Mini-Reviews Monday #3: Dragging Edition

Mini-Reviews Monday is a monthly series in which I attempt to get caught up on reviews in bulk. These reviews are a highlight reel instead of an in-depth look into my time reading these novels. If you would like an in-depth version of my review, let me know in the comments!

Illegally Yours (Laws of Attraction, #2)Illegally Yours by Kate Meader

Genres: Contemporary Romance
Publisher: Loveswept
Publication Date: January 22nd, 2019
Source: Netgalley
Format: eARC
Rating: DNF
I honestly wanted to shoot myself in the foot about 10 pages in. I DNF’d this book at around 15% and at the moment I am kicking myself that I wasted that much time on something I knew I was already hating. From the beginning, I could not for the life of me connect with any of the characters; and I really wanted what happened at the end of Avengers Infinity War to happen to our Hero, Lucas. Every time he opened his mouth, I wanted to shove a sock in it so I wouldn’t have to hear him speak. The writing style didn’t fit the story nor my taste and it was an uphill climb just to make it to 15%. Maybe this is a case of good book, wrong reader–not sure. But I will most likely not be reading anything else from this author.

Crazy Rich Asians (Crazy Rich Asians, #1)Crazy Rich Asians by Kevin Kwan

Genres: Contemporary Romance
Publisher: Kore
Publication Date: June 11th, 2013
Source: Owned
Format: Physical/audio
Rating: fangirlstarsfangirlstars.5
This book was the November book of the month for my book club, Lit Lit, and what a time it was. I thought that this book was an okay read–it is very slow-moving and monotonous throughout the entirety, and in the whole reading journey I wanted to kick everyone except three people. Not only did I want to kick everyone but I also had a hard time connecting to the characters and believing the reasons the characters gave for almost all of their actions.
I got annoyed with how much description of designer things everyone was purchasing or what everyone was wearing–like I get it you are hella rich, money isn’t a problem for you! I don’t need to know what a Louis Vuitton looks like or how much it cost her. By the tenth description or mention of their frivolous spending, I was completely over it and found myself getting sucked out of the story rather than in.
I did however, like how much Asian rep went into this novel (like we got footnotes folks), now is it good rep? I’m not sure, as I am not Asian nor Asian American, so I can’t speak on if it is good or not, but I can say we are given tons of culture throughout (footnotes people!) which I loved in the beginning of the novel when the author was setting the scene/world; However, after page 200 I got real tired of the footnotes.
I honestly think, that this is a case of the movie is way better than the book–and this alone hurts my heart to say.

Faithful (Fearsome, #3)Faithful by S.A. Wolfe

Genres: New Adult, Contemporary Romance
Publisher: Independently Published
Publication Date: October 23rd, 2014
Source: Netgalley
Format: eARC
Rating: DNF
I feel like this was a case of just bad timing. I’m a mood reader and had this ARC sitting on my galley for a hot minute solely because I just wasn’t ready to read this type of novel. However, like the dumb dumb I am–I forced myself. Wrong move. I was really interested in the synopsis and the plot was intriguing from the get go; however, I just could not for the life of me connect with the characters. Because of my lack of connection, I found myself getting really annoyed with the main character Imogene, and felt like she was being more rude than the sassy trait I felt like the author was going for.So that I wouldn’t ruin the rest of the book, I decided to stop and DNF at 20%. I didn’t want to continue reading, when I clearly knew that this just wasn’t the time for me to read this novel.

One Night Stand (One Night Stand, #1)One Night Stand by J.S. Cooper and Helen Cooper

Genres: New Adult, Contemporary Romance
Publisher: Independently Published
Publication Date: June 5th, 2015
Source: Owned
Format: e-book
Rating: DNF
What in the ever-living fuck did I just read? I honestly want the time I spent reading as far as I did back. The synopsis of this book is what grabbed me, and as it fit the criteria of #smutathon I was all over this. The story started off cheesy and steamy, and I was full on enjoying it. It began in a way I have never read before, and I was 10/10 on board…until the truth came out. As you can see by the title, the story is about a one night stand that goes upside down when our main character Liv, finds her one night stand on her parents sofa…engaged to her sister.
Now I was hella shocked and was spewing out WTF all over my bed last night. Now I don’t like reading books where there is cheating involved. I’m not about that life at all, so when I saw the engagement I was HOPING that it was like a fake engagement/relationship deal or something where there was a misunderstanding. The answers I got…were wtf moments to say the least. And that my friends is when everything went downhill– the characters did a complete 180 from how they were introduced as and both our hero and heroine did not care at all about the circumstances surrounding them. Honestly, the h was hell-bent throughout the beginning to express that she wasn’t a slut/hoe but throughout she was doing some slut like actions (handjob during the family dinner across from her sister, just because she was pissed at her) throughout not to mention she complained and had mood swings like nobodies business. Reading her dialogue brought me back to middle school–just with more sex and swearing. Not to mention that our love interest is an ass hat who gives no fucks about anyone but his dick. Yeah not a fan was I.
I DNF’d this at 50%. This isn’t what I signed up for when going into this book.


  1. Sophia (Bookwyrming Thoughts)

    December 17, 2018 at 2:13 pm

    Oh boo. I might not like CRA as much except for the rep if it’s accurate. What is dis a history paper. I HAD ENOUGH OF CHICAGO MANUAL STYLE. IT SUCKED BALLS.

    1. Sophia (Bookwyrming Thoughts)

      December 17, 2018 at 2:14 pm

      I WAS FIRST TO DRAG! Well, first to cheer this dragging.

    2. sammers65

      December 17, 2018 at 4:39 pm

      yeah, it wasn’t the greatest of times. I literally felt like I was back in history class with all of the footnotes and symbols denoting which footnote. Like its great and all, but not throughout the entire book.
      *salutes the drag*

      1. Sophia (Bookwyrming Thoughts)

        December 18, 2018 at 6:49 pm

        No no don’t forget reading research papers for other classes and papers, Sam!

  2. Clo @ Book Dragons

    December 18, 2018 at 1:26 pm

    *sips a strong tea* what a time. I gotta say if CRA is chockablock full of descriptions I may not enjoy it much either, descriptions can often lead me to skimming if they’re too long pahaha.
    And the last one….you got to 50% before DNFing you poor soul *passes juice* what a time <3

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