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Author: Tawna Fenske

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 multiple starred reviews and noted, “There’s something wonderfully relaxing about being immersed in a story filled with over-the-top characters in undeniably relatable situations. Heartache and humor go hand in hand.”

Tawna lives in Bend, Oregon, with her husband, step-kids, and a menagerie of ill-behaved pets. She loves hiking, snowshoeing, standup paddleboarding, and inventing excuses to sip wine on her back porch. She can peel a banana with her toes and loses an average of twenty pairs of eyeglasses per year. To find out more about Tawna and her books, visit www.tawnafenske.com.

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Sergeant Sexypants - Ponderosa Resort Romantic Comedies Book 3

Sergeant Sexypants
  • Stars
  • Number: B07J6H3GYK
  • Release: 2018-10-26
  • Author: Tawna Fenske
  • Genre: Romance
  • Tags: * Contemporary, * Romance: Uniformed Heroes
  • Publisher: Independently Published
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Bree Bracelyn doesn’t date cops. It’s a personal rule that quavers when Austin Dugan flashes his baby blues—and his badge—at Ponderosa Resort’s grand opening. Bree’s the family fixer, running the resort’s PR and her siblings’ lives with cheerful efficiency. But one thing in Bree’s past can’t ever be fixed, which is why she’s staying the hell away from Officer Hottie.

Austin’s heart tacks up a wanted poster with Bree’s name the instant he lays eyes on her. Okay, the no-cops rule is an obstacle, but not impossible for a guy ambitious enough to be a shoe-in as the next police chief. Besides, he knows Bree’s into him, whether they’re flirting over weird flatware or getting frisky in the front seat of his vintage Volvo.

As Bree and Austin bond over cupcakes and hot springs hookups, Bree knows it’s a matter of time before the skeletons in her closet topple into a messy heap on Austin’s squeaky-clean life. Is there hope for a happy ending, or will their love end up DOA?


Studmuffin Santa

Studmuffin Santa
  • Number: B076PYTDBR
  • Release: 2017-11-27
  • Author: Tawna Fenske
  • Genre: Romance
  • Tags: * Contemporary, Seasonal / Holiday
  • Publisher: Tawna Fenske
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Brandon Brown is the unlikeliest Santa ever to don a red velvet suit.

His abs are more cheese grater than bowl full of jelly, and deploying to Syria is the closest he’s come to the North Pole. But family drama sends the jaded Marine home for the holidays, and lands him an unexpected gig as a part-time Santa.

Jade King is hustling to get Jingle Bell Reindeer Ranch off the ground, and she’s not thrilled her sister hired a Santa with sex-appeal. The last thing Jade wants is a beefcake circus, and guys like Brandon bring sleigh-loads of trouble. But Studmuffin Santa proves more popular than anyone dreamed, drawing hordes of happy kids, lusty moms, and a mystery foe hell-bent on wrecking it all.

The threat has Brandon playing protector for the reindeer and their sexy keeper, which is risky for a guy who’s sworn off happy endings and the whole Christmas mess. But as Jade and Brandon bond over Santa suit malfunctions and risqué Christmas cookies, they find they have more in common than a craving for gingerbread. Can they find a way to mesh their wish lists, or will ghosts of Christmas past bring things crashing down like a fat man in a cast iron sleigh?


At the Heart of It

At the Heart of It
  • Number: B06XWQZTL7
  • Release: 2017-10-03
  • Author: Tawna Fenske
  • Genre: Romance
  • Tags: * Contemporary
  • Publisher: Montlake Romance
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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 verge of figuring everything out. That is, until Jonah Porter, the superhot book nerd Kate just spent an amazing date with, appears at the show’s first meeting.

Jonah did not want to get reeled into a world filled with invasive crews, pushy network execs, and over-the-top drama, but a connection to the story leaves him no choice. Fortunately, Kate—hot, smart, and funny—helps make it bearable. Now they’re both on the verge of violating their contracts as they find themselves sneaking around off set. But the cameras have a way of finding out everyone’s secrets…especially the ones that can break hearts.


