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Tuesday, March 8, 2016

TOP TEN TUESDAY: Books I Didn't Like As Much As Others Did

Hosted by the ladies over at The Broke and the Bookish.

I had a hard time coming up with characters for this week's post so I decided to expand it and concentrate on books that I didn't enjoy as much as many others did.

Two-Way Street
1. Two-Way Street by Lauren Barnholdt
I just found both characters to be unlikable and I didn't care about their journey.

Breathing Room
2. Breathing Room by Susan Elizabeth Phillips
I normally love SEP's contemporaries, but I found this one so boring!

Down to You (The Bad Boys, #1)
3. Down to You by M. Leighton
The writing was good, but I didn't like the heroine and I hated the twist ending.

After the Abduction (Swanlea Spinsters, #3)
4. After the Abduction by Sabrina Jeffries
Another author whose books I normally adore.  I just couldn't make myself care about Juliet or Sebastian.

The Dangers of Dating a Rebound Vampire (Half-Moon Hollow, #3)
5. The Dangers of Dating a Rebound Vampire by Molly Harper
I never felt like Gigi and Nick's romance was developed enough.  I also didn't care for the constant reunions with past Half-Moon Hollow characters.

The Winner's Crime (The Winner's Trilogy, #2)
6. The Winner's Crime by Marie Rutkoski
I liked this book, but had a really hard time getting into it.

Once More, My Darling Rogue (Scandalous Gentlemen of St. James, #2)
7. Once More, My Darling Rogue by Lorraine Heath
Both characters were likable, but I hated how long the hero kept a secret from the heroine.

Not in the Script (If Only . . . , #3)
8. Not in the Script by Amy Finnegan
The backstage elements were interesting.  I just didn't think the characters were developed enough.

The Perfect Rake (The Merridew Sisters, #1)
9. The Perfect Rake by Anne Gracie
I wanted to like this more than I did.  I just found it boring.

Ball & Chain (Cut & Run, #8)
10. Ball & Chain by Abigail Roux
I liked the Ty/Zane elements, but was disappointed by the fact that they were overshadowed by Nick and Kelly.


  1. I had a hard time with this topic too and adapted it a bit. I've only read Not in the Script, but I did really like it. I always feels weird when so many people love a book, but it just doesn't work for you. I've struggled with Jennifer Ryan's books. So many people love them. Renee loves them. They have great ratings on Goodreads. But I just don't like them.

    1. I haven't tried any of Jennifer Ryan's books. You know I'm really picky when it comes to contemporaries. But, I do want to try them someday.

  2. I am a huge SEP fan, but I totally agree about Breathing Room! It just didn't work.

    My TTT.

    1. I'm glad to know I'm not alone. I wanted to like it, but it was not for me. I also didn't think Hot Shot worked as well as I wanted it to. I am excited that she is returning to the Chicago Stars series this year!

  3. Totally agree re: Down to You

    Haven't read Ball & Chain yet but based on your description, it sounds disappointing!

    1. Ball & Chain was okay. The Ty/Zane stuff was really good...they just weren't the center of attention like I wanted them to be. I've heard good things about Crash & Burn (the conclusion to the series) so I'm hopeful.

  4. Great list you have here hun. I actually liked After the Abduction...not my favorite of the series but still enjoyable. I agree about Molly Harpers books...I like her shifter series but this vampire one I have struggled with.

    1. I love the Naked Werewolf funny! I usually enjoy Harper's vampire books, but this one was not very good. I may give After the Abduction another try. I read it in the middle of a glom of Sabrina Jeffries's books so, maybe, I was just burnt out on her writing style at that time.

  5. Agree about The Perfect Rake. I couldn't finish it.
    My TTT.

    1. I'm glad to know I'm not the only person disappointed by The Perfect Rake. Lots of other historical romance readers love it. I personally think book 2 in the series (The Perfect Waltz) was much better.


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