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Subject: Hated Authors Allstars!
Date Posted: 7/20/2009 12:45 PM ET
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Which romance authors do you hate (or dislike)? For whatever reason: bad plot, horrible sex, corny lines,  dreadful characters, unrealistic events, crazy villian's monolouge of craziness, snooze worthy chapters, bad hair, books were everyone dies except the two main characters (no, really, it happens), ultra cheesy, painful, so called "Tender moments" ,etc.

 

Mine is Rosemary Rogers--way to be all negative and evil (With all the mean things she does to her poor characters)....

 

and I am also not a fan of Nora Roberts (Though I read her witchy series and it was ok)

 

I guess you can mention the book too if you want!

 

Let your comments fly free!

Date Posted: 7/20/2009 1:04 PM ET
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You can put Rosemary Rogers on my list too:P  And Bertrice Small... and Fern Michaels, Julie Garwood, Donna Fletcher, Sabrina Jeffries, Elizabeth Thornton, and Stephanie Laurens.  Reading them is like eye surgery to me:P

Date Posted: 7/20/2009 1:18 PM ET
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NORA ROBERTS!!!!!!!!!!

Date Posted: 7/20/2009 1:43 PM ET
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THis jsut goes to show how people can have such different tastes. I love Julie Garwood.

I can't stand MaryJanice Davidson. Alot of people love her but I hate her writing style. Same with Susan Johnson.

I didn't like Eloisa James either-when I read a romance I want to read about the main characters mentioned on the back of hte book. Not 3 or 4 other lovers plot lines going on at the same time.

I can't stand Bertrice Small either.  I read a few of hers and in every book the hero/heroine are seperated for most of hte book.  Also in everyone that I read the hero and/or heroine was kidnapped and used as a sex slave at some point in the book.  It happened in every single book of hers that I read.  I gave up after about 4 books.

 

Date Posted: 7/20/2009 1:47 PM ET
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Date Posted: 7/20/2009 1:47 PM ET
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I think Julie Garwood is one of those either you love her or hate her authors.  She was probably the 1st one who made me realize just how much indvidual tastes can vary & you can never tell who will like what.  Before I thought "bad" was universal:P 



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Date Posted: 7/20/2009 1:57 PM ET
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Nora Hess.........OMG, though i only read one book by her , i think a 1st grader could write a better story than her!

Date Posted: 7/20/2009 2:01 PM ET
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Les, i know what you mean. I read one Diana Palmer book where the hero was downright cruel and humiliating towards the woman he was supposed to be in love with. I think it was "Rage of Passion",,,,he had "rage" all right!!

Date Posted: 7/20/2009 2:22 PM ET
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Diana Palmer , ditto what Les said. Rosemary Rogers, eventhough I read the Sweet Savage Love series back when I was very young and just wanted to see how much pain and suffering Jenny could take. Emma Holly--yuk. Only read one book by Beatrice Small and that was enough. Stella Cameron, Catherine Coulter, Elizabeth Boyle. Lucy Monroe, have yet to find one I like.



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Date Posted: 7/20/2009 3:17 PM ET
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I dunno. Hate is such a strong word. There are plenty of authors whose works I found dull or who I dont read anymore but hate?

 

3 yrs later, I still grit my teeth thinking about how excruciating FROM LONDON WITH LOVE was. I never read another Jenne Petersen again. But she seems like a nice person online (even if her mother is a harridan). I have read her more erotic titles as Jess Michaels tho. Didnt love any of them but read them. So I wouldnt say that I hate Petersen even if FLWL pissed me off to this day.

I really dislike Lynne Graham Harlequins. Alpholes are the norm in that line but I find her heroes disturbingly psychotic. And her heroines with serious issues for loving them, of course.

Christina Dodd - I never respscted her after she put out 7 bks in one yr and seemed to embrace her hackdom.

 

 

Date Posted: 7/20/2009 4:57 PM ET
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Fern Michaels - I only read one book by her, but that was enough.

Thanks to this forum I have not had to read any Beatrice Small to know that I wouldn't like her either.

Date Posted: 7/20/2009 5:05 PM ET
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Oh shoot... I almost forgot - and I know I risk being pelted with rotten tomatoes here - I loathe Kinley MacGregor.  Beat me, punch me, poke me in the eye with a sharp stick, just don't make me read one of her daffy books:P

Date Posted: 7/20/2009 5:50 PM ET
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I like early Julie Garwood stuff....but her new stuff sucks!!! I hate how great historical authors (Her and Judith McNaught) all went contemp. thriller/suspence---once you have read one of those (where she is a whatever and he is a cop/bodyguard/detective or something similar) you have read them ALL!!

