Publisher: Riptide Publishing
Rating: 3 stars
Received from Publisher
Blurb: Hunter Easton is screwed. Fans, producers, and his agent are all chomping at the bit for the next book in his wildly popular Wolf’s Landing series, but he’s got epic writer’s block and is way behind deadline. Then he reads The World Tree, a fanfic novel by his online friend “Lone Wolf.” It isn’t just a great story—it’s exactly what the series needs.
Review: Hunter Easton is struggling getting the next book in his hugely successfully series written. He’s found an outlet on a fan site of the very series he writes. Not as the author. Hunter made a friend on the site. One who he chats with regularly and who also happens to write fanfic. Epic novel length fanfic that Hunter thinks is better than the book he’s writing himself. They decide to meet up in person after being friends online. There’s some chemistry and fan boy moments between Kevin and Hunter. Hunter drops the bomb he’d like to suggest they submit World Tree to the publisher as the next installment in the series. This leads to a huge portion of the book revolving around the question how and will a publisher actually make fanfic written by a different unknown author into an ongoing series? How will Kevin deal with fame and pressure? Will the fans accept it? It also forces the guys to work together giving them the excuse they both want to give into the feelings and urges they’ve developed.
I wanted to like this book. The premise of the book sounds awesome but for me it just wasn’t balanced. Way too much talk about publishers and author problems. Not enough convincing the men were falling for each other. Both men have reservations about starting something together. Hunter has always enjoyed his space and he worries Kevin might like the idea of the famous author more than the man himself. Kevin wonders the same things but of course they never discuss it. I guess being a new relationship they tip toe around all the important stuff and enjoy the sex. Hunter is also worried about how Kevin will handle the instant success the book is sure to give him. Rehashing these worries over and over when just planting the seed of doubt would have sufficed.
The beginning of the book held some promise for me but I found myself wanting to skim read through a large portion of this book. My interest in the characters started to wane the more I read. I usually really like these authors and the writing/publishing process could have been interesting if there wasn’t so much of it in the book. The zingers every other line in dialogue didn’t really endear me to the characters. Hunter was supposedly some kind of recluse but it didn’t really match what I read of his character in the book. Kevin frequently whined about getting everything he’s ever dreamed of. Hunter was very supportive of him at every step. The big freak out though probable, didn’t do anything to endear me to either character. Sadly this just didn’t work for me.