DNF – We just couldn’t finish it! January Edition

DNF – We just couldn’t finish it! January EditionStroked by Meghan Quinn

Series: #1 Stroked
Genres: Contemporary Romance
Published by Small Publisher on July 20, 2016
Pages: 432
Format: eARC
Source: NetGalley
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DNF’d after Chapter 3

An Olympic swimmer and model and a girl acting as assistant to a reality TV star who is thought to be his girlfriend?  It sounded like a light and fun romantic comedy by an author I’ve heard good things about.

I was expecting something light, fun, and sexy and it’s possible that it does become that, but after encountering the three narrators- Paisley, Bellini, and Reese, I was just not feeling this story.  None of them held appeal and Bellini was over the top evil, self-absorb Queen B.  She’s a caricature of of entitled and rich and the other two are the long-suffering pair who must press on around her while growing into a romantic relationship.

I suppose it was all meant to be funny (after all, that’s why I chose it), but I must not be in the right mood for this style of funny because I just have no desire to see where this story goes after meeting the characters.

So, I’ll bail and move on.

This is obviously not going to be one where I say ‘avoid this book’ because really I think a lot of folks will get a kick out of it.  I’ll just leave it as ‘not for me’ and do read the other reviews to get an idea if it is for you.

DNF – We just couldn’t finish it! January EditionLast True Hero by Diana Gardin

Genres: New Adult Romance, Contemporary Romance
Published by Forever Yours on November 10, 2015
Pages: 352
Format: eARC
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DNF at 31%

Last True Hero had a blurb that grabbed me and a military hero plus it was a book by a new to me author.  All systems go.

Dare Conners is home after years of combat duty as an Army Ranger.  He struggles with the night terrors and his memories, but he is ready for a new start.  His Army buddy invites him to join him in a seaside Carolina town to help him rest and sooth his soul.  Dare was a foster kid and never has found home and isn’t sure he plans to stay, but his first encounter with sultry and standoffish Berkley makes him reconsider.

Berkley brushed off Dare stating she doesn’t date military guys and her life is complicated.  Recently home from college, her father the Admiral and her mother have her life all mapped out- marry a Navy man and be the perfect Navy wife.  Berk loves her parents and she likes the guy her parents have picked, but she doesn’t love him and she definitely doesn’t want to be a Naval officer’s wife like her mother.  She has no idea what she wants, but her eyes drift to the dark and hot Dare who comes to her restaurant and won’t give up on her.

Alright, so I started reading and enjoyed Dare’s narration and early story right away.  If his story would have been paired with someone else, we wouldn’t be here now with me giving reasons why I called it quits.  I actually knew the moment I got Berkley’s narration that I wasn’t going to like her, but I gave her a chance.  I’ve had characters change my mind after rough starts.  My first impression was a whiny girl who couldn’t figure out what she wanted and played games with people.  Six chapters later, my impression didn’t change.  Berkley knew what she didn’t want even though she couldn’t seem to articulate to the people who needed to hear it.  She had a really nice guy propose marriage and she knows she can only be friends, but she doesn’t make a clean break and chooses to string him along not to hurt him.  She has another really nice guy, Dare, into her, but she is coy, flirts and plays hard to get, brushes him off a few times, but keeps running back to him giving off mixed signals and acting like he’s her dirty little bad boy secret. Sigh…

So yeah… done with the games.  I liked both the guys she was dinking around with their feelings and I didn’t like her so I’m calling this one at chapter six.

I received a copy of 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!
  • I’m realizing that I haven’t read a book staring swimmers but that could be interesting. I’m sorry to hear that it didn’t work out, I think I’ll pass

    • See, that’s what grabbed my attention, too. I was taken with it being about a swimmer. But yeah, it was disappointing not to enjoy it. They weren’t likeable characters.

  • RO

    Hey Shari! I agree – that blurb sounds super interesting, but I would have a hard time connecting with these characters. I think this one would be a no go. Hugs…

    • I really wanted both to be good, but yeah, I couldn’t connect with these folks.

  • It happens. Sometimes it turns out it’s just not the right book for us.

    • So true, Mary! Different strokes for different folks.

  • Yes, I especially dislike it when they are ARC reviews for Net Galley. For a long time I thought I had to read it and it made for some long dreary reads. Now if I can’t finish it, I can’t!

    • That is exactly what used to make me keep reading when I didn’t even like a book, but I’ve learned that I really don’t have to. Yeah, now, when I can’t, I don’t.

  • eak sorry these didn’t work for you. In my experience if I don’t like the MC at the beginning I think I have the hardest time warming up to them later, they are exceptions, of course

    • Yes, it can turn around and change, but sometimes it doesn’t. It’s hard to know when to call it and when to keep giving it a chance. Ugh. 🙂

  • Sorry these didn’t work for you. If you don’t like a main character in a book, it can be really hard to like the book.

    • Most definitely, Carole! Really, really hard. LOL. I’ve had books that I’ve read anyway and liked other parts, but some books the character is so prominent that I know it won’t happen.

  • Bummer these did not work. I hate when I expect something in a novel and it is nothing like what I was thinking.

  • Oh erg. Yeah I have a feeling I would have bailed on book one real quick.

    • Yeah. I am getting better at walking away when a story isn’t working for me.