DNF Review: The Devil’s Playground (The Faraway Series #1) by Eliza Freed

Posted November 6, 2015 in review / 0 Comments

DNF Review: The Devil’s Playground (The Faraway Series #1) by Eliza FreedThe Devil's Playground (The Faraway Series, #1) by Eliza Freed
Published by Brunswick House on November 10th 2015
Genres: Adult, Romance
Format: eARC
Pages: 300
Source: Publisher
One Star

Former U.S. Attorney, Meredith Walsh, took some time off to raise her children. But the time took away everything she once trusted about herself. She’s lost within the mundane confines of her children's schedules of lacrosse, soccer, Cub Scouts, and math facts. Desperate for a sliver of her former passion, and isolated in the small town her corporate husband relocated her to, she counsels herself on risking her family for the rush of a fling.
But Vincent Pratt, the local chief of police, weakens Meredith’s abhorrence of affairs and her dedication to her family. With him, she finds a new version of herself, one capable of contributing in her new world, and thriving in her lonely home. In spite of the fact, she’s not the kind of woman who has an affair.

I received this book for free from Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.


I had to DNF this book at 9% because I really REALLY could not take it.

  1. Meredith was just very very annoying. I got super annoyed reading from her point of view, to the fact that she actually is a little bit too obsessed with sex? I don’t know. I just knew that I got quite annoyed at the fact that she kept referring back everything to sex. Come on…… I want some romance.
  2. The writing was pretty atrocious, and I mean no offense to the author. The way Meredith was written made it seem like she’s childish. Like every word was VERY VERY simple, giving the impression that this book was from the point of view of a little kid.
  3. THE STORY LINE. LIKE okay fine, I actually totally ignored the part about how the story was technically about cheating, because I wanted to see how the author made it seem okay. But I couldn’t take it, oh my God, it was just super slow. I felt like my life was ticking away slowly.
  4. Did I mention that she got horny because she saw a guy inserting a BANANA into a woman? WHAT.

I’m sorry. I do not hate the author, I just intensely dislike her book.

About Eliza Freed

Eliza Freed graduated from Rutgers University and returned to her hometown in rural South Jersey. Her mother encouraged her to take some time and find herself. After three months of searching, she began to bounce checks and her neighbors began to talk; her mother told her to find a job.

She settled into Corporate America, learning systems and practices and the bureaucracy that slows them. Eliza quickly discovered her creativity and gift for story telling as a corporate trainer and spent years perfecting her presentation skills and studying diversity. It’s during this time she became an avid observer of the characters we meet and the heartaches we endure. Her years of study have taught her laughter is the key to survival, even when it’s completely inappropriate.

She currently lives in New Jersey with her family and a misbehaving beagle named Odin. An avid swimmer, if Eliza is not with her family and friends, she’d rather be underwater. While she enjoys many genres, she has always been a sucker for a love story…the more screwed up the better.

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