved Kate and Jonah from their first accidental meeting till their HEA. Their chemistry was off the chart, even thought it was just going to be one kiss, lol. Lots of emotions between friends and family. Loved what Jonah's ultimate goal was for his sister.

This is a book that you can not go wrong with, plenty of romance, animals and many laugh out moments. I highly recommend. Read through kindle unlimitied.
Karen Cimms
Jun 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This book had all the feels, as well as smart, well-written characters and an engaging story that was hard to put down -- and if I didn't need sleep, I wouldn't have.
AT THE HEART OF IT was my first book by Tawna Fenske, but it definitely won't be my last.
I highly recommend it.
Apr 25, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance, ebook
Super cute - I loved the cat! The reality TV part was really fun and I liked the easy, sweet romance. It was short, too, which is lovely in a romance novel - sometimes they drag and this one just flew by.
Vikki Vaught
Oct 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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What an awesome read! Loved it from the first page to the last. Loved, loved the characters and the engaging plot. What a talented author.Happy ☺reading 📚!
T. Rosado


I can easily say that Tawna Fenske is a favorite author of mine and I have enjoyed every book that I have read, but I absolutely LOVE her line of women's fiction/romantic comedies with Montlake Publishing. Although suffused with Fenske's trademark humor and romance, there is a unique structure and depth to this series of books not found in her other romantic comedies.

AT THE HEART OF IT was like coming home. I breathed this book - inhaling on my snorts and guffaws and exhaling with my h
Heather Nobbs
Sep 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Another fabulous book! This one had some great banter between the characters whether it was Jonah & Kate or even Jonah & Viv. This book had me laugh out loud several times and I love when a book can do that. Jonah & Kate had a great first meeting and I loved how their chemistry was immediate. Yet they went their separate ways and when they met again it was just as instantaneous. I liked how they became friends since they had a working relationship. Some of those scenes were funny and then hot. V ...more
Sep 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Laughing out loud literally does not even cover it…..this book….THIS writer….I can’t even! Tawna, omg, Tawna….how do you manage to write such low-key hilarity? Another amazing romantic comedy, that is just SAVAGE in witty banter, comical asides, and life chats with felines;) This book engages you from the start, like a lock on a target! The relationships, dynamics, banter are never forced….it feels so real like you are spying on the apartment across the street, lol! Kate is such an amazing heroi ...more
Sep 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I've been a fan of Tawna Fenske for a while now, and I'm glad to say that her newest book doesn't disappoint. Her stories can always be counted on for lots of humor and heart. And it was so refreshing to read a story about two mature adults navigating a complicated relationship. There was no need for outlandish drama or shocking revelations, and thankfully not a billionaire, mafioso or MC member in sight. Just really great writing. The main characters are interesting and complex, and the seconda ...more
Aug 31, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Wow. I was a little sad to hit the end of this book. I fell in love with all the characters, not just Kate and Jonah. The chemistry that they have is easily matched by the friendships Kate has with Amy, and even Pete. I even loved the way Kate constantly quoted Viv to Viv.

A beautifully written story with lots of emotions and personalities. I felt like I was in the story while I was reading it. The only reason I didn't finish in one wouldn't let me. (Dang that job!).

Thank you NetG
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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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