Monday, August 3, 2020

The DNF Report for July

This year I’ve been seeing a few people doing DNF posts, and I feel like this year has been a year I've definitely been putting books down faster than ever before. In my monthly recaps, I mention books that I read but didn't put reviews up for and so I thought I would just make a post about the books I've been DNFing and why. Hopefully, I can give these lovely books some love even though I didn't necessarily love them myself. This week's post is going to be for the DNF's from June.

The newest erotic romance from bestselling author Opal Carew.

Getting cheated on and left with a hotel bill that costs more than she makes in a year was not a part of the plan when Riana came to Las Vegas to marry her wealthy fiancé. Her plans also didn’t include getting bailed out of this horrible situation by Quinn, the ex-boyfriend she hadn’t planned to see ever again. For Quinn, Riana was the one that got away and he’s never gotten over her, no matter how successful he became.

Riana insists on paying Quinn back, so he makes her an offer—spend the next month with him and his business partner Austin while they’re on vacation. It’s clear to him that Austin is attracted to her, too, and Quinn’s always liked the idea of sharing a woman with him. It’s something that Riana wants to do, and after a few glasses of champagne—only enough to stop denying herself what she wants—she voices her desire to be with both men.

But as the month comes to an end, Riana has to face the reality she’s falling for Quinn and Austin…and the possibility that one crazy night in Vegas could cost her one—or both—men.

Thoughts: This is one I was super excited about that I grabbed from Netgalley. I ended up DNF’ing at 21%. I could not figure out whose POV I was reading and when. They changed so rapidly, sometimes within the same paragraph. The characters, I think I could have liked them if I could get a basic understanding of who they were, but the constant POV changing left me feeling like the two guys were just pervs and the main girl had no life skills.

For as long as I can remember, I’ve been in love with Chris.
I was never old enough or brave enough to act on it.
He never saw me like anything more than his best friend’s little sister.
So, when he falls in love with my best friend, I smile and try to move on.
Only I never thought I would lose them both.

One tragic night.
One day leaving me wondering what my future holds.
One event that has me see Salomé under a different light.
She’s the only one who can understand what I’m going through.
She’s also the only one who can soothe my pain.
I need her to survive. But I certainly shouldn’t take advantage of it.

Thoughts: I got this one to review for a blog tour and ended up quiting at 44%. This story dragged for me. While the characters are supposedly close to 40 and 50, they acted like teenagers and while in a YA novel I would enjoy that, I don’t so much when it’s not.

My first mistake?
Causing the sexy Frenchman a concussion.
My second?
Telling the hospital staff that I was his girlfriend.
In my defense, he didn’t speak English.
My third?
Taking him home, letting him sleep in my bed. Naked.
I never said I was Florence Nightingale . . .

He gave me a night I’ll never forget but when I wake, he’s already gone.
I tell myself it’s his loss, that I wasn’t expecting him to stay forever anyway,
And my life moves on.
I get a new job. A fresh start in a new country and I stop counting my mistakes.
Until those striking green eyes meet mine across the office,
And it all comes rushing back.

But he’s not that man anymore.
Gone are his jeans and his playful attitude.
Rich and powerful, he’s now sin in a suit.
And his English is perfect.
Were his kisses also lies? His caresses meaningless?
I feel like such a fool—I want to wrap my hands around his neck.
Though not to hug him,
Because the man is a force of nature.
A master manipulator.
He’s also my new boss.
And I already hate him.

The biggest lies are the ones we tell ourselves.

Thoughts: This is another one I got for a blog tour to review that I ended up quitting at 25%. The writing style and characters are just not for me.

Imagine lying in a hospital bed and the doctor who pulls the curtain back to treat you is the one who got away. Even if you never really had her in the first place. She’s not only your high school crush, she’s the ex-girlfriend of your ex-best friend. The one girl you’ve always wanted.

Here’s a step-by-step list to finally win her over…

Key to win #1: Try not to take offense that she snuck back into town without telling you—six months ago.
Key to win #2: Rekindle the friendship to ease the awkwardness. But… DO NOT enter the friend zone.
Key to win #3: Ignore the fact that she went speed dating the night before. Take it as good a sign—maybe she’s looking for a relationship.
Key to win #4: Attempt to keep the two of you out of the town gossip blog and away from your large family.

