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DNF Round Up: Frisk Me, Charmed Thirds & Corrupt

Posted May 16, 2017 by Rowena in Reviews | 8 Comments

DNF Round Up: Frisk Me, Charmed Thirds & CorruptReviewer: Rowena
Frisk Me by Lauren Layne
Publisher: Hachette Books, Forever
Publication Date: July 28th 2015
Pages: 384
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Officer Luc Moretti had no idea that his dive into the East River would have him drowning in a media frenzy. No matter how many times he tells reporters he was just doing his job, they're determined to make him into NYC's newest hero. Coming from a long line of NYPD's finest, Luc knows that being a cop has nothing to do with headlines and viral videos, and he's more than ready to get back to life away from the cameras—until he meets the gorgeous but jaded journalist assigned to film a TV special on him.

Ava Sims may be the only woman in NYC who isn't in love with Officer Moretti. That's why she's going after the real story—to find out about the man behind the badge. Ava's determined to keep things strictly professional, but the more time she spends around Luc, even she has to admit there's something about a man in uniform . . . and she can't wait to get him out of his.

I guess it had to happen sooner or later. I DNF’d my first Lauren Layne book and I’m still pretty surprised about it. If you know me then you know of my love of all things Lauren Layne. I adored her Oxford, Sex, Love & Stilettos and Wedding Belles series. I am enjoying her Love Unexpectedly series. There hasn’t been a book of hers that I absolutely hated (I have hated some character antics and thought processes but I haven’t hated any books) so imagine my surprise when I just couldn’t get into this book.

This book follows Luc Moretti, a New York Police Officer who is being praised for being a hero and Ava Sims, the reporter who is covering his story. Ava and Luc do not like each other and Ava’s attitude pissed me off too much for me to continue on. The way that she yelled at Luc, who was giving her a parking ticket because she was parked illegally on a public street pissed me off because she was yelling that he was violating her freedom of speech. WTF does that even mean? She was working so she’s above the law now? I’m sorry but…

Don’t even get me started when we get to the present time and she sees Luc again for the first time in three years. On top of Ava’s attitude, she’s a reporter and I have a love and hate relationship with reporter heroines so after some convincing from my besties, I stepped away from this one. I’m sure she got better as the book wore on but I just couldn’t do it so that was my first DNF.

DNF Round Up: Frisk Me, Charmed Thirds & CorruptReviewer: Rowena
Charmed Thirds by Megan McCafferty
Publisher: Crown Publishing Group
Publication Date: January 1st 2006
Genres: New Adult
Pages: 361
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Jessica Darling's in college!

Things are looking up for Jessica Darling. She has finally left her New Jersey hometown/hellhole for Columbia University in New York City; she's more into her boyfriend, Marcus Flutie, than ever (so what if he's at a Buddhist college in California?); and she's making new friends who just might qualify as stand-ins for her beloved best friend, Hope.

But Jessica soon realizes that her bliss might not last. She lands an internship at a snarky Brooklyn-based magazine, but will she fit in with the uberhip staff (and will she even want to)? As she and Marcus hit the rocks, will she end up falling for her GOPunk, neoconservative RA . . . or the hot (and married!) Spanish grad student she's assisting on a summer project . . . or the oh-so-sensitive emo boy down the hall? Will she even make it through college now that her parents have cut her off financially? And what do the cryptic one-word postcards from Marcus really mean?

With hilarious insight, the hyperobservant Jessica Darling struggles through her college years--and the summers in between--while maintaining her usual mix of wit, cynicism, and candor.

I’ve been wanting to read Charmed Thirds since I finished Second Helpings…the only problem with that is that I read Second Helpings years ago and I don’t know if it’s my old age but Jessica Darling was exhausting to read about and I was disconnected from everyone (including Marcus and I loved him before) so after a while of not really caring what was going on and wanting Jessica to take a breath, I just stopped reading this. It just didn’t hold my interest so I moved on.

