Books That Didn't Make the Cut Pt.25

May 28, 2024

Hello hello! I'm back with some more books that didn't really work for me, but might be winners for you.

Let me know if you've read any of these or plan to. I'd love to know your thoughts :)

Beautifully Cruel by J.T. Geissinger

Dual POV, contemporary

Alpha (noun):
1) Having the highest rank in a dominance hierarchy
2) The most powerful man in a group
3) Liam Black

He was a stranger to me, a dark and dangerous presence who materialized from the shadows one rainy night to save me from a vicious attack. I didn’t know his name or where he was from. All I knew was that the only place I’d ever felt safe was in his arms.

But safety is an illusion.
And not every savior is a hero.
And—as I’d soon find out—having an alpha save your life comes with a price.

Liam Black wanted something from me in return.

My Rating - DNF

I had to stop reading at 47%.

She slapped him across the face. That means it's a hard pass for me. If he'd given her a solid box across the face, readers would be up in arms. We wouldn't hear the end of it. But because she's a she, no one says anything. It's okay? No. That sort of double standard doesn't work for me.

So as potentially hot as this story could be, and I'll be honest but I really wasn't getting all hot and bothered up to this point, it doesn't even matter. Because she slapped him.

The Danger You Know by Lily White

Dark contemporary

You’ll judge me.
Hate me and tell me I’m wrong.
Refuse to see how my darkness is what she needs.

While I don’t particularly care about your feelings in the matter, and while I pursue her despite the wedding bells that rang for another, only I can see how she is drowning beneath mediocrity.

How many times must I remind her?
It can’t matter that I am the person who ruined her life.

The man who killed her father.
The constant shadow that watches her sleep.
The lover who prefers dirty alleyways to freshly laundered sheets

She’s mine. Always has been.
I'm the worst thing for her, yet I’m the only salvation she knows.

He had his chance to make her happy.
He failed.
He didn't see how she was dying inside because he couldn't know her.
Not like I know her.

I am her stalker.
Her protector.
And the only man that can bring her back to life.

My Rating - DNF

I'm so sorry. I've enjoyed this author in the past and I'm pretty sure I'll enjoy them in the future, but this book didn't work for me.

I was BORED!!

The End.

Mating Theory by Skye Warren

Dual POV, contemporary

My best friend is getting married to the woman I love. They say the nice guy finishes last. So what's the point of being a goddamn gentleman?

Maybe I should take what I want.

Even that sexy little thing on the street corner.

She needs a hot meal and a place to sleep. Instead I'm taking her home to soothe the savage beast inside me. I was born a bastard, and for the first time in my life I act like one.

Except the more I use her, the more I need her.

I didn't know I had someone left to lose.

But for a single heartbeat, I had her.

My Rating - DNF

After reading this book (and others from this author), I have decided that maybe she's not the person I should be reading from. This story was a hot mess that had some crazy potential. I was down with the 'hero' being bi. I was even down with him falling for a prostitute who couldn't sell her body and make a buck. Worst Prostitute Ever! But it was told in such a way that I didn't care.

I didn't care.

I. Didn't. Care!

Which is sad because... potential.

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