Last week, I posted the best books I read this year. Tonight, I’m going to continue the fun by listing my least favorite books of the year. As before, these books weren’t necessarily published this year.
1. The First Love Cookie Club by Lori Wilde
I read and reviewed this book almost a full year ago, but it still leaves a bad taste in my mouth. The heroine, Sara Collier a.k.a. Sadie Cool, was decidedly tstl, caring more about some idiotic mistake she made when she was a teenager than anything else. When I reviewed it last January, I couldn’t help feeling that the hero, Travis, was done a huge disservice by having Sara as his heroine, and I still feel that way. Travis was a really great dad, doing everything he could for his little girl. If Sara wasn’t the heroine, I probably would have loved the hell out of this book.
2. Concealed in Death by J.D. Robb
I love J.D. Robb/Nora Roberts and I can count on one hand how many of her books I truly disliked. Unfortunately, Concealed in Death is one of them. It is hard to put my finger on what exactly I didn’t like about it as it had everything I like about the In Death series, but it just felt like it was missing something. Most of the book seemed to drag and by the time I actually got to the end I was happy it was over. Even though, it picked up steam towards the end, it was way too late to save it.
3. Once in a Lifetime by Jill Shalvis
Shalvis seems to be hit or miss for me and this book was a serious miss. I loved her writing, but I just didn’t like Aubrey and Ben, which is a shame because I’d been looking forward to their story since before I finished Always on my Mind. There was a lot of potential here, but it just wasn’t it for me.
4. The Collector by Nora Roberts
It just isn’t normal for me to not like TWO Nora Roberts books in one year. The Collector is one of her stand-alone novels and I just couldn’t get into it. I did manage to finish it, but I just wasn’t feeling the relationship between the hero and heroine. The only thing I really liked about it was the relationship between the best friends of the hero and heroine. I love second chance romances and if the book had focused on them, I would have been all over it. Alas, it was not so.
5. To Sire Phillip, with Love by Julia Quinn
After first reading Ms. Quinn’s Smythe-Smith books last year, I decided to try the Bridgerton series. I absolutely loved the first four books in the series, especially An Offer from a Gentleman and Romancing Mr. Bridgerton. This book just missed the mark for me. I didn’t believe that a woman of Eloise’s background would have taken off to the country all by herself to meet a man she’d never met in person. The best part of the entire book was when her brothers showed up at Philip’s house and threatened him when really it was all Eloise’s fault.
6. When He Was Wicked by Julia Quinn
I literally just finished this book last night, so it is very fresh in my mind. As I wrote in my review of this book, I just didn’t understand either the hero or heroine and I especially hated the way Michael decided to manipulate Francesca into doing what he wanted. It was sick and twisted and not worthy of hero status. The only thing that kept it from being a wallbanger was that he didn’t stoop to rape to get what he wanted, although consent is somewhat iffy when arousal is used against a person.
7. The Mark of the Midnight Manzanilla by Lauren Willig
This book came out over the summer and after reading last year’s Passion of the Purple Plumeria, I had high hopes for it. However, it wasn’t anywhere near as good as the other Pink Carnation novels. I would have much preferred it if we went straight from Gwen’s book to Jane’s. I couldn’t have cared less about the main characters of this book. The biggest disappointment was that there weren’t even any real spies in this book! Imagine a Pink Carnation novel without any spies!