Hello friends and fellow book lovers! Welcome to another post and this time, we’re talking about my most disappointing reads of 2021. When it comes to disappointing reads, I actually have a decent amount. For the most part, I have a pretty good handle on my taste and know which books will work for me.
However, sometimes, things don’t work out exactly as I hoped for. Sometimes, I end up thinking I’m going to love a book and it just doesn’t work for me. Honestly, that’s the case with most of these or there were books that I was highly anticipating and they didn’t live up to the hype so let’s get into them.
10. The Love Hypothesis
The first book on this list might surprise some people as this one was a super hyped romance book this year. However, I was super disappointed when I read it as I felt like it read entirely too much like fan fiction. I know it was based on Reylo fanfic but when I found out, I couldn’t get it out of my mind. In the end, this book was just okay to me but nothing spectacular. I do appreciate all the hype it’s getting in the romance community but overall, it wasn’t anything special to me.
9. The Intimacy Experiment
This book is one of those unfortunate cases where I loved the first book and didn’t enjoy the second book. This one was Naomi’s story with Ethan who is a rabbi and honestly, it just didn’t work for me. I didn’t feel the chemistry between these two and I just didn’t enjoy the relationship between the two. I especially didn’t like the way that Ethan treated Naomi at times.
8. The Heart Principle
Let’s get this one over with and that’s The Heart Principle by Helen Hoang. I was obviously super hyped for this book as most of us were. However, this book just didn’t give me the fun and sweet rom-com vibes that were promised. While this book was hard-hitting and intense and arguably a good story, it just didn’t deliver everything that was promised. While it was a great book, it was a disappointment when it came to being a romance.
7. Happy Endings
Alright, so this is a book I saw at my library and was immediately invested in. It’s a second-chance romance featuring a woman who sells sex toys and a guy taking over his family business. Sounds like it’s going to be a fun sexy time but alas it was not. This book felt entirely too long and honestly, was pretty boring.
6. Yes & I Love You
This was a book I saw being hyped up for having great representation and being a super-steamy read which I was about. However, this is another one that just fell flat for me. I didn’t feel the connection between the two characters, the conflicts felt forced and the steam just didn’t live up to the hype. I do want to give Roni Loren one more try but honestly, this book was just not it for me.
5. How To Find A Princess
The next disappointing read for me was How To Find A Princess by Alyssa Cole. While I haven’t loved this series, this one was another one that didn’t work. The romance took too long to develop and it felt like neither of the characters had particularly redeeming qualities. This book just felt like it had entirely too much story instead of focusing on the romance.
4. Well Matched
The next disappointing read for me is a recent one and that’s Well Matched by Jen DeLuca. This is book 3 in her Well Met series and honestly, it should have been a hit for me. Once again, I felt like the romance was a secondary plot to the rest of what April had going on. Plus I just didn’t enjoy April as a character, it felt like Mitch deserved much better treatment than he got. Sigh.
3. The Beast
I am SO sad about this one. Also, Katee Robert is pulling double-duty, being on my disappointing list and my favorites. Either way, this is Belle, Beast, and Gaeton’s book which sounded like it was going to be right up my alley. However, it was just okay to me. I enjoyed the relationship and the steamy scenes, but that’s really all it gave to me. I’m just sad about it but I am excited to read the next two books. This one was basically just a me problem tbh.
2. All The Feels
This is a book that I was super excited for as it felt like it was going to be the perfect companion to Spoiler Alert but I HATED this. This book is supposed to be a romance between Alex and Lauren, but the two have no chemistry whatsoever and honestly, can’t even talk to each other. It was just painful to see how they interacted and how the “relationship” between them developed. Plus he was painfully obsessed with making comments about her appearance which I hated.
1. The Rehearsals
The final book and easily my most disappointing/worst read of the year was The Rehearsals which was pitched as You Deserve Each Other meets Groundhog Day so I was DOWN. However, this book lacked all of the charms of YDEO and honestly, gave me a romance I didn’t care about or root for. These characters barely even liked each other, did horrible things to one another, and used their do-overs to act like assholes. It was so off-putting and I absolutely hated this book. Nothing about it made me happy and it was a pain to actually sit down and read it. Such a toxic and unlikable couple along with unlikable characters and just generally, this book was awful to me.
If you couldn’t tell, 2021 was not the year for me and traditionally published books. I enjoyed some but for the most part, I read a lot of indie books. No doubt that trend is going to continue into 2022 so I’m excited to see how that goes.