This Time Around

This Time Around
  • Number: 9781503943209
  • Release: 2017-04-04
  • Author: Tawna Fenske
  • Genre: Romance
  • Tags: * Contemporary
  • Publisher: Montlake Romance
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Allie Ross is not living the life she once dreamed. Her law career ended before it ever started, her parents landed in jail for running a Ponzi scheme, and she just inherited her grandmother’s B&B—which is nice, even if it is full of extra-toed cats. As for her love life…she’d rather not talk about it.

When Jack Carpenter reaches out to reconnect with Allie, the girl who broke his heart in college, his plan is to impress her with the adult he’s become. Sure, he was a deadbeat then, but life has forced him to grow up. And it’s a relief to find out that things didn’t necessarily go the way Allie expected either.

As Allie and Jack get reacquainted, they rediscover the things they loved—and hated—about each other. But who they are now isn’t who they were then, and secrets—old and new—will test whether they have a future together, or if the past is destined to repeat itself.


Let It Breathe

Let It Breathe
  • Stars
  • Number: 9781503949553
  • Release: 2016-03-22
  • Author: Tawna Fenske
  • Genre: Romance
  • Tags: * Contemporary
  • Publisher: Montlake Romance
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Forbidden fruit can be downright intoxicating.

Vineyard manager Reese Clark is determined to bring her family’s Oregon winery into the big leagues, and she knows building a new tasting room and event pavilion is her ticket there. Having her ex-husband’s best friend—and her secret college crush—turn up to head the construction project, however, doesn't pair well with her plans. Between her nauseating lovebird parents; her motorcycle-riding, pot-growing grandfather; and her pet alpaca, fond of head-butting groins, Reese has more than enough chaotic characters in her life.

Back in college, Clay Henderson was more likely to be sprawled over a bar than building one. But even if the new clean-living Clay has matured as deliciously as an oak-aged chardonnay, he’s still off-limits. As Reese’s well-laid plans for the winery crumble like bad cork, Clay the newly sober gentleman is sweet enough to rescue Reese from a wardrobe malfunction and still spicy enough to play “I Never” with her. Can he overcome his past rep to offer her a love too heady to ignore?


The Fix Up - First Impressions

The Fix Up
  • 4 Stars
  • Number: B0151UPUEY
  • Release: 2015-12-14
  • Author: Tawna Fenske
  • Genre: Romance
  • Tags: * Contemporary
  • Publisher: Entangled Publishing, LLC
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Uncovering this sexy geek’s charm is easy. Keeping her hands off of him is impossible.

While he may look like the love child of a movie starlet and an NFL linebacker, Ben Langley has the people skills of a half-drowned porcupine. Why socialize when there are chemistry labs and bad sci-fi flicks? If he has any hope of taking the helm as CEO of the family business, Ben needs an image makeover. Pronto.

Enter Holly Colvin, owner of First Impressions public relations and branding firm, and the woman who just saved Ben from the clutches of an over-attentive sales clerk. Holly’s rebranded hundreds of companies in her career, but she’s never rebranded a person. The guy clearly needs help, though, and she’s just the woman for the job.

With the clock ticking for them both, Holly and Ben face off over wardrobe malfunctions and business jargon that sounds a lot sexier than it should. But can Holly make Ben into the man he thinks he should be without losing the man she’s starting to love?


About That Fling

About That Fling
  • Number: B00SBZFHYA
  • Release: 2015-09-01
  • Author: Tawna Fenske
  • Genre: Romance
  • Tags: * Contemporary
  • Publisher: Montlake Romance
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As the top PR person for the Belmont Health System, bright, beautiful Jenna McArthur knows how to spin bad news and make it sound good. But when her adorable Aunt Gertie—a secret romance writer—urges Jenna to embrace her wild side, Jenna tumbles into bed with Adam Thomas, a guy she’s just met, for a fun and fantastic one-night stand. Too bad Adam is the one guy who’s totally off-limits. There aren’t enough clever words in the world to spin the story in a way that won’t wreck Jenna’s closest friendship or destroy her job.

