Review: Once Bitten by Kalayna Price

Reviewed by Jen

The only thing that sucks more than a book I can’t finish is a book I can’t finish from an author I like.

I adore the Alex Craft series by Kalayna Price, so I was excited to see that she had backlist books I could dive into and roll around in. Then I started reading. Not only did I not connect to this book, I actively disliked it. [Read more…]

DNF: The Darkest Corner by Lilliana Hart

Reviewed by Elle

The Gravediggers were once elite soldiers. For whatever reason, they at one time found themselves betrayed by their countries and facing death. Then in swooped Eve Winters and gave them a choice- die or come work for her, ridding the world of terrorists. The catch? Their deaths would be faked. Their previous selves would cease to exist. Their families and friends left behind. Oh, and Eve and her directors own you. But what choice did Deacon have but to accept?

Working out of a funeral home in a tiny town seemed to be the perfect cover. But Deacon didn’t count on falling for the feisty red headed mortician. He needs to keep his distance because any attachment to Tess gives Eve and the directors leverage over him, putting her life in danger. [Read more…]

Review: Dark Alley by D.S. Wrights

Reviewed by Ronelle

Alice is in her thirties, single, and determined to chase her own sexual pleasures. While out with friends one night, she’s given a card inviting her to the mysterious Dark Alley, and although she’s warned against going, she can’t resist. What follows are encounters that fulfill her wildest fantasies…and then some. [Read more…]

Carrie’s DNF Reviews – Fall 2015

HIS LOVER TO PROTECTby Carrie

Unfortunately, not every book works out for a reader.  I really hate to DNF a book but given the sheer amount of books out there, I don’t think it’s fair to continue to struggle through a book that is clearly not working for me. Having said that, what doesn’t work for me, might for you so don’t be afraid to try one of these books!

His Lover to Protect by Katee Robert   – DNF at 38%

Recovering wounded former para-rescuer, Luke Jackson is roped in by his military buddy to keep a discreet watch over his buddy’s soon to be sister in-law. Luke is too busy up in his head ruminating over his recent medical discharge and sorry state of his life, when his tail gets the drop on him. [Read more…]

DNF Review: Chance the Darkness by LA Wild

chance the darknessby Jen

DNF 31%

I wanted to get into this book, but I just couldn’t.

Maybe if I had not read Karen Marie Moning’s Fever series, I could have. But the bottom line is, I did read those books and they were all I could think of as I tried to invest in this story.

Stop me when this sounds too familiar. [Read more…]

Carrie’s DNFs of 2014: Part 1

how to master your marquisBy Carrie

I hate hate DNFing a book.  Usually, I will put it down and try to come back to it later because sometimes I’m just not in the right frame of mind to read that particular book.  This is an unusually large amount of books for me to not finish and I hope the latter half of the year will be better.

How to Master Your Marquis by Juliana Gray (DNF at 46%) The blurb was intriguing and the author often comes high praised.  This may be a case of just not for me.  For nearly half the book, the reader sits in on this boring trial with flashback scenes that didn’t connect to the present.  I suppose if I would have stuck with it, things would’ve been explained in the end, but if I’m at the halfway point and bored, I’ve got to move on. [Read more…]

DNF: Duet

Reviewed by Shelly

Having moved from Boston to Manhattan in search of new life and possibly love, twenty eight year-old Duet seems to define her entire existence by the two vaginas she’s born with. This story promised seduction, mystery and self-discovery. I didn’t get that.

Duet, who tells people she was named that because of her parents love music, is a bit of a slut while she’s searching for someone who would accept her and her two hoo-has. However, she has sex with guys on the first date and wonders why she can’t find someone who would love her for herself. I’m sorry to say that even with one hoo-ha, you can’t do that and expect the guy to come back at ya with a – ‘can’t wait to get to know you better’. I though I saw promise when she meets financier Oskar, but she performs oral sex on/for (either or, pick one) him the first on the first date. Hmmm, that’s what you do when looking for that special someone right? Ummm, that’s not all – after she’s done doing him, he turns to her and asks if she wants a drink. Say WHAT?!?

Seriously, I could not for the life of me get into reading this story past page 53 (of 225 ePub version). I wanted to just take Duet and literally beat the shit out of her. I’m not one to give up on a book, because God knows I’ve read some not-great books but I just couldn’t keep reading.

Happy reading folks!

