DNF Reviews – Books that lacked that something we needed

DNF Reviews – Books that lacked that something we neededGoing Dark by Monica McCarty

Series: The Lost Platoon #1
Genres: Military Romance, Romantic Suspense
Published by Berkley on September 5, 2017
Pages: 352
Format: eARC
Source: NetGalley
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The members of a top secret SEAL Team can't keep their passion under wraps in this thrilling contemporary romantic suspense series from New York Times bestselling author Monica McCarty.

Like Rome's Lost Legion, a SEAL platoon goes on a mission and vanishes without a trace.

After walking into a trap on a covert op in Russia, the men from top secret SEAL Team Nine are presumed dead. Not knowing whom they can trust, and with war hanging in the balance, the survivors must go dark and scatter around the globe.

Marine ecologist Annie Henderson joins her new boyfriend on a trip to the Western Isles of Scotland to protest a hazardous offshore drilling venture. When she realizes that she may be swept up in something far more dangerous than she'd intended, there is only one man she can turn to. . . .

She and the mysterious but sexy dive boat captain haven't exactly gotten off to the best start, but something about his quiet confidence makes her think that he's the kind of man she can depend on. Because he's gruff and guarded, she can tell Dan Warren has secrets. But she could never imagine how high the stakes are for him to keep his cover, even as he risks everything to protect her. . . .

Military suspense story, new to me author that I’ve been meaning to try, and a cool setting…. I was all set to love this one.  And I did…until the heroine showed up.  Okay, so maybe it wasn’t right when she showed up- and there was that really awesome hero and his plot line to distract me from her.

Well, I made it several chapters in and just got more upset.  I was mostly upset because I could have really loved this story if the heroine hadn’t been so irksome.  Let me just say here and now that people who go in for causes are not the issue when I say that I just wanted to throttle the heroine.  It was honestly more of how she went about it with a ton of stubborn-stupid happening.  I am a firm believer that we all need to be good stewards of our planet, but yeesh, she got herself in danger and hence another person because he had to rescue her.  The attitude she copped about the military didn’t win points with me, either, especially when it came with a military-trained man’s rescue of her.  I will say that the clash of ideology wouldn’t have bugged me so bad if there weren’t a whole slew of bitsy things about the gal that built up with me.  I don’t dare go into a list or this would turn into a rant.

So… I called it quits somewhere before half-way.  I really liked the set up and the author’s writing and I loved that SEAL team in the beginning and the big betrayal/conspiracy so I am definitely coming back for book two for a second chance with a different heroine.

DNF Reviews – Books that lacked that something we neededAlien Innkeeper by Roxanne Barbour

Series: Out of This World
Genres: Sci-Fi Romance
Published by The Wild Rose Press on May 17, 2017
Pages: 332
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Sylvestine Amera is the manager of the Mars Best-Tycho Basin Hotel. When her first alien visitors arrive on planet, Syl is faced with solving numerous challenges. Not the least of having Dedare Sath rubbing her cheeks in a gesture she is curious to understand. Irion customs are different than what she is used to, but when Dedare who owns a hotel on Irion asks her to leave Mars and manage his flagship hotel, she is more than ready to leave her home planet behind.

Once on the alien planet Syl is subjected to new customs, more alien encounters, adventures, not to mention romance. The only problem is now she has three aliens interested in her. But before Syl is able to choose a mate, a former girlfriend of Dedare's and several other nemeses attempt to take her out of the equation—permanently. She can't help but wonder if her out of the world experience is worth dying for.

I chose this book because I was enamored with the idea of a human being an innkeeper on an alien planet and having adventures.

I ended up DNF-ing this book ten chapters in at the 31% point for a couple of reasons.

First of all, it was a third of the way done and they were just arriving on the alien world.  My issue is not that I couldn’t be patient through an introduction to the characters, the plot, and transition, but that I was bored by tedious details.  There were four chapters during the packing phase dealing with- yep, packing.
Secondly, I never really warmed up to the main character, Syl, and found her companions okay.  But then at the point I decided to end things, it was because Syl got snotty and bossy when it wasn’t a good time.  She had nearly ten chapters to get used to the idea that she was freely agreeing to pioneer a human visit to an alien planet with an alien culture (as in a culture not like hers, LOL).  Her first little hiccup and she cops an attitude toward anyone and everyone because she was inconvenienced (not hurt or harmed, just inconvenienced).

