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Worst of 2019: The Books

Posted January 11, 2020 by Rowena in Features | 10 Comments


Live for you by Michele Mills: Both the hero and heroine ruined this book for me. They were both unbearable. Not to mention the time spent describing the hero’s junk. I ended up wanting to punch his junk.

Lies by Kylie Scott: The heroine here was TSTL. I couldn’t deal. I liked her “go get ’em” attitude, but it didn’t work in this situation. At all.

More Than Want You by Shayla Black: The hero was awful. Simply awful. I couldn’t stand him or the plot. It was all very off-putting.

Keep Me Safe by Maya Banks: This couple didn’t work for me at all. I didn’t understand what they saw in each other. Their relationship was so forced that it hurt to read.

Fever by Maya Banks: I didn’t like Jace at all. He was such an ass. He had so much more power in the relationship than he did and it was just awful to read. Yuck.

Dishonorable Mentions: Spinning Silver by Naomi Novik, Still Not Over You by Nicole Snow, and Filty English by Ilsa Madden-Mills.


Good Girl by Lauren Layne: Rowena told me not to read this book, but I forgot and read it anyway. So.Much.Regret. The “hero” was such a fucking dick I wanted to junk punch him for the majority of the book.

Waiting for Tom Hanks by Kerry Winfrey: Annie, the heroine, ruined this book for me. She was condescending and judgmental throughout the entire book. She jumped to conclusions and refused to admit when she was wrong. And that was before she seriously breached the hero’s privacy and completely ruined the book for me.

First Contact by Kat Green: Between the TSTL heroine and the predictable plot, this book didn’t work for me at all. I was sort of vaguely interested in the mystery behind the ghosts at first, but that didn’t last long.

Free by Kristen Ashley: KA has been more miss than hit with me for her last few releases, but Free was just so far outside of what I was expecting, I couldn’t help but be disappointed. The villain of the series had more page time getting pegged than the romance had. It was pretty bad.

The Friend Zone by Abby Jimenez: This fucking book, man. I can’t even. The heroine was such an awful person with all the games she played, I was shaking with rage by the time I finished it. It gets a bit fat NOPE from me.


Bad Reputation (Bad Bachelors #2) by Stefanie London: I hated this book. I hated a lot about this book. The heroine’s taste in friends for one, then there was that shitty thing that the hero does, that pissed me off and there was also the way that I understood why the heroine felt the way that she felt but was still frustrated that she was real dumb about it. This whole book was a mess and I didn’t like any of it.

The Friend Zone by Abby Jimenez: Ugh, I haven’t thought about this book since I finished it. Like, I don’t even know where to start with how much I hated this book. I couldn’t stand the heroine and her stupid ass games, her stupid ass lies, and her stupid ass behavior throughout this entire book. Don’t even get me started on Brandon and the heroine of the next book. Just, don’t even get me started. I fucking hated this book and that’s that.

Waiting for Tom Hanks by Kerry Winfree: Another book on my list with a heroine that pissed me the hell off. I remember wanting to pull her damn hair right out. All of it. She was ridiculous and the way she treated Drew, the way that she acted throughout the entire book, including writing a freaking screenplay about her best friend and her best friend’s boss and THEN SOLD the manuscript BEFORE she told her best friend? Yeah, I thought this book was trash buckets and I didn’t like it at all.

The Wrong Game by Kandi Steiner: This wasn’t the worst book that I read in 2019 but it was nowhere near close to the best. I just didn’t really connect with much outside of the hero. I thought the hero was a good one but the heroine left a lot to be desired and her game playing pissed me off far too often.

Heidi’s Guide to Four Letter Words by Tara Sivec & Andi Arndt: Heidi was raised in a small town, lived a very sheltered life and throughout this entire book, she annoyed the snot out of me. The shit that her hero found cute and adorably sweet? I thought was stupid. Just, this entire book had a lot of potential but it didn’t hit at all. The more I listened, the more I wanted to karate chop everyone and everything. Blech.

What were some books that missed the mark for you in 2019? Any books make it onto your worst reads of the year list? We’d love to hear all about them in the comments!

