The DNF Report #14 – November 2022 -January 2023

Posted January 28, 2023 by Lisa Mandina in The DNF Report / 8 Comments

I’m going to try to do these monthly, but it will depend if I actually have any books to share! I have a couple from last year, and then one from January.

Blinded Me With Science (A Lesson in Love #2) by Tara September:

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

The DNF Report #14 – November 2022 -January 2023Blinded Me With Science by Tara September
Series: A Lesson in Love #2
Narrator: Bridget Garner
Published by Plus it Up on October 6, 2022
Genres: NA Contemporary Romance
Length: 03:26
Source: Audiobookworm Productions
Format: Audiobook
My Rating: DNF
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Opposites attract like a magnet to steel, or in this case, Emerson to Steel
Emerson Powers has been so focused on obtaining her science degree that she’s neglected the more social aspects of college life. With the new start of her junior year, she’s determined to fix that with a real hands-on lesson in biology. The assignment is simple enough—teach the rock star’s son how to be good, while he shows her how to be very bad. Two objectives, one outcome … will the lesson be love or heartbreak?
Steel is no longer the bad boy Emerson knew from prep school, and he’s set to prove it by helping Emerson complete her secret list of desired college experiences. And if he can convince her that they are meant to be together along the way, even better!
While teaming up on experiments, both in and out of the classroom, Emerson discovers a new side to Steel. Leaving her to question everything she thought she knew. Still, is it enough to forgive the past or just mere chemistry?

My thoughts:

I signed up to listen to this for an audibook blog tour. Sorry to say that books that aren’t great, writing isn’t great, etc., make me want to write. Because I wonder if my writing is that bad, and maybe I should be getting myself out there and published if I’m at least as good as them. One line that made NO sense: “She was small, but so are pitbulls.” Um, has this author ever seen a pitbull? They are not small. They are all muscle, maybe not as big as a human, but that’s not how that type of a comparison should work. There was a lot more sayings that made no sense like this. And a lot of telling instead of showing. I tried until a little before halfway through, because some of the story was interesting enough, but finally I just gave up.

My Story of Us: Zach (My Story of Us #1) by Chris Brinkley:

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 #14 – November 2022 -January 2023My Story of Us: Zach by Chris Brinkley
Series: My Story of Us #1
Narrator: Chris Brinkley
Published by Chris Brinkley on June 29, 2021
Genres: Adult Contemporary Romance
Length: 02:02
Source: the author
Format: Audiobook
My Rating: DNF
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Love doesn’t have to be complicated, but sometimes life can get in the way. In his own words, speaking directly to the woman he’s falling for, Zach recounts a story of love and loss, uncertain whether this tale is one that ends in forever, or is ultimately about the woman who got away.
'My Story of Us: Zach' is the first narrative in the Story of Us collection, modern love stories written as intimate correspondence from a man to the woman he's falling for. Written and performed by Chris Brinkley, these stories are best experienced via audio.

My thoughts:

I met and talked to the author/narrator at Book Bonanza last summer. He told me to reach out and he would send me a copy to give this one a listen. I did, and I tried, but it is the type of story that I think I’d prefer to read. It is just diary entries, and not a lot happens. It is the character Zach just talking about how he fell in love with the woman and his feelings, etc. Narration is great, I mean Chris Brinkley is one of my favorite narrators. But I just couldn’t keep my attention or care to go back and listen more. So it is a story I might read at some point, but I won’t listen to it.

Someone to Kiss by Jamie Anderson:

I received this book for free from Rachel's Random Resources in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

The DNF Report #14 – November 2022 -January 2023Someone to Kiss by Jamie Anderson
Published by TRM Publishing on September 26, 2022
Genres: Adult Contemporary Romance, Adult Romantic Comedy
Pages: 360
Source: Rachel's Random Resources
Format: E-galley
My Rating: DNF
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A Hilarious and Heartening Take on the Pitfalls of Modern Dating.
As the clock strikes midnight over a disastrous New Year's Eve and happy couples celebrate all around her, Kate makes a resolution, hastily scrawled on the back of a napkin, that next New Year's Eve she will have found someone of her own to kiss.
But when you're a forty-something cat-mom who'd rather binge Netflix than brave the singles scene, finding someone to kiss turns out to be harder than it sounds. Kate is totally unprepared for navigating hook-up apps, speed-dating, and sliding into somebody's DMs.
With the end of the year rapidly approaching, Kate seems further than ever from reaching her goal. As relationships crumble around her and dark long-kept secrets spill out, could Kate's fixation on her quest cause her to let true love slip through her fingers forever?
Someone to Kiss is a wry and witty romantic comedy, tackling serious issues with real heart. The perfect new read for fans of Beth O'Leary, Jennifer Weiner and JoJo Moyes.

My thoughts:

This one started out really good. I was laughing and really connecting with the main character. But then she did something that was so desperate that I couldn’t go on. She got over jealous, stressed that her boyfriend was not talking to her constantly and she went to his house and pounded on his door to get him to talk to her. It was just too crazy, too out there, and I knew I wouldn’t be able to connect with her after that. Especially when she said she did that other times. So, nope.

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8 responses to “The DNF Report #14 – November 2022 -January 2023

    • Lisa Mandina

      Exactly! I like to hear too. I don’t want to give a book a bad rating just because I’m really not enjoying it when I know other people might like it.

    • Lisa Mandina

      I think the book would be good reading it, it just didn’t have enough going on for an audiobook to keep my attention.

    • Lisa Mandina

      I feel the same way! I hope that my little reviews give someone a hint whether it would be for them or maybe they might want to skip it too.

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