With the irresistible Adam always around her at work, wearing an aura of temptation like a fabulous cologne, Jenna has to hold tight to her senses to avoid falling for him. Will he take her to the heights of pleasure again—or will their attraction destroy everything she’s worked for?


Protector for Hire - Front and Center, #4

Protector for Hire
  • Stars
  • Number: B00XU06EPW
  • Release: 2015-06-30
  • Author: Tawna Fenske
  • Genre: Romance
  • Tags: * Contemporary
  • Publisher: Entangled Publishing, LLC
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Keeping her safe is crucial. Guarding his heart is impossible.

Haunted by his time in Iraq, former soldier Schwartz Patton goes off the grid, retreating deep into Montana's untamed wilderness. Now, ten years into his self-imposed solitude, his brother tracks him down and asks for a favor. A woman is in danger, and she needs help...and Schwartz is the only one who can protect her.

Designer-loving city girls like Janelle Keebler don't belong in the wilderness. Unless, of course, they're witnesses to a murder by their psycho drug-trafficking ex-husbands. Still, Janelle can't help the immediate physical response she has to her sexy-as-sin protector that leaves her wanting more than she could have ever imagined. Even if he does make terrible coffee...

Every word, every touch, every kiss ignites a need Schwartz thought he'd lost forever. He can't stop the desperate attraction simmering between him and Janelle, even if he wanted to. Even if it means it could get them both killed.

Stands Alone: yes


Best Man for Hire - Front and Center, #3

Best Man for Hire
  • Stars
  • Number: B00QQ2CL80
  • Release: 2014-12-29
  • Author: Tawna Fenske
  • Genre: Romance
  • Tags: * Contemporary
  • Publisher: Entangled Publishing, LLC
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So perfect he's almost too good to be true…

Anna Keebler makes a living being unconventional. A wedding planner who specializes in more…unusual ceremonies, Anna's client list includes everything from nudists to paintballers to Little Red Riding Hood enthusiasts. So when her photographer up and quits during a wedding blitz in Hawaii, Anna makes an unconventional decision. She hires a hot Marine to be her new photographer.

Little does she know, Grant Patton is the best man in one of her weddings. He's so perfect he's practically a Boy Scout—if Boy Scouts were big, ripped Marines with gorgeous gray eyes, and good at, oh, everything. Especially sex. In fact, his only flaw seems to be that he hates marriage as much as she does. But Anna suspects the sexy Boy Scout routine is a cover, and if he wants this thing between them to be about more than sex, Grant must reveal the dark past he's fought so hard to hide…


The Great Panty Caper - Shultz Sisters Mysteries

The Great Panty Caper
  • Number: B00PKTD8NW
  • Release: 2014-11-13
  • Author: Tawna Fenske
  • Genre: Romance
  • Tags: * Romantic Suspense, Suspense: Mystery, * Under 45k Words
  • Publisher: Coliloquy, LLC
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JJ Shultz is torn between two hot men. So what’s a girl to do? Prolong the decision and escape to Seattle, of course! Especially when sister Lori invites her to a fashion trade show.

But their plans for a weekend of cocktails and sisterly bonding go south when Lori’s panties disappear from their hotel room. It’s not just any pair of unmentionables - it’s Lori’s only prototype for a new product she’s almost ready to reveal.

Determined to find Lori’s treasured trunks, the sisters set out to track down the thief, with the help of some friends at home, a few quirky new acquaintances, and a cat who can’t stop himself from shedding all over the evidence.


Fiancée for Hire - Front and Center, #2

Fiancée for Hire
  • Number: B00LDQXAX4
  • Release: 2014-07-21
  • Author: Tawna Fenske
  • Genre: Romance
  • Tags: * Contemporary
  • Publisher: Entangled Publishing, LLC
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A satisfying category romance from Entangled's brand new Lovestruck imprint…

Former Marine MacArthur Patton has made a small fortune on top-secret government contracts and black-ops missions, but his new assignment involves something more dangerous—marriage.

