I’m an avid reader and I read all types of genres and authors. I love to read and always set reading goals every year. I try to do some reviews of the books I read, especially some of my local authors. I don’t know about everyone else, but there are certain things that is required. Even more so if you want me to read a series of books. I don’t claim to know it all when it comes to writing a novel. What I am is a reader who loved English class and now I pay attention to detail. I don’t do edits all the time, but my attention to details have had some authors ask. You can also ask my book club members. If the grammar isn’t right, I won’t read it. If I have to keep stopping because the details don’t match up, I’ll also stop reading. If I can’t see the book playing out like a movie while I read it, I stop reading. Normally I don’t list authors unless it’s an actual review. Nonetheless, as tempted as I am, I still won’t this time either. I don’t want anyone to think I’m just bashing the author, instead use it create better books if you’re a writer.
Recently I’ve started reading Motorcycle Club (MC) books. The series that got me started was AWESOME! A long series. I want to say it was 20 books. I love that the ones I’ve read so far are not Outlaws or 1%ers. Yes, I’ve done research as I started reading to understand. I do love the alpha males in the books and how deep they love their women. That makes it all worth it.
The author I’m currently reading is fairly talented. Much better than I can do right now. Now, I must say I read the current series first (6 books) and now reading the first series of this group (17 books). First let me start off with what I do like about her books. Of course the alpha males. I think that’s the more the normal across all the MC books I’ve read. I do enjoy the strong women in her books. Yes, there is an however, but we’ll get to that in a moment. I enjoy how the other clubs play a part in the books. You’ll always have an appearance from the other club at some point, if not multiple points in the book. The story lines itself are pretty good and catchy. If you enjoy “Happy Ever After” (HEA) endings, then her books are great for those too. She also gives some vivid details. When I tell you I see it all as I’m reading, it’s just like watching a movie on TV. I appreciate that the most about her books. Almost nothing is worse than poor descriptions.
Now this where I think her creativity could be a lot better. I’ve read all six of most recent and finishing up book four of the other series. Again, use this constructive criticism. As stated above I love the strong women and I love the alpha males. What I don’t like is the fact that their stories are almost the same. Okay, let me put it this way, the story lines are repeative down to the erotic scenes. This is how each book unfolds, the first 20-30% (except for the first books) are a rewind of what happened in the pervious book almost word for word from the new guys point of view. This in itself reminds me of the movie “Vantage Point”. It’s great information if you’re reading it as a standalone, but not a series. Percent 30-60 typically deal with the first issue the couple encounter with her questioning his love and how he could want someone as inexperienced as her and her running away. Then we get a little calmness that includes wedding planning and/or pregnancy for 60-80%. Finally when we get to the 75/80% mark the climax really rises again. Again, not a problem if you’re reading it as a standalone.
The other big issue I have is the erotic scenes. I know some amazing erotic authors that strictly write erotica and others that add it to the novels like her. Both are awesome forms, when the creativity is there. Again, I can tell you exactly how it will play out in all 10 books I’ve read. The woman has had little to no sex before him. They go slow, she love it, but still insecure. He proposes toys, and anal sex. She’s afraid but willing to try. He starts off with a finger, a plug, a dildo then himself. Now she loves it. *insert yawn* There’s no way in the world 10 men and women like the EXACT same thing sexual and have the exact same hang-ups and have not tried the exact same things. I understand that writers have preferences, but, we have to step outside of our comfort zone. I thought for sure with the two men it would be different. No. Again as a standalone, or even a few books it would have been okay. However ten books in a no difference, there’s a problem.
The writing the author did was not bad. I just lacks creativity once you’re a few books in. Once thing I have learned from many authors is, don’t force it. If you don’t have the material, don’t force it. End it. No one wants to read extra unimportant words. No one wants to read the same thing over and over again. This is why I don’t write novels and stick to poetry. Yep, I’ve tried, but it would be forcing it and I won’t do it with that or my poetry. I also don’t want to read the EXACT same 10 chapters or so from the last book. Maybe there is a group of people that do like to read it, and maybe it was so people will remember what happened if you are reading them as they are released. So, if that’s the reason, I guess I can understand it, but I might rethink how much I add. Give them a reason to read the previous books if they haven’t. I’ve never read a Eric Jerome Dickey or Nora Roberts book and had to go back and reread something. Again, that’s just me. This author specifically has the potential to do so much more. Yet she sticks to the same script, different cast.
Authors, I said all this to say, change it up. Don’t be predictable in your writings. You can stick to your genre, but 20 books shouldn’t have the same thing happening. Don’t force it if it’s not there. Spread your wings and creativity. Your readers will thank you. 😊