Today we bring you a round of up books that we did not finish. Life is too short to read books that aren’t bringing you joy.
Let us know in the comments what books you DNF so far this year and why.
Now, Then, Always by Mona Shroff– You might be wondering how this could have ended up on my DNF list after I was really excited about it. And I wondered the same thing. Basically it just wasn’t drawing me in. It probably had more to do with external factors like life and the story wasn’t holding my attention. The story goes back and forth from past to present so that may be appealing to some readers. This is probably a perfectly enjoyable story it just wasn’t working for me right now. (pub 1/28)
Grand Theft N.Y.E by Katrina Jackson– I typically don’t read much erotica or erotic romance but I wanted to try something different. The sex was HOT. The story was fun. But I like to see more of a connection between the main characters before they have all the sex. This is a definite case of it was me and not the book. Many of my friends have read and enjoyed this story. As an aside, I highly recommend the episode of Shelf Love Podcast with Katrina Jackson as the guest. I may have fallen a little bit in love with her after that episode.
So Close by Serena Bell– Past me was not paying attention when I accepted this ARC. The hero is a billionaire, which rarely works for me anymore. But I was willing to try. He quickly presents himself as a jerk and then I was no longer interested. Bell will probably have a good redemption ARC for him, but I am just not in a space where I am willing to read that. If someone reads this and can report back that the hero changes in a significant way, please let me know.
The Kissing Game by Marie Harte– This cover is cute and the blurb got me. Early in the book the author seems to set the stage for the external conflict to be centered around racism/racists. I am not convinced that this is story that should be told by non-marginalized authors. I DNF at 5%. Maybe it gets better and is a great story but I am just not in the mood to give it a chance.