Making Up For Monday…

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What are your biggest book turnoffs or deal breakers?

One theme which I find disappoints me quite often even when used by my favorite authors and well written is the unplanned pregnancy. Here’s why…when I fall in love with a couple I fall hard. Usually the author has already created several trials and traumas for them (and us as readers) to deal with, and what I want more than anything is for a couple to get their happily ever after. Now, don’t get me wrong…it isn’t that I’m opposed to children. Nope…it’s that I want to imagine them having the chance to really enjoy each other for a while first….alone.  Babies are great, but let’s be realistic…they’re also a lot of work. As the mother of three I know this to be true. And, while it’s not impossible to keep things romantic during and after pregnancy it usually requires a lot more planning and prepping. I get that it’s a plot device used to create more drama, but pretty please let my couples have some them time before family time. This is why I am such a fan of epilogues. It gives the author a chance to treat us to a peek into the future, and that’s where I like to see babies at. I also have to say that once I get over my initial pout I’m usually able to get back into the story and enjoy it. So, not a deal breaker by any means but usually a turnoff.

Another plot device which is a turnoff for me is the relapse. Usually it involves the return to drugs or alcohol after the couple experiences a setback of some kind. Yes, I know it happens in real life. However, since I’m reading fiction it’s much more impressive to me for the author to make us think the character is going to relapse, but then he/she resists it. That’s great storytelling.

I don’t think I’ve ever met anyone who’s ok with cheating, and that’s been a deal breaker for me in several stories. I can think of one very notable exception for many (tho certainly not all) including myself. In Thoughtless…which is one of my all time favorite books/series…Kiera does cheat on Denny with Kellan. Why are so many of us ok with that? I think it’s probably because the way the story plays out most of us like but aren’t completely invested in either Denny or the relationship he and Kiera have. On the other hand we are drawn into the “rightness” of Kellan and Kiera together pretty quickly. If anyone has a better explanation please feel free to express it in the comments.

Now you tell me…What are YOUR biggest book turnoffs or deal breakers?

Tamie Xo


6 thoughts on “Making Up For Monday…

  1. Brandie says:

    I remember disliking Thoughtless so much because of the cheating and right in the next room! I can deal with some cases of love triangles/cheating but only if they are done in a way that I don’t find it offensive…if that makes any sense? I know that in life, everyone’s situation is different and you shouldn’t judge people based on what you don’t know – and I try to keep that same open mind when I read books with content like cheating. But if the author doesn’t approach it the right way or give me a reason to be okay with it, I’m done. I didn’t finish that series because I was disappointed.

    I also really dislike any and all drug use in books. It’s just a huge turnoff and I have never enjoyed a book where that was taking place. Some alcohol is fine, but throw in the drugs and I’m out. Call me prude or whatever! Lol.

    I totally agree about the baby plot twist. I think it’s unnecessary most of the time and hate when it’s thrown into a book at the very end. I’m okay with a HEA – don’t need to over do it. 🙂

    Great post!


    • Tamie says:

      I know others who couldn’t get past it either. It’s a deal breaker for many.
      I felt they both paid a heavy price in the end, and I was just so much more invested in them as a couple.


  2. edwardsvamptramp69 says:

    Nah, I’m open to pretty much anything except stuff like incest and other taboo topics.


  3. katiebird says:

    I was so relieved to hear that I’m not the only one who couldn’t get past the cheating in Thoughtless, that I had to comment. I also did not continue reading the series, because I didn’t like the main characters enough, by the end. In fact, I kind of hated them.

    I also don’t like whishy washy protagonists. I want to read about characters who are strong, or at least grow to be stronger by the end.


  4. Cliffies that arise in the last chapter pretty much forcing you to have to continue with a series whether you wanted to or not. I love a series but if a story can’t stand on it’s own giving the reader the chose, I am out and aggravated.


  5. Jenny Flohre says:

    Babies/pregnancies drive me nuts too. Some books, I can tell they’re coming up and I’m instantly annoyed. I much prefer my children in the down the road look of the epilogue. (Rock Chick Revolution is an excellent example). I’m crossing my fingers that Sylvia Day does us solid in the next two Crossfire books and keeps babies out of it. IMO, they still have plenty of story left before they get to kids.

    I also struggle with unlikeable heroines. Even if the author tries to redeem throughout the story and show growth, if I have really disliked them in the beginning, it’s hard for me to come around. Kiera from the Thoughtless series never grew on me through all three books. Luckily I loved the other characters enough that I still enjoyed the series, but she just drove me batty! I recently just finished Unattainable by Madeline Sheehan and in this book, she actually took 2 characters from the series and made them heroines and tried to redeem them and it just did not work for me at all, all of the groundwork was that these were two very unlikeable people and I couldn’t get past it.


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