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Since we have a thread going for the 10 best, and there were so many mentions of ones people hated...I figured we might as well list 'em. Most of the books I read were pretty good this year, but there were a couple of stinkers and disappointments:
Passion (Berkley Sensation) by Lisa Valdez. I thought this was going to be so good, but it didn't do anything for me.
Aiden's Charity (Breeds, Bk 11) by Lora Leigh. I can't even remember why I didn't like this book, I usually like the breed books, but I only gave it 2 1/2 stars.
Blackmailed by Annmarie McKenna. I left a review there...'nuff said.
Cry No More by Linda Howard. I read it again this year hoping it would be better than the first time I read it...nope, hated it this time too!
MASTER OF PARADISE by Katherine O'Neal - Oh boy, was this ever baaaaad. It was a definite stinker.
Oath Of Seduction: Seducing Sharon by Marly Chance - I left a review - book's okay until an incident towards the end that had me boiling.
Private Party by Jami Alden - He wants her, he doesn't want her, back and forth until the end - very annoying. I reviewed this one too.
Then You Hide (Bullet Catchers, Bk 5) by Roxanne St. Claire - the annoying abrasive heroine with the vacuum cleaner mouth (see review there)
After the Night by Linda Howard. I love this author but I detest this book because of the way the "hero" continually mistreats the heroine. This was another book I tried to re-read thinking maybe I'd like it better after a few years...nope. The hero's still a jerk.
Kiss Me While I Sleep by Linda Howard. Is he going to kill her, is he going to let her live, blah, blah. Another unsuccessful attempt at a re-read. I didn't like it anymore than I did the first time.
I wouldn't say that I read any "worst" books. If they weren't good, I stopped reading them.
However, I did read a lot of so-so books. All I can say is there are just too many to list.
BTW, I loved Passion, but I read that one when it first came out. I hardly remember it now.
I also love Linda Howard and haven't been overly disappointed in any of her current books.
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I've read a lot of good books this year, but there were several duds. We'll see if I can come up with 10.
Passion - Lisa Valdez (ITA with Lynn - this book did NOTHING for me)
I can't think of ten but I have one right of the bag
A Cedar Cove Christmas by Debbie Macomber. It was cringe-worthy. The characters' names, the plotline, etc are so corny. I am for corniness and such but she took it to the next level.
Just 10 is all I get? lol Here goes:
Touched by Love - Tracy Garrett
MacKenzie's Mountain - Linda Howard
The Bride Sale - Candice Hern
Touch a Dark Wolf - Jennifer St Giles
Soldier Caged - Rebecca York
Highland Fling - Tess Mallory
Sarah's Child - Linda Howard
The Bartered Bride - Mary Jo Putney
First Born - Lindsay MacKenna
My Immortal Protector - Jen Holling
It's hard for me to remember bad or blah books. I don't finish them and just forget them.
Passion by Lisa Valdez I also don't get what all the excitement was about. It was boring and I barely finished it.
Blackmailed by Annmarie McKenna One I hated enough to remember. It was so bad on many levels. No redeeming qualities at all.
Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead Loved Storm Born so I bought this one. Didn't finish.
Atlantis Rising by Alyssa Day Struggled to finish and traded off the rest of the series without reading.
Killer Charms by Marianne Stillings I love the humor in her books and thought this one had little to none. Without that, was just a forgettable romantic suspense.
Casting Spells by Barbara Bretton Enjoyed it all the way to the end. Haven't forgiven her for the ending yet.
Tempted by Megan Hart Loved, loved, loved Dirty and Broken. Hated this one. The h ended up with the wrong H. Though I don't really care because I didn't like any of the characters anyway.
Wicked Pleasure by Lora Leigh No chemistry, mechanical sex. Ready to move on to other authors once I finish the Breeds series. Maybe before if the next one of those is as lifeless as this book was.
Double Jeopard by Rachel Bo The two H's were immature and self-centered. And a tad spineless. The h was fighting their fights and supporting them financially. Ick.
Read a couple of books by Katie Macalister. Can't remember the titles now. She's definitely not for me.
edited to say it's a good thing for authors that we all have such diverse tastes. Cry No More is one of my favorite reads of all time.
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Rawhide Man - Diana Palmer - honestly can't believe I made it through this one
Dream Shadow - not horrendous but not super-great for being ellora's cave, more disappointing than 'bad'
Dark Seduction - Brenda Joyce - not a bad story but not very romantic IMO until maybe towards the end but by then the woman was stupid
HOmefront Holiday - Jillian Hart - love inspired homecoming heroes 'grand finale' - way too much emphasis on the stupid kid in this one - nauseating..gag...
No Escape - shannon k butcher - more suspense and a crazed psycho - couldn't enjoy what romance there was due ot this..
