Book: Did Not Finish
Author: Nicola Marsh
Thank you NetGalley and Dreamscape Media for an early audio copy
Did Not Finish follows an influential book reviewer Mia, and an established author Axel. Axel considers Mia to be his nemesis because she has a reputation to tank a book's sales performance by labeling the book a "DNF" in her review.
Axel hosts a writer's retreat in his home for 6 lucky writers who won a competition. Mia wants to leave reviewing behind and become a full-time writer and she was one of the winners for the retreat. She is a big fan of Axel, but unfortunately for her, Axel is not a big fan of Mia. He selected her so he can rip apart her writing as she has done to so many others. The only problem is her writing is actually good.
A freak snowstorm has the two stranded together and they both start to have feelings for each other. I really enjoyed the story and the characters. I was very surprised at how quickly they went from “enemies” to lovers. Of course, it was not that easy and they had some fun back and forth.
I really liked both Mia and Axel’s characters. Axel was definitely carrying a lot on his shoulders and seeing how he grows and learns to deal with his past was excellent character growth. I really like where they both are by the end.
This book is full of tropes and its lead characters are authors who love to call out different tropes as it happens and it was a welcomed sense of humor to make a little change to the overdone enemies to lovers.
This is a fast fun love story with some humor throughout. I would recommend this to just about anyone.
Final Score: 4/5