YAY! Another Book Review!!!
I will try not to bore you too much. Let’s get into the books I read recently, hopefully, you find one that interests you!
I DNFed this book. Here are my reasons:
1. I read a hundred pages and it just wasn’t gripping enough
2. The story dragged a lot and I understand the need for bigger books with prolonged plots, this book is just not it
3. I honestly would have loved this story in a shorter book. (If I can summarize a book in 5 sentences, it should not be that long: She decided to sell her body for sex. Then she is to meet a guy who she will fall in love with and she would want to give up everything for)
4. I don’t have enough interest in the writing style, it felt sluggish and lazy.
5. The characters were not interesting
I gave this book 1.3 out of 5 stars
The Anti-Boyfriend by Penelope Ward
If there is an author that I can trust to give me amazing characters every single time, it is Penelope Ward.
Right from the first chapter, we jump straight into the characters and we just have to learn about them as we go along (I like authors that don’t spell everything out, your readers are not dumb. I want to figure somethings out as I read). We follow Carys who is a single mother living with her daughter sunny in a small apartment, she has a very noisy neighbor who does nothing to hide that he has board against wall-banging sex all the time.
But this time, Cary is not having it anymore and the next time she sees her sexy neighbor, Deacon, she tells him off.
As you can expect with romance books, they get together and soon we learn more about him and why he is always in his apartment. I think one of my favorite parts of this book was when he was babysitting sunny and we slowly see how he warms up to her.
I hope you read this book
I gave this book 4.5 out of 5 stars
Who’s That Earl? by Susanna Craig
I really enjoyed this book, it was so well-paced, the characters were interesting and the story itself was interesting.
Jane is a single woman pretending to be a widow because that is the only way she can live her life in seclusion peacefully. One thing people don’t know about her other than she is single is that she writes lurid gothic novels. And by that I mean she writes dirty books, basically books that people have sex. Then we have Thomas Sutherland who is a spy for the British army and he just came into some wealth include becoming the Earl of a small town (or whatever earl govern). With this position comes a castle that is inhabited by an old writer. But by the time he gets to the town, the writer is traveling and he meets his secretary (I am trying not to spoil this book, but I promise you to want to read this book)
I gave this book 4 out of 5 stars
Devious Lies by Parker S. Huntington
I am about to be brutally honest, so if you have a fragile ego (Writer) or this is your favorite author then I would suggest you not read this review.
I loved the story even though recycled, but I ‘hated’ the writing. Here is why:
1. When it comes to romance, believe me, I have read almost every dynamic you can come up with. okay, sometimes the author splashes a little spice juice that I wasn’t expecting and it takes the story to another level. BUT I got none of that with this book
* she sleeps with her friend’s much older brother thinking he was her friend* seen that before, so many Wattpad tropes stem from this theme
2. Using big and ambiguous words, does not necessarily take your writing to another level. (it was almost laughable) I understand that Emery’s love words and learning new words make her high or something, it just didn’t come off that way to me as a reader. It was just unnecessary and in no way of benefit to the plot.
3. I have said this before, I do not enjoy books whose storyline relies on a misunderstanding. I think most of the time, the misunderstanding is just stupid and a little research would have resolved it. Take for example Nash who hated Emery because he thinks she knew that her father was conning people. This supposedly leads to the death of Nash’s father and he feels the need to enact revenge. Let me tell you why this is stupid (other than the fact that I have seen this so many times in revenge-romance stories), Nash is rich and he could have had P.I.s investigate Emery but the writer had to play on my intelligence.
4. Considering my last 3 points, this book was unnecessarily long. There was no need to employ over 700 precious kindle pages to run readers round in circles. I honestly don’t have issues with big books, actually, I love them. Because it gives writers time to flush out characters and build up their plot. None of which happened in this book
5. Finally, the only reason I liked this book was because of the chemistry between Nash and Emery. While it was hot, there were times when it was the only thing holding the story up.
I gave this book 1.5 stars
Let me start by saying that I have enjoyed almost all T.L. Swan’s books and I usually rate them about 4 or even 5 stars. Since most of those books are her latest works, it shows me that she has improved as a writer and she has expanded her imagination of this Stanton world she has created. While I would like to rate the books in the Stanton series higher, I know that I won’t be able to do that considering, I am reading the second book in the series and the frustration I have with the first continues into the second.
I could give you a list of reasons but one that stood out the most to me is the immaturity of the characters. While we are expected to believe that the characters in this book sort of matured as time goes on, I personally did not see that.
I can break this book down into, Natasha is in love with her first cousin Josh who is also in love with her. They had wild sex when she was 17 and she has never been able to have sex with anyone again. Years later she is still holding a candle for him while he fucks everything with a pulse in the world. But hey! its just sex, it means nothing.
My frustration with this book stems from the way Swan made Natasha not having sex with anyone into such a love-morality thing. She made the choice or rather it was psychological for her and she needed to get her shit together. I don’t see why she had to make Josh into a whore (when Nash broke up with him years ago).
Anyway, there are so many things I just detested about this book. One thing I am quite looking forward to is Adrian’s relationship. I don’t know why it sort of fizzled out but I need more of that.
I gave this book 2.4 out of 5 stars
Thanks for reading, I hope you check out some of the books!
2 thoughts on “Books I Read Recently #22”
These are lovely suggestions.