Thanks to everyone who commented last week.
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.
The Winner from SBB #258 comments is:#10 Linda who can make a GC choice if international or book choice from the Updated ARC/Review titles or (not yet updated) Love titles - all linked near the end of the post. [I'm hoping to update the book choices - maybe the beginning of next year, lol.] Please let me know your choice by completing the WINNER FORM.
(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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Thanks to those who are sending in Questions. DON'T BE SHY! Surely everyone has a Q or two you'd like to ask. Input suggestions in this Suggested Question Form. At the end of each month I draw from the suggestions I used during the month and that person will get a book choice or GC. I thank everyone for submitting questions. Thanks for sending in questions! The supply of questions is dwindling so share some if you think of any -- even if they are duplicates I'll weed through or try to modify.
Your turn to share:
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??
SBB Comment Winners can choose a selection from the Valentine and "Love" books or the February 2015 Newly Updated ARC/Review List. (My daughter pulled several of the Christmas titles to give with gift bags we made up for the nursing homes. One of these days I will get together a new box of Christmas titles.)
a) Must be a follower.
b) Share a comment on the question above.
Open internationally and an international winner may get a smaller book or a $5.00 GC if I decide the mailing is too much.
I will pick a Comment winner from all comments made through Saturday July 9, 2016 at 5 PM central.