I read a lot of books that I don’t end up reviewing for whatever reason. Some because I wasn’t impressed. Some because I didn’t have the time. Some I just wasn’t feeling it on whatever particular day I finished. Reviewing the Unreviewed is my monthly post where I share my few thoughts on all the books I didn’t formally review.
Moment of Truth by Kasie West. Read March 3-5. 3 Stars
It makes me a little sad to say this, but I found this book really dull. I didn’t really start to enjoy it until about the last 25%. I expect a slow burn romance in West’s books, but it felt almost non-existent until close to the end. I also thought the big drama between Hadley and her parents was resolved WAY too easily. I almost gave this book 2 stars instead of 3, but I did really like Hadley and Jackson in the last few chapters.
Wild at Heart (The Simple Wild #2) by K.A. Tucker. Read March 5-7. 4 Stars.
I loved this. I think I enjoyed it more than the first book, actually. It’s extremely character-driven and not a lot really happens and if I was in a different mood, I could see where this might not have worked for me, but I really enjoyed it. I liked seeing Calla and Jonah work on starting a life together. There were lots of sweet moments between them and Jonah could be far more romantic than I remember him being. However, he still did lots of stupid things that made me frustrated with him, too. I liked the new location and the new characters, especially Toby and Roy. One negative thing, though, I thought there were a few too many sex scenes. None of them were that detailed and some were even more “fade to black”, but it just seemed a little excessive.
I would love a third Calla and Jonah book. I think I’m going to go back and re-read the first book now just because I don’t feel like being done with them quite yet.
Well Met by Jen DeLuca. Read March 8-10. 2.5 Stars.
I think I was way too hyped for this. Everyone I know that read this gave it 4 or 5 stars and I had really high expectations. I found it really lackluster, though. I didn’t really like the main character, I didn’t buy the romance, and wasn’t really impressed with the writing. There were a couple of cute or funny moments, but I just didn’t enjoy this one.
Bennett Mafia by Tijan. Read March 22-24. 3.5 Stars
When I was having a hard time concentrating on anything, this one kept my attention. It was crazy and sometimes ridiculous, but addicting, which is what I expect from a Tijan book. It was just a little too long, though. Just when I felt like the story was coming to an end, the plot completely shifted. I almost felt like this could have been broken into two different books.
The Honey-Don’t List by Christina Lauren. Read March 24-25. 4 Stars.
I don’t know what all these lukewarm reviews are about because I really enjoyed this! I liked the home renovation show vibes and the slow burn romance. The two main characters were likable (except when James did a couple of super dumb things) and the “villains” were more of the love-to-hate variety. I could’ve used an epilogue, but this was a cute, fast read and I’m kind of sad that I finished it so quickly.
The Assist (Smart Jocks #1) by Rebecca Jenshak. Read March 26-27. 3.5 Stars.
A little cliched, but after a rough start I started to enjoy this. I liked Blaire and Wes (Bless) and I liked that we got both of their POVs. I’ll probably give the rest of this series a try before my KU subscription ends.
Fake It ‘Til You Break It by Meagan Brandy. Read March 28-29. 3.5 Stars
This was one of those crazy Romances where high school kids act like adults and everything is 100x more dramatic than it needs to be, but I was into it. I liked both Nico and Demi and I shipped them. I will probably check out some of this author’s other books while I still have KU.
The Simple Wild by K.A. Tucker. I liked this just as much the second time around – maybe even more.
*****Back on the TBR*****
Open Book by Jessica Simpson. I didn’t make it past the prologue. Just wasn’t in the mood for non-fiction. I’ll try it again, though.
By the Book by Amanda Sellet. DNF @ 5%. I try to go 25% before I give up on a book, but I couldn’t even make it through two chapters of this book. It was just trying way too hard. The main character was insufferable. I will say I’m also a lot older than the target audience for this book, so a younger, quirkier crowd may enjoy this much more.
Pretty Reckless by LJ Shen. DNF @ 7%. Whenever I sign up for Kindle Unlimted, I try a lot of books that I probably wouldn’t otherwise ever read and this book definitely fell into that category. I’ve seen so many great reviews of LJ Shen books and I wanted to see what the fuss was about, but I think it’s safe to say this author isn’t for me.
