The Last Ten Books I Abandoned

June 23, 2020

Welcome to TTT! These were the last 10 books I had to DNF. I never used to do this. I used to slog my way through, no matter how hard it was. My resolution for 2020 was to quit while I was ahead. So these are the 10 books that didn't make the cut.

1. Bullied by Vera Hollins
It was a book about the heroine being bullied. While I enjoyed the author's writing, I couldn't get past my intense dislike of her heroine and considering it's HER story, I couldn't get behind it.

2. Poet by Crimson Syn
I'm a sucker for second chance romances, but... after a hot and intense scene between the characters, I'm dumped into a scene where the 'hero' is all over and obsessed with another woman. What?!

3. The Stopover by T.L. Swan
Okay, although I did get some quick peeks at Jameson's (the hero's) mind, it wasn't enough to counteract the pain of reading about Emily (the heroine). Her thoughts and feelings were too dramatic (honestly, she was so irrelevant) and she was too much of a brat for me to tolerate. I've read plenty of books from this author and LOVED them. This just doesn't happen to be one of them.

4. Boy Toy Auction by C.A. Harms
Emerson was way too much of a doormat... for her dad of all people... for me to continue. Nicholas was amazing. He was patient and understanding and loving and hot and sweet and sexy and... and... and Emerson kept pushing him away because he deserved better. You're damn right he did!

5. Born to be Bound by Addison Cain
The so-called hero did something that turned a 4 or 5-star read into something you can't even stomach continuing to read. He completely ruined the story with one action and I don't even care what his reasons were. He did it and my time with this story is over. Will I read the rest of the series? Ummmmmmm no because I won't even bother finishing this one.

6. His Dark Game by C.D. Reiss
After seeing so many of my fellow readers rate this duet so highly, I thought for sure it would be something I'd love. And it's CD Reiss! Her writing is always incredible. But... I was bored. I don't even know why but I found I didn't care about the characters, their falling apart marriage, their history or their future, their nothing. How could this be???

7. Dangerous Love anthology
The first book was by Owens and it was so ridiculous that I couldn't even finish it. I'm not a fan of single perspective stories. They try my patience because not every author can give me what I need from one view. The other main character may fall flat. Side characters may seem irritating and one-dimensional. And what if I don't like the voice I'm reading from? I'm just stuck with this person for a bunch of pages until the end?

That's what happened. I couldn't stand the heroine and she lacked the ingenuity to properly capture the nuances of the other characters. And there were so many other seemingly interesting characters to be found. Unfortunately, that could all be down to my imagination because the words just weren't there.

The writing was annoying. The heroine was annoying. And so the entire book became annoying. I didn't finish it and have no plans to do so in the future.

8. Broken by K. Webster
I don't think I have to tell most of you how very much I love K. Webster. From her sweet, erotic contemporary romance to her dark romance to her taboo reads, she continues to captivate me one book at a time. But this book... nope. I couldn't do it. I'm so glad her writing and her ideas have become so much better because if this was a taste of what she had to offer, I'm not sure I would have read from her again. I'm ecstatic that I'd already fallen in love with her amazing ass way before this.

9. Swallow Me Whole by Gemma James
The title and blurb suggested a dirty little friends to lovers romance I would fall in huge love with. I've read from Gemma James before and each time was a blast. I figured this would be too. And... nope. The heroine was a complete waste of time and I couldn't continue to torture myself with her story.

10. Blood Trial by Kelly St. Clare
I feel like I was reading a different book from the one that garnered all of those four and five-star reviews I've seen. I don't get it. Maybe it's because it was told from the heroine's pov. Maybe it's because the heroine was suffering from poor little rich girl syndrome while knowing and acknowledging and obviously not caring that she was suffering from poor little rich girl syndrome. I really don't know.

The writing itself, without the baggage of the heroine, was fine.

Have you read any of my picks? Do you agree with my thoughts, or did you have different feelings?
Which books have you abandoned recently?

Note: Top Ten Tuesday is a feature hosted by Jana at That Artsy Reader Girl. Be sure to check out her weekly post to find other participants.


  1. It's good to know what your limits are! Good for you.

    My TTT .

    1. Thanks Lydia! I love what you did linking memories to stories. That is such an amazing treat! xo

  2. Bullied by Vera Hollins! I feel the same way. I would try another one of her books in the future though.


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