Make sure you don’t let this last one throw you off your mission.

Key to win #5: Don’t get deterred when you find out the past is about to repeat itself. Because the man she met at the speed dating night is your best buddy from work.

Just remember, you sat back and let her slip away once, you won’t do it a second time. Failure is not an option.

Thoughts: Sadly this was one I was super excited for but didn't end up loving. I just could not get into this story. It felt so juvenile and I just wasn’t a fan. I didn’t like how they kept acting like Kingston being 25 and not having a family already was some big thing. Like his brain is finally finished developing. He’s not 1000 years old. He’s a kid.

This book just felt like unnecessary drama to me and I wanted to just shake everyone and be like “be a freaking adult and talk to each other.” Just not for me.

Known: They share some serious stranger on the train chemistry. Tonight, he’s finally taking her on a date.
Unknown: He’s just inherited billions and plans to tear up his deadbeat dad’s building for some closure. And she’s the single-mom he evicted from his building to make way for the bulldozer.
One question: What could go wrong?

I’ve got one rule as a single mom: My daughter comes first. So when it comes to romance, so far, I’ve limited myself to fantasies about the gorgeous green-eyed guy on the train. For months, he’s been the bright light in my otherwise dull work week. Our eyes meet, electricity jolts between us, my body goes to mush, and then we lose each other in the station and I’ve got enough to keep me going for the next twenty-four hours. He’s that hot. But it’s more than that. I swear we have a connection. But then one day he disappears.

Our big loft apartment in San Francisco is our happy place. It’s big and bright and sunny, and the one constant in Zoe’s life.

So when someone moves into the top two floors and starts making a racket that keeps us up all night, neither of us are happy. Next, I get a letter that we’ve got to move out because Mr. Big Bucks upstairs is making our apartment into a home gym. Hell no. After a couple of jumbo glasses of wine I slip a note under his door letting him know what I think of that.

It’s incredible, the way I can’t stop thinking about that curvy girl on the train with the sexy pixie hair. When my father dies and I have to go back to Australia to deal with all the legalities, it’s like she’s with me, providing the tenderness that he never did. I swear, she’s the only reason I got through all that. I spent years avoiding all the insecurities his abandonment created, but his death has ripped all that wide open. My friends say, I bet the two billion dollars he left you helps. And it does. A little.

When I get home and see her on the train, I know this is going to be the day I talk to her. It helps that she seems just as hot to see me as I am to see her after my month away. She agrees to go on a date with me that night. But when I realize she’s the tenant in my building whom I’ve just evicted, I know I’m in a whole lot of trouble.

Thoughts: This is one I got for a blog tour I thought sounded super interesting, but ended up falling flat for me with the writing style. 

She had an acceptable marriage of convenience. Now widowed, can this determined and beautiful mother find true and forever love?

The sinking of the Salty Dove took her husband’s life―but it didn’t drown Julia Fairbright’s courage to endure. She creates a proper life for herself and her young son. But now, the ton’s most notorious rogue is back in London, and how he makes Julia feel is anything but proper. She can’t deny the desires he awakens in her, even though she knows that the handsome devil will surely break her heart.

Garrett Stockton owns a successful shipping company and is rumored to have a woman on every continent and half-a-dozen in England. The truth, however, is that Garrett has but one mistress: the wide open sea. That is, until he meets Julia, whose spirit of independence matches his own. What begins as a flirtatious battle of wits turns far more passionate than either of them could have imagined. Suddenly, Garrett’s only desire is to sail into the sunset with Julia as his wife and young Chatwyn his son. But she won’t take his hand―how can he convince her that his love is real and his heart is hers?

Thoughts: This is another one I got from Netgalley that I was feeling pretty excited for. I struggled to get into this one. The plot, characters, and dialogue just moved a bit too slowly for me.

Did you DNF any books this month? If so, which book(s) and why?
Have you any of the books I DNF'd and think I need to give them a second chance?

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