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.
This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
Genres: Romantic Suspense
Published by Small Publisher
Released on September 17, 2015
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.
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.
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.
Released on February 15, 2016
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.
Genres: New Adult Romance, Contemporary Romance
Published by Random House
Released on February 16, 2016
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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