Random Thoughts of a Romance Blogger: It’s Just Not For Me

Posted June 26, 2015 by Francesca in Random Thoughts, Under the Covers / 35 Comments

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Often when we talk about favorite series or authors that are auto buys, there are many different opinions. We are all different and are attracted to different things when we read. That being said, because of the massive amount of fans, I’ve picked up some authors and/or series thinking they would blow me away, and I’ve sadly been underwhelmed. I’m sure the same thing has happened to someone that picked up one of my faves. But today, I wanted to list some of the series that I think I gave a good shot, but I just couldn’t. These are not series that I originally enjoyed and then gave up on. That’s a post for another day!

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akissofshadowsMERRY GENTRY Series by Laurell K. Hamilton

I’ll be honest, I gave up on this series after finishing book 2. There were definitely elements that I was interested in, and I still wish I would’ve pushed far enough to see more of Frost. But I think the writing style and the overall feeling of the series wasn’t for me. Maybe it’s the fact that Merry seems to have feelings for everyone. Maybe it’s the drawn out storyline. All the talking. Not sure. But I couldn’t buy into it. And it’s also the reason why I won’t pick up Ms. Hamiltons’ Anita Blake series. I feel like it would be a lot of the same.

Suz: Butting in here like a ginormous Rhinosorus…any series by LKH is just not for me, I started Anita Blake and didn’t mind it too much…but the more I read the more irritated I became. They grate on me. Enough said.

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beyond-shameBEYOND Series by Kit Rocha

I feel the stones coming at me, let me go duck. I know there’s a lot of fans of the series, and even our own Annie here at UTC loves every bit of it. I tried book 1. I sadly DNF’d it. I just had this overwhelming eeek feeling a lot of the time I was reading it, and at one point found myself skipping through the sex scenes. But then what was I left with? I couldn’t get into any of the characters (lots of them!). So I quickly moved on to something else.

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darkfeverFEVER Series by Karen Marie Moning

Oh now I really need to duck, huh? Especially from Annie, she’s going to lynch me. Here’s the thing. I read 3 books. That’s a fair chance in my opinion. I didn’t develop a love for either of the main characters. I wanted to do away with Mac and not be in her head. Barrons was a dick, and although I’m all for a dick hero once in a while he just rubbed me the wrong way. And sadly, the rest of these audiobooks sit pretty in my Audible shelf and probably won’t be read.

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witchlingOTHERWORLD/Sisters of the Moon by Yasmine Galenorn

Another series that I gave a fair chance to. I read 3 books. I felt the first book suffered majorly from first book in a series syndrome, so I tried book 2 which was more enjoyable but still was very wordy and dragged on. Then I was excited about the sister in book 3. And it all went back to that first book feeling. OK maybe not as bad as book 1, but still. I came to the realization the authors’ writing style just wasn’t for me. And I wasn’t looking forward to seeing any more Camille which I think happened to have more coming in the next book. I think this relates a bit to Laurell K. Hamilton so if you like one you’ll like the other in my opinion. So, not for me.

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JANE JAMESON Series by Molly Harper

Yeah yeah, I know. It’s funny, how could I not like it? This was just a humor that wasn’t for me. Another one that I read two books. I really couldn’t force myself to any more puns and bad jokes about vampires, and I especially couldn’t stand one more second of being in Jane’s head because I would stab someone in the eye. So I had to give it a rest.

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thoughtlessTHOUGHTLESS Series by S.C. Stephens

The cheating! OMG the cheating and how it’s handled in this book! I admit I got through most of the book but then I couldn’t even make myself finish it. I happened to really like Kellan which made this such a sucky decision but damn if I didn’t want to murder the heroine because of her bad decisions and how she kept playing with everyone’s feelings. No I didn’t get how special she was. Kellan should’ve done better than her and then I would’ve read the hell out of that book.