DNF Round Up: Frisk Me, Charmed Thirds & CorruptReviewer: Rowena
Corrupt (Devil's Night, #1) by Penelope Douglas
Publisher: Self-Published
Publication Date: November 17th 2015
Genres: New Adult
Pages: 460
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I was told that dreams were our heart’s desires. My nightmares, however, became my obsession.

His name is Michael Crist.

My boyfriend’s older brother is like that scary movie that you peek through your hand to watch. He is handsome, strong, and completely terrifying. The star of his college’s basketball team and now gone pro, he’s more concerned with the dirt on his shoe than me.

But I noticed him.

I saw him. I heard him. The things that he did, and the deeds that he hid…For years, I bit my nails, unable to look away.

Now, I’ve graduated high school and moved on to college, but I haven’t stopped watching Michael. He’s bad, and the dirt I’ve seen isn’t content to stay in my head anymore.

Because he’s finally noticed me.


Her name is Erika Fane, but everyone calls her Rika.

My brother’s girlfriend grew up hanging around my house and is always at our dinner table. She looks down when I enter a room and stills when I am close. I can always feel the fear rolling off of her, and while I haven’t had her body, I know that I have her mind. That’s all I really want anyway.

Until my brother leaves for the military, and I find Rika alone at college.

In my city.


The opportunity is too good to be true as well as the timing. Because you see, three years ago she put a few of my high school friends in prison, and now they’re out.

We’ve waited. We’ve been patient. And now every last one of her nightmares will come true.

***Corrupt can be read as a stand-alone. No cliffhanger.

Corrupt was a book that was brought to my attention by well, everyone. I’ve been seeing such good things about this author and this book in particular that I bought it and prepared myself for an interesting read. There’s a darkness to this book and to the hero that I just could not get behind. I tried three different times to get past what the hero and his friends were doing, to get past what they blamed the heroine for and though I was told that not all is what it seems, I just couldn’t do it. I couldn’t finish it and it was messing with my reading mojo so I stepped away from this one. Who knows if I’ll pick it back up later, I just know that I can’t do it now.

Have you DNF’d any books lately? Share your DNF stories with us. Which books should we steer clear from? Help a sister out!


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Guest Review: Falling Away by Penelope Douglas

Posted January 2, 2015 by Tracy in Reviews | 0 Comments

Guest Review: Falling Away by Penelope DouglasReviewer: Tracy
Falling Away by Penelope Douglas
Series: Fall Away series #3
Also in this series: Rival
Publisher: Penguin
Publication Date: January 6th 2015
Format: eARC
Genres: New Adult
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Series Rating: four-stars

Jaxon is the guy she’s supposed to avoid. K.C. is the girl he won’t let get away....
K. C. Carter has always followed the rules—until this year, when a mistake leaves her the talk of her college campus and her carefully arranged life comes crashing to a halt. Now she’s stuck in her small hometown for the summer to complete her court-ordered community service, and to make matters worse, trouble is living right next door.
Jaxon Trent is the worst kind of temptation and exactly what K.C. was supposed to stay away from in high school. But he never forgot her. She was the one girl who wouldn’t give him the time of day and the only one to ever say no. Fate has brought K.C. back into his life—except what he thought was a great twist of luck turns out to be too close for comfort. As they grow closer, he discovers that convincing K.C. to get out from her mother’s shadow is hard, but revealing the darkest parts of his soul is nearly impossible.…

Tracy’s review of Falling Away (Fall Away #3) by Penelope Douglas

From the moment that Jax saw KC Carter at school when he was 17 he knew that she was the one for him. He doesn’t do relationships but he wants her with everything he has. She, of course, wanted nothing to do with him. She was friends with him to a point but other than that? Nothing.

Two years after leaving home for college KC is back in town. She got into some trouble while in college in Arizona and she’ll spend the summer tutoring kids to complete her community service. She’s staying at her friend Tate’s house which happens to be right next door to Jax’s house. She realizes he’s grown up but she didn’t realize how grown up until she sees him. She keeps fighting her attraction to Jax – especially since she just got out of a 5 year relationship, but she really just wants to jump him.

