We asked you what the worst romance novel you’ve read this year is and, with a few exceptions, you all nominated different reads that didn’t work for you. Several of the nominated books have gotten high grades here at AAR which goes to show that in reading–as in 7th grade school photos (that is mine from 7th grade)–YMMV.

If you’d like to share, with kindness, why you disliked the book you read, do so. Let’s stick to talking about books, however, and not people. No shaming allowed!


Who Wants to Marry a Duke by Sabrina Jeffries

Wilde in Love by Eloisa James

A Beauty for the Scarred Duke by Bridget Barton, a DNF/ F- novel, kindle deal, bad choice on my part, a waste of time.

A couple of Harlequins — one western, one suspense. I’ve blanked out the titles and authors. Both DNF

A Dangerous Kind of Lady Mia Vincy

A Girl Like Her by Talia Hibbert

A Tapestry of Dreams by Roberta Gillis. I haven’t finished it yet. It’s not bad, but I’m having a difficult time getting through it (I’ve been reading it for 3 weeks now). It had been on my TBR pile for a long time and I had enjoyed the sequel without knowing the two books were related. Maybe I’ll like it more once I’ve finished.

After the Wedding by Courtney Milan

Autumn’s Child by Kathleen Giles-Seidel

Back to the Good Fortune Diner by Vicki Essex

Beautiful Beast by Roe Horvat

Boyfriend Material by Alexis Hall (dnf)

Bringing Down the Duke by Evie Dunmore

Can’t say…

can’t think of one

Cold as Ice by Anne Stuart

Come Home to Deep River by Jackie Ashenden

Dance Away with Me by Susan Elizabeth Phillips

Dance Away with Me by Susan Elizabeth Phillips

Daring and the Duke by Sarah MacLean

Dark Breaks the Dawn by Sara B. Larson

Dear Enemy by Kristen Callihan

Dirty (Dan and Elle #1)

DNF’d a lot.

Don’t know

Duke by Default by Alyssa Cole

More than a Mistress by Balogh for historical

Everything A Lady is Not by Sawyer North

everything that Kristen Ashley has published this year. I could not finish any of it. The Rising was perhaps the worst because the book jumped POV so much among 4 or 5 different storylines (couples) in the one book. It was very confusing / disjointed.

Fix Her Up by Tess Bailey

Fortunately, I can’t remember any of them since I purposefully scrubbed my memory of any of them after I finished.

Happily Ever after by Lori Wilde

Haven’t read a really bad one yet thankfully

Her Other Secret by HelenKay Dimon

Hmm, nothing stands out in my dnfs

Husky by Jessica Kane

I DNF The Roommate— so disappointed, given the buzz surrounding it.

I don’t read bad romance. If the first chapter on Amazon doesn’t engage, I don’t buy it.

I don’t finish the book if it’s bad. Hands Down by Mariana Zapata was the most disappointing. I was hoping for less angsy woe-is-me inner monologues from the heroine.

I quit if they are bad.

I usually DNF books that aren’t working for me, but, of the books I finished, Shantel Tessier’s mafia romance, Code of Silence, was pretty damn bad.

I usually love Tessa Bailey but Reborn Yesterday was a huge disappointment.

I won’t finish it if I don’t like it

It’s a tie between Laura Lee Guhkre’s Heiress Gone Wild and The Truth About Love and Dukes. Wallbangers, both of them and from such a usually great author. ”

Let’s Get Textual by Teagan Hunter

Mariana Zapata’s Under Locke

Meet Cute by Helena Hunting “Milla Vane – tried with all three books. So many great reviews, way too much silly sex. Eye rolling.

No idea

No Offence by Meg Cabot

No Offense by Meg Cabot

No Place Like Home by Fern Michaels – Trying to clean my TBR shelf

none

none

Not going to answer this

Pounding Skin by LA Witt

I’m quick to DNF, if it is terrible.

Robin Lovett’s Toxic Desire

Rocky Mountain Haven

Serpent & Dove by Shelby Mahurin. Despite loving enemies-to-lovers, this pseudo-historical YA paranormal romance is extremely misogynistic and the hero models many of the red flag warning signs of a domestic abuser.

Show the Fire by Susan Fanetti

Some rando MC freebie

Sophie Jordan’s The Virgin and The Rogue

Sunrise Canyon by Janet Dailey

That would probably be Refuge for a Rogue by L.S. Young. I did at least finish it.

The Bittersweet Bride by Vanessa Riley

The Bookish life of Nina Hill

The Counterfeit Marriage by Joan Wolf

The Countess by Lynsay Sands

The Countess by Lynsay Sands

The Determined Duchess by Erica Monroe (which wasn’t terrible, but it was a cut below anything else I finished; if it hadn’t been a novella, I wouldn’t have bothered to finish it)”

The Happy Ever After Playlist by Abby Jimenez

The Hitman by Katrina Jackson

The Honey Don’t List by Christina Lauren

The Hunter by L J Shen

The Lost Sister by Kendra Elliot

The Master’s New Governess by Eliza Redgold

The Other Miss Bridgerton by Julia Quinn. It was a DNF for me.

The Outlaw’s Lady by Laurie Kingery

The Princess Problem by Christi Barth

The Roommate

The Surviving Trace by Calia Read

There have been a lot. But I don’t read them, I dnf them. Probably one of the Bully Romance books I’ve tried to read. They’re horrific.

To Woo a Wicked Widow by Jenna Jaxon

Twice in a Blue Moon by Christina Lauren

Uncivilized
Vanessa Riley’s A Duke, A Lady, and a Baby