Well, fake marriage anyway.

To keep weapons out of the hands of terrorists, Mac has to secure a fiancée. A sweet, demure, compliant fiancée to serve as his arm candy for a few weeks while he completes the covert arms deal in Mexico. His sister claims to know just the woman, and sends her best friend to play the role.

"Sweet" and "demure" aren't in Kelli Landers's repertoire. A badass veterinarian who neuters big dogs and bigger men on a regular basis, she can't wait to bring Mr. Tall-Dark-and-Detached to his knees. Her longtime crush on the commitment-phobe makes her plan to seduce him even sweeter.

Love wasn't part of the plan, but the deeper Mac and Kelli fall into their ruse, the more danger they attract, until more than just their hearts are on the line…


Frisky Business

Frisky Business
  • Number: 9781402293153
  • Release: 2014-05-06
  • Author: Tawna Fenske
  • Genre: Romance
  • Tags: * Contemporary
  • Publisher: Sourcebooks Casablanca
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There he is again

No more rich men for Marley Cartman. Absolutely not. Thanks to her dad, her ex-fiancé, and the overbearing donors she schmoozes for a living, she's had more than her fill. From now on, she wants blue-collar men with dirt under their fingernails. But when Marley makes a break to handle donor relations for a wildlife sanctuary, she finds herself drawn to the annoyingly charming—and disturbingly wealthy—chairman of the board.

The kind of man she doesn't want

Judging by his hipster T-shirts, motley assortment of canine companions, and penchant for shaking up stuffy board meetings, you'd never guess that William Barclay the Fifth is a brilliantly successful businessman. Will has good reason to be leery of scheming women, and as he and Marley butt heads over the wisdom of bringing grumpy badgers to charity events, he can't help but wonder if his new donor relations coordinator is hiding something other than a perfect figure beneath that designer suit...

Praise for Believe It or Not:

"Fenske hits all the right humor notes... sympathetic, funny, and very real." —RT Book Reviews, 4 stars

"Snappy, endearing dialogue and hilarious situations." —Booklist, Starred Review


Marine for Hire - Front and Center, #1

Marine for Hire
  • Stars
  • Number: 9781622664740
  • Release: 2014-02-03
  • Author: Tawna Fenske
  • Genre: Romance
  • Tags: * Contemporary, * Romance: Uniformed Heroes
  • Publisher: Entangled Publishing, LLC
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She thought she’d sworn off military men for good…

Sam Kercher is every inch a wickedly hot Marine. Tall. Sexy. Lethal. When his best friends call in a favor, Sam is forced to face an entirely new line of duty—playing nanny for their newly divorced sister and her squirming seven-month-old twin boys. If Sam can dissemble an M16 in his sleep, diaper duty should be a cakewalk…right?

Unfortunately, Operation Nanny isn’t quite that simple. Sheridan has sworn off overbearing military men, so Sam must protect her from her dirtbag ex without revealing just how much he has in common with her brothers. Or that he’s been ordered not to touch her. Ever. Problem is, Sheri’s one hell of a gorgeous woman, capable of making this hard-bodied Marine even harder. And Sam wants her bad.

Protect the girl. Care for the babies. Hide his identity. And keep his hands off. But even the most disciplined Marine has weaknesses...and Sheridan is one Sam might not be able to resist.


Eat, Play, Lust

Eat, Play, Lust
  • Stars
  • Number: B00EGJ7KVS
  • Release: 2013-08-26
  • Author: Tawna Fenske
  • Genre: Romance
  • Tags: * Contemporary, * Under 45k Words
  • Publisher: Entangled Publishing, LLC
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Cami Pressman is a yoga instructor with a lifelong secret love of junk food. Not even an irresistible man can replace the mouthwatering wickedness of her favorite foods.