 

I also agree on Beatrice Small and Diana Palmer

Date Posted: 7/20/2009 6:56 PM ET
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I don't 'hate' but I certainly don't care for Rosemary Rogers, Norah Hess or Diana Palmer.  Cathrine Coulter can be good to awful.  I liked early Julie Garwood, but her modern romantic suspense are uneven.  I seriously dislike Rhonda Pollero's Findley Anderson Tanner books. 

Date Posted: 7/20/2009 9:33 PM ET
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Catherine Coulter is hit or miss for me.  The Rebel Bride was the worst book I have ever read in my life. But I did like a couple of her other historicals a couple of the contemporaries that I've read.

Date Posted: 7/20/2009 10:09 PM ET
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I'm not familiar with most of the authors mentioned here.  I dislike historical immensely.

I gave up on Evanovich when she switched from romance to chick-lit.  I saw an interview she did where she put down the whole romance industry and all the books she'd written that were romances.  All I could think was, where would you be if you didn't start out with romance novels?  She would have had a much harder time crossing over to another genre if she wasn't already a published author.

I love Nora Roberts but I have to say I haven't read many of her mainstream novels.  I love her category books.  I've read very few of her others, they just don't appeal as much.

I do love Diana Palmer.  She's my guilty pleasure.  Same story over and over again but I still read them all, even when the hero is so completely awful to the heroine.

Date Posted: 7/21/2009 1:47 PM ET
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Seton, I have From London with Love in my TBR pile.  Don't want to be traumatised by reading it.  :)  What did u dislike about it?  If spoilers just PM me.  Huge TBR pile won't upset me at all to pull it,  too many other good books to read.  Thanks

Date Posted: 7/21/2009 3:03 PM ET
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Sherron, it's hard to describe why it is so terrible. Basically, it's a literal translation of Charlie's Angels in Regency Times; she doesnt bring anything fresh to it. She wrote as if she was braindead and treated the reader as if *I* was braindead. It was - to this day - one of the most deadening reading experience I have ever felt. Every little interaction was romance-by-the-numbers and every emotion was eviscerated ad nauseum and beaten to death. The AAR review of it is pretty spot on for me. Read it. I think they gave it a D grade.

Date Posted: 7/21/2009 3:09 PM ET
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Thanks, Seton.  Just lowered my TBR pile.  LOL

Date Posted: 7/21/2009 3:26 PM ET
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I've read a couple of Jenna Petersen books and found them dull & forgettable, so I wasn't even tempted to try From London with Love.  I've read something under her Jess Michaels pseudonym - I think it was the short story from Parlor Games - but I don't think I could recount anything about it  under torture.  Mostly, I remember that I hated the Leda Swann story in there, and between that and The Price of Desire, which nearly made me ill, I'll never read her again either:P

Date Posted: 7/21/2009 5:59 PM ET
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Oh shoot... I almost forgot - and I know I risk being pelted with rotten tomatoes here - I loathe Kinley MacGregor.  Beat me, punch me, poke me in the eye with a sharp stick, just don't make me read one of her daffy books:P

Kim,  I agree wholeheartedly with this statement.  I can't believe I have bought 4 of her books, read about 60 pages in each and then traded them for anything else.   Her writing blows!   Beatrice Small is so bad I can't even find the words.....

Pamela

Date Posted: 7/21/2009 7:24 PM ET
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Now you guys have me feeling like I NEED to read some Beatrice Small, just to see how bad it really is...like not being able to keep from looking at a wreck!  LOL

Date Posted: 7/21/2009 7:37 PM ET
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I can't read a lot of the authors that a lot of people love here.  I don't even need to name them, but they are always wishlisted :-)  I tried over and over again and just couldn't get into them.

I'm still partial to historical romance, but I find that I can only handle a few contemporary authors.  I'm much more forgiving about mistakes in historical novels than in contemporary as far as how realistic they tend to be. 

 

 

Date Posted: 7/21/2009 7:56 PM ET
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Has Cassie Edwards been mentioned yet? Awful, awful dialogue in her books.

Date Posted: 7/21/2009 7:59 PM ET
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To me, Bertrice Small is so bad, she's good. One of my guilty pleasures. :-P

 

In honour of this thread, I am reading a Diana Palmer right now :-)

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