Thursday, March 4, 2021

The DNF Report: February

This year I’ve been seeing a few people doing DNF posts. I have to say February was a big month of DNFing. Idk if it was my mood or just the books I was reading, but I DNF'd a lot more frequently than I usually do.

For ten years, Nefari Ashcroft, princess of the Shadow Kingdom, has hidden. For ten years, she’s endured the memory of everyone she’s lost. Half the shadow people are dead, the other half are enslaved, and her once-prosperous kingdom is nothing but an elaborate mass grave.

Now, dark magic has allowed the Queen of Salix to wreak havoc on the realm; wraiths hunt from the sky, the harvestmen march across the land, and the bone criers pick apart the flesh of the corpses left behind.

Nefari was prophesied to rise and be the sword of the realm. With her bright starlight magic, she was born to conquer the darkness. And for ten years, she’s trained to do just that. . .

It should be easy to step into the position her mother let for her since everyone thought she died the day her kingdom was destroyed. But staying hidden - remaining ‘nobody’ - is simpler than accepting her dark past, enduring her harrowing fate, and claiming her broken crown.

Thoughts: I got this one for review and the description sounded super awesome but the writing style just wasn't for me and the main character just did nothing for me.

Dear Mr Hayes,

I’m sorry you found me floating in your bathtub last night.
And that you didn’t realize I was housesitting.
I’m also sorry I crept out of your bed five years ago without leaving my name . . .

My secret one-night stand.
In another lifetime, we might’ve been soulmates,
The memories of our passion have warmed my bed since.
I’m going to pretend I don’t see the way your eyes devour me,
And ignore how that makes me feel.

You’re wealthy, charismatic, and sinfully sensual,
And I burn every time you whisper my name.
But I can’t give in to you. Not again.
I know you’re hiding something.

I’m not that girl anymore.
My kisses aren’t trifles to be wasted,
Single mothers aren’t afforded those luxuries.
Why must you be so hard to resist?

Falling in love with you was never in my plans,
Discovering who you really are might devastate me

Thoughts: DNF’d at 24%. Idk if it was the writing style or the characters or the awkward dialogue, but sadly this book was not for me.

Lies ruin lives.

Ignacio Torres, the translator for Blackbridge Security, has told his fair share and then some.

He lied more than once to Tinley Holland when they were teens.

Told her he didn’t love her.

Told her he could live without her.

Told her what they shared didn’t mean a thing.

He’s lived with those lies, lived with the loss of her for over a decade.

What he didn’t expect was going home to help with a family matter only to discover Tinley has told the biggest lie of all.

Thoughts: Sadly, DNF’d at 24%. This whole story just irritated me. The characters, the fact that neither seems to have grown since being high schoolers, just nope.

Maeve Ahern
No one ever really starts over. They drag their overweight suitcase filled with a haunting, dead fiancé, and unzip it in a new location. That’s just facts of life. At least, it’s my life. Sure, I moved to Colorado for a fresh start, but my past with Rexy looms in every corner light doesn’t touch.

My career as a pediatric physical therapist is the only thing I have left, and I pride myself on being the best in the field. It’s why I moved to Colorado to open my own practice. Men aren’t even on my radar, but then again, Turner isn’t a man, he’s my adorable, six-year-old patient. His father, though? He’s everything I swore off. A swaggering, muscle-filled, creation similar to the one I lost.

He’s a Navy SEAL. A military man. A heartbreaking blunder I can’t make twice.

Unfortunately, whenever he steps into the room, all I see is light.

Lincoln Wilds

Single parenting isn’t for the faint of heart. It’s constant chaos, and the maddening sense of abandonment always lurks in the background. Turner’s mother left us a month after he was born—vanished into a dark, drug-fueled existence. My military career suffered during his infancy stage, but I’m finally working my way back to some semblance of normalcy.

I just got my own squad at the SEAL Team, when Turner falls off the monkey bars and shatters his leg. Just another hiccup in our complicated life. He needs a skilled physical therapist to help him walk again, but when I meet Maeve, something about her disorients me completely.

Maeve Ahern is a walking, talking flashbang.

Thoughts: Third DNF of the week. Ugh. Quit at 17%. I tried to make to at least 25%, but it was just not happening. Waaay too much inner dialogue that wasn’t at all interesting. I was just bored. Not sure if it was the characters or the writing or the flow but Flash Bang was not for me.

A town not as sweet as it sounds...

Daynah Walsh’s ticket to her dream job at Metropolitan magazine has just been handed to her—but before she can move into that corner office, she must take on an assignment in the small town of Sugarloaf Ridge and expose the town’s longest-held secret. What became of the baby that was abandoned on the steps of the bakery almost twenty-five years ago?

Daynah expects easy answers and to gain some editorial experience. What she doesn’t expect is a growing friendship with cattle station manager Finn McAllister and the tight-knit community to welcome her like a member of their family.

The problem is, no one will talk.

Three years ago, Finn McAllister was dumped at the altar. Every waking moment since he’s devoted to the family property, Banridge Station.

When the new contract editor of The Song arrives, she’s like a brilliant ray of sunshine. Daynah awakens his heart as she brings life and hope to the town. Finn’s always been one to fall fast, and before too long, he’s done for.

The problem is, she’s asking too many questions.

Will Daynah break the story? Will Finn and the town finally be the key to healing the scars of her past?

Thoughts: Another DNF, gave up at 20%. Idk what it was about the story, but I wasn’t a fan. The pacing, plot, and main character just fell flat for me.

Life's no bowl of cherries for Anthony Farr, the Duke of Radcliffe. Duty demands he remarry to provide a spare to go along with the heir — and eligible ladies keep trying to finagle him into a proposal. All he wants is to be a good father to his 8-year-old son, see the Duchess (his truly terrific pig) win first prize at the harvest fête, and stay single. Even if that makes him a Bad Duke. Maybe the Worst Duke in the World.

Then Miss Jane Kent, a long-lost relation of the illustrious Penhallow family, arrives in the neighborhood and is promptly befriended by the Duke's son. Jane, Anthony comes to realize, is smart and fun and also very kissable and dazzlingly desirable. Still, that's not enough to melt his resistance to marrying again. He made a stern promise to himself, and promises must, of course, be kept.

But what if that's just his head talking, and his heart... is saying something entirely different?

Thoughts: I dragged myself through 24% of this lovely book and was just so bored. It took me 2 and a half days to get through 24% and I honestly couldn’t tell you what even happened. I’m pretty sure my mind just fell asleep while my eyes glazed over as I attempted to read this. A sad day when I have to DNF a book, but such is the life.

Two wrongs don't make a right.
But, try telling them that.

Marni
I wasn't supposed to be at that house.
I should have never wandered away from the party.
And I definitely shouldn't have pressed my ear to that door.
The words I heard play in my mind like a record on repeat.
Now, they want my silence.
The four guys who terrorize the streets of Redwood as a sport will stop at nothing to make sure that my lips are sealed.
What they don't know is that I refuse to go down without a fight.

Talon
Marni Thorn thinks she's holding all the cards.
She believes she's harboring our secret.
Little does she know, it wasn't ours to begin with.
We made a rule that she's off-limits.
But a body like that is meant to be touched.
Limits are pushed, and rules are broken.
But one thing is for certain, I have my little rebel right where I want her.

Thoughts: This one just reeked of sexual assault and I was not a fan.

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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