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What makes you say "No" to a book quick

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Initial post: Feb 18, 2013, 5:13:05 PM PST
Last edited by the author on Feb 18, 2013, 5:15:46 PM PST
callalilies says:
What makes you immediately back off a book from the summary alone?

Is there any wording, clue about the story, etc that makes you automatically go "Nope"

For me: I don't care what it is, contemporary, historical, what. When I read the summary and it mentions siblings I back off the book.

Especially in historical. Don't tell me right off the heroine is a MOB traveling with bratty, needy siblings. That tells me the romance is going to be c***blocked from the get go and will probably be boring because she can't be making her own kids and fun times with the hero when she has to keep her sisters in line, marry them off, provide for them, or keep her brother's nose clean.

I LOVE mail order brides but I hate the ones where the heroine comes with siblings in tow or the hero's spinster sister is still in the house or what not. Parents just tend to be meddling but when siblings are at the forefront the romance just gets sucked out of a book for me. Or a summary mentioning siblings tells me the hero or heroine will spend 70% of their time catering to the needs of their selfish, needing sibling and then remember, oh yeah someone kind of likes me is getting the shaft on the last few pages.

I tend to back away quick when the heroine's 10 big ass brothers all big and brawny are mentioned in the summary. I want to read about a hero and heroine. Not about them having to leave PDA and a date with the hero because some sibling can't get their crap together or need something.

Posted on Feb 18, 2013, 5:19:10 PM PST
Bitchie says:
Boredom. If it doesn't catch me in the first couple of chapters these days, I give it the flick. Sometimes I'll go back and finish, but not usually. Too many other things to waste my time.

REALLY bad editing. I can handle a mistake or two (hey, I'm a Kristen Ashley fan) but some are just to bad to suffer through.

Language. If it's overly wordy, pretentious sounding, or purple prosy, I don't usually keep going.

@sunflowers, you know all those c*** blocking brothers are just sequel bait!

In reply to an earlier post on Feb 18, 2013, 5:23:59 PM PST
callalilies says:
Exactly and I hate that. Focus on the heroine and hero of the present and stop trying to introduce other characters.

But just from the summary what makes you say no. Like back in the stone age when we all read only paper/hard backs. In a store, picking it up, reading the back then going yuck and putting it down. What makes you do that?

Posted on Feb 18, 2013, 5:38:55 PM PST
Iola says:
I don't like typos in the blurb. If they can't get that right (the bit that's supposed to sell the book), how do I know they are competent to proof and edit the rest of the book?

I'm also over books where the title is the spoiler, e.g. The CEO Gets Her Man or Ruthlessly Bedded by the Italian Billionaire (Harlequin Presents) . I know. It's romance, and we expect the HEA. But it would be nice if the title didn't give away the entire plot.

Posted on Feb 18, 2013, 5:42:09 PM PST
Bitchie says:
Yeah typos and errors in the blurb are a sure way to ensure I don't read. If the author can't even edit the blurb, what hope do I have of the book being edited?

Posted on Feb 18, 2013, 6:06:41 PM PST
Last edited by the author on Feb 18, 2013, 6:08:23 PM PST
er says:
@Sunflower +100 on siblings thing. Also if they mention any children.Rarely is it handle right and authors almost always gets the age wrong.

If a book mentions in the summary a millionaire, billionaire,trillionaire....instant eye roll.

Posted on Feb 18, 2013, 6:09:37 PM PST
Dog Lover says:
1) If the blurb is poorly written, I go no further.

2) If there is only "sales" language in the blurb, I go no further.

3) If there are "cutesy" words in the blurb, I go no further.

4) If there are words that indicate the h is doormat, I go no further.

5) If there is "secret" pregnancy, I go no further.

You get the drift.


Posted on Feb 18, 2013, 6:19:07 PM PST
KarenH says:
I love historical romances but if the blurb mentions that the story takes place anytime in the 20th century, I'll pass on it.

Posted on Feb 18, 2013, 6:21:27 PM PST
Last edited by the author on Feb 18, 2013, 6:34:49 PM PST
LuckyGirl says:
I hate novellas and anthologies. If it mentions Las Vegas or Christmas it's generally a fast no for me. Tropical islands are a big turn off too. And any YA or NA books are an automatic reject - once I hit 40, the high schooler and 20 year old heroine just stopped being interesting to me. Poor downtrodden heroines, divorced heroines, and books where the H and h share a very rocky history and struggle through the whole book to find their way back together bum me out too, so I tend to ignore those. Governesses and insta-love are generally a no for me, but spinsters, ugly ducklings and mean heroes are big yeses. It's weird how preferences work, isn't it?

Posted on Feb 18, 2013, 6:23:23 PM PST
Last edited by the author on Feb 18, 2013, 6:54:17 PM PST
🌲Arual says:

Cheating I can take - if both parties are unmarried. But if one or both are married, no matter how vile the spouse, I'm outta there.

Posted on Feb 18, 2013, 6:33:25 PM PST
Last edited by the author on Feb 18, 2013, 6:34:22 PM PST
Ghost of the dead wife. I don't want the H to have loved anyone before the h. I know, I know, it happens in real life but in romancelandia, that's a nope for me.

Cheating. Big nope. I don't want the H to even notice any other woman after he sees the h. I know, that whole love at first sight trope but there ya go.

The magic pen that makes an otherwise intelligent h into an instant doormat.

