The DNF Report #19 – June 2023

Posted June 29, 2023 by Lisa Mandina in Review, The DNF Report / 19 Comments

Continuing this as a monthly post, even if I end up with none. I had two official DNFs this month. But then there were two audiobooks that I quit, however since they are still on the Gateway nominee possible list, I might still have to/get to reading them, so I’ll save their DNF for now.

The Love Theorem (First Comes Love #4) by Camilla Isley

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 #19 – June 2023The Love Theorem by Camilla Isley
Series: First Comes Love #4
Published by Boldwood Books on June 13, 2023
Genres: Adult Romantic Comedy, Adult STEM romance
Pages: 266
Source: the publisher
Format: E-galley
My Rating: DNF

Are a rocket scientist and Hollywood’s brightest star a match made in heaven or is it a catastrophe headed for a crash landing?
Lana loves four things: science, her cats, her friends, and her books. She’s on her way to earning her professorship when she finds out her long-term boyfriend has been sleeping with her best friend! That discovery has her hiding in the broom closet at a posh hotel.
Only, it turns out broom closets are the place to be these days.
Christian Slade, America’s sexiest man alive (as voted by fans), in a desperate attempt to escape the paparazzi finds himself in a broom closet with one sobbing occupant. Unable to leave a damsel in distress, he offers help, only to realize she has no idea who he is! It’s like he’s been given a gift. A smart, beautiful woman, who isn’t after him for fame and fortune . . .
Soon Christian is buying a Tesla to impress his scientist with his eco credentials and taking her on dates where no one will recognize him.
But as Christian falls in love he worries what will happen when Lana finds out who he is?
A STEMinist romance with an unforgettable meet-cute perfect for fans of Ali Hazelwood!
Please note that this title was originally published as To The Stars And Back.

My thoughts:

So I’d read the first in this series under its original publication, and liked it. The series is being re-released as more of a women in STEM type of series. I’ve also enjoyed other books by this author, so I signed up to read these for a blog tour review. Unfortunately this one just didn’t work for me. Maybe it was because I’d just read a wonderful STEM story by Ali Hazelwood, or I don’t know. But the guy was too insta-love and too much of just doing everything to impress her. And then she was a bit unlikable for me in her extreme tree-hugger state. I mean she said that she wanted reader/book lovers to all switch to e-books to save trees! Yeah, she did have a little aside that she understood loving a physical book, and she actually went to the library to look at the physical books before she picked one to read on her e-reader. So, yeah. This one just didn’t work for me. I do have another in the series I think lined up to review for the blog tour later this year, unless I get dropped for not reviewing this one. We’ll see.

Fix Her Up (Hot and Hammered #1) by Tessa Bailey
The DNF Report #19 – June 2023Fix Her Up by Tessa Bailey
Series: Hot and Hammered #1
Published by Avon on June 11, 2019
Genres: Adult Contemporary Romance
Pages: 380
Source: Purchased
Format: Paperback
My Rating: DNF

After an injury ends Travis Ford’s major league baseball career, he returns home to start over. He just wants to hammer out his frustrations at his new construction gig and forget all about his glory days. But he can’t even walk through town without someone recapping his greatest hits. Or making a joke about his… bat. And then there’s Georgie, his buddy’s little sister, who is definitely not a kid anymore.
Georgette Castle has crushed on her older brother’s best friend for years. The grumpy, bear of a man working for her family’s house flipping business is a far cry from the charming sports star she used to know. But a moody scowl doesn’t scare her and Georgie’s determined to show Travis he’s more than a pretty face and a batting average, even if it means putting her feelings aside to be “just friends.”
Travis wants to brood in peace. But the girl he used to tease is now a funny, full-of-life woman who makes him feel whole again. And he wants her. So damn bad. Except Georgie’s off limits and he knows he can’t give her what she deserves. But she’s becoming the air he breathes and Travis can’t stay away, no matter how hard he tries...
New York Times bestseller Tessa Bailey launches a super sexy new series featuring the blue collar men who work for a HGTV-esq house flipping business.

My thoughts:

So, third person romances are often harder for me to get into, as this one was. I started it back in 2020 as probably a TBR challenge. But then I put it down and didn’t pick it up again until 2021. And at the time it seemed to be a little better. Then I put it aside and didn’t get back to it till just a few months ago, in 2023. And I couldn’t get back into it. I hate that I couldn’t, because I see all the Tessa Bailey books out there that look so good! I will probably give her books another try. Maybe try an audiobook next time? But I just knew I wasn’t ever going to get back into this one at this point.

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19 responses to “The DNF Report #19 – June 2023

    • Lisa Mandina

      I’ll probably give her books one more chance, but glad to know that maybe it’s not just me.

    • Lisa Mandina

      Maybe I should try them on audio, that is what I was thinking. Maybe that way I’ll do better. And like I said, I started getting into this one last year, but then put it down for so long that I just didn’t even want to start again.

  1. I commend you for trying to complete a book on three different occasions Lisa. Sometimes I find it’s just not a good match for me while for others it can be great.

    • Lisa Mandina

      Exactly, I don’t give it a low rating just because I couldn’t get into it, because like you said, someone else may love it!

  2. The first one does sound cute in the blurb, but the heroine does sound a tad over the top.

    Too bad you didn’t match up with the Tessa Bailey. That’s how it goes sometimes.

    • Lisa Mandina

      Ugh, not getting to read would be horrible! But I’ve had some days like that this year with earlier things going on, so I understand! I hope July is a lot better for you!


    The Love Theorem looks really good. Hw
    Ave you read “The Shining Girls” by Lauren Beukes? If not, read it. Its great.


    It sucks when you cannot finish a novel. I’ve been there. Hopefully you get a better stretch of novels. Have you tried reading Jennifer McMahon? She’s fantastic!!!

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