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The Last Ten Books I Abandoned // and why

Hey everyone!

I haven’t done a Top Ten Tuesday post in a long time but today’s prompt is one that I’m excited about. I need this chance to talk about books that I abandoned and all my opinions on them.

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly bookish meme hosted by The Artsy Reader Girl.

[1] Tempt the Boss by Natasha Madison

Now, romance books with boss-employee relationships is NOT my comfort zone. In fact, I kind of hate it. I just don’t see a way it would be acceptable, for me. It stands in the bottom of my preferences, only preferred over teacher-student relationships.

But I tried to give the trope a chance in April. Only because the romancetheque book club chose this trope for their April books of the month.

I actually liked the first book so I downloaded the extra reads as well and Tempt the Boss was one of them.


Usually I mark abandoned books in my DNF* shelf on Goodreads and not as “read”. But I marked this one as read just so I could write a rant review for it. My review, as I had written on Goodreads:

I’m sorry but putting a laxative into your boss’s drink is going TOO FAR. It’s not just a prank anymore. It’s not professional, especially when it’s your SECOND day at work. I stopped reading right after that. The prank and further (lack of) consequences were unbelievable.

*Did Not Finish

[2] Happily Ever All-Star by Sosie Star

I picked this up like all my random romance reads. From Goodreads recommendations or lists.

And it was okay in the beginning. It was not bad. But I just couldn’t like it past a certain point??

It was trying too hard to be humourous and the chemistry between the main characters was weird.

The book wasn’t for me.

[3] The Upside of Falling by Alex Light

This book is actually quite popular in the YA community! I’ve heard some praises for it. And since it is a fake dating trope story, I was looking forward to it.

But the beginning was so rushed. Everything happened in a short time. And there wasn’t a proper reasoning or story arc to START fake dating.

It was as if the author took parts of other fake dating YA books and mixed them all together here. It was weird and if the beginning of such an iconic trope can’t interest me, the rest of the book definitely won’t. Hence, I abandoned it.

[4] Serious Moonlight by Jenn Bennet

This is another sort-of popular book in the YA community. Some of the people I follow on bookstagram really liked it. And it has an interesting synopsis so I picked it up.

I actually have nothing against this book. I just was not interested in it, personally. The story was fine, the characters were fine, and the writing was okay too. But my interest in the book was zero. And that’s why I abandoned it.

[5] Not the Girl You Marry by Andie J. Christopher

I read and abandoned this book back in December 2019. I cannot remember why I didn’t like it.

Now that I look at it again, the premise sounds good enough. It has the fake-dating trope. I think I DNFed it because it was not delivering like I expected from the synopsis. Pretty sure it was boring and that’s why I gave it up.

Who really knows. Not me for sure.

[6] Until Fools Find Gold by Mary B. Moore

I have good patience with bad romances. Not sure if you know that but I do. Proof is the fact that I barely DNF books. I abandoned only 4 this year and I’ve read 57 books. So either I have patience or I just have really good luck at picking books. I’ll claim the former.

There was this point where I was picking random books set in the same world as Aurora Rose Reynold’s Until series. I have no clue why but some of them were free on Kindle so I tried them. And I read previews for some others, just to see if they were nice.

This was one of them and it was VERY annoying. The male lead was too much of an alpha-male. The female character was annoying as well. Overall, not a good read and I gave it up pretty quickly.

[7] Until Merri by Suzanne Halliday

Another one like the previous book I mentioned. I cannot remember why I did not like this one but I guess it annoyed me? In fact I’m pretty sure I only read the preview on Goodreads for this one and gave it up.


[8] Until Midnight by Gwendolyn Grace

By this point, you must have realized that these spin-off books by other authors just were NOT nice. I think I liked only one of them.

This book also does not exist in my memory. I don’t know why I DNFed it, but I did. That’s all.

[9] Do Not Disturb by Layla Frost

I marked this as DNF in SEPTEMBER 2019 so forgive me for my lack of memory. It seems that after a while I just push these books out of my brain.

This one is also HIGHLY rated in Goodreads and has many praising reviews. I cannot figure out why I abandoned it lol.

[10] Deep by Kylie Scott

Now, I actually do really like this series by Kylie Scott. The first book was really good and I liked the next two books as well.

Deep is book 4 in the series and when I realized I hadn’t read it, I picked it up. And.. it was bad. I remember exactly where I stopped reading this book and why.

This romance involves a surprise pregnancy. And when the pregnancy did get revealed, the scene was very cringey and unrealistic and confusing. It was done badly and I couldn’t figure out whether it was meant to be funny or heroic or .. ??? I don’t know!

It turned me off the book so I abandoned it. I was disappointed that the last book of the series was sour for me.

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Have you read any of these books? What causes you to abandon books usually?

25 thoughts on “The Last Ten Books I Abandoned // and why”

  1. I feel like I should start to mark books as dnf on my Goodreads as well. I always just straight out delete them. I don’t know, maybe it’s some kind of anger reaction. lol
    Your first book on the list sounds somehow really immature. I would expect a laxative in somebody’s drink from a children’s book when they have to sneak by some evil warden or something. Not in a – what’s it? – romance novel. That’s weird. I get why you didn’t like it.

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    1. You should! And make DNF as a shelf, not a tag. Shelves are mutually exclusive so it’s a separate thing entirely. And I like to mark DNF so that if I forget about a book (like many in this list haha), I’ll realize I tried it once before through Goodreads lol.


  2. Deep gets better after the pregnancy reveal … but not by much. I did find it one of the funnier books in the series but I think the book is too short. There’s so much detail in the other books but in this one it was missing all those little details. It’s shorter than the other books by about 50 pages.

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  3. Thankfully I havent read any of them😅😂 I guess I’d hate a book if it was tooo fake- or if the writing style is too pompous. Where everyone looks like Gods and they’re described so too😅🤷‍♀️🤦‍♀️

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  4. I’m not much of a boss/coworker romance either. The beginning is sometimes good but it doesn’t feel right after they are together. And for Jenn Bennett I felt myself forcing myself to finish serious moonlight. It wasn’t bad but like you said it just lacked something. If I’m being honest that’s the only book I’ve actually finished of hers. I always start them and leave halfway through.

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      1. The only reason I finished it was because i had to finish the mystery lol even though I sort of figured it out towards the end

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  5. The “forbidden romance” thing is a tough one for me. I like a good two-people-from-different-worlds-falling-in-love story, especially if they’re from different economic or ethnic backgrounds, but I draw the line at teacher/student. All my kids are student age and the thought of a teacher taking advantage of a vulnerable student just makes me want to vomit. I don’t feel as strongly about the boss/employee thing, but it still grosses me out a little, not gonna lie.

    Happy TTT!



  6. Ooh Serious Moonlight- I kinda wanted to read that one but I never seem to get to it either, so who knows? Haha. DNF’s are a bummer but I guess not all books can work for us, right?

    Take care this week!


  7. I haven’t tried any of those books you mention above. I try not to abandon books, but I’m afraid to say I’ve done that a few times when the book did not interest me, the writing was too clunky, or I was getting uncomfortable with a certain theme or a certain way a character was behaving.


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