Posted on Feb 18, 2013, 6:34:46 PM PST
Bitchie says:
I don't usually do sci fi or straight up fantasy, but usually, just the cover is enough of a warning there. I don't generally do BDSM themed stories, so mention of a dom or her submission gets me outta there fast.

In reply to an earlier post on Feb 18, 2013, 6:42:37 PM PST
Grey says:
I guess I'm the opposite. In historicals, anyway, there's really no way out, so if the spouse is vile, I'm all for the H/h having an affair. In contemporaries, however, it definitely bothers me.

And if I know that either the H or h cheats on the other, whether in the past or in the book, that's a definite no for me.

And actually, parents being mentioned tends to bother me far more than siblings. (Growing up with three younger siblings, I guess I'm used to them.) I despise meddling parents/aunts/uncles/grandparents who try to force the H/h into marrying. Especially if they use their will. Anything that mentions a will forcing people to marry (or even do something else) is definitely something I avoid.

Posted on Feb 18, 2013, 6:48:19 PM PST
The title of this book, Pregnant Rape (Novel)

In reply to an earlier post on Feb 18, 2013, 6:54:27 PM PST
Last edited by the author on Feb 18, 2013, 6:54:57 PM PST
T. Smith says:
Oh my goodness. And this is part of the book description

Genre: (New Adult Fiction) Romantic/Drama
Target Audience: (Ages 16-34)
Book Contains No Graphic Sex.

No Graphic Sex but the rest of the blurb states she is raped by multiple men? Target audience starts at 16? Wow. And NO.

In reply to an earlier post on Feb 18, 2013, 6:57:54 PM PST
🌲Arual says:


And after reading the blurb?


Posted on Feb 18, 2013, 7:00:59 PM PST
Bitchie says:
Oh god, did anyone do the look inside? After being grabbed after work, dragged off into the woods and raped, the man tells her she "nags like an unappreciated housewife", to which she responds with "Forgive me. I'm not trying to cause problems." Seriously? they call her a nagging housewife and she freaking apologizes to them???

In reply to an earlier post on Feb 18, 2013, 7:03:29 PM PST
callalilies says:
Ugh yes on children. Unless the child(ren) is 2 or under. The ones that are cute and don't talk are the best. Better if the child is under a year old. Babies work. Talking kids are annoying in books. Older adult children too. Sometimes I like a much older hero and heroine but if the hero is 40 with a college age kid I pass. I don't want to read the whines of his 18-21 year old.

@ Dog Lover, what's cutesy words for you?

In reply to an earlier post on Feb 18, 2013, 7:10:57 PM PST
🌲Arual says:
And it's written by a guy! Errr.

In reply to an earlier post on Feb 18, 2013, 7:15:44 PM PST
Yuck! I did not get past title. I am so glad that I did not sample it.

In reply to an earlier post on Feb 18, 2013, 7:21:33 PM PST
Last edited by the author on Feb 18, 2013, 7:26:47 PM PST
Dog Lover says:
- "(name)had a problem. She was in love ... (start italics) hopelessly(end italics) in love ... (name) It would all be so lovely, so idyllic if ... "

It went downhill from there.

- "... when the dust settles, the two Texas hotheads may realize they've actually found something worth fighting for ..." This was at the end of a silly blurb that barely - just barely - kept me reading. This sentence ended my interest.

- "if only he can convince her to come out from behind that bar, and come home with him ..."

I was kinda nauseous from reading the entire blurb but, this one had a great title so I bought it anyway. Gave up around page 40 - just couldn't stomach it any more.

- "And even though (name)'s unexpected spirit and courage tempted him in ways he never imagined, ..."

Just hate flowery language like this. Another purchase mistake. I gave this one a 2 when I reviewed it. (I have GOT to stop buying contemporary novels claimin' to be about cowboys!)

- "... but one look in his sexy green eyes, and she knows why they affectionately call him "the Bastard." (barf) ..."meanwhile, (name)'s decided he wants (start italics) her (end italics) even more than he want revenge. ..."to make this red-haired angel madder than hell but (triple barf! ->) she's the only one who can turn this devilish rogue into a family man. Now he must trust (name) with his secrets - and she must believe in his love. "

This was a recommendation to me. Sigh. So very silly. I should have known from the blurb.


In reply to an earlier post on Feb 18, 2013, 7:24:31 PM PST
I'm sorry for laughing, but what a title... "Pregnant Rape," just asking to be yelled at.

I agree on titles, too. Especially ones like The Coincidence of Callie and Kayden. It's either too specific or too broad for me, can't decide. And then it just sounds like people get too lazy trying to name a book, so if you're too lazy to grab my attention, I'm too lazy to read it.

Posted on Feb 18, 2013, 7:39:27 PM PST
Anal. No....just no. -_-

In reply to an earlier post on Feb 18, 2013, 7:39:33 PM PST
Dog Lover says:
Another admission of purchase mistakes:

Read the blurbs on all three here -

I couldn't get 1/2 through the first one and ended up actually giving these away to someone on this forum. I NEVER give books away. These, however, I found so tedious and revolting that, since they were brand new and SusieQ2 had expressed an interest, I just mailed'em to her.

When will I LEARN?


Posted on Feb 18, 2013, 7:42:22 PM PST
T. Smith says:
I really hate it when I go to read the blurb hoping to find out something about the book and all you see are snippets from reviews and quotes from blogs and such. And no plot details.
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