DNF Reviews – The uh ohs and oh no’s!

DNF Reviews – The uh ohs and oh no’s!Dominated by Maya Banks

Series: The Enforcers #2
Genres: Contemporary Romance
Published by Berkley on May 3, 2016
Pages: 352
Format: eARC
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I know I said it when I read Mastered, the first book in The Enforcers series, that I wouldn’t be reading any more Maya Banks books. Well, Mastered ended in a cliffhanger and I just wanted to see what happened. I mean it ended horribly and in no way was I ready for Evangeline to forgive Drake. And that is exactly what she does and I wanted to puke. The Enforcers think they are giving Drake a wake up call by saying he needs to make the world see she is his and he will kill anyone who messes with her.

So he finds her. Grovels very little and she goes home with him and asks for sex. That’s it. I ended that reading experience right away. This monster treats you like shit in front of his business associates. Forcibly makes her give him a blow job and degrades her, even if he doesn’t mean it and she rolls over like a whipped dog when he says hardly anything about being sorry.

Nope, nada, I am done. This is the last time I put my faith in this author who used to write so beautifully. Now it is the same crap, different character names, with men who think they are the only ones who can protect women and must turn them into mindless zombies. I wish her well, but it won’t be me reading these books anymore.

DNF Reviews – The uh ohs and oh no’s!Bound to FateGenres: New Adult Romance, Contemporary Romance
on January 24 2016
Pages: 297
Format: eARC
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DNF at Chap 6

I have read wonderful reviews for this author and I wanted to try an African romance to expand my horizons.  I picked this one because it was also a new adult story and I wanted to try more of those.

The story is set in Nigeria.  Lara and her sister are in high school and have just suffered the loss of their parents in a car crash.  They are living with their aunt now and attending a new school.  Lara is the serious studious type and her sister is a social butterfly.  Lara makes a friend and gets some admiring looks, but it takes one look at her handsome young geography teacher and she’s a goner.

Ike has made huge mistakes in his life and takes responsibility for his brother’s death.  This is why he will not succumb to the attraction he feels toward one of his students.  He will finish the internship and move on with his own college degree.  But when he sees Lara in trouble with a punk at school, he has to rescue her.  And then he gets himself sacked when he punches the guy for spreading rumors about Lara.

Lara feels responsible for Ike losing his teaching spot thinking it’s because she told him of her crush on him and him driving her home after Malcolm and his friends were trying to pressure her into partying with them.  But Ike keeps things on the right side of respectable and tells her that he got himself into trouble.  His act makes her fall for him all the more and now she pushes him for a relationship and to be her first to take her virginity.

And that’s where I stopped.  I know that some really darker things happen after that and Ike and Lara have to fight hard for their love.  I really wanted to get to all that, but I couldn’t.  I also learned after I stopped reading that they picked up and had a physical relationship while he was engaged so that probably would have caused another stopping point for me.

While I enjoyed the setting, the characters, and the author’s writing style to a certain extent, it was the early romance that didn’t work for me.  I’ve read other teacher student forbidden romances and was alright, but I struggled with this one.  She felt young and the story skipped from the meet up to several months later.  Maybe if it had filled in a bit and grew their relationship, but it went from meet up to full on obsession and I struggled with that and the maturity level of the heroine.  She felt younger than her years for me.

Though Lara turned eighteen and Ike stopped being her teacher, she still felt awful young for what she was getting into.  It felt like she got a crush, fell in lust, and that was what she was acting on especially since she had just been struggling with her parents’ deaths and having panic attacks.  And Ike, he seemed to be in lust, too, since he only knew her as a pretty girl who was a good student.

So, I called it quits.  I want to try other books from the author particularly that are straight up adult romances because her writing wasn’t the issue.  I struggled with this one, but fans of the author and others who enjoy New Adult might want to give it a try.

I rec’d this book 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!
  • It’s really hard sometimes when a story uses exactly a trope that really doesn’t sit well with us. I’m glad you’ll still read other books by Kiru Taye, and I completely understand why you wouldn’t read any more in The Enforcers series.
    Have a fabulous Friday.
    Lexxie @ (un)Conventional Bookviews

    • Thanks, Lexxie!

      I wanted to keep reading b/c I liked her writing, but I was very uncomfortable with that pairing b/c of her age, maturity level, and her mental state after her parents’ deaths. Maybe if it had started with her a bit older I would have been alright.

    • Shari Delighted Read

      Thanks Lexxie!

      I just can’t get into what felt like brain washing and stalkerish characteristics.

  • I think I tried to read a Maya Banks book many many years ago not long after I first started reading BDSM. I didn’t like it. I don’t remember which book it was, but I DNF it before I was half way through. I’ve read some pretty dark master/slave and dubious consent books and I still didn’t like the way her books read. I think because she wrote it as it should be okay, where the others are written as “these are bad people”.

    Same with the student/teacher thing. That is a hard one to write. I’ve read some good ones, but, like you said, you have to build it properly. Plus the student needs to be written as very adult.

    Melanie @ Hot Listens & Rabid Reads

    • I agree that the teacher/student type of relationship is tough to write particularly when it’s a high schooler and not even a college student. It just didn’t feel right especially with all the circumstances and not just the age.

    • Shari Delighted Read

      Maya Banks used to be my go to author, but something has happened lately to her writing making all her books feel the same and not in a good way. The men seem to love deeply if that is what you call it. To the point they overwhelm the women they have set their eyes on and them make them into what they want, separate them from their friends and it is just plain creepy.

  • You know Sheri, I haven’t tried Banks’ historical, but I tired several of her contemps and we are not a good match. I know folks love her but I cannot connect.

    • Shari Delighted Read

      I can’t connect to any of her books lately. I have read one of her historicals and enjoyed it, but I am not a person who likes historical books. I am plain done with her and can’t come back to try again.

  • It happens. There are a few authors that I don’t read anymore because of cliffhangers and such. There are just some thing that I don’t want to read.

    • Yes, this is true for me, too. I try to avoid books if I can tell they have certain things that don’t appeal to me.

  • I won’t be reading any more Maya Banks because she always writes insta-love romances. Eh.
    KTaye, too angsty, I can’t and won’t be able to handle that shit.

    • Yes, I would have to agree that Taye’s story was full of the feels. 😉 I remember what you said about wanting to step away from the romances. Have you seen A Useful Woman by Darcie Wilde? It’s a historical mystery series that just started. You might like it.

  • That second one so does not sound like a book for me