Weird confession: I struggle with stories where all the children have extremely distinctive names. I attribute this to growing up in a town with an infamous family who had six children and the elder five all had long unusual names that began with the letter R–there was one of these and one of these, just to name two–but the youngest child was named Fred. One of my least favorite things about the Bridgertons is their alphabetized names. And yes, I realize I have an unusually distinctive name–this would by why all four of my kids have extremely conventional names. I’m not saying it’s rational, I’m just saying it takes me out of a story.
How about for you? What are your writing pet peeves in romance? (I also dislike works overly rife with exclamation marks.)