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The Worst Books We Read in 2018

Updated: Oct 23, 2020

We reviewed over 40 books last year. Some were great. Some weren’t. These are the five worst of the worst that we reviewed last year.



Never Close Enough still makes me angry just thinking of it. Despite some slut-shaming going on, it was a solid rebound romance before it made a left turn into WTF territory.

It’s one of the few books that I literally screamed at while reading.



Marriage of Convenience was one of those books where all the characters were idiots or assholes or both, and none of them had any brains. From the random politician who married super fast to dispel rumors he was gay (’cause a quickie marriage is totally going to solve that issue) to the baby-stealing bad guys who easily could have stolen the children without all the random intrigue, nobody made sense.

All in all, it was just plain bad…and bookstuffed, too, which is why it is no longer available for sale.



Secret of the Viking is one of those short stories that manages to be incomprehensible and White Supremacist at the same time. I’m still not sure what actually happened at the end of the book. All I know is that the Nazis weren’t good people, and if you make your heroine one, you have a huge hill to climb to redeem them. Something that can’t really be done in 30 pages.



This book almost broke me. Bend the Rules is one of those books that really drives home the point that EVERY author should have someone read their work before publication to make sure their hidden prejudices aren’t coming through.

Fat shaming, slut shaming, bury your gays, homophobia, and casual racism are just a few of the things wrong with this.

Read our summary review here which has links back to the whole ranty thing.



Is it any surprise that this is number one?



You Don’t Know Me deserves it. A lot. First by the distinction of not being a romance despite billing itself as one. And secondly by having four of the most annoying characters I’ve ever had the misfortune to read.


And those are our worst books for the year! We recommend staying far far away unless you’re looking to rant.

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