Just Not the Book For Us! DNF!

Posted May 24, 2019 by Sophia Rose in Reviews / 26 Comments

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Just Not the Book For Us! DNF!
Lucky in Love

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Series: Lucky #1
Genres: Contemporary Romance, Western Romance
Published by Sourcebooks Casablanca
Released on September 1, 2009
Pages: 293
Format: eBook
Source: Free Book
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This is one that I’ve had on the shelf for many years, but it was a matter of when not if.  I love the author’s writing, her fun and heartwarming down home country charm romances.  There are many on her back list that I still have left to read so I chose to start the first of the Lucky series.

Normally, I wait a bit longer before I call it quits on a story, but there are one or two elements that I won’t read in a romance book because I rarely enjoy the story.  It’s actually a pretty scalding hot button with me and I can’t get past it to respect let alone like the character when it appears no matter how much I typically enjoy the author’s writing.  To not belabor the point any further, I’m talking about the secret baby trope.

In this case, I had no idea it was part of the story because the blurb wasn’t specific about what Milli’s secret was.  But by chapter two, her secret is known to me.  She is on the next ranch over from her little girl’s dad and she plans to keep the secret from him.  Which I’m pretty sure is why she came on strong  with the ugly attitude and firing at him with her rifle when he was simply headed into her grandpa’s field to corral his bull.  Yep, so that was that.  He’s a rancher, he’s respected by everyone, and he’s not an abusive ax-murderer.  Not good enough to keep a little girl from her dad or a dad from his little girl.

I’m not saying this book is bad and that others shouldn’t read it; I’m just saying that its not for me.  I can and will recommend the writer for some of the best cowboy romance out there.

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About Carolyn Brown

Hi! I’m twenty five years old and movie star gorgeous. The camera added thirty plus years and a few wrinkles. Can’t trust those cameras or mirrors either. Along with bathroom scales they are notorious liars! Honestly, I am the mother of three fantastic grown children who’ve made me laugh and given me more story ideas than I could ever write. My husband, Charles, is my strongest supporter and my best friend. He’s even willing to eat fast food and help with the laundry while I finish one more chapter! Life is good and I am blessed!

Reading has been a passion since I was five years old and figured out those were words on book pages. As soon as my chubby little fingers found they could put words on a Big Chief tablet with a fat pencil, I was on my way. Writing joined reading in my list of passions. I will read anything from the back of the Cheerio’s box to Faulkner and love every bit of it. In addition to reading I enjoy cooking, my family and the ocean. I love the Florida beaches. Listening to the ocean waves puts my writing brain into high gear.

I love writing romance because it’s about emotions and relationships. Human nature hasn’t changed a bit since Eve coveted the fruit in the Garden of Eden. Settings change. Plots change. Names change. Times change. But love is love and men and women have been falling in and out of it forever. Romance is about emotions: love, hate, anger, laughter… all of it. If I can make you laugh until your sides ache or grab a tissue then I’ve touched your emotions and accomplished what every writer sets out to do.

I got serious about writing when my third child was born and had her days and nights mixed up. I had to stay up all night anyway and it was very quiet so I invested in a spiral back notebook and sharpened a few pencils. The story that emerged has never sold but it’s brought in enough rejection slips to put the Redwood Forest on the endangered list. In 1997 Kensington bought two books for their Precious Gems line. Two years and six books later the line died with only four of those books seeing publication. But by then Avalon had bought a book and another, and another. Ten years later the list has grown to thirty nine. Last year Sourcebooks bought the Lucky Series which is in the bookstores now. They’ve also bought The Honky Tonk Series which will debut with I LOVE THIS BAR in June and will be followed by HELL, YEAH, MY GIVE A DAMN’S BUSTED, and HONKY TONK CHRISTMAS.

Folks ask me where I get my ideas. Three kids, fifteen grandchildren, two great grandchildren. Note: I was a very young grandmother! Life is a zoo around here when they all come home. In one Sunday afternoon there’s enough ideas to keep me writing for years and years. Seriously, ideas pop up at the craziest times. When one sinks its roots into my mind, I have no choice but to write the story. And while I’m writing the characters peek over my shoulder and make sure I’m telling it right and not exaggerating too much. Pesky little devils, they are!

I have a wonderful agent, Erin Niumata, who continues to work magic and sell my work. I’m very lucky to have her and my editors who continue to believe in me.

Happy reading!

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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.

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Tanya @ Rantings of a Reading Addict
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That is a really frustrating trope. It just doesn’t make the character likeable at all. Sorry this one didn’t work out for you!

Sophia Rose
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Yes, that is exactly what happens each time I tried to read this trope so I don’t bother any more. 🙂

Debbie Haupt
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Oh this is a hot button issue with me too Sophia Rose and unless the woman comes clean rather quickly like before the baby is born it usually leaves a bad taste in my mouth too. And you know I’ve got a few of her books on my shelf so I hope they don’t rub me the wrong way because I think if this was the first one I read I might be apt to dump the rest.

