DNF Reviews – for those books we just can’t finish #Review

Posted March 4, 2016 by Shari in Reviews / 15 Comments

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Every once and a while there are books we just can’t finish. Some because we aren’t in the mood for them and others because they push some warning buttons in our heads. Rather than let them be forgotten, Sophia Rose and I want to share why we couldn’t finish them. So once or twice a month we will post one giant review of the books we didn’t finish and the reasons why. Welcome to our first DNF post.

I received this book for free from Author in exchange for an honest review.
This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

DNF Reviews – for those books we just can’t finish #Review
Wicked Little Sins

 Stars

Series: #1 Sins
Genres: Romantic Suspense
Published by Small Publisher
Released on September 17, 2015
Pages: 293
Format: eBook
Source: Author
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My latest book from the Red Hot Lovers Box Set.

This turned out to not be my thing.  The story is about four siblings whose mother is murdered.  I read about 10%.  I thought I would enjoy a story about a family dealing with the murder of their mother/wife and what they learn about her afterward and how it affects each of them.

However, I felt no connection to the characters and in some cases didn’t like them.  The perfect oldest daughter who has the hottest body on the planet and perfect life in NYC, but is seemingly mystified as to why men are attracted to little ol’ her from a small town.  The flighty sister who does the morning sneak away and toys with a guy’s emotions because she can’t commit.  The emotional sister who walls off her emotions and won’t just cut loose the fiancé that she is treating to the cold shoulder.  The spoilt baby brother of them all who finds his amusement stirring trouble and particularly for his sister’s fiancé who isn’t the greatest guy to begin with.  It was all so…irritating and I wasn’t even that far along.  The quick flashes from one character to the next sometimes only after a couple paragraphs was distracting and probably contributed to my lack of connection.  So, I called it quits early on.

I did notice that it got some pretty good ratings so might be worth it to check it out for yourselves if you’re in the mood for a family drama with a murder mystery.

I received this book as part of a box set from the authors in exchange for an honest review.

This book may be unsuitable for people under 17 years of age due to its use of sexual content, drug and alcohol use, and/or violence.
DNF Reviews – for those books we just can’t finish #Review
Sacked

 Stars

Genres: Contemporary Romance, Sports Romance
Released on February 10, 2016
Pages: 439
Format: eBook
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Yay! A football romance….oh, my, not my cup of tea. When a books starts out with the hero getting a lap dance and blow job at a strip club after a big win, it walks a fine line with wanting to read it. But this is a bad boy after all so I continued….until he takes a nude picture of this bedmate the next morning while she was passed out or asleep in the hotel bed. Still, I tried to be open minded that he really wasn’t going to be this bad.

My mind wandered a bit here as I realized he was in a hotel in the home town he plays football for and he isn’t in his own home? Ok, I am reading too much into it and I try to let it go.

We meet the heroine and I became a little bored in her mind as I follow how she is going to be the social media part of the team and of course the hero just shuts her down right away.

Moving on they kiss at some point. Whoopie.

And finally we get to the point where I just couldn’t suspend disbelief, forgive a bad boy or anything. The quarterback is using under inflated footballs and knows about it. He isn’t deflating them, just the whole temperature thing. But they fly out of his hands and he isn’t telling anyone.

The heroine questions him about it and he gets all defensive and I just had to stop. Nope, too many strikes buddy. You are just to unredeemable to continue to read about.

JUST. DONE.

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Under the Hood

 Stars

Genres: Contemporary Romance
Published by Escape
Released on March 1, 2013
Pages: 163
Format: eBook
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This one wasn’t a bad book, I just lost interest after a bit.

TJ the heroine wants to save under privileged youth by taking them into the mechanic program where she oversees them. She’s also got some property she wants to set up little cabins on for the boys to live in until they can move on to better things. A really nice woman with good ambitions, but no money or power to get anything done. I also couldn’t really figure out her motivation for wanting this so bad.

Then there is Scott who buys the business and immediately takes a dislike to TJ because she is late on the first day. He’s not a bad bloke, just too prudish for me in a way.

I never felt any fire between the two and I really have no idea what a ute is other than a vehicle.

So while I didn’t finish this one, I can’t say it was bad in any way. Just that I lost interest with not being familiar with the setting and terms.

DNF Reviews – for those books we just can’t finish #Review
Guarding His Obsession

 Stars

Genres: Romantic Suspense
Released on February 15, 2016
Pages: 106
Format: eBook

I read the blurb and thought it sounded great, but I should have paid attention to who wrote it. I have tried a few of Alex Riley’s stories and they don’t interest me.

So I hopped in thinking heroine with not filter and hot alpha security guy. Within a few pages I knew it wasn’t for me. Why? Well it was unbelievable for the most part. I can sustain a lot of unbelievable things, but it didn’t even feel right.

I mean she comes home, he’s already there showing her how bad her security is and the next thing you know she has her legs wrapped around him and they are kissing.

It’s a shortie, but I didn’t even have an interest to keep going.

