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Subject: Losing interest in a book?
Date Posted: 3/6/2008 7:35 PM ET
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I am having a huge problem lately.  I lose interest in a book once the hero and heroine get together. 

I have a stack of 6 books by my bedside that are half-read or more that I just dropped when I felt content that I knew what was going to happen.   It is like I lose interest so I start a new book. 

Am I the only one that does this? 

Some of the books are Devil's Bride, Pleasure for Pleasure and Let it Be Love.

I can't decide if they are just so-so books or if it is just me :-)

Date Posted: 3/6/2008 7:46 PM ET
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I'll drop a book in a heart beat if I get bored.  Even if it's just so-so.  There are wayyyyy too many books to read to waste time, I think.

Date Posted: 3/6/2008 7:48 PM ET
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It may not be you---Some books are like that; they lose steam once the H/H get together.  Scandal's Bride totally bored me after they got together.  I almost didn't finish.   Now I thought Devil's bride was pretty good. 

I generally don't have big problems with the books I read because I read the reviews first and generally only select those with AAR ratings of A or B and sensuality of hot or burning.  Or Amazon ratings of 4.5 or better.  How are you screening the books you select?

Or are you just interested until it gets to the sex?  In that case, it sounds like you need to read steamier books.  I highly recommend Sylvia Day if this is the case.  (Or check the hot historicals thread for good excerpts and recommendations. )

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Date Posted: 3/7/2008 8:30 AM ET
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Unfortunately, I lose interest pretty quick if they come together too early on.    I mean, that's what it's all about sometimes----the chase.  I hate it when there's a story with no conflict between the h/h.....even if it's just something as simple as them not liking each other for whatever reason. 

Date Posted: 3/7/2008 9:21 AM ET
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then you need to read reviews and select those types of books.  I, on the other hand, hate it when it takes too long for the H/H to get together.  I tend to lose interest if they're not together by the midpoint of the book.    I like them to have some happy time together before the book ends. 

You may like the book By Possession by Madeline Hunter.  Well-written medieval and they don't resolve their relationship until the very end. 

Date Posted: 3/7/2008 10:40 AM ET
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You may want to try some Romantic Suspense then.  Even after they get together, there's still a mystery to be solved, but unless it's a series, they don't generally get together until the very end.

I recently read Stephanie Bond's Body Movers books - 1 and 2 of a trilogy (#3 out in August).  She juggles 3 guys in those, but no explicit sex scenes - yet.

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Date Posted: 3/7/2008 11:03 AM ET
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That's why I tend to change genres so much. I love to read and I'll read about anything but sometimes I just get tired of reading the same type of thing.  It's been a while since I've read a really good romance so now I'm looking for those.

Date Posted: 3/7/2008 11:52 AM ET
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The Body Movers books sound interesting.  I think I would like when a girl is juggling several men :-)  I enjoyed Brenda Joyce's Deadly series just for this reason.  The whole series kept me intrigued because she was going back and forth between two men.  This is very realistic to me because I think that is very common in real life.  At least it was for me before I met my husband.

Thanks for the info.  I just might be bored with historicals for the time being.  I am reading Forces of Nature now and even reading the first Dexter book just for a break from romance.  Hopefully I can get back to those unfinished books later.


Date Posted: 3/7/2008 1:27 PM ET
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I tried to read Riley by Lori Foster, whom I normally love, but the H/h got together very early on and it just ruined it.  Plus she was portrayed as, and I'm not  kidding, totally helpless - big turnoff.  I'm ok with and even like a bit of vulnerability but not like this one.


Date Posted: 3/7/2008 2:27 PM ET
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Yeah it happens to me sometimes. Usually when there's no other plot but them getting together and it's a long book.  Those books should be kept short.  This is why I love romantic suspense like someone else said. Once they get together there's something that takes them apart or a mystery to solve.  It's not like their together and we then get 200+pages of their domestic bliss. Yawn.  I have so many unread books-I don't force myself to finish one that's boring me. I post it and move on to something else. 

It does get boring sometimes to if they don't get together until the end.  Or when they are forced together at the beginning but then spend most of the book apart.  This is the problem I had with Betrice Small. They'd be forced together in the beginning and then spend 3/4th of the book apart. I don't want to read about the hero or heroine with someone else. I want to read about them together.  Put the mystery in but leave them together somewhat to solve it. 

Date Posted: 3/9/2008 3:49 PM ET
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At least you're getting books on your WL; i'VE HAD SOME ON MY WL FOREVER THAT NEVER MOVE!
Date Posted: 3/9/2008 8:10 PM ET
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Date Posted: 3/9/2008 8:56 PM ET
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I've read the Body Movers books and was hard to relax in the beginning because of the mess with her brother and her worthless parents..at this point I don't think the author can do anything to make me like her parents LOL and I'm rooting for her and the cop hee hee...of course the hunky body mover is nice looking too but the exbf should take a hike IMO! also, I don't see these as focusing on the romance..they have mystery and drama and stuff going on too. ooh..august huh? gotta remember to look for it! Isn't that one '3 men and a body'?

I never thought about in my reviews saying how soon the h/h got together..I dont' really have a preference though but it would be nice to know so I could pick one over the other depending on my mood at the time...