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 found this concept so fascinating that I absolutely had to read it. How could so many authors come together to write one cohesive story? Add my curiosity to the fact that some of my favorite authors contributed chapters (not to mention the hot tattooed guy on the cover) and I couldn’t one-click fast enough.
Overall, this was a fun, light, sexy read that had a nice flow to it. I consider that nice flow to be a huge victory. With this many authors involved, it could’ve been a big old mess, and it wasn’t.
The main characters, Verity and Hudson are so darned cute together that you just can’t help but love them. Their tweets were adorable (although I call bullshit on anyone ACTUALLY tweeting to followers some of the things these two did. Talk about TMI. Hilarious, though.)
The first half of the book was so great that it single-handedly earned this book its 4.5-star rating. Now, I’m not implying that the second half of the book was bad, because it wasn’t. It just wasn’t as strong as the beginning, in my opinion. Once the contents of the mystery package were revealed, I felt a little let down. The comedy at this point in the story veered a little too hard into slapstick rom com territory for my liking.
But, minor quibbles aside, I would recommend this one to anyone looking for a little light reading with plenty of laughs and hot sex.
Does this book contribute to or help crush the romance stigma?
Crushes it! The fact that 13 authors were able to come together and write a great story crushes the myth that romances are badly written. And no one can say it was predictable, that’s for sure. (I certainly didn’t predict what was in those packages…)
Other reading suggestions
For light, sexy reads with strong heroines and plenty of laughs, try anything by Penelope Ward, Vi Keeland or Penny Reid. For a pick way outside the new adult realm, another favorite of mine is And One Last Thing by Molly Harper. And if you don’t mind foul-mouthed, hilarious heroines (which I totally don’t), try Robyn Peterman’s How Hard Can It Be?