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Subject: Are you giving up any series / authors in 2013?
Date Posted: 12/21/2012 10:25 AM ET
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Just wondering who among us might be giving up series or authors in 2013?

I've decided to forego anymore Lora Leigh or JoAnn Ross and I'm on the fence about GA Aiken's Dragon Kin series.

Date Posted: 12/21/2012 1:42 PM ET
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I'm on the borderline for Sarah McCarty didn't like the last couple too much. Not buying any more of Kate Pearce (hated the last couple).

I've mostly stopped reading regular romances (for now) and started reading erotica and YA (weird huh) so I'm reading new authors anyhoo. I think that I just needed a change from romance since I've been reading it exclusively for about 11 years.

Date Posted: 12/21/2012 7:45 PM ET
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I'm going to give up everyone - sort of.

I cannot give up my monthly HQ Presents, I still enjoy them tremendously and have been reading the series since the very first book.

Everyone/thing else - not going to be tempted if at all possible. I can get so many  of them the library, either real or audio or e-book.

I'll continue finishing up or continuing with series I've started but want to avoid others for the time being.

We'll see how long the plan lasts.

GAil

 

Date Posted: 12/21/2012 8:46 PM ET
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At the moment I can't think of any, but there probably is. At this point I never have time to read to figure out who I don't like anymore lol

Date Posted: 12/21/2012 8:58 PM ET
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Cyndi,

You read erotica and Y.A....?   Then I guess I'm weird too.   Those are pretty much all I've been reading lately.....LOL

Date Posted: 12/22/2012 8:22 AM ET
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LOL Lisa, I'd love to hear what YA you've been reading. I'm really into dystopia types right now (blame that on The Hunger Games). Before HG I wouldn't touch a YA with a ten foot pole lol.

Date Posted: 12/22/2012 12:16 PM ET
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The Smutty Librarians are buying most of my favorites and not so favorites in ebook so no loss if it sucks. There are a few I won't bother opening anymore though- Lora Leigh and Lori Foster. Used to be two of my faves.

Date Posted: 12/22/2012 2:48 PM ET
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It is easier to say that the only two I am not giving up on are Virgin River and Sookie Stackhouse.  All the of others I have lost interest in.  Lori Foster's last two sucked IMHO.  Christine Freehan is so uneven in character development that I gave up on her, too. 

Date Posted: 12/22/2012 3:27 PM ET
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Funny you should start this topic in a thread.  I was thinking about this same thing yesterday.  I gave up on anything new by Heather Graham a couple years ago because they were so badly written and disgustingly repetitive.  Last year I gave up Elizabeth Lowell's new books because they too had become so shallow. 

Right now I'm thinking of giving up on Nalini Singh's Archangel series not so much because the series is so repetitive but because the author is so repetitive within a single story.  How many times within the same story line do I need to hear that the hero has a particular hang-up from his past -- with same details given over and over and over again -- and reading over and over again that the heroine is irresistibly drawn to him regardless of her desire not to be?   Okay, author, I know my memory is not always the best but I got it, the main characters are flawed and come with heavy baggage, now move along with the story please. 

Oh, and I irrevocably gave up on Janet Evanovich's Stephanie Plumb books.  I figure by this time it isn't too much to expect for the author to make Stephanie just one little iota smarter in the bond enforcement business than she was when she first started out.  But, no, she keeps doing the same stupid thing over and over which makes her TSFW.  My TBR stack is too big to waste on repeated acts of stupidity by the same character.  And, oh, BTW Stephanie, pick either Joe or Ranger.  Although, I guess I'd do them both, too. 

On the cusp of being ignored in future if the books don't improve:

Irish Johansen's Eve Duncan series.  Same, same.  Heroines who keep doing stupid stuff.

James Patterson's Alex Cross series.  Too gratuitous in its violence, especially against women.

Laurie R. King's Mary Russell/Sherlock Holmes' series.  Ms King, I get you're a very learned author but I really don't need to know what the characters of your book do in a day's time, in such painfully trivial detail.  Just tell me an interesting story and leave the minutia behind.

 

Date Posted: 12/22/2012 3:45 PM ET
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And, oh, BTW Stephanie, pick either Joe or Ranger. Although, I guess I'd do them both, too.   

Someone just tell me at the end that it's the last book and that one I'll read.

Date Posted: 12/22/2012 6:43 PM ET
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yes

Date Posted: 12/22/2012 11:11 PM ET
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If there wasn't just one left, I might give up on Sookie. The last was a DNF for me. But I'll give one last try.

I suspect I'll give up on a lot of authors just through having so many other things I want to read more, I just never get to their books.

Date Posted: 12/23/2012 10:43 AM ET
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Is the latest Lora Leigh book that bad???  I've been wanting to read the continuing Nauti series, but maybe not after reading this thread......

