I'm in a horrific book slump, y'all. It's unprecedented. I've marked so many books DNF (did not finish) lately that if I was to stop and review them all, I'd never get anything else done. So, because I have a life, I'm just going to give you a brief report on everything I've DNF'd lately. Now, please note, none of these books were poorly written. They just weren't for me. But I'm including buy links because one person's crapola is another's cat nip. (I don't judge. You do you.) Here it goes (takes deep breath):
Reason for DNF: I didn't like the heroine's attitude toward the hero's job. She seemed very concerned with what everyone would think if she went out with someone who was "only" a delivery driver. Delivering stuff is a very valid and important job. And I have a low tolerance for snobs.
Reason for DNF: Head hopping. The rapid point-of-view shifts between characters confused the crap out of me. If I have trouble figuring out which character's point-of-view I'm in at any given time, it's an automatic DNF for me. Life's too short.
Reason for DNF: I actually have no earthly idea. I quit reading for reasons that I'm sure were vast and mysterious...but alas, I have no memory of reading this one. I quit halfway through. *shrugs*
Reason for DNF: This one was well written, but the hero was pretty much an ass to the heroine. I could've tolerated a little asshattery if the heroine had made him pay for it, but when he decided (on a whim) that he no longer wanted to avoid her, all he had to do was show up and very crudely proposition her, and she was more than willing to forgive all (and fall directly into bed with him). It was just to abrupt of a switch for me.
Reason for DNF: I read a fair amount of this one but never did get to the part where I was able to figure out what the hero was up to, or why the heroine was even involved. For a series titled "killers", I assumed I'd be figuring all that out sooner. It was just too vague for me. I got tired of waiting for something exciting to happen and just gave up.
Reason for DNF: If I was having trouble with my mildly stalker-y ex, and I had access to an ex-SEAL badass who was willing to help me, I think I'd ask him to talk to the ex for me, maybe threaten him a little. But to make the immediate leap to let's-pretend-you're-my-boyfriend-so-that-the-ex-will-leave-me-alone is a bit abrupt. It feels too much like a plot contrivance to me. And honestly, are there any stalkers who are deterred by the presence of a new boyfriend? I think not. So, I gave up on this one because it all felt too forced for my liking. BUT, I will say that I liked the hero and, once again, the book wasn't poorly written. It just wasn't for me.
Reason for DNF: There was a lot going on here. There's a heroine who is a cop, but who used to be an actress and is the daughter of recently-dead (maybe murdered?) Hollywood royalty. There's a hero who is an ex-military mercenary (who also used to be a male escort) who used to be married to the heroine. There's some weird surprise baby drama, and a bunch of secondary characters who feel like sequel bait loitering about. It was just too much of...everything for me. I don't want to have to untangle THAT many webs in any book I'm reading. In the book's defense, it seems like it's a series, and I'm thinking this isn't book 1. Maybe it would've been better if I'd read in order. Who knows?