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The Worst Books We Read in 2019

This is an odd year for us. One of us didn’t read anything that they hated so much that they gave it a one star. The other… read a bunch. So this is really Lark’s list of the worst books she reviewed in 2019.



Slave by Sherri Hayes had potential. But ultimately moving a sex-trafficked young woman from one abusive situation to another wasn’t good. Instead of going to the police, the supposed Hero continued grooming her to serve his whims.



Last year, Sarina Bowen’s The Year We Fell Down was in our top 5 books. This year The Fifteenth Minute, the last of her Ivy League series, was such a disappointment it turned me off of ever buying a whole series in one go ever again. Poor treatment of Asexuality, feeding into the “false rape” narrative, and a really unlikable hero were only part of the problem with this book.



A Lesson In Passion almost got a ranty review. This book pissed me off to no end especially since it simultaneously put down the genre that it was appealing to and failing to follow the rules of romance. It was so bad. And I’m not even going into the cover.



Is it any wonder that our lone sporking review tops our list? For a 57-page book this novella packs one hell of a punch… and not a good one. The kind that makes you want to vomit all over the carpet and cry. It once again wasn’t a romance and had so many problems that I ranted for three posts about it.

You can read what we had to say about it here, here, and here.


So those are the worst books I read. Here’s hoping that next year will be better. I have high hopes! Especially since I’m implementing a “If I hate the book by chapter 4 I’m putting it down and moving on” philosophy…

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