Rating: DNF

Click to purchase: Amazon
Duet
by Jacqueline Wally & Stephen K Haber
Release Date: April 26, 2012

 

DNF: Sweet Talk

Reviewed by Allison

Olivia MacKenzie is an IRS agent with an agenda – to prove her father’s a crook who steals people’s investments & ruins people’s lives. When she inadvertently gets caught up in an FBI investigation while doing research on who else might be involved in his schemes, she meets Grayson Kincaid, sexy FBI agent. The two have instant attraction & even though they end up entangled in a case together, eventually they become entangled in bed. But, Olivia has quite the list of enemies that she is constantly fighting against, so the question is will she live long enough to see where it goes?

Unfortunately, as much as I love the cover, I could not finish this book. I made it about halfway through.

I normally LOVE romantic suspense, so I was really excited to try this book not only because I was in the mood for some action but to try a new prolific author such as Ms. Garwood. However, I found the dialogue stale, the story was boring, the timeline was too staggered & while I could see myself learning to like the characters, they, too, fell flat.

I’ve heard good things about Garwood’s historical romances, so I may try one of those but it’s not high on my to-read list.

Rating: DNF

*ARC Provided by NetGalley

Click to purchase: Amazon
Sweet Talk
by Julie Garwood
Release Date: August 7, 2012
Publisher: Penguin

DNF: Darkness Falling

Reviewed by Jen

Life is too short to force yourself to keep reading.

I requested Darkness Falling from NetGalley because I liked the premise: Four people inside a radio station find they may be the only normal people left alive after a strange bright light turns the rest of the town in pod-people zombies. I like zombies. But well-over 100 pages in, imagine my surprise when I have yet to see the walking undead. What I did see was nothing like the blurb… except the white light.

The story actually follows about nine or 10 people, scattered in or around Denver. Three are in a plane when the rest of the crew and passengers disappear. My mind went straight to The Langoliers and never left. There is the obvious dismay and confusion that follows, then more of the same once they get the plane to the ground. At the same time, we see the event from the perspective of a serial killer, a schizophrenic and the promised radio station crowd, respectively. It is incredibly drawn out. We get a lot of characterization, which can be a good thing, but it was just too much.

I was most annoyed by the exact same revelations over and over again, such as “Why would people close the doors behind them?” when everyone is trying to figure out where the town went. You know what? I would never ask that question, yet the folks in the book did, over and over and over. Another annoyance: a movie or literary reference every five seconds. One or twice could create some common ground between the characters and the audience, but we’re talking like 50 different references.
So, back to the zombie thing… I’m more than a 1/3 of the way into the book and I start questioning myself about whether this was really a zombie book after all. So I go to Goodreads and discover two things: 1) While the zombies do eventually make an appearance, the book is basically the set up installment for the series, with no resolution; and 2) It was originally released in 2002… part 2 didn’t come out until six years later and there is still no word on number 3. So I sat there thinking to myself, why on earth would I keep reading this book?  Then I turned off my nook.  Like I said, life is too short, even if giving up on a book makes me feel like a failure.
*After posting this review, a reader shared the following information with me: “Parts 1 and 2 that you mention were originally published as limited edition novellas, and they are included as *part* of Darkness Falling. Darkness Falling is essentially novellas 1 and 2 rewritten with additional material. The second novel in the trilogy is due in September 2012, and the third volume a year later.”  Thank you, Stevie J, for correcting my error.
**ARC Provided by NetGalley
Darkness Falling
by Peter Cowther
Release Date: September 27, 2011
Publisher: Angry Robot

Original Release Date: September 1, 2002

DNF: Dark Legacy

Reviewed by Jen
 

Did Not Finish.

In all fairness, I’m not sure I should write a review on this book, since I didn’t finish it. However, I feel like I must warn people who might be thinking of buying it.  The premise sounded really good: girl tortured psychically by her comatose twin, as a relationship brews with the handsome doctor determined to keep her sane.  Throw in some covert agencies, mind control, and bam! Awesome story, right? Wrong.

First of all, we’re dealing with so many bouncing POV’s, it’s hard to keep straight who we’re talking about.  Most of the time, I found myself struggling just to figure out whether Maddie is controlling her own mind or Sarah is.  Then, I tried to wade through the murk of Sarah’s experiment-induced dreamscape. There are ravens and metaphoric weapons that turn into real weapons and there’s a mysterious Brotherhood and some unidentified bad-guys… and it’s really just a train wreck.  And to make matters worse, the dream-program is actually called a “Dream Weaver.” So on top of the headache I got reading this, I’m now subjected to bad 70’s stoner music stuck in my head for the duration of the night. 

So, no, I won’t be making it past page 103. And I won’t be reading the sequel.  I’m sorry, but this was not for me.

*ARC Provided by NetGalley