Yeah, I figured I wasn’t interested in waiting to see if something was going to happen when I was barely tolerating the heroine at the same time.  Let’s just say it was a bit mellow and slow build for my sci-fi tastes and expectations.  Maybe it would work for others.

I rec’d this book from Net Galley in exchange of an honest review.

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I was born and raised near Sacramento, CA. I have read since I was four years old and developed tastes that run the gamut of literature. I went away to college and have a degree in education, a certificate in family history research, and a certificate in social work. I worked for a non-profit agency with low income families for 20 years which included being responsible for the children’s library and promoting/teaching adult literacy. I have lived in Southeast Michigan for the last 18 years and I am currently a book addicted homemaker with a cat and husband who keep me grounded. Recently, I made it a challenge to review each book that I have read as a favor to author friends who said reviews are important. I have done reviews for Good Reads, Amazon, eBay, and Smashwords, but mostly at Goodreads and Amazon.
  • Yikes. I’d not heard of the second book you featured, but the first book… Omg when the heroine is awful, that’s the worst. She really ruins the story and it is difficult to end the book after you realize you don’t like her. Not even an amazing hero saves the story, usually. I’m sorry you didn’t enjoy Going Dark! I’ve read some of McCarty’s historical/Scottish romances and they have been pretty good. Too bad this awesome-sounding military suspense novel wasn’t!

    Have a wonderful weekend, Sophia. =)

    Alyssa @ The Eater of Books!

    • Yeah, I didn’t like her from the start, but was trying to tolerate her until it just got to be too much. Ruined. But, I do want to read more of the author’s books for sure and especially in this series.

  • well sci-fi and military are complicated for me so well… sorry it didn’t work for you

    • That’s okay, Melliane. I admire you greatly for reading books in a foreign language already, but I get it that the complex jargon can get tough. And… no loss here in my opinion. LOL

  • RO

    Love my military suspense stories, even without romance, but if the character starts doing crazy things, and is sort of unlikeable, I’m outta there too, Super Sophia! Happy weekend to you! Hugs…

    • Me, too! I was all set to fall in love with this book and series, but she was just so irresponsible and dangerous because of her ideas and stubbornness. Ugh. Oh well, moving on.

      Have a Fantastic Weekend, Radiant Ro!

  • I’m not usually enamored with military stories and science fiction don’t usually interests me too. Sorry it wasn’t able to work out with you Sophia Rose 🙁

    Fortunately for me, I only managed to have 1 DNF this year so far and I hope it wouldn’t increase (cross fingers)

    • Thanks, Vanessa!

      DNFs are the worst. i hope you don’t get any more, too. 🙂

  • Sorry to hear they didn’t work for you.

    • Yeah, I’ll try others and I do want to see what happens in the second book after Going Dark. Thanks, Mary!

  • It sounds like you had some really good reasons to set both of these books aside. I hope your next read is better.

    • Yeah, sometimes a book is just not working. Oh yes, I’ve had some fantastic reads since then. 🙂

  • Greg Hill

    I can see where Alien Innkeeper would definitely be an interesting premise, bummer that it was so slow. Sounds like it would be hard to get into if it takes that long to get going.

    • That really disappointed me, Greg. I was all set to enjoy a good alien adventure for an innkeeper and it just took its time getting there. Oh well.

  • The first book sounded like it had everything for a good story if only the heroine had been different. I relate 100% with you on heroines that go beyond being stubborn and do stupid crazy things again and again.

    And the second one sounds super boring. 4 chapters and they were still packing? That’s amazingly ridiculous.

    Great recap!

    • Yes, exactly- I just wanted her to get past the dumb actions and stop saying provoking stuff that clashed with her actions and the situation.

      Oh yeah, four chapters about packing nearly did me in. Oh well. 😉