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QUESTION OF THE WEEK: #14 – Dontcha Just Hate it When…

Boys in our Books Friday Question of the Week!

Each week we’ll ask a question about your reading experience. Our review team will give our answers and we encourage you to join in and comment with your answers as well!  Let’s talk about BOOKS! :)


What is your book “pet peeve”…the thing that really irks you and takes you out of a story?



Excessive use of endearments, especially “baby” (only few characters can OWN that word, most notably Jake Riordan from “Adrien English”). Gah, I hate it. HATE it with every cells of my being. It could kill a great book for me. I usually do a drastic measure to delete all those endearments first before reading or I would never finish them.


Damaged characters used as a plot device instead of an actual character building/development that would deal with whatever the topic is. When an author is comittting to write about fractured lives, I am expecting no less than his/her guts on the plate, and an intelligent handling of said fractures.


Like anybody (I think?), there are actually a few choice things that annoy me. But lately I *really* roll my eyes at face cupping. I mean. That does NOT happen in real life! Okay. In my fantasies, maybe, but not in my house. Perhaps I’m just bitter and jealous of all that face cupping. *shrugs* 


I can do a list of pet peeves… beginning with words like “fluttering channel” and when one of the MC’s says “Oh shit” right before anal penetration. Are you saying that because you are excited or do you have an issue and need to stop? Or the over usage of every synonym for penis. I am good with the standard three, I get what type of anatomy the boys have. And let’s not get on the whole semen “falling, sliding, dripping” from the anus…ugh. Sorry, my OCD works in bizarre ways.


‘Piss slit’ 
I don’t care what book it is or who the author is, I gag…2 words and I’m done for. I’m not a fan of clinical descriptions during smexy scenes either, but these two little words and I am yanked right out of the scene. 


Bad editing. Simple as that. I can handle and forgive pretty much anything…but excessive typos, grammar errors, incorrect character names (or mixing up your two MC’s)…completely distract me. Add to that poor content editing…a book that’s just 50 pgs too long with details that don’t move the plot or lend to the story…my irritability level skyrockets.



When authors overuse descriptive nouns to distinguish characters instead of names or pronouns. This is especially frustrating when they are used after characters have already been introduced to each other (or are in a relationship!) So, “The petite blond”, “the rocker”, “the dark-haired man”, “the taller man”, “the green-eyed chef”, “the lithe assassin”, “the azure-eyed astrophysicist”, “the burly, snaggle-toothed, hung-like-a-horse leprechaun”, etc. A little is okay, but when it pops up all the time to distinguish characters, especially if they know each other, it totally kicks me out of the narrative and I have a hard time moving forward.


What are your pet peeves in books?

15 comments on “QUESTION OF THE WEEK: #14 – Dontcha Just Hate it When…

  1. Majken
    May 9, 2014

    The pet name kid, really, all I think when I see that is ‘oh look, another pedophile, cut his dick off right the fuck now’
    (I have finished 1 book where this happened due to otherwise good writing/awesome plot, everything else has been instant DNF)

    Bad editing, mostly words like wondering instead of wandering and such


  2. Moira
    May 9, 2014

    Like Susan, bad editing. I read something and it’s totally wrong, the flow of the book stops and I just don’t enjjoy it as much anymore because I’m then in teacher mode looking for more mistakes.


  3. Debra E
    May 9, 2014

    I’m with Susan. Excessive bad editing takes me out of the story. Another similar peeve is Excessive! Use! of Exclamation! Points! I’ve just read two books back-to-back one was almost great but edited really badly and the other had so many exclamation points, in one short paragraph all but one sentence ended that way.


  4. Jennifer
    May 9, 2014

    I have a few but they don’t really “take me out of the story”. The one that does though is writing in the present tense. I absolutely cannot read a book that is written in the present tense and I have no idea why.


  5. Joanna Chambers
    May 9, 2014

    Yup – grammar and typos and generally errors. I’m reading a great book just now but the word “taunt” is used consistently when the author means “taut” and it’s driving me crazy.

    Also inappropriate items used as lube. Makes me anxious.


  6. Kim W
    May 9, 2014

    When one of the MCs was in foster care. It is usually lazy shorthand for writing an actual backstory.

    Also, I was briefly a foster parent and I adopted my youngest son from foster care so it always pisses me off when foster parents are portrayed as greedy and uncaring.


  7. jenhuff03
    May 9, 2014

    Susan, YES! Typos, grammar, content editing, these are mistakes that’ll take me right out of a story.


  8. rojoroaors
    May 9, 2014

    definitely bad editing, I mean when the story is going good then you get a paragraph that looks like it was cut and pasted randomly it just through me out of the story and I struggle to get it back in.


    • rojoroaors
      May 9, 2014

      sorry I need and edit button for my typing through should be throws


  9. Maria
    May 9, 2014

    Doms who don’t know what they are doing.


  10. gaycrow
    May 9, 2014

    I’m with Susan regarding bad editing. If the writing’s really good, I can let a few typos go, but that’s about it.

    I also agree with Tracy – epithets!! Hate them to death.

    Another thing that’ll throw me out of a story is the use of unusal words (e.g. “epithet” ;) ) If I find too many “fancy” words the story stumbles to a halt for me.


  11. ingrid2009
    May 10, 2014

    I am no native English speaker so typos don’t really bother me unless they are really bad.
    What I dislike is religion in a book, any religion.


  12. Kaje Harper
    May 10, 2014

    TSTL characters, or characters who act really illogically, especially professional people not acting like professionals. Supposedly-good cops who damage evidence and don’t call for back-up or don’t report a shooting, medical people who don’t have a medical viewpoint, guys who should know better who still walk into that dark alley without cell phones or letting anyone know… If I can’t believe that guy actually did that, I have a hard time settling back into the story.

    And I agree about the traumatic backstory – it needs to be taken seriously. I don’t like the magic healing penis – if there is real trauma, it needs to have weight and impact, and not go away when the MC is hugged by the right guy.


  13. Marlobo
    May 10, 2014

    I’m with Susan on mixed or incorrect names, ugh! that make me want to throw away the book or my tablet

    And like Ingrid I’m no native English speaker therefore a typo has to be really bad so I notice it, but in my first language -Spanish- I have a very short fuse for those things.


  14. Bookfanatic
    May 13, 2014

    Bad editing seems to be high on my list lately as well. When I see certain things like the fact that there’s ‘cum’ and there’s ‘come’ they’re just not the same or I just finished reading a book where the author kept using the word ‘compliant’ but it was really clear and obvious the word she meant to use was ‘complaint’ my brain obsesses about it and I’m done at that point I just want to finish the book and move on to something else because it’s just spoiled. I can ignore small editing errors and carry on but when it’s something that’s blatantly obvious and repeated it makes me cray, cray.


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