DNF Reviews – for those books we just can’t finish #Review
Power Play

 Stars

Series: #2 Pilots Hockey
Genres: New Adult Romance, Contemporary Romance
Published by Random House
Released on February 16, 2016
Pages: 234
Format: eARC
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DNF at 20%  Chapter 6

I loved the first book in this series so I was eager to snag this one.  Minor league hockey player, Italian store clerk, know each other since childhood, family, and romance so of course I was ready to dig right in.

This is book two, but it can standalone.

Gabby works for her dad and helps run the family store in Detroit’s Eastern Market.  She is waiting for him to notice how good she is at managing the store.  But he never does.  Her Italian family is boisterous and close in ways though her oldest brother took off to drift through life.  They are protective of her and smother her after she was raped by a family friend.  She just wants to be treated normal and appreciated for her contribution to the family business.

Gabby has a secret crush on Landon Taylor who with his family has come to the market for years.  Now he’s a minor league pro hockey player and still comes each Saturday to visit the market and their store.  His latest visit coincides with her dad collapsing from a heart attack.  With the heart attack come changes that affect Gabby.  Her oldest brother is given responsibility of the store even if he hates it and has no clue while Gabby is told to assist him.  And surprisingly, she learns that while she was crushing on Landon, he was crushing on her.  Only she doesn’t believe him though they play some cat and mouse as they catch up with each other around hockey, the store, and family.

Alright, so I really connected with the first book right away and was ready for it to happen again.  But I read six chapters and nothing happened.  I met the characters, got some back story, and the meet point happened.  I read some more and still felt nothing.  I couldn’t engage with this story.  It wasn’t a matter of hating anything though I did want to smack her family around for being mean and shake Gabby for not taking Landon at his word.   I was mildly irritated Gabby was a doormat with her family and refused to believe that she was worth Landon’s interest, but maybe that changed later.  I’m honestly not sure what happened.   I stopped when I realized I was skimming, losing track, setting it down several times, and not vested in the story.

So, this is a New Adult Sports Romance about every day types that might work for someone else.  Not for me, I guess.

I got the story from Net Galley in exchange for an honest review.

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Shari is the Delighted Reader. Married to her Prince Charming and mother to two Princesses and one Prince. When she is not slaving away as Cinderella she loves to get lost in the pages of a good book. Never without a reading device and a few good paperback books, because she never knows when she might get 5 minutes to read!

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Blodeuedd
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They all sound very meh

Sophia Rose
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Unfortunately, yes. 🙁

Shari Delighted Read
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Shari Delighted Read

Yes, you are right. They just didn’t work out for either of us.

Debbie Haupt
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Debbie Haupt

Thanks for sharing and letting us know why!

Sophia Rose
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I always like to let people know why b/c sometimes it would stop them from reading it and being disappointed, but sometimes its not something that would bug them and they can proceed. 🙂

Shari Delighted Read
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Shari Delighted Read

It’s just our opinion, some may like them despite what we think. Just want to let people know why we gave up.

Melanie Simmons
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It is always hard to DNF, but there are so many books out there, hard to spend time with a book that isn’t working for you. I hope you have better luck with your group of books.

Sophia Rose
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Exactly! So many books and many of them are on my pile and waiting. Not every book is for every person so why torture yourself. 🙂

Shari Delighted Read
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Shari Delighted Read

I have tons to read, so I am doing better at saying goodbye to ones that don’t get me interested. Usually I don’t write a review as to why, but decided I needed to give people the reason instead of just hiding it.

Lover Of Romance
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I think the worst feeling while reading is having to DNF. I swear…that is the one thing I wish never happened. I haven’t read any of these authors though. Although I tend to DNF a lot more than I used to. Probably due to the fact that there is so much I want to read, little time, and don’t want to waste my time with a story that isn’t enjoyable for me.

Sophia Rose
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It is an awful feeling. I don’t make the decision easily. I try to determine if I really think things are going to change for me or if I can get past what got me angry, etc. But yeah, there are a lot of books which does make it easier to put aside the ones I struggle with.

Lorna
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I used to think that if I got a book from Net Galley that you HAD t o finish it. That led to one really bad review in particular but it was horrendous. Shortest review I have ever done because I couldn’t think if anything positive and I only wrote a few bad things. The author was livid with me. Since then I have DNF’d several and I am so glad for that option. Nobody wants to read a bad book! Or a boring one either. Too many good choices out there to waste my time 🙂

Sophia Rose
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I used to think I had to finish no matter what. But then I realized that my reviews were less balanced and more scathing if I forced myself to read to the end than if I had just quit at the point that I knew it wasn’t working for me. So in recent months, I stopped skimming and skipping ahead just so I could say I finished and openly say that I DNF’d a book and why (I try very hard not to get ranty if the reason I DNF’d is b/c I hated something). I figure that I’m not… Read more »

LorenDushku
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LorenDushku

Hello Shari and Sophia! I think this is a wonderful idea! Sometimes I force myself to finish a book only because I have to write a review but it becomes boring and I forgot the story! One time I fell asleep on the pages too!!!

Sophia Rose
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Yes, sadly true, Loren! I’ve forced myself and done my fair share of dozing over the pages. This is a way to stop the misery and time wasting. Not every book is a match and that’s alright.