I just read a book by a an extremely prolific author. I hadn't tried her before, but since her book was set literally in my back yard, I thought I'd give it a go. The setting was great, the author had done her research. She even knew horses and packing in the mountains.
I should have loved this book.
For one single reason--the heroine was horrible. She bitched and moaned and complained about everything. Maybe it's because I've guided this type on horseback rides since I was big enough to sit on a horse, I wanted to hit her. Hard. Right in her pouty little mouth.
I think the author thought her character was cute. City cute. You know...the French tips, the $200 jeans. Nose in the air about the country.
Worse, the brattiness was supposed to pass for sexual tension. It didn't work. The hero and heroine were supposedly so attracted to each other, they bickered. Constantly. Ugh and double ugh. I enjoy sexy banter as much as the next reader. I don't write it well, but I like to read those who do. But plain old sniping and fighting isn't fun after a while. In fact, I find it exhausting.
I finished the book. I won't give the ending away, but this couple fought until the very last page.
I won't read this author again.
So, my question today is...what turns you off in a book, even a well written one?