Confused? Let me go ahead and ask the question.
What do you hate, hate, hate in a book?
See. Sounds awful. Normally, we ask readers, what do you love seeing in a book? But that doesn't help an author figure out, what is STILL readers' hot button? In this case, hot as in under the collar, make you mad type hot. Not the good, squirming in your seat, flushed face with pleasure hot.
But I want to hear what will make you throw a book against the wall and refuse to read further? Maybe even quit reading the author entirely. This should have nothing to do with the author herself/himself but the book, the storyline, plot or whatever to do with our reading life.
By hearing your answers, an author may avoid the same mistake.
Let me give you a couple of examples.
My daughter quit reading one of her favorite author's books because the hero had sex with the heroine's sister. Paid over $7 for the paperback, but she willingly handed it off to a friend. That's at the least one hate. Two hates would be throwing it away. Three hates would equal a ritual burning.
I know I've trudged through a book or two or hundred that I hated because of the expense. I've torn one in two and threw away when the heroine died at the end. Stupid book.
For myself, I quit reading one of my all-time favorite authors (totally, not just the book) because of the same thing, must run in the family. . . the dislike of hero/heroine having sex with another person in the hero/heroine's family.
So tell me. What pushes your loathing button?
Carla Swafford loves romance novels, action/adventure movies and men, and her books reflect that. She has three romantic suspense novels with Avon Red and recently sold a hot motorcycle club series to Loveswept. She's married to her high school sweetheart and lives in Alabama.
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