Verity Michaels is new to New York City, but even she knows riding in a stolen a 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.
One book holding just one story but it's written by not one but thirteen best selling authors. Now you'd be forgiven in thinking that this is beyond crazy, I mean it seems like a concept that could really struggle to work.
This however was one of the reasons why I was so drawn to the book, not to mention the array of fabulous writers contributing to it, including one of my all time favourite authors, Tijan. So when I received an ARC I may have squeeled a little.
The story starts by introducing us to Verity Michaels, a receptionist working for SalesExportt.com, a small clothing import-export business. We also meet Larold S. Lay, the CEO and president who is described as rather attractive yet he comes across a tad slimy, I mean dropping a pen to get a look up someone else's skirt…
Straight away the dialogue gives you a sense that Verity is sassy, a person who works hard, someone who knows what she wants but can stand her own ground and along with her co-worker Angie she's more than happy to say it how it is.
Things start to get interesting when Verity happens to share a taxi with from first appearances, a tattooed druggie. Well drugs don't interest me but a man with tattoos gets me excited shall we say. The man who we later find out to be Hudson Fenn doesn't make the best of first impressions when he sort of hijacks the taxi they are sat in, in his defence he was getting them away from a dodgy situation and he did drive Verity home but if it were me I think I would have reacted the same as her although not with such brilliant lines.
"I'll have you know that I'm carrying a taster and have a throbbing, super contagious rash. Right now. In my pants"
It's one liners like the above that give the story its witty edge. Now Verity can't get "tattoo" off of her mind (me either) so when he happens to become the firms newest courier, it seems like fate has stepped in to save the day.
Of course a story like this wouldn't be complete without a little mystery and that's provided by both Hudson himself when he keeps "disappearing" and then there's those mysterious boxes that he happens to keep delivering to Verity's boss, even I was silently screaming in my head what the f*ck is in those damn boxes?!
*Brad Pitt voice* What's in the boooxxxxxx?!!! #Se7en
Something that gave the book an added edge was the use of tweets. At the end of each chapter we were shown snippets of both Verity and Hudson's twitter accounts, hashtags like #PondHudson I'm sure will be trending when people actually start tweeting about Felony Ever After
Mole Butties with my boyfriend #NotAwkward
Happiness is being happy with who you are. Then you find the other half of your heart as a reward #RewardIsAlsoSex
I won't let slip what's in the box, that's something best left as a surprise but lets just say you won't be able to guess what it is, you may well be shocked but I can pretty much guarantee you'll be laughing too, honestly this book is pee your pants funny.
Thirteen authors managed to play "pass the parcel" and ended up all winning. You are told at the beginning of each chapter who has written it and even though every author is known to have their own individual writing style, the chapters flowed seamlessly, there were no moments where I thought that something didn't fit as such. If I hadn't been told who wrote what I'm not sure I would have been able to tell.
By the end of the book I was a touch hot under the collar (ok a lot) and my cheeks hurt from smiling so much. Light hearted, angst free, fricking hilarious and sexy as sin. So what I'm really trying to say is that Felony Ever After is an absolute must read! You can grab your copy from any of the links below :
Amazon US: http://amzn.to/1LmYseF
Amazon CA: http://amzn.to/1V7qJb6
Amazon UK: http://amzn.to/250Cg07
Amazon AU: http://bit.ly/1UtVTsH
Amazon FR: http://amzn.to/1MiYj6R
Amazon DE: amzn.to/1QYEX8S