Confessions from a Coffee Shop | DNF Report

November 30, 2016 Reviews 9

DNF Report

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

This book may be unsuitable for people under 17 years of age due to its use of sexual content, drug and alcohol use, and/or violence.
Confessions from a Coffee Shop | DNF ReportConfessions From A Coffee Shop by T. B. Markinson
Series: Confessions #1
Published by Independent on July 13, 2014
Genres: Contemporary, Romance, LGBT
Pages: 266
Format: eBook
Source: Purchased

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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9 Responses to “Confessions from a Coffee Shop | DNF Report”

  1. Pro Basketball Troops

    I don’t read erotica, but it’s a bummer when you expect a certain genre and it fails to deliver. And kind of cliched– the lesbians are an athlete and an artist…. Okay.

  2. Rita @ View From My Books

    I don’t read erotica, but it’s a bummer when you expect a certain genre and it fails to deliver. And kind of cliched– the lesbians are an athlete and an artist…. Okay.

    I like this DNF post feature ☺ I’ve been doing this to books a lot more recently. When I almost dread picking up a book it kills my reading mojo! And since I’ve been relying more on used books and library ones, I don’t feel guilty about wasting money…

  3. Bookworm Brandee

    LOL When I read the title of the post, I thought you’d created a new feature! I’m still laughing… *ahem* Anyway, I’m sorry you weren’t able to connect to, well, anything in this story. You’re right about it seeming to have potential and I’ve yet to read a good lesbian story either. It’s too bad the author didn’t capitalize on what might have been.

    It’s Hump Day! I’m headed to Texas tomorrow – unfortunately, not to your neck of the woods. I’m going to see my mom and grandma in Lubbock. My mom called yesterday to let me know it was going to be “cold” while I’m there. I asked her to define cold and she said, “You know, 40s-50s.” We haven’t been above freezing since Sunday…it was 10 degrees this morning. 40s and 50s will feel balmy. 😉
    Have a good one!! {{{{BIG HUGS}}}}
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    • Berls

      I’m so glad that my definition of cold matches your mom’s – I don’t know how I’d handle your cold. The thought of dismissal and recess with that weather just…. brrrr! I’m freezing thinking about it! I hope you had a nice warm visit lol 🙂

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