cover image Now That It’s You

Now That It’s You

Tawna Fenske. Montlake Romance, $12.95 trade paper (314p) ISBN 978-1-5039-3777-2

Fenske (the Front and Center series) weaves familial obligation, guilt, and unwavering love into this dramatic contemporary romance set in Portland, Ore. When chef Meg Delaney learned that her fiancé, photographer Matt Midland, was unfaithful, she left him at the altar, severing her bond with his family. Two years later, she needs some emotional closure, so she visits him at the hospital to wish him well after a minor procedure—and is shocked to learn that he’s died. Matt’s younger brother, Kyle, a sculptor, has loved Meg for 10 years. Understanding they could never be more than friends, he tried to move on with his life, but no other woman could ever measure up. When Meg’s cookbook—with photos by Matt—becomes a bestseller, Kyle and Matt’s mother sues Meg for part of the royalties, even though Matt didn’t want his name attached to the project. The lawsuit doesn’t stop Kyle and Meg from exploring their growing feelings for each other; however, the secret Kyle is keeping threatens their relationship. This is a heartwarming story with well-developed, artistic characters. Despite the theme of death and loss, the story is light and marred only by a hasty ending. Agent: Michelle Wolfson, Wolfson Literary Agency. (Sept.)