Guess who she gets mad at.
Right. The hero. How could you say such a thing? she raged. (I’m paraphrasing here, but that’s pretty close to how it went.)
I have major problems with the heroine anyway. She’s 30 years old and still being led around by the nose by her mother, who I’m pretty sure is certifiable. The hero is better, but he’s still mad at everyone he went to high school with even though I really can’t tell what any of them—other than the not-changed-a-bit class bully—did to him.
Sounds pretty bad, doesn’t it?
Well, it’s not. Just as I have read the rest of her books—many more than once—I will read the rest of this one. The heroine will grow up and grow strong and the hero will end as…yes, a hero. And I will be happy.
This is how I know that it’s the writing that sells me on a book. All the better, for sure, if there’s a really good story involved, but I don’t always have to have that.
What about you? Story or writing? I know “both” is the best answer and many times we get lucky and get both. But if we don’t, if all the pieces don’t fit together, what will keep you reading? And once you’ve read it, will you give it a review? Will you re-read it? More importantly, will you buy the author’s next book?