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.
Thirteen authors writing one story? There’s no way it can flow and the characters won’t be consistent, I insisted but I’m please to report I was completely wrong. This book is a fun love story about two characters who are easy to like. There’s plot beyond the love story but it definitely takes a backseat to the romance and that’s fine, it works perfectly here.
Felony Ever After is a collaboration of 13 authors: Deborah Anastasia, Belle Aurora, Nina Bocci, JM Darhower, Helena Hunting, Vi Keeland, SM Lumetta, Liv Morris, Leisa Rayvan, KA Robinson, Katherine Stevens, Tijan and Penelope Ward.
The subplot with Verity’s crazy perv boss is different but intriguing and you’ll find yourself anxious to see the creep suffer. Hudson’s rather secretive and that leads to lots of tension but once Verity explains why secrets make her nervous, he opens up. That’s a nice change because so often we see him insist it’s not the right time and he’ll tell her later, only for her to discover his secret some other way, leading to a meltdown and breakup. That’s the plot of so many romances, so a book that takes this in another direction is a breath of fresh air.
One thing I really like about Verity and Hudson is that they struggle with communication in a realistic way. It drives me crazy when the whole plot is built on some stupid misunderstanding but the characters – for whatever reason and never a good one – simply don’t have any meaningful conversation at all, but suddenly the problem is solved and then they can profess their undying love. To the same person they were unable to have a shallow discussion with yesterday.
Hudson and Verity don’t just communicate well, a lot of their exchanges are funny, too. Humor is something a lot of writers attempt but few can actually pull off and I can honestly say I laughed out loud more than once while reading. And these two are hot. The sex scenes are frequent and descriptive so if you’re looking for a vicarious thrill, this book is for you. This is mostly a lighthearted story and easy to enjoy. It’s a nice treat after something heavy or emotional, a feel-good book for sure.