I’ve decided that when I’ve spent days (and sometimes weeks… because DNFs tend to take a lot more time) reading a book and have to give up on it, I want to give a quick explanation why. So welcome to what I’m calling a DNF report. It’s not a real book review but a quick report of why I had to call it quits and the time of death.
Confessions from a Coffee Shop by T.B. Markinson
Series: Confessions #1
Published by Independent on July 13, 2014
Genres: Contemporary, Romance, LGBT
Cori Tisdale was on top of the world. A basketball star at Harvard and a promising author with a lucrative book deal.
A few years later, Cori’s life is falling apart. Her beautiful girlfriend, Kat Finn, has a shopping addiction. To make ends meet, Cori takes a part-time job at a coffee shop.
Just when Cori thinks her life can’t get any worse, an old crush appears out of the blue. Cori’s friendship with Samantha Clarke pushes Cori further into a dangerous abyss when Sam reveals two secrets to Cori and asks her not to tell a soul, including Kat.
Will this be the end of Cori’s and Kat’s relationship?
Well bummer. I thought this sounded really interesting when I grabbed it as a Kindle deal. And I have yet to read a good Lesbian story, so I thought this was my chance. Not so much.
Here’s why I decided to give up on Confessions From A Coffee Shop:
- I felt no connection whatsoever to any of the characters. They were flat and stereotypical to me. You’ve got the overly dramatic mother, who talks sex non-stop (even to her daughter). Her daughter, who’s the main character, is an athlete, lesbian, academic with a second job at a coffee shop because her lover maxed out all the credit cards and is too artsy to get a job (say what?).
- I didn’t see a point to the story – the relationship is doing good, the family situation seems fine, and yes – they have debt, but who doesn’t? Not exactly a major conflict.
- I thought this was an erotica and if it isn’t that’s fine, but what is it? (See above point) It didn’t feel erotica – unless erotica is now defined as having awkward conversations with your mom about her sex life and using foul language to the extreme with no point. <— that the language bothered me is crazy. Y’all I cuss like a sailor, as does my husband. It just felt forced. Oh and then fading out on actual scenes… So not what I expected.
What might have turned out interesting if I had wanted to continue:
- There’s the possibility of a love interest at the coffee shop. This didn’t appeal to me, since I’m not interested in infidelity, but it would have created conflict.
- I think she was going to use the above mentioned love interest to inspire the conclusion of a book she was struggling to finish. *shrugs*
Ultimately, Confessions From A Coffee Shop wasn’t for me but had some potential if I’d been willing to push through.
Time of death: 20%
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