Doughn’t Let Me Go by Teagan Hunter. DNF @ 21%. Nope. Just can’t do this. I don’t really like either of the characters. Porter is way more skeezy than I can appreciate and I’m just rolling my eyes at Dory and her whole Pretty Woman “sex is fine, but no kissing” thing. I also am not a fan of the Single Dad / Nanny trope. I’ve enjoyed several other books by this author, but this one just isn’t for me.
*****Books with Future Reviews Scheduled*****
What I Like About You by Marisa Kanter – 2 Stars
The First Date by Zara Stoneley – 3.5 Stars
The Heatwave by Katerina Diamond – 3.5 Stars
Real Men Knit by Kwana Jackson – 2.5 Stars
Chasing Lucky by Jenn Bennett – 3.5 Stars
Admission by Julie Buxbaum – 2 Stars
The Wife Who Knew Too Much by Michele Campbell – 3.5 Stars
13 thoughts on “Reviewing the Unreviewed: March 2020”
Oh no! You are the second person I know who hasn’t finished By the Book 😦 And it sounded so promising!!! I think I will have to wait for more reviews to come around before I decide on it haha
It did look so cute! I was pretty disappointed that it was immediately not for me.
Oh, boy! Get ready! I have SO MANY comments because you read so many books I have!
Kasie West — I got this as an audiobook but never got to it because I’m basically not listening right now. I’m sorry it was not good. I feel like she has gotten hit or miss for me over the last couple of years.
Wild at Heart — I haven’t read this one yet. I need to buy it. I tried to get it from the library, but it was an ebook instead of Kindle and I was NOT reading on my phone. I was so happy to see you loved it!
Well Met — Sorry you didn’t like this one. I liked it. I did find part at the end kind of unbelievable, though.
Bennett Mafia – Seriously so shocked you liked this one. I think you could read and like any of her books after this. 🙂
Honey-Don’t — I feel like you and I are the only ones who loved it.
The Assist — If you liked this one, the rest of the series gets even better.
Fake It — This is her best book in my opinion.
Open Book — I loved it. Give it a try later.
Pretty Reckless — Oh dear… I would not have recommended this one for you. You could give the Sinners of Saint series instead. It’s less…everything. Maybe try Vicious.
DOughn’t — so sad about this one. 😦
I’m really interested in reading what you thought of Chasing Lucky!
I’m loving you with a KU subscription. Now try The Marriage Effect by Karla Sorenson.
Lol, I love that you had so many comments! I agree Kasie West’s books lately haven’t been as good as her earlier books. My copy of Wild at Heart from the library was an epub, too. Luckily, I still have my old Nook, so I read it on that. I’m basically the only person I know who didn’t love Well Met. I think I liked Chasing Lucky more than you did, but still had some issues with it. And I started The Marriage Effect last night. Thanks for the recommendation! I’m enjoying it so far.
Yay! If you like it, go back and read the first two books. I enjoyed them as well. And there is a spin-off of The Marriage Effect with the oldest sister.
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Most of the Kasie West’s recent releases are either dull or boring! I can’t wait to read Wild At Heart! I loved the first book! I’m sorry you didn’t love Well Met!
I agree, West’s more recent books haven’t been as great as her earlier ones. I hope you enjoy Wild at Heart as much as I did! And I think I’m the only person who didn’t love Well Met haha.
I can understand about Kasie West’s books. Her old ones were really good, but I haven’t enjoyed any of her new releases.
Yeah, they just haven’t been as good lately as the earlier ones. Hopefully her next one will be better.
You are a reading machine, Stephanie! I think you have a good policy for deciding whether to finish a book or not. I have a hard time with that – I feel obligated, but that’s silly. I like the Simple Wild and Wild at Heart covers – how they are different but tied together!
I used to not be able to DNF a book or even a series. Once I started a series I’ve had to finish it. Blogging has helped me change that habit, though. I love the Simple Wild covers, too!