Date Posted: 12/23/2012 11:44 AM ET
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I'm almost at the top of the WL now for the latest Nauti book.  I hope it's better than her last series, I quit reading that one.  First two were good but then they got really bad and I couldn't even make it partway thru Black Jack.

Date Posted: 12/23/2012 12:09 PM ET
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Actually I'm not that big on straight out erotica anymore.  I'll probably read up what I have but not acquire more.  I've dropped the Stephanie Plum books.  I don't plan on reading the last 2 that came out or anymore to come.  It's the same book over and over again.

I've already kind of stopped reading Lora Leigh.  More because I purged all the ones I had because my library has tons of copies of them.  If I ever decide to pick her back up her  books will be easy to get.  But since I have a massive TBR, I haven't missed them. 

 

 

Date Posted: 12/23/2012 12:32 PM ET
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Cyndi ,

I dont really read the dystopia type books but my daughter is really into them. She loves the hunger games. The Y.A. ones that i read are more romance type. I'm reading now Pushing the limits, pretty good so far.

I've given up on Lora Leigh a long time ago , I have only read the first 3 nauti boys books.

The sookie books ?  are they based on a TV show ? people seem to really enjoy them ,maybe I'll read them some day.



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Date Posted: 12/23/2012 2:17 PM ET
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Lisa,

The sookie books ?  are they based on a TV show ? people seem to really enjoy them ,maybe I'll read them some day.

It is the Charlaine Harris Dead After Dark series (True Blood on the TV).  The first 8 or 9 books were just fantastic - interesting characters both human and super-.  Very funny at times.  Great plot twists.  The last couple of books have seemed forced.  They even dragged a bit.  Anyway, Club Dead was my absolute favorite.  I think the hotel bombing one was the best novel or the battle with the witches. 

P

Date Posted: 12/24/2012 12:34 AM ET
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While I enjoy reading Linda Lael Miller's books I'm about to give up on them because I'd just as soon not have my romance books populated by children and dogs.  Yeah, I know single parents need love, too, and that Miller's big into rescue animals but does it have to be the central theme of every one of her books?

Date Posted: 12/24/2012 2:20 AM ET
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The sookie books ?  are they based on a TV show ? people seem to really enjoy them ,maybe I'll read them some day.

the True Blood TV show is based on the books, not the other way around.  :)  i haven't seen the show but from what i understand, it's fairly *loosely* based on the books, with the main characters being mostly the same, but side characters have been added and/or are different than they are in the books.

i agree with many that the few books leading up to the end aren't as good as the earlier ones, but i'll definitely be finishing out the series since the last one is coming.

Date Posted: 12/24/2012 9:44 AM ET
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I tried to read lawe's justice by lora leigh, and i really couldn't finish it. I have to give up on her. I will be giving up on J.r. ward as soon as I read lover at last, and I don't even like blay/quinn! I'm also giving up new nicole jordan books, they are nowhere near her old ones. I gave up christine feehan books, even though she was the first romance book i ever read. I'm tempted to give up philippa greggory as well, her cousins' war series seems to be basically the same story told through different eyes and the story isn't really that different book to book.

Date Posted: 12/24/2012 5:14 PM ET
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Yeah I"d need to add Christine Feehan to my list too.  Her last book didn't impress me at all.

Date Posted: 12/24/2012 8:02 PM ET
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hey sherri-yes she seems to re-use the same descriptions/phrases and story lines over and over again. I think I loved 5 of her books, after that it was downhill and I didn't want to admit it. btw I see you like  highlanders and military, can you recommend any, I seem to have hit a wall of bad authors recently lol. I also have to give up on lisa kleypas, linda howard and shannon mckenna.

Date Posted: 12/26/2012 4:53 PM ET
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Lora Leigh....she is like crack to me...at least the Nauti series anyway. I don't buy her...I have to pick her up at my UBS for like a buck or something. Kay Hooper may be one I give up on soon. I have two of her latest to read...this will determine if I continue with the series. Heather Graham is another one I may let go. I am going to read one more of her Krewe of Hunters and if it doesn't click with me...I am finished with that series.



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Date Posted: 12/27/2012 5:40 PM ET
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The Sookie books are really nothing like the TV show.  The TV show kind of took the idea, some plot points and some characters and that's about it.  I stopped watching the TV show after the 2nd or 3rd season.  I still love the books but I was glad to hear that she planned on stopping at, IIRC, book 14.  I'd rather mourn the loss of a series than see it go one way, way too long (coughstephanieplumcoughcough)

Date Posted: 12/28/2012 4:45 PM ET
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I'd be so happy if Lora Leigh got a new thought and a new editor. I hate stumbling over bad editing. One book she even used the wrong name. And what does she always say? Something like "he would shatter her." Get a backbone women. BUT I do like her smut when she's really on.

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