Now That It's You
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| Talented chef Meg Delaney hasn’t spoken to her cheating ex-fiancé, Matt Midland, for two years. Ditching him at the altar after blurting out “I can’t” instead of “I do” would sour any relationship. But now, just as Meg is finally ready to bury the hatchet, she learns closure is permanently off the menu. And the kicker? Matt’s brother, Kyle, is back in her life, stirring up feelings that are equal parts guilt and lust.
Meg was the best thing that never happened to Kyle. He couldn’t make a move on his brother’s girlfriend—even if Matt didn’t value her nearly enough. The situation is even more complicated now that Meg’s bestselling aphrodisiac cookbook has spawned a legal battle with the Midlands. Maybe he should stay away. But love, like family, plays by its own rules. And the one woman he shouldn’t want might be the only one who’s perfect for him.
While reading this, I couldn't help but think about the idea of a man loving his brother's girlfriend of 10 years, and then that girlfriend eventually realizing that she loves both brothers in different ways... post-breakup and death of her fiance. At times, it reminded me of the movie "While You Were Sleeping", though with an actual relationship having happened with the brother (I'll admit now that "While You Were Sleeping" is one of my favorite Rom Coms. :) ). Tawna Fenske does a great job of not ignoring the awkwardness of that, or any, previous relationship, instead celebrating that relationships that we have help to prepare us for future relationships.
This line in particular was one that I loved: "[We should move] Forward... Lugging all our baggage and our skeletons and all the things that make it possible for us to love each other better than we could have before.”
I enjoyed that there weren't really any bad guys and that Matt didn't need to be torn apart for Kyle and Meg to work out. There was a lot going on with this one, with some serious subjects brought up, like infidelity, depression, grief, sibling rivalry, and family dynamics. The way that both infidelity and grief over the loss of a loved one were handled were both very thoughtful, and it felt good the way that both were presented and not taken too lightly (while also not bringing the story down with the levity of those topics).
Kyle and Meg had some fantastic passion and I really liked their comfortable dynamic that made their love so very believable. Kyle, in particular, was fantastic and I thought his pining for Meg was sweet and more than a little swoonworthy (his honesty and the "confessions" were also wonderful). There are memories/flashbacks throughout that give us a better idea of the backstory to these characters and their relationships and I feel like that really solidified them as people who genuinely cared for one another.
This is more than just a light read, though it isn't heavy at all. I really enjoyed this! Tawna Fenske has yet to disappoint me with her wonderful storytelling!!
|My Source: I received a digital ARC from the publisher for an honest, unbiased review. This in no way influenced my review. My opinion is my 100% own.|