Jax tries very hard to get KC to see him for an adult and a man worthy of her – but he’s still incredibly scared to get into any kind of relationship. When KC whose real name is Juliet and Jax start to get closer each of them needs to work through their own issues in order to be the perfect person for the other.

I really enjoyed Jax and Juliet’s story. Jax was such an enigma in the previous stories. Getting to know him and reading about how his childhood – which was more than horrifying – and how it shaped who he is as a new adult was both heart-breaking and enlightening. Trusting people was hard for him and because of that Jax tended to push people away when they got too close. When he did it with Juliet I was pissed but understood his thinking because of what we had learned about him.

Juliet was a young woman who did a boat load of self-discovery in this book. She worked through a ton of shit from her early life and realized that she didn’t need to be someone else as the person she was as Juliet was wonderful.

Jax and Juliet had many ups and downs during the book and frankly I wasn’t a huge fan of how they talked to each other at times – especially Jax to Juliet – but they always managed to work through their issues and I loved that they FINALLY got to where they needed to be. The story was intense, explosive and a very satisfying read.

Rating: 4 out of 5


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Guest Review: Rival by Penelope Douglas

Posted September 5, 2014 by Tracy in Reviews | 0 Comments

Guest Review: Rival by Penelope DouglasReviewer: Tracy
Rival by Penelope Douglas
Series: Fall Away series #2
Also in this series: Falling Away
Publisher: Penguin
Publication Date: August 26th 2014
Format: eARC
Genres: New Adult
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Series Rating: four-stars

Madoc and Fallon. Two estranged teenagers playing games that push the boundaries between love and war…

She’s back.

For the two years she’s been away at boarding school, there was no word from her. Back when we lived in the same house, she used to cut me down during the day and then leave her door open for me at night.
I was stupid then, but now I’m ready to beat her at her own game…

I’m back.

Two years and I can tell he still wants me, even if he acts like he’s better than me.

But I won’t be scared away. Or pushed down. I’ll call his bluff and fight back. That’s what he wants, right? As long as I keep my guard up, he’ll never know how much he affects me….


Tracy’s review of Rival (Fall Away #2) by Penelope Douglas

Madoc and Fallon are step-siblings who have never gotten along. That doesn’t stop them from wanting to have sex. They start when they are sixteen and though they never show it in public they are all over each other at night. They end up falling in love but of course all good things must come to an end and it does here as well.

Fallon is shipped off and told that Madoc doesn’t want her; Madoc is told that Fallon complained that she was being forced; neither parent is in their kids’ life and when Fallon comes back into town for the summer before she heads off to college, she’s ready for revenge on all of them.

When she sees Madoc, however, she can’t help but remember that at one time in her life she loved him…and never really stopped. They have harsh words to start but then get together. Of course Fallon can’t handle it all and ends up running – several times (which got old) – until she finally realized that if she wanted Madoc she was going to have to stand up to everyone in their life in order to get him.

Madoc is a complete ass to Fallon when she returns and I thought him a complete pig. I didn’t read the first book so I had no previous impressions of him to light my way. He did say some horrible things to her at first but after more info came out we find that he was terribly hurt and was fighting against the feelings he still had for her even after two years of separation.

The story was a good one but Fallon, until she got her head on straight, just kept running away and it drove me nuts. Madoc was really a nice guy when he wanted to be. He truly loved Fallon and the things he did for her, even when she was gone for those two years, were pretty touching. He had a good heart but had not been given the chance in his life to let it grow except when he was with Fallon. Being ripped apart from her hurt him terribly and he’d tried to hide emotionally and ease his pain. I was quite happy when he finally got his chance with Fallon.

The parents in this story….HO-LY. SHIT. Seriously messed up people. Madoc’s dad was never around, Fallon’s mom was a gold digger and a slut, Fallon’s dad was a criminal of sorts. The only parent I actually liked was Madoc’s mom. She was a ball buster but a nice lady. They certainly new how to make life…colorful.

Overall it was a good book. I liked the writing although the story did repeat itself a bit at times. It was hot and sexy and I’ll definitely be reading the next book in the series with Jaxon.

Rating: 3.75 out of 5

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