I'm reading a gay romance novel called Finding Him for research. Already, I don't like it--for these reasons.
1. Wealthy boss + impoverished secretary romance. First, it's
boss/subordinate, which is never a good idea in real life. Second,
successful people in real life tend to not date or to have romantic
relationships with unsuccessful people. When I have seen this in real
life, it has tended to be abusive or to have at least held the potential
for abuse. I have only seen it work well in real life, where there was truly mutual love and respect, once. The Biblical concept of being 'equally yoked' is a valid thing.
2. Obviously gay co-worker is obvious. In and of itself, this is not
really a problem. Yes, it annoys me, but it also annoys the two main
3. Every single female character so far has been a
bitch. (Except for the IVF specialist, who was entirely professional. I
4. Adult, married character who doesn't know he
is bi. Maybe that's possible in real life, but I'm having a hard time
believing it as a plot point. And when the character literally thinks,
"Yep, I am 100 percent straight," that just makes me cringe even more.
5. Really pathetically cliched physical descriptions.
6. Wife who screeches during an argument, "My parents warned me you
were gay, but I didn't listen!" Really? Seriously? Can it get more
pat than this?