We don’t mention every DNF (did not finish) book we read, but sometimes they pile up and we do DNF round ups.
Catch Me by Katherine Grant: My problem with this book is this – The heroine was mentally abused (at least) with a previous boyfriend. He was controlling, possessive to an extreme (at least that is what I’ve gained with only reading the first half of the book) In present day, heroine has met her neighbor who is already extremely controlling. In a different book, a controlling, colder hero can be fun..but in this book knowing the heroine’s history – and how she tells this new guy “no” but then he goes ahead and kisses her anyway and tells her – oh yes it’s going to happen – squicks me out. Also, just because there is physical ‘romantic’ contact – kissing, touching etc – that isn’t the same as emotional intimacy, which is lacking from this story.
First to Burn by Anna Richland: I kind of feel like this story doesn’t live up to the blurb. The hero is an immortal viking and in present day serving in Afghanistan. He gets injured and is seen by the heroine who is an Army Captain medic. I expected a lot from an immortal viking but I was kind of bored. Their chemistry didn’t flow well and up to the 30% mark the paranormal stuff is very minimal. Just fell flat for me.
Arrest by June Gray: I assumed this was a marriage in crisis story based on the blurb and that the book starts with these two already married. The hero is in training to become a cop. The heroine has a miscarriage. But they seem pretty content and happy to me. Which is great, but doesn’t make for a very interesting story. After reading 30% I still had no idea where this story was headed. Time kept jumping ahead, we are only in the heroine’s pov, so we miss the hero actually becoming a cop. Didn’t work for me.
A Shiver Of Light by Laurell K. Hamilton. I’m a fan of Hamilton’s Merry Gentry series and was thrilled to be offered this for review. This book was a long time coming but the sparks that made it so beguiling in the beginning were almost non-existent. The world building continues to evolve and enchant but it couldn’t overcome the repetitive boring sexual dialogue & scenes, the PSAs about polyamorous relationships, and the constant rambling off topic.
The City by Dean Koontz. I’ll be frank…I’m not sure what is going on with Koontz. The last book of his I truly enjoyed was One Door Away From Heaven. The last few I’ve read since then seem to be drifting away from the suspenseful & mysterious (of which I’m a huge fan of) and more into the spiritually introspective. The City bored me. I didn’t feel like I was reading a story but rather a historical text-book. Lots of purple prose, metaphors, and hyperbole drags the book down and the actual story gets lost in the clutter. Numerous characters and plot lines left me feeling overwhelmed and unsure exactly what was going on. I think from now on I’ll just stick to re reading his earlier works.
Have you read anything recently that just didn’t work?