As an author, the biggest compliment I can get is when a reader tells me, "I couldn't put your book down."
That got me to thinking: what makes a can’t put down book?
I so rarely anymore find a book that I can’t put down. With my short attention span, I’m the ultimate test when it comes to keeping me interested. If you can do that as an author, you're an exceptional author.
I think the last book I read that I just couldn’t put down was Trial By Fire by debut author Jo Davis. What made this book so hard to stop reading were the characters. They felt like old friends, and I was sorry to let them go when I read the last page. They also came alive on the pages.
Tastes in books are such an individual matter that what I love about a certain book may not interest the next person at all. I consider myself a “character” writer rather than a “plot” writer. I find that I prefer books that delve into the characters and what makes them tick as opposed to a book heavy on plot but weak on characters. Other readers might prefer a non-stop action plot and find character exploration boring. Still others love those hot sex scenes.
Which brings up another discussion point. For me, I can’t read a book that is nothing but one sex scene after another without any character development or plot, yet I’m beginning to think I’m in the minority because these books seem to sell and sell well in the small publisher market. In a lot of ways, I find well-done sexual tension more of a turn-on than several imaginative sex scenes with little else. Some of my all-time favorite romance novels are the older books written by Sandra Brown and Susan Elizabeth Phillips, who both do an excellent job of leaving you on the edge of your seat wondering when the heroine and hero will get between the sheets.
So I’m curious, what about a book makes it hard for you to put down? How much sex do you like in a book? Is there ever too much sex?