Sophia Rose
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Yeah, I’m okay with a woman taking the time to get used to the idea, herself, and what all the ramifications will be. Those I can read, too. But, this gal knows who he is and how she could get in touch with him and the little girl is a toddler. She’s so worried he’ll take her girl from her and doesn’t see that hiding the girl is in essence taking his daughter from him and him from her daughter. Most of her books are very different set ups. I think you’ll have a good time with them. So far,… Read more »

Angela (Angel's Guilty Pleasures)
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I don’t like the secret baby trope either. It’s one I avoid and don’t like reading. Thanks’ for the honest review. Sorry this one didn’t work out. Maybe the next one will be better.

Sophia Rose
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Yeah! I plan to move on to the second book in the series. I really do love her writing so I’ll just move past this one. 🙂

Rachel @Waves of Fiction
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I don’t like this troupe either, and she used it just recently in her Happy, Texas series: Luckiest Cowboy of All. In that instance the mom kept the secret for 9 years and it hero was a good guy. I thought it was extremely unfair. I just looked up my rating and review and I can’t believe I gave it 3 stars. Maybe I liked the rest of the cast and that made me generous with my rating. Still, like you, I enjoy Carolyn Brown and I’ll still continue to read her books. Sorry to hear this was a dud,… Read more »

Sophia Rose
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Oh yeah, I skipped that one. I think there was a hint in the book before or maybe I read an excerpt. I saw a pretty scathing review on that heroine, too. You probably adored the hero and the rest of the family in the story. Sometimes all the stuff around the bad part is enough to rate a story higher. I’m definitely a fan and I do plan to read the rest of this series. It is just that trope and how I feel about the heroine that makes me not both reading them. Yes! One more off the… Read more »

Mary Kirkland
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Sometimes the book just isn’t for us. Sorry you didn’t like it.

Sophia Rose
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Very true! Onward to the next one in the series. 🙂

Kimberly @ Caffeinated Reviewer
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It takes a lot to overcome that trope. I enjoy this author though.

Sophia Rose
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In a nutshell, that’s pretty much where I’m at with the trope and the author, too. I’ll be snatching up the next fast enough. 🙂

Stephanie Jane (Literary Flits)
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I don’t think I’ve ever seen you DNF a book before. Sorry this one wasn’t for you. I don’t think I would have appreciated it either

Sophia Rose
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Yeah, I don’t do it often, thankfully, but I’ve learned to do it. Better yet, I try to make sure I don’t read books that I know I won’t enjoy, but I missed the hints before I started reading on this one. Oh well!

vvb
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Oh, interesting. I haven’t seen many DNFs from you. I’m learning to let go of those kinds of books more often now.

Sophia Rose
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It has taken me years to set aside a book when I know I’m not enjoying it or won’t enjoy after I start it. It helps that I know I have a lot of books left on the reading pile and should just move on. 🙂

Lover Of Romance
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This is why I don’t like this style of this trope. I like secret baby trope but not when the heroine hides it intentionally like this. There was a book like this one from Linda Lael Miller and I just DNF because NO, it just rubbed me wrong on so many levels. Sorry to hear about this one though.

Sophia Rose
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Yes, good point. If its unintentional because she can’t find him or he made her think he wouldn’t want his baby or he’s unsafe, I can go with that. But, yeah, when there aren’t any mitigating circumstances, I say NO, too. 🙂

Lily
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I hate those tropes so much. I don’t think it’s forgiveable in my opinion and to romantize, it does not make sense

Sophia Rose
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See, I feel the same way. I don’t find it romantic at all even if they obviously change their minds later.

Carole Rae
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Oooo no! I’m sorry about the DNF

Sophia Rose
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I wish there had been a bigger hint in the blurb and I’d have skipped this one all together. I just can’t. 🙁 Moving to the next Carolyn Brown cowboy and cowgirl to love on. 🙂

Lindy@ A Bookish Escape
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I agree, Milli didn’t have a good reason for keeping father and daughter from one another. I find that when a main character frustrates me too much, or I don’t like them it will effect my enjoyment of the story, so I can see why you DNF’d it.

Sophia Rose
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Yeah, it’s really tough for me not to get so angry about the situation that I can’t get past it even if it resolves at some point in the story.

herding cats
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The only book of hers I hated was a secret baby one and it was much the same. There was absolutely no reason and the heroine was an absolute B from go. It almost made me quit reading her books.

Sophia Rose
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Yeah, I know which one you mean. I skipped that one b/c I started reading the preview chapter at the end of the previous book and said, nope!

I get that mad at this scenario, too. But, with hers, I’ve read so many of her books that I know she doesn’t write this very often so I’ll just try to avoid them and read the others.