Have you ever hated a novel so much that you don’t even want to write a full review, but still want to warn potential readers ? Because I have. Oh my god, I have. And you know what ? For me it’s just as much important than promoting my favorite novels – because in the end, even if recommending novels we love is an amazing feeling ; even if yes, I want to spread positive vibes, I’d hate to see people hurt by books I could have warned them against.
That’s why I decided to create this new weekly meme, #FridayNope, in which I’ll introduce one or two books I didn’t like at all, and briefly explain why.
If you would like to join me in this meme, feel free to do so! Just link back to this post, so I can easily see it and share it here!
But without waiting more, here’s my book for today!
What is it ? Fives Dares is a m/m romance (best friends to lovers) written by Eli Easton that was released last October. To be honest, I was pretty pissed at myself for trying this novel because I had problems with Eli Easton’s books in the past (mostly because she loves Gay For You, a trope I hate), so I should have known better. But what can I say, I can’t resist best-friends to lovers romances, and I gave it a chance. I shouldn’t have.
Why did I hate ? First of all, I had a hard time connecting with the main characters because of the way they kept putting their lives in danger with their dares. I know, I know, it’s stated in the blurb, but I didn’t expect the dares to be so… ridiculously dangerous, key word : ridiculous ? Moreover, the heavy focus on sex made me feel really uncomfortable because it felt very much like fetishization in my opinion. Plus the bi-erasure was strong in this one. Indeed the characters kept referring as themselves as ‘gay’ or ‘mostly straight’ (ugh), and their dialogues were so bimisic sometimes, they made me furious. Finally, the last chapters suddenly brought important issues into light – suicide attempt, depression – but it was handled so carelessly and quickly, it felt like a plot device, and that’s just harmful.
Rating ? 1 star, do not recommend.
TW – Biantagonism, homoantagonism, suicide, depression, graphic sex scenes.