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Worst of 2018: The Books

Posted January 6, 2019 by Rowena in Features | 1 Comment


Rookie Move (Brooklyn Bruisers #1) by Sarina Bowen: Holy hell, but I hated the heroine in this book. It was hard to reconcile my feelings for this book because I really liked the hero. A lot. I didn’t understand what he saw in her. She was so bitchy.

Consumed (Firefighters #1) by J.R. Ward: Ugh. This book though. It was hard to read. I really thought the heroine was TSTL at the end, though many disagreed with me. I really disliked the heroine and how hardheaded she was. I thought it really took away from the book as did her bitterness from her childhood and her feelings for her mother.

Of Blood and Bone (Chronicles of the One #2) by Nora Roberts: This book just wasn’t what I was expecting, which is why it’s on this list. It’s probably not that bad of a read for most people. For me, it was a major disappointment.

Shadow and Ice (Gods of War #1) by Gena Showalter: I was so disappointed with this book. It was just so boring. I didn’t really care for either the hero or the heroine.

Devil’s Cut by J.R. Ward (The Bourbon Kings #3): I was so looking forward to this book because I loved the first two in this series. This one was an extreme let down. It just didn’t have the magic that the first two did for me. It was like the author just wanted to finish up the series as quickly as possible and tie it with a neat little bow. That didn’t work for me at all.


I read some really great books in 2018. Sadly, I also read some pretty terrible ones.

Ache for You by J.T. Geissinger: The heroine of this book was such a whingeing bitch she ruined the whole book for me. From beginning to end she was selfish, angry and unpleasant. I have no idea why the hero wanted to be with her, or how she managed to keep any friends.

Raphael by D.B. Reynolds: I love Casee so much, but sometimes I question her taste in books. From the too stupid to live heroine to the giant plot holes, this was a total miss for me.

Shadow and Ice by Gena Showalter: Honestly, this wasn’t a terrible book. It was mostly just boring and slow.

Hot Dad by Whitley Cox: This started off well, but it quickly went downhill. The plot went from cute to WTF in a hurry. I don’t know what happened, but it was super disappointing.

The Only One by Lauren Blakely: I loved a lot of books by Blakely in 2018, but this wasn’t one of them. The heroine was so immature she completely killed the book for me.

Heart on Fire by Amanda Bouchet: Everyone raved about this series, so maybe I had high expectations going in. Maybe that worked against me. I’m not sure. Whatever the case, this book was a major disappointment. The heroine acted like an idiot for 90% of the book and it should have been at least 100 (maybe 200) pages shorter.


If You Don’t Have Anything Nice to Say by Leila Sales: Ugh, this book drove me up the freaking wall. It was a mess and the delivery didn’t work for me at all. I need to not think about it and get myself worked up all over again. I’m so glad to be leaving this book in 2018.

Say You’ll Stay by Corinne Michaels: Here’s another book that pissed me off with how dumb the characters acted. You can read my review of the book to see why I hated this book so much. This book gets a great big, “BYE FELISHA!”

Hot Dad by Whitley Cox: Holly and I went through a phase in 2018 where we wanted to read all of the single Dad romances and this one made its way onto our radar so we had to read it together and well, it was a hot fucking mess and never again will this book find its way onto my Currently Reading shelf on Goodreads. No thank you.

Ache for You by J.T. Geissinger: The heroine in this book was so bad that she ruined the entire book for me. I don’t think I’ve ever wanted to smack anyone as much as I wanted to smack her this past year. I mean, the characters in the above could give this heroine a run for her money but ugh…this book pissed me off.

Save the Date by Carrie Aarons: Gah, I wanted to like this book because I adored the cover and have been looking forward to trying out this author but this one just didn’t work for me. The best friends thing started off pretty great but the heroine started being dumb and the hero started to look a bit desperate over the relationship and it just didn’t make any sense. So yeah, blah.

Dishonorable Mentions: Other books that were flops for me were The Wedding Date by Jasmine Guillory, Love Between Enemies by Molly E. Lee, and Shadow and Ice by Gena Showalter.

What were some of your worst reads of 2018?

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