Until, that is, Paul Hammond signs up for her class. He’s a gourmet chef looking to score some fitness tips, and a date with Cami. Suddenly Cami’s lust for junk food isn’t the only thing making her tingle.

When this sinful chef and hot yoga teacher eat, play, and lust together, they just might bring their obsession to a new level.


Getting Dumped Part 2 - A Schultz Sisters Mystery

Getting Dumped Part 2
  • Stars
  • Number:
  • Release: 2014-11-12
  • Author: Tawna Fenske
  • Genre: Romance
  • Tags: * Romantic Suspense, Suspense: Mystery
  • Publisher: Coliloquy, LLC
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When we last saw JJ and Lori Schultz, their dinner was rudely interrupted by someone at the door with a gun. In this second episode of GETTING DUMPED, we learn who’s brandishing the pistol and follow along as the girls’ sleuthing kicks into high gear.

Who can JJ trust to help, and who’s hiding sinister secrets? Is it Collin, the surly British science geek? Pete, the D-list action-hero turned secretary? Or Daniel, the on-again, off-again boyfriend? Tune in, turn on, and help decide! Oh, did we mention that we’ve dialed up the sizzling sexiness, too?

This series was originally released and reviewed as a two part book. It has now been merged into one book.


Getting Dumped Part 1 - A Schultz Sisters Mystery

Getting Dumped Part 1
  • Stars
  • Number: B00PJJ5OOE
  • Release: 2014-11-12
  • Author: Tawna Fenske
  • Genre: Romance
  • Tags: * Romantic Suspense, Suspense: Mystery
  • Publisher: Coliloquy, LLC
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Getting Dumped Part 1 is the first installment of an Active Fiction series from Coliloquy. Instead of just watching the story unfold, readers help influence future books by giving their feedback on the heroine's romantic choices.

Losing a cushy marketing job only to end up driving heavy equipment at the landfill would be a tough blow for most women, but not JJ Schultz. She gamely swaps office politics for a chance to crush garbage. But when JJ and her sister, Lori, uncover a counterfeit handbag ring, JJ finds herself unraveling a sinister plot in the company of a tie-tugging accountant, a straight-to-video action hero/secretary, a suspicious but sneaky-hot engineer, and a host of other characters with questionable hygiene and morals.

Tawna isn't sure who JJ should end up with, so she's letting her readers choose. She'll see the aggregate statistics from Part 1, so the more you read, the more you'll influence her.

Please note: Getting Dumped contains content that may be inappropriate for children.

This series was originally released and reviewed as a two part book. It has now been merged into one book.


Believe It or Not

Believe It or Not
  • 5 Stars
  • Number: 9781402257186
  • Release: 2012-03-01
  • Author: Tawna Fenske
  • Genre: Romance
  • Tags: * Contemporary, Romantic Elements
  • Publisher: Sourcebooks Casablanca
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This second quirky romantic comedy from Tawna Fenske features nice, normal accountant Violet McGinn, forced by a twist of fate to combine her accounting business with her mother's psychic readings service. Bad enough she doesn't believe in psychic powers-now she never knows whether a client needs a tax return or a crystal ball. And then there's her infuriating, unconventional, and sexy new neighbor, nightclub owner Drew Watson, who might just be her perfect match...


Making Waves

Making Waves
  • Stars
  • Number: 9781402257216
  • Release: 2011-08-01
  • Author: Tawna Fenske
  • Genre: Romance
  • Tags: * Contemporary, Romantic Elements
  • Publisher: Sourcebooks Casablanca
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When Alex Bradshaw's unscrupulous boss kicks him to the curb after 20 faithful years as an executive with the world's largest shipping company, he sets out to reclaim his dignity and his pension. Assembling a team of fellow corporate castoffs, he sails to the Caribbean to intercept an illegal diamond shipment. None of them counted on quirky blonde stowaway Juli Flynn, who has a perplexing array of talents, a few big secrets, and an intoxicating romantic chemistry with Alex...