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Five commenters do not like to skim/skip except for graphic sexual content, excessive description, or horrendous writing. Ten of us will skip but mostly for graphic sexual content, mundane description, or boring, tedious or not interesting sections. Janhvi takes an all or nothing approach: skim it all or read it all.
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(One Question.)Jenna asks: As a reviewer [or reader], what are some pet peeves you encounter in romances? What are things that you adore in them if they occur??
I can think of two pet peeves. The primary one is related to sexual content. It is annoying to me if a) it drags on and/or takes up more of the story than the plot and action; and b) if it is unnecessarily (which admittedly, is subjective) graphic. The second peeve is teen angst... not so much a peeve as I just don't relate to anguish well and I guess I am not a huge fan of teen romance. I'll add a third which would be a borish or brutish male character who does not appreciate the qualities of a strong woman.
I love sweet, sensual or suspenseful romance where there is chemistry (or attraction), tension or conflict, good plot or action, and romance and caring that is more important than sex. Dogs and children can be nice elements too, or historical settings.
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Jenna asks: As a reviewer [or reader], what are some pet peeves you encounter in romances? What are things that you adore in them if they occur??
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As for the pet peeves, there is one that drives me nuts and it's when character think about sex even when they aren't doing it. The flow of the book is constantly interrupted by these thought about how beautiful the other person is or how their body reacts to that person's closeness.
Congrats Linda. I agree with you in regards to prolonged sex content.Another for me is when the heroine fights an obvious attraction or love for the man who loves her, treats her with respect and she's still fighting it and it's nearing the end of the story. I find myself saying, enough already.ReplyDelete
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I dislike when the author says the hero or heroine "smirks". I love stories where either the hero/heroine has pets and they feature prominently in the story.ReplyDelete
I do not like weak, stupid heroines. I do like heroines who are intelligent and pro-activeReplyDelete
don't like grammatical errors, cliffhangers, cheesy dialogue, clichesReplyDelete
I really don't like the really sexy covers---especially on books that aren't that sexy. I also don't like graphic sex.ReplyDelete
i don't like when sex scenes are justa pretexte for the book ( i want a real story) i hate when the characters jump in bed teh first night without knowing each otherReplyDelete
i love when the romance is slowly building, when the characters try to learn about each other etc
My biggest pet peeve in romance stories is when there is no chase. They just look at each other and all of a sudden they are inseparable. No, I like the build up, and if it isn't there, I can lose interest fast.
I don't like sexual content that goes on and on. Also rude obnoxious children make me angry. I recently read two books and both of them had a 13 year old girl who talked back to her parents.ReplyDelete
I'm not a fan of the "second chance" romances. Especially if it's been 15 or even 5 years later and the characters claim to have been in love all along. It just always seems so sad.ReplyDelete
I don't like when the sexual content is at the beginning of the story. I also don't like cliffhangers very much either.ReplyDelete
I like a good plot or action with romance and caring more important than the sex.
I do not like a lot of long drawn out content of sex scenes. I like love stories that are sweet. I agree with the Fredamans and like a buildup rather than an immediate attraction.ReplyDelete
The prolonged sexual marathons detract from both the story and the romance for me. Thoughtful kind men are a fave for meReplyDelete