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forgiving-lies Molly McAdams

Actually, and sadly, anything by Molly McAdams. I’ve given this author also a fair chair and read a few books. But they always make me stabby. The level of maturity is absent, the decisions, the drama, the amount of time I spend rolling my eyes. I’m often wondering why these heroines attract more than one even man.  I think they are were I find a lot of fault with the stories to begin with.  It’s just not for me.

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sweetdreamsKRISTEN ASHLEY

Yeah, that has no series. Like the one above I just can’t get with the program in the love of Kristen Ashley. I expect TONS of stones coming at me. My list will probably be shockingly irritating to lots of fans. But here’s my thing with KA. I’ve now tried 3 books. In 3 different series. I tried the first Rock Chick, meh. The first Mystery Man, meh. Then my friends were forcing me to give KA a chance and I read arguably her best work, SWEET DREAMS. Here’s my problem. Her writing style is not for me. It’s wordy, it’s too descriptive, her characters feel almost interchangeable to me, pick up one hero from one series and plop him in another book and he fits perfectly. And her heroines repeatedly say….Ummmmm. Although the actual storylines are entertaining and would make for books I really like, and I do love me a good alpha male like the next girl, I can’t stand the execution with KA’s books.

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GreyFifty Shades by EL James

I admit I have read it. And I will never make the mistake of ever doing that again nor would I inflict on others by recommending it and I certainly won’t be reading her rethrash the whole thing with her new release Grey. I won’t go on, I would need a whole post to express my extremely strong feelings about this series!

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boundtodarknessMidnight Breeds by Lara Adrian

I’ve tried a few times with this series, but I can’t seem to get beyond book two. Which is strange, Vampires from space are normally right up my alley. But no, I am just not caught by there allure. They weren’t awful, I didn’t finish the ones I read feeling annoyed/irritated/disgusted, I just finished them with a half-hearted shrug and proceeded to forget all about them.

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I’m a 30 something sun lover living in the Big Apple (read New York).I’m a book and coffee addict and lover of all things elephants.

I get easily distracted by pictures of sexy guys and have tons of book boyfriends.I keep all my alpha males chained to my basement and guard them fiercely.*Back off bitches*I like to see Jason Momoa as a lot of those boyfriends, because ….. mmmmmmm JASON.MOMOA!

I’m a part time graphic designer (yes, everything you see on UTC has been done by me), run my husband's business from home and on a good day I’m a self appointed superwoman (she who can do it all).I love blogging with my girls and I couldn’t do it any other way!My first love is everything paranormal, but in the past few years I’ve re-learned to love contemporary romance.Every once in a while I like to mix things up with a historical romance, a steampunk or an LGBT book.Because I need variety to avoid book slumps.I don’t always need an HEA although I prefer one, and I love authors that can rip my heart out and make me ugly cry.
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I am so glad you did a post like this. It’s inspired me to do one of my own. Sometimes I feel guilty to DNF a book, especially when I’ve received a review copy. I gotta keep it honest though and try to be as respectful as possible. And even that’s hard on a book I didn’t like. I agree with you on several books/authors but for different reasons. Thanks for sharing about this topic. I don’t feel alone in my thinking.

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I’ve struggled with the DNF guilt. After YEARS after gotten a little over it. Most of the time I just don’t review them though because I would have absolutely nothing nice to say. But we’ve been considering doing a DNF Files again like we did years ago. Hopefully you’ll deal better with that guilt <3

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So many of these are series, especially the PNR, I’ve tried, too, and just couldn’t get into. In fact, trying so many of these is part of the reason I haven’t read much PNR in the last few years. I just couldn’t get into any of them. And Kristen Ashley. You gave her more of a chance than I did. I read the first Rock Chick and it just didn’t work for me at all. I was really expecting to fall for the crack everyone says her books are, but I just didn’t get it. Thanks for this post!

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I’m surprised and glad to know I’m not alone in how I feel about KA. I kept trying because I thought there was something wrong with me! LOL ~ Francesca

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I’m still CRYING over KMM’s mention. HOW COULD YOU!? ~ Annie

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Right there with you Annie

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*hugs Timitra*

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Teehee I know I know. ~Francesca

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Sorry babe!

