Morsels [18]: The Protector and Trust

27860802 The Protector by Jodi Ellen Malpas
Forever | September 6th, 2016
Paperback, 384 pp.
Source: Bought
Adult Fiction | Romance | Suspense
Rating: 2 out of 5 Stars


This is one of those many occasions when I let the cover duped me into thinking I’m in for a great read. Bodyguard romances come once in a blue moon that when I see one, I’m instantly chomping at he bits to read it.

Unfortunately, The Protector was a disappointing read. The plot was a slog and the romance was lacklustre. Aside from the attractiveness of the two characters, there wasn’t much there – no chemistry to speak of or any personality developments to make it worth my while. The writing was passable, if a little plebian. It tried so hard to create a sexual tension but I saw through the frail attempt.

When you’re able to judge a book midway through and know that there’s nothing else it could offer, you know the pretty cover led you astray again. Don’t get me wrong, I finished it cover to cover and gave it fair chance but when you can’t even pretend to care about the characters in the slightest bit, you know you’re beating a dead horse.

Don’t expect too much.

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Goodreads Summary
Trust by Jana Aston
Series: Wrong, #3 | Kindle Edition
Self Published | November 8th, 3016
Source: Bought
Adult Fiction | Romance
Rating 4 out of 5 Stars


I have read the first two books from this series and skipped the litte novella in between. I will probably read that at some point, but I found this book while browsing through Amazon a couple of days ago and couldn’t resist. Wrong series is a lot of fun. It’s a funny, no-holds barred sexy read. I was looking forward to reading Chloe’s story because she’s one of those awkward women I love reading about. The idea that we might kindred spirits occur to me in more ways than one.

Anyway, this is her story and how she kept finding herself in awkward, humorous situations in the most unintentional way. She’s ridiculous sometimes which makes her all the more adorable! She has a thing for federal agents in suits. Enter Boyd Gallagher, Sophie’s half brother. In as much as the book above left me feeling cold, Trust by Jana Aston left me hot and bothered. Chloe and Boyd has a natural chemistry that’s very convincing.

My only complaint is that for a full lenght novel, this sure feels very short. Regardless, this was a solid romance meant to whisk you away from the miseries of your day.

 

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Morsels [17]: Nothing Good Can Come From This

26409580 GOODREADS SUMMARY
Series: Prisoners of Peace, #2
Margaret K. McElderry Books | September 20th, 2016
Source: ARC paperback from Simon & Schuster
Young Adult | Science Fiction
Rating: DNF


I’ve not DNF’d a book in a long time because I didn’t believe in the practice. I believe that I’m doing a disservice to the authors who worked hard at their craft. But after a considerable time, I’ve also learned that I cannot, in good conscience, allow my TBR pile to grow bigger because I’m stuck reading a book for weeks at a time. Such is the case with The Swan Riders.

I read The Scorpion Rules a month or so ago because I got this sequel for review. And while I struggled with that book as well, I somehow managed to get through it just fine. It wasn’t the most amazing thing I’ve read but it was passable, at least. I had hoped that The Swan Riders will redeem it all for me, though. I rooted for it to get better. But after a few weeks of trudging along, I could no longer do it.

I had an overwhelming feeling of apathy with this book. It was unbelievably slow, sterile, and clinical. Greta as a human left me cold. Greta as an AI left me feeling hopeless. I just didn’t have it in me to be gracious and patient. I was bored and wishing I was reading something else. And it wouldn’t be fair if I couldn’t give it the attention it deserves. I had to abandon this one.


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Series: Mister, #2
Self Published | June 22nd, 2016
Source: Bought
Erotica | Adult Fiction
Rating: 1 out of 5 Stars


This book made me rage. Romanticizing rape is never okay. And if you tell me that “fantasy rape” is not romanticizing rape, don’t. You’re wasting your breath.

“Mr. Romantic isn’t as dark as some of my characters. James Fenici is dark. Merc is dark. Hell, I think Ford is probably darker than Mr. Romantic. So that’s why there’s no trigger warning in my blurb. This isn’t a dark book and if you think it is, you missed the point.” (from the page, End of Book Shit).

The author writes that readers who will find this book to be dark will have more than likely missed the point entirely.  And I’m okay with that. I don’t care if your book is something that’s not written with my taste in mind. What I care about is the level of patronizing superiority to assume that you know what would and wouldn’t set your readers off.   I’ve read some pretty fucked up Erotica in my life but nothing could ever be this level of fucked up. The man, “Mr. Romantic”, likes to exercise his dominance with fantasy rape. He’s physically and verbally abusive. And yet, the author decided not to put a trigger warning on her blurb, because, like she said, this is not dark. But who are you to decide?

Mr. Romantic has no redeeming qualities whatsoever. He grated on my nerves from the get go. I enjoy dominant characters from time to time, but I was not ready for this man. Ivy Rockwell is the fly trapped in his web. And if there’s anything I hate more than asshole characters it’s the doormat heroines that plays opposite them.

 

 

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