He deserves to have everything stolen from him. Which is kind of what I plan on doing to him. Starting with his happiness. Next is his sanity. But if the latter comes first, that will be all right as well.
(from No Fury)
No Fury by A. Lynn Powers is not the type of book I normally read, but when I downloaded this as a Kindle freebie a while back, I was in the mood for something light and funny. Normally when I download a free book, I read the first page or two before deciding whether to delete it or file it away for another day. This time I read about 10 percent of the book before I knew it, so I just figured I’d keep going.
The novel is narrated by Amber Williams, an ex-wife so focused on revenge that she conspires to have her ex-husband become the star of a reality dating show with a twist. Unbeknownst to Amber’s former husband, Patrick Bradford, this Bachelor-like show gives his ex-wife control over his future happiness — or misery. Amber is secretly residing in the mansion where the show is being filmed, watching it unfold on various television screens, and she is the one who decides each week which of the 12 women vying for Patrick’s affections goes home. So, of course, Amber starts rooting for the women she knows will make Patrick as miserable as he made her during their marriage. But how long can Amber hang on to her anger and bitterness as she gains more from the show than merely the opportunity to inflict pain on Patrick?
I’ll be honest that my expectations for this book weren’t very high, but I enjoyed No Fury much more than I thought I would. I don’t watch reality dating shows, and I am not someone who gets hellbent on revenge, but something intrigued me about this story. I found Amber to be an interesting character. She is at turns funny and endearing. There were a lot of times I wanted to shake some sense into her and times I wanted to hug her. But the humorous tone of the story kept me reading, and I enjoyed watching Amber evolve.
Amber’s reasons for disliking Patrick are valid, ranging from lack of support for her career in fashion design to failing to rein in his overbearing mother. With the use of the first person viewpoint, it’s not surprising that Patrick is mostly portrayed as wholly awful and Amber as an innocent victim. But even so, Amber’s flaws are evident. Powers also lets readers see behind the scenes of the show, which reveals even more about the characters. However, it was confusing to keep track of the 12 contestants, and Amber’s frequent lists of their pros and cons felt repetitive at times. Moreover, there were some editorial issues but nothing so horrible that I wanted to abandon the book.
Overall, No Fury is enjoyable for what it is — a light read perfect for a lazy day or in between more serious books. It certainly grabbed my attention when I least expected it and provided a well-needed diversion during some hectic work days.
Disclosure: No Fury is from my personal library.
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