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Interesting post. I have to totally agree with you on the E.L. James. Enough said there. As for Laurell Hamilton – although I have read all of the Merry Gentry except the last one, for me it was just okay. However, I love Anita Blake. Go figure. But I know even Anita Blake has lost many fans in more recent books. You should hear my daughter and I argue about it. She lost interest about book twelve and I just finished re-reading the entire series – again – and the newest one that just came out this month. As for… Read more »

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Maybe I should try Anita Blake then. But yes! Exactly. Different things work for different people and that was the point of doing this. 🙂

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Different strokes for different folks. It always surprises me when I pick up a book that lots of others are raving about, only to find that I just don’t get it. For example, for whatever reason, Kresley Cole’s writing style doesn’t click with me, so her books are a no go even though they seem to work for most PNR fans. The Beyond series is another one that I’ve tried, but didn’t click with (in that one, I think the problem was that the sex to plot ratio was just a bit too high for me LOL). I’m just glad… Read more »

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See? That’s shocking for me. LOL The Kresley Cole thing. But I can also understand how sometimes that style of writing can grate on someone’s nerve. So I’m always curious to see other opinions. And yes, the Beyond series, def too much sex and not much plot. But maybe like everyone says the next book is better. I just probably won’t go there after that taste in my mouth. ~ Francesca

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The only series that I loved (you hated) is Kit’s Beyond series. Yes, it has too much sex and not enough plot, but I love the world they built and its the only UF/Dystopian that I have read and didn’t throw up on. As for PNR, I lost interest with Twilight. Francesca, you told me NOT to read FSOG and I still haven’t. Don’t plan on it or watch the movie. To this day, I don’t read the genre anymore except for Ms. Sinclair. As for Anita Blake, CAN.NOT.STAND love triangles. That’s why I stopped reading Stephanie Plum. Other books… Read more »

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After Phury’s book I was out, haven’t read another one since and don’t think I ever will. *hides behind a steel door* sorry girls I just can’t

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*Gasp* You girls! How can you say that? Phury holds a special place in my heart even if his book isn’t my favourite of the series. But I can completely understand why it didn’t work for a few people. ~Annie

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How did I not know this? ~ Francesca

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Wow it’s surprising to see a lot of the “popular” tropes in books today on your list. But I can also understand why when it’s something that you’ve been around it’s not something you want romanticized because your common sense will kick in mocking it every step of the way.

And…. Ward? LOL Don’t duck. I know and understand why people can and have lost interest.

~ Francesca

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thanks!…i liked the overall story for the fever series but struggled with each book and have NO desire to read about dani…lkh is ok for me i don’t run out and buy on release day but i will read them, eventually….i read mystery man by kristen ashley and could barely finish it…i stuck with the sisters of the moon series until book 6.. i found i’m just not that interested in the sisters individually as each book is written…robyn peterman is a no-go for me as are jodi ellen malpas, kristen proby and delilah s dawson…

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Sounds to me like I did good stopping Sisters of the Moon lol
I read one book by Kristen Proby and it was just ok for me, but I did enjoy it enough to probably continue the series.
And no Dawson? Well, I’ve only read her Blud series, but I do love that.

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I’m gonna agree with you on the Beyond, Fever and Fifty series books. I read the first couple of the Beyond and just lost interest. I keep trying over and over w/the Fever, but I just can’t get into Barrons (sorry Annie! I keep trying!!) And I’m not even gonna start on the Fifty books. I tip my hat to her marketing team! They managed to make a silk purse out of a sow’s ear! My grandma said that could never happen! That being said, I do so luv my Merry Gentry books. Darkness & Frost are my men, so… Read more »

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No worries, V. I understand. If I’m being totally honest, I wondered about the Fever series the first time I read it. KMM has a special way of writing where she doesn’t reveal anything at all until book 5 so for readers who stop at book 1, 2 or 3 you don’t get to see how she included those details until the end. That’s why I love rereading the series. Each time I pick it up, I discover a clue I didn’t see before. ~Annie

