Overall Rating: 4 Stars
Title: Felony Ever After
Author: Helena Hunting , Debra Anastasia, Nina Bocci , Belle Aurora , Tijan , Katherine Stevens , K.A. Robinson, Liv Morris , Penelope Ward, Vi Keeland, Leisa Rayven , K.A. Robinson, S.M. Lumetta, J.M. Darhower, Katherine Stevens
Format: Audiobook purchased from Audible
***A Domino Anthology: 13 Authors ONE story***
Verity Michaels is new to New York City, but even she knows riding in a stolen cab is not a normal way to meet someone. Damn it if that tattoo-covered would-be felon isn’t everywhere now, and lighting everything on fire under her skirt.
His name is Hudson Fenn, and he’s frustratingly impossible to pin down. He works as a bike messenger, but has the manners of a prince—along with a strange tendency toward breaking and entering. As much as Verity knows he’s not her type, and likely to land her in jail, she can’t help but find her truest self when they’re together.
Can she be brave enough to give Hudson a real chance? Will he be bold enough to reveal the man beneath the ink, or will his secrecy doom their connection? Also, WTF is the deal with Verity’s boss? No less than thirteen of your favorite romance writers have teamed up to tell this sexy, wacky, snort-inducing tale. With them you’ll visit the world’s most irritating office, a VIP room of questionable cleanliness, and the fanciest apartment a bike messenger has ever inhabited, but you’ll still never see this ending coming.
I want to begin this review by saying that I love the idea of a single story anthology in which each author writes a chapter.
In the introduction, Helena Hunting and Debora Anastasia give a little back story to the creation of this novel: basically they recruited 11 other rockstar authors to play a little game. Everyone was given a very bare bones outline of the story, and then they each had to wait their turn to write their chapter — not really knowing what the person before them or after them was going to write.
Helena and Debora admit that the authors purposely messed with the others, and I could certainly tell the points at which they did.
While I fully appreciate this method and I think it’s a lot of fun, it definitely did take a toll on the story-telling for me.
Surprisingly enough, the different writing styles really weren’t too obvious and that isn’t what ultimately messed up the story for me. I actually think it was the fun the authors were having messing with each other that took a toll on the story.
Some of the loose ends that were created to baffle other authors were tied up haphazardly and the chemistry between the couple, though starting off strong, fizzled out for me pretty quickly.
I may be biased, but Helena’s chapters were the best, in my fangirl opinion. There were a few chapters that I flat out didn’t like, others that were just OK, and then there were Helena and Debora’s chapters, which I loved.
I’ve actually never read Debra’s books, but I certainly would like to now!
Anyway, I think this book is definitely worth a read just to see the collaboration between all these awesome authors, but don’t expect too much from the story. It and the characters are a little weak.
Audiobook Performance: 5 stars
You guys probably know by now that Rose Dioro is one of my favorite audiobook readers, I was so excited to see that she narrated this one!
Butterfly Rating: 1 Star
This book just didn’t do it for me.
Re-read Worthiness: Nah
Bookshelf Placement: Maybe
I do plan on having a Helena Hunting shelf 🙂
Book Boyfriend Rating: 2 stars
Hudson started out intriguing, but he lost it fairly quickly in the game for me. He was to… I don’t know… available maybe? I know that sounds weird.
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