Books I’ve DNF’d and Why (Part 1)

July 6, 2013 alpha male overload, BDSM, Boring Main Characters, contemporary, ebook, erotica, Meh, Randomnessosity, Romance, unlikeable main characters 0

I’ve been having a bad time getting the reading mojo going this year. I do think it has something to do with being sick for so long.

But anyway, as I’ve searched and searched for a good book to read…I’ve run across a slew of books that I just couldn’t get into.

Now, I have a specific policy regarding DNFs: If I stop reading because of the book’s action/lack of action/trope/characterization, then I review it, one star it, and move on. If I stop reading a book because MEH! I’m feeling cranky! then I place it on my “Fussy Book Crankies, DNF” shelf with no rating. This reminds me to get back around to it one day.

But right now I’ve run into more than a handful of books that I just couldn’t get more than a chapter or a few paragraphs into. THIS is the list we are going to discuss today.


Managing Macy (Tall, Dark and Dominant #1) By Reese Gabriel
Book 1 in the Tall, Dark and Dominant series. Macy wants sexy Jarit Colson in the worst way. Too bad she has a dating code forbidding across-the-hall hook-ups. But her dating rules are shot after one look at his lean, sexy, athletic body. Jarit is cautious for a different reason. He’s a sexual Dominant and he’s not sure the sweet, submissive vibes Macy is giving off are the real thing. Jarit decides to test the waters. Kisses quickly turn to talk of ropes and cuffs and spanking. Macy is intrigued and they try a little bondage. She is easily seduced but scared by how much she likes it. She ends up with buyer’s remorse and begs off. Jarit isn’t satisfied with just a taste. He knows exactly what he wants-a whole lot more of Macy.


I love to read Romance books, erotica and especially BDSM focused erotica. SO this should be right up my alley…but I can’t even read an entire chapter. The damn book STARTS with a mental diarrhea monologue running through the heroine’s mind: “This guy will force me to have good sex and will control me.” She spends the entire opening internally fantasizing about how great the sex will be. Bah! Why should I care about this chick’s sex life? Hot dude is not enough. Now I don’t give a shit about the heroine because I haven’t gotten to know her. And I don’t want to get to know her due to her introduction. Which sucked. Tossed to the back burner.


Desk Jockey Jam by Ainslie Paton
Whip it meets Wall Street

Anthony Gambese thought he had life sussed. Happy family, good mates, the freedom of surfing, a new career, and enough action in the bedroom to keep him well satisfied. He had no idea. But two chicks were about to show him the error of his ways, trashing his love-life, stealing his promotion and challenging his honour. And that was before he discovered what a roller-derby doll could do by skating over his heart.

Like a roller derby jam, this novella is tight packed, fast and furious. It can be read alone or as a follow up to Grease Monkey Jive. It tells the story of Ant Gambese, the last of Dan’s mate’s not felled by a girl who was exactly what he needed, and didn’t see coming.

**Author’s Note**
It can be read alone, or as a follow up to Grease Monkey Jive. It tells the story of Ant, the last of Dan’s mates not felled by a girl who was exactly what he needed and didn’t see coming.


This is another book that I can’t even get a whole chapter read. A lot of people really like this book but the characterization of the hero at the beginning of the book really turns me off. The hero is shown as being a sexist douche. To make up for that, the hero’s friends are the exact opposite. But the attitude still turns me off so I’ve not gotten past the introduction to the hero. This one I hope to pick up again soon.


Control: Dangerous Desire (Control #1) by Lucia Jordan
Nicole Jensen gets fired from her job, has a fender bender for which she gets a ticket, and catches her fiancé in bed with another woman–all before noon on a Friday afternoon. Unable to deal with any of it, she takes off to New York City to stay with her best friend. But before she makes it there, she stops at a local club, has a few too many drinks, and ends up in bed with Logan Whitmore, a sexy Dom who is intent on making Nicole his submissive.


To be 100% honest, I just don’t like the writing in this one. Or even the plot. I’m mostly finished it and yet I still can’t be arsed. The writing is sparse – it’s written with little description and less information. It’s very factual: “This happened and then that happened. Then the next day…” Boring. Plus the characterizations were…not present at all. It’s basically two cardboard cutouts having sex with the heroine having less motivation that the hero. NEXT!





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