Monday, July 27, 2020

Books I have not finished 2020 #2

Still on the reading merry go round that is Kindle Unlimited. And oh yeah, let's not forget all the Facebook ads I get sucked into clicking on and downloading because the excerpts and ads sound good but the books themselves let me down. I never like it when I have to DNF a book because it makes me feel rather disgruntled. The good news is that the books I do enjoy and finish outweigh the ones I do not.

Triple Threat by Annie J Rose

Review: Triple Threat by Annie J Rose

Mafia books in general are not for me. They need to be something special from an author I love for me to get into them. I can name a couple of those too since there have been a few I've loved. This one seemed clinical and unimaginative. I also felt disconnected with the characters even though it was written in first person and as I read each chapter from each character's point of view I didn't feel drawn to them. I didn't feel like I got to know them enough in the opening chapters to like them enough to want to keep reading. It's not poorly written but it lacking in emotion and feeling. There was also too much telling and not enough showing.

Bones Making Her His Priority by KP Knights

Review: Bones: Making Her His Priority (Hell's Angels MC #1) by K P Knights

This book came highly recommended by a bunch of someones in a book group I'm in. What they said when they described the book appealed to me. Sadly, it ends there. I didn't like the way the book opened and I certainly didn't like the way Bones and Bella's relationship was established and described in the beginning. I guess I can understand it from the fact that Bones is in a motorcycle club and he has a reputation to uphold but yeah, not my kind of relationship dynamic, not my kind of book, and the writing style of the author didn't gel with me. I passed on this pretty quickly. Just goes to show that not every book that many someones rave about are good. At least, not to me.

Scandalous by Sybil Bartel

Review: Scandalous (The Alpha Bodyguard#1) by Sybil Bartel

I am not exactly sure why I picked up this book to read. I vaguely recall it being because it was written mostly from Tank’s point of view and I love stories written from the hero’s point of view. Only problem is Tank is an ass**** and a right bast*** though a protective one and he does care about Audrina but he’s a jerk almost all of the time. And Audrina is not much better. She’s a confused brat trying to regain control of her life but all she manages is to come across like a spoiled dilettante. I vaguely felt sorry for her in beginning but quickly lost patience with her. She acts out to get what she wants and pushes Tank to get a rise out of them. Some might say the chemistry is combustible between the two of them but mostly it’s tedious because they are constantly at each other’s throats and fighting. They have a contentious relationship from the very beginning and it doesn’t stop. Even in the epilogue they are arguing and fighting over something when they are supposed to have their happy ever after. All that fighting got tiresome.

Possessive Doctor by BB Hamel

Review: Possessive Doctor by BB Hamel

I am a huge fan of Ms Hamel's writing but about six or nine months ago I noticed a change in her writing style which threw me off track. I felt like it was someone entirely new writing the books because it was so different from what I had gotten used to reading. I love her older works and her older books and I'm still making my way through her back list. Her Dark Daddies series is some of my favorite books by her. Unfortunately, this recent book didn't work for me. I felt disconnected from the characters and I was not emotionally involved in their plight. Even while I was reading about Amber's problems and Brent getting possessive and trying to, wanting to help her, I didn't feel involved with them. I didn't care. Certainly not enough to keep going which saddens me a great deal. I did skip to the end though cos I do like to read the ending. I have tried about six or seven of Ms Hamel's new works including this newest one and sadly, the writing is not connecting with me. I think I've given it as good a shot as I can and I kept trying because I kept wanting to love her newer books. I guess I just need to stick to Ms Hamel's back list and enjoy that.

Daddy's Obsession by Rory Reynolds

Review: Daddy's Obsession by Rory Reynolds

Okay, this is a well-written book, but the subject matter isn't for me. Don't get me wrong, I like a good daddy book as much as the next girl, but I'm more of a daddy-lite kind of girl and this is not just a little bit of calling the hero "daddy". This is full on DD/lg (I just learned that term!) and the whole "little girl" part of it is a little too much for my sensitivities. Couple that with the fact that Sugar is a resistant as all get out heroine and I'm just so done with heroines who resist their attraction to the hero that I didn't have the patience to wade through the book even though I did kind of want to see what would happen when Oliver discovers her drawings for the book he's publishing. I loved Oliver though. Dominating, sexy, sure of himself. I love how confident he is and how "all in" he is from the very first moment. He is utter perfection. Too bad about Sugar. And I had such high hopes when the book started. Sigh.

Bad Apple by Stephanie Brother

Review: Bad Apple by Stephanie Brother

I've struggled with this book for four days which is a seriously long time for me to be lingering over the book. Originally, I thought I was having a wonky post-surgery brain and I couldn't concentrate on anything because of the sedation but it's been four days and today I gave it a serious attempt to read the book. Then I realised that bad boys are just not for me no matter that he had a tragic back story and he has a reason for going down the path he did. Aside from that, I couldn't connect with the characters and the narrative was lacking in depth and detail. It felt like there were chunks of the writing that got accidentally deleted and scenes were just not fleshed out well enough. This, of course, surprises me because I've read some of Ms Brother's previous books and enjoyed them but this one was just didn't work.

Taken In Time by Tin Kuhn

Review: Taken In Time by Tin Kuhn

Sadly, I'm not having a very good run right now. Three DNFs in a row. I had such high hopes for this book as I do love a good time travel story but unfortunately, it is very poorly written. There's too much telling and the writing very simplistic. I felt like I was reading a children's book with the way the sentences and paragraphs were structured.  I couldn't get past the first two chapters because of the writing.

Shared By The Alphas by Jayce Carter

Review: Shared by the Alphas (The Omega's Alphas #2) by Jayce Carter

I didn't hate this as I have previous omegaverse stories but it didn't engage me either. The men were great but Tiffany was just a little too rebellious and too troublesome for me to want to invest my time into her and her journey. I have very little patience for difficult heroines and Tiffany stays that way to the very end as she gets caught up in some rather nasty stuff. With this one, I think I'm going to stop trying to find an omegaverse story that I will love because I've tried a lot and I've only loved one of them and that was was an intentional departure from the regular omegaverse stories out there. This is not dreadful but it didn't hold my attention.

There you go. That's it for now. There are more, of couse, and I'm sure that will continue because I keep experimenting and reading new authors that are recommended, but not everything I've tried didn't work out. I have found a few new favorite authors recently that I've loved.

Tell me, are there any hot buttons that don't work for you in books? Something that will make you shut the book and not keep reading? How many books have you not finished so far this year?

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  1. I've downloaded so many freebies lately and haven't even started any. I expect I'll get round to some of them, if I live that long. Lol.

    1. Yeah, there are a lot of freebies around right now. I do make an effort to read them. I've found some great authors via freebies.

  2. life's too short with too many great books to waste on ones that don't suit you. But you're right, what you don't love someone else will. I see that all the time with reviews for my own stories lol.

    1. It's true. I see recs all the time where I think I wouldn't touch that book with a ten foot barge pole but others rave about it. Different strokes for different folks and all that.