I am pretty selective about the books I read and over the years have really been able to identify books that will most likely work for me. I don’t take a lot of chances any more. But even when I pick books I am pretty sure I am going to like them, but these four books did not work for me. And that is okay. Not every book has to be for every one.
The Rakess by Scarlett Peckham– I had such high hopes for this book. It seemed like several of my friends were RAVING about it. But I resisted it because it is historical and I so rarely read historical romance. But then Tasha L. Harrison tweeted about how feminist the book it and I feel like calling a book feminist means it is for me. Sadly, this book was not for me. It felt like it was dragging out the conflict FOREVER. Sera is so sad. Adam is not quite as sad. Usually books about sad people really work for me. And possibly if this were in a modern setting I would have lost my mind over it. But I didn’t. I DNFed around the 60% mark, after it took me about a week to get that far. I am sure that the praise for this book is well earned, it just didn’t work for me.
Take a Hint, Dani Brown by Talia Hibbert– I absolutely loved Get a Life Chloe Brown and was really looking forward to this one. But it was another let down. Dani and Zaf are good characters, but I quickly tired of their perfectness. Even in their grumpy ways, they were still perfect. I read the first 12 chapters and then skipped to the last two. I didn’t feel like I missed anything.I think this was a case of me and not the book
Hairpin Curves by Elia Winters– I have been so excited about the Carina Adores line bringing us more f/f romance and was looking forward to this book. I have read Winters before and she really brings the heat. But I had to abandon this one early on. The two female leads are both 25. I’ve mentioned before that younger protagonists generally don’t work well for me. This is definitely a me and not the book DNF. I think if you aren’t a grumpy grump like me and like road trip romances, you would like this book.
Come Home to Deep River by Jackie Ashenden– The blurb got me with talk of second chance romance and it is described as bold and sexy. The hero returns to his hometown after he has inherited it from his bestie. He is also returning to the woman he left behind. There is a huge subplot about oil being discovered in the town and how that was going to impact the residents. It took up so much page time. Too much page time. I got bored and skipped to the last chapter. I didn’t feel like I missed anything, so I labeled the book as read and moved on.
What books have you DNFed really?