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I tried the midnight breed series.. I tried reading the 1st book 2x and it was just creepy so I DNFed. Twilight – couldn’t stand it. If I could drop kick bella I would. I’m not even sure how I read all 4. Refused to read 50 shades. I was warned, thankfully! BDB I guess this would be more for your future post but I gave up on it. I just could not take it anymore. The fever series is alright. I wasn’t in love w Barron’s or Mac I love the beyond series! Annie and I picked it up… Read more »

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A friend lent them to me because she wanted to discuss them so yeah I read the entire Twilight series but wasn’t very happy about it in fact I hate them.

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I agree, Amanda. The first book was the weakest in the Beyond series but I think my favourite is still Book 2 with Dallas. *sigh* ~ Annie

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I am loving seeing other people’s opinions on series that didn’t work for them! As much as I wanted to drop kick Bella and Edward gave me the creeps, and the writing was crappy, I still enjoyed the books. Shocking, I don’t know what it was about it. If I sit and analyze it I would call myself crazy. And I’ll never pick them up again because then I’ll change my mind completely. ~ Francesca

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I know this probably wasn’t meant to be funny, but I chuckled through it. Yes, I think we all have those series where we try the series that everyone adores and feel nothing or at least not enough to keep going. I’ve only read a few of those on the list here. Some I’ve actively avoided and some I just haven’t gotten around to. There are a lot that I’ve done a one and done on. I’ll move on so I can read books I love.

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🙂 Exactly! I have gotten better at dropping quickly I think. Years ago I might’ve even gotten through the whole series because my OCD made me. But there are so many books out there that I’m bound to find one that will be a better fit for me than focusing on ones that leave me empty. ~ Francesca

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This is a great post! I probably need to do this but half the time I can’t even remember who recommended what so I kind of cower away and slink into the darkness…..lol…. I do at least try the books one of my sisters recommends – partly because she gives me a copy most of the time and partly because so far her choices have been really good…lol

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LOL I guess I wasn’t thinking about recommendations huh? I know Annie probably wants to kill me since two of her recs are on here. It’s great when you find someone that usually gives you good recs. I feel that way about some of my friends, and even then, there is bound to be that one that wasn’t stellar or didn’t quite hit the mark. ~ Francesca

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Oh… amen!!!! I *hated* FSoG… with a passion. I read the first book and rode my nopetopus right out of town. I just wanted that girl to get a restraining order and a taser. And I know so many people who loved it and the movie. And the BDB series… I absolutely could not get over the ridiculous urban slang of the “bruddas”. I read the first 4? books and the stories were decent but I was going to sustain a permanent eye injury if I continued reading. Most of the other series I haven’t read simply b/c of time… Read more »

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Love this comment! Even if you hate the bruddas. 😉
I went through a period like that as well of feeling like the odd one out, but I just have my taste and the best I can hope for is to find someone with similar taste so I can trust their recs. ~ Francesca

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Francesca, you are the reason I started looking at this blog. I sensed we had similar tastes. I could not agree with you more about half of your list. The other half? I never read. I didn’t get past the first Thoughtless book. I just couldn’t see spending the time. I couldn’t even get through Mystery Man. I wanted to punch him in the throat and shake her senseless – and I’m not a violent person. I can’t think of a female that was such an airhead. I just couldn’t get into Kit either. The other big one that’ll have… Read more »

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You just made my day. <3
Yeah, I think my WTF and eye rolling in Mystery Man started at the very beginning when she lets this stranger for all intents and purposes break into her house for a year to fuck her. I mean... Just.... And then I'm all for alpha men but I would literally murder most of her heroes.
I haven't read the others you mentioned, and partly because from the reviews I've seen I know they would make me violent. So sounds again like that was a good choice! ~ Francesca

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I DNF’d Thoughtless, that heroine just ruined it for me. I’ve read one book my Molly McAdams and it made me a crying heap so I’m afraid to try anything else.