One More Step Anthology

Genre: Short Stories
Publisher: Self-Published
Pages: 617
Release Date: July 7, 2020

Have you ever been curious how a writer’s mind works?

The Bookworm Box is proud to present ONE MORE STEP, an exciting and unique reading experience.

Each of the twenty-six authors featured in this anthology were given the same first sentence. Where they took that first sentence was completely up to them.

Every story is different.

No story is related.

The only thing these stories have in common is their starting point.

All of the authors showcased in this anthology were featured in The Bookworm Box charity during 2019.

Each author has graciously donated their story so that 100% of profits from this anthology will be going to the various charities The Bookworm Box is able to support because of you, the readers. 

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As soon as Hoover announced this anthology of short stories, I knew I had to get it despite my aversion to short stories. And because I was desperate for new Hoover material. I figured, if I read one story a day, I would enjoy the stories for what they were. Unfortunately, the 60$ I paid was not a bargain considering I only liked a handful of the stories. Though, the money earned from this anthology went to charity so I can’t begrudge the price too much.

From my understanding, there will be another volume at some point and I’ll most likely purchase it, but only as an eBook. Other than Hoover’s contribution, I didn’t enjoy most of the stories. I found most of the stories to be condensed novels rather than true short stories or the beginning of a full length novel. Additionally, there were too many formatting and typos. I’m usually not a stickler for grammar or formatting errors, but when a story is labeled The Bribe at the beginning and end yet labeled as The Bride throughout is a little disappointing.

Also, there are a few fantasy style short stories that were some of the worst in the anthology. I’m sad to say they didn’t work at all.

Overall, this anthology is one of the most disappointing anthologies I’ve ever read. Out of the 19 plus stories featured in the anthology, I only truly enjoyed about three of them. From my understanding there will be a second anthology, so I will only be purchasing that as an eBook if Hoover pens another story for the anthology.

Below you’ll find a few short reviews of some of the stories in One More Step.

Saint – Colleen Hoover – 5 stars
Saint is the reason I bought this anthology. I’ve read and will read everything Hoover writes. Saint is easily the best story in the collection. It reads like a short story rather than a condensed novel. Hoover should write more stories like Saint and Verity because she is damn good at it. Saint is sexy and thrilling with twists you won’t see coming.

A Meet Cute and Other Natural Disasters – Emma Scott – 3 stars
A criticism you’ll read often in my reviews: too short. The Hawaiian setting is the perfect backdrop for this meet cute, however readers see almost none of it. There’s a montage of their time together that I wish Scott would have spent more time developing.

Something Like Kismet – Ginger Scott – 4 stars
This was adorable! Too short, of course, but such a heartwarming and funny story. I loved every second. I will definitely be checking out Ginger Scott’s work.

Love at First Fight – K.L. Grayson – 5 stars
Love at First fight by K.L. Grayson is the perfect beginning to a sassy and hot romance.

First Flight – Jessica Sorensen – 3 stars
First Flight gives readers the first fantasy based short story. It’s a cute story about finding your confidence through those around you.

Something Wonderful – LK Farlow – 5 stars
A hot friends-to-lovers romance on the beach. Something Wonderful is the sexiest of the stories so far.

Opening Up – T.K. Rapp – 4 stars
This was a cute and slightly steamy fake dating story. Fake dating is one of my favourite tropes, so I’ll certainly be checking out more of Rapp’s work.

The Ex-Dynamic – S.M. Soto – 4 stars
Hockey romance! The Ex-Dynamic is a hot sports romance about a misunderstanding and second chances. There’s more to this story and I want to find out!

Bound – Cathlin Shahriary – 2 stars
Bound is a short story in The Fae Realm series. There was too much going on and too much backstory missing to enjoy the story.

Saving Ava Grace – Julie Solano and Tracy Justice – 1 star
I read a few pages and put it down.

The Story – Evan Grace – 3 stars
A cute and fast romantic story. A little rigid at times, but cute nonetheless.

Hail Mary – JB Salsbury – 4 stars
Hail Mary is the beginning of a dark and sexy romance. I will certainly be reading this this fall!

Whatever it Takes – Gianna Gabriela – 3 stars
Whatever it Takes is a cute beginning to a high school romance. 3 stars because it was a little too juvenile for me.

Rendezvous Dot Com – Lilly Wilde – 2 stars
The beginning of an interesting and complex romance, though not for me.

Interception – Santana Blair – 3 stars
Interception is a full length novel reduced to a short story that I wish was full length. The helping get another guy but fall in love instead is another of my favourite tropes. I wish it was more fleshed out here.

The Bribe – Devney Perry – 3 stars
Meh. Part of a larger story.

Leap of Faith – Jaci Wheeler – 4 stars
An emotional story about fate and purpose. So far, this is one of the only stories that truly feels like a short story.

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Have you read this anthology? What was your favourite story?

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