Heaven and Earth, FAce the Fire - nora roberts - enjoyed the first book but didn't like either of the 2 women in these 2 - esp the 3rd book.
sloppy writing and a big disappointment after enjoying another book by this author
amnesia plot and a hero who was weird and scary
More sloppy writing. I didn't finish this one. I was hoping it would be similar to Jennifer Chiaverini's quilting series, but no such luck.
Passion was responsible for several urky moments, but it's probably not the worst I've read this year. Here's my top 10 list, and these are truly bad, stinkburger books, sorted from bad to worse:
#10 - Beyond Innocence by Emma Holly. I had such high hopes for this book, because Beyond Seduction was so good. This thing was awful however. Dragged on forever, and got more stupid as it went.
#9 - Heart of a Lion by Hillary Fields. A 300+ page joke. And not even a good one:P Best thing I can say about it is I finished it. Barely.
#8 - Tempting by Hope Tarr. Just bad:P
#7 - The Buccaneer by Donna Fletcher. This one was eww from start to finish. I don't really get what anyone sees in Donna Fletcher, to be honest. I didn't really even care much for Irish Devil, but it was pretty good compared to this one.
#6 - Someone Irresistible by Adele Ashworth. Probably the record holder for the slowest plot in print. Hated it.
#5 - Night of Sin by Julia Ross. Tragically, epically bad. It actually destroys brain cells.
#4 - The Seduction by Laura Lee Guhrke. Bought it from half.com & hated myself for it:P
#3 - The Scottish Companion by Karen Ranney. So bad it actually damaged my retinas.
#2 - Uncommon Vows by Mary Jo Putney. Uncommonly stupid. I'd have rather had voluntary dental surgery.
#1 - The Light in the Darkness by Ellen Fisher. This one goes on my epic list of the top 5 worst books I have ever read. It may possibly be #1 on that list as well.
Oh... and honorable mentions go to:
Midsummer Moon by Laura Kinsale
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Here are the books I rated 2 or 2.5:
Here's a list of my DNF's:
Heheh - and there are two of my keepers on someone's list here. ;-)
I'm another who doesn't usually finish the really bad ones or remember them, but Fearless by Diana Palmer is way up there. A new low, even for her. Collision by Margaret Pargeter. Dark Rival by Brenda Joyce. The latest by Samantha James, can't even remember the title, it was so boring.
I found 10:
A Most Unsuitable Groom by Kasey Michaels- couldn't finish
Training to Pleasure Author:
What Price Love? (Cynster, Book 13) by Stephanie Laurens - way too wordy
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there are about 6 books in this thread that I thought was pretty darn good. One is an all-time favorite that I must have read about 8 times.
Anyhoo, my Worst Reads this yr
I have a few keepers on this thread and a few I didn't mind as well, but for what it's worth here are some of mine in no particular order:
Breaking Dawn- Stephanie Myer- I liked the other books; they have their flaws, but they are good stories. The conclusion was beyond wretched.
Dead After Dark- Sherilyn Kenyon, JR Ward- I read only the first two stories. Kenyon's was awful, and a disappoinment, because it slighted a much loved character who deserved his own book. Ward's entry was disturbing and creepy and not in a good way.
Kiss of Crimson-Lara Adrian- I may be the only person who hated this book. Possibly it was because the heroine, in addition to being silly, was a vet who didn't actually know how to practice Veterinary Medicine?
Beyond the Highland Mist- Karen Marie Morning- It's as well that I read this after I'd read a few others. If I'd read it first, nothing could have induced me to pick up another. It had two fatal flaws for me, stupid flat characters and absurd plot devices
Mr Cavendish, I Presume- Julia Quinn- I might have liked this book. I had a fondness for both the hero and the heroine as characters, but it was so frustrating to read essentially a retread of The Lost Duke of Wyndham, when that book itself was only okay that this earns a spot on my list.
Devil May Cry- Sherilyn Kenyon- The 1100 year old heroine had never had an orgasm...really.
The Inheritance- Joan Johnston- Not awful, really, just very dated and not aging well at all.
I don't think I have ten but these were my big stinkers of the year:
-Anything written by Jacquelyn Frank (seriously after Jacob these went down hill) Damien, Noah etc.
-The Accidental Vampire by Lynsay Sands, huh? is all I can say
-To Wed a Wicked Prince by Jane Feather
-Outsider by Diana Palmer (eww, just eww)
-In the Presence of Horses by Barbara Dimmick
-Secrets of Surrender by Madeline Hunter
I have a bad habit of reading anything I start even if I hate it. I get really OCD like that.
I don't keep track of my DNF but lets see what I can come up with
thats all I can think of
Susan and Willa--I totally agree with you about Fallen. I didn't get very far in it before I lost interest. I can't remember many bad books but I do know that I didn't finish Dark Prince by Christine Feehan ( and I didn't bother with any of the others in that series) or Nightkeepers by Jessica Andersen--I still have it, may finish it someday. I know I'm in the minority but I couldn't really get into the Sookie Stackhouse books either.