The DNF Report #9 – September – December 2021

Posted December 22, 2021 by Lisa Mandina in The DNF Report / 0 Comments

The last post I did was back in August. But then I didn’t have any more DNFs until September. I had two in September, one in November, and one this month so far. I don’t foresee any more DNFs in December though based on what I have to read.

The Curveball (Boys of Summer #6) by A.M. Williams:

I received this book for free from Indie Pen PR in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

The DNF Report #9 – September – December 2021The Curveball by A.M. Williams
Series: Boys of Summer #6
on September 21, 2021
Genres: Adult Sports Romance
Source: Indie Pen PR
Format: E-galley
My Rating: DNF

Is thirteen years too long to reconnect with the one that got away?
I never thought I’d see Luke “Voodoo” Kelly again after my parents died when I was fifteen. I was ripped from the only life I knew and thrust into a new one that didn’t involve him.
But thirteen years later, he walks into the bar I’m in with my friends in the last place I thought I’d see him: Somerville.
He looks the same, and he reminds me so much of that boy that I used to know. He’s just as handsome as before and I could still feel our connection.
The only problem? He’s nothing like that boy, and it seems he doesn’t want me in his life anymore.
Audrey Wallace was the one that got away. One day she was there, the next she wasn’t. And no matter how hard I tried, I couldn’t find her.
I never expected to see her in the town I’d just moved to, let alone with my teammates and their partners.
She’s just as gorgeous as I remember, and she acts the exact same.
But I can’t forget what it was like for me after she left, how hard I struggled to claw my way out of my father’s home without her help.
However, no matter how hard I try, I can’t get her from my mind and I realize those feelings from before are still there and stronger than ever.
We have to decide if we can overcome our resentment and fear to get our happy ever after.
The Curveball is book six in A.M. Williams’ Boys of Summer baseball romance series. It’s a second chance, friends-to-lovers romance with a grumpy baseball player and a blast from his past.
If you love men in tight pants and the sassy women they fall for, this series is for you.

My thoughts:

Unfortunately I just didn’t really like Luke, the love interest. That was a little disappointing since I did like book 4 in this series and was looking forward to reading more I gave up at about 20%. It was supposed to be part of a blog tour for the review, but I just did a promo post instead.

Love, Comment, Subscribe (Ponto Beach Reunion #1) by Cathy Yardley:

I received this book for free from the author in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

The DNF Report #9 – September – December 2021Love, Comment, Subscribe by Cathy Yardley
Series: Ponto Beach Reunion #1
Published by Montlake on October 1, 2021
Genres: Adult Contemporary Romance
Pages: 335
Source: the author
Format: E-galley
My Rating: DNF

Back in high school, Lily Wang wanted to be popular, but she considered herself lucky to be part of a tight group of oddballs and honors students called the Nerd Herd. Now, at twenty-eight, she feels like she’s finally on the cusp of succeeding as a beauty influencer—if she can hit five million subscribers, brands will take notice and she could get her own makeup line.
Fellow Nerd Herd alum Tobin Bui has had a lot of success as a YouTube gamer. But the road to online stardom has been rocky. First, he disappointed his parents by dropping out of college, and now, after years of pranks, skits, and playthroughs, he’s struggling to come up with new content to satisfy his ever-growing fan base. His agents say he needs cross-audience appeal, a new twist.
When Nerd Herd frenemy Lily approaches Tobin about teaming up to do a video to bolster her brand and reinvigorate his, he agrees. But when their first collab video goes viral, their relationship heats up too. With the whole internet watching, will these two former misfits finally realize they’re perfect together?

My thoughts:

Another one I was really disappointed to not enjoy because I loved the other book I read by this author as part of the SmartyPants Romance books. With this one, it wasn’t the writing, or the story necessarily, it was that I just didn’t care about the characters social media influencer lives. I just didn’t. Once again I gave it about 20% before I gave up. Not sure if I signed up for the blog tour for this one, or the publisher just reached out to me and I then joined into a tour. In the end I just did a promo for it. I am planning to give the second book in this series a chance, the characters sound more like ones I will be able to connect to.

Paper Hearts (Hearts #2) by Claire Contreras:

The DNF Report #9 – September – December 2021Paper Hearts by Claire Contreras
Series: Hearts #2
Narrator: Misty Stone, Vikas Adam
Published by Audible Originals, Audible Studios on September 4, 2015
Genres: Adult Contemporary Romance
Source: Purchased
Format: Audiobook
My Rating: DNF

I lost her.
No, I didn't lose her. I threw her away.
She was my best friend.
I was never supposed to fall in love with her.
I was careless.
She was heartbroken.
I was doing fine until she came back into my life and reminded me what love was supposed to feel like.
When it's all said and done, she may not want to stay, but this time I'm going to do everything in my power to not let her go.

My thoughts:

So I liked the first book in this series, and since this author is going to be at Book Bonanza next summer, 2022, I thought maybe I should read more by her before I possibly meet her again. Unfortunately I did not get far with this one. It started off with the main character talking about a guy she liked, and how he smoked and how cool that was and I was done. I am very anti-smoking/cigarettes. I lost a grandmother to lung cancer, and so it just has always been a big thing with me ever since I was a little girl. But I do want to try to read more by this author. I ended up exchanging this audiobook for a different one through Audible.

The Starless Crown (Moon Fall #1) by James Rollins:

I received this book for free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

The DNF Report #9 – September – December 2021The Starless Crown by James Rollins
Series: Moon Fall #1
Published by Tor Books on January 4, 2022
Genres: Adult Fantasy
Pages: 560
Source: the publisher
Format: E-galley
My Rating: DNF

An alliance embarks on a dangerous journey to uncover the secrets of the distant past and save their world in this captivating, deeply visionary adventure from #1 New York Times bestselling thriller-master James Rollins.
A gifted student foretells an apocalypse. Her reward is a sentence of death.
Fleeing into the unknown she is drawn into a team of outcasts:
A broken soldier, who once again takes up the weapons he’s forbidden to wield and carves a trail back home.
A drunken prince, who steps out from his beloved brother's shadow and claims a purpose of his own.
An imprisoned thief, who escapes the crushing dark and discovers a gleaming artifact - one that will ignite a power struggle across the globe.
On the run, hunted by enemies old and new, they must learn to trust each other in order to survive in a world evolved in strange, beautiful, and deadly ways, and uncover ancient secrets that hold the key to their salvation.
But with each passing moment, doom draws closer.


My thoughts:

The publisher reached out to me about this one clear back at the end of the summer I believe, if not earlier in the year than that. I have been a big fan of James Rollins, he has written some of my favorite books. And I’ve even met him when he came to Kansas City one summer. But I liked his science fiction stories, although he had a vampire series that I started and haven’t finished, but did enjoy what I read. This book is really high fantasy, and while it wasn’t bad, I think it was good probably, that just isn’t the type of book I can get myself through these days especially. And it is over 500 pages, so I just knew there was no way I was going to finish it. But, DO NOT let this review or my DNF keep you from reading it if it sounds good to you. Because like I said, it wasn’t bad at all, it just wasn’t something I knew I would finish. I was sad to feel that way, but these days I just don’t have the time or energy to read things that don’t work for me.

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