I'm an avid reader and not so frequent reviewer. So my apologies to authors whose stories I've read but not reviewed. Then again, you probably wouldn't be here if I didn't comment on a story of yours. lol
Anyway, I am a sucker for stories of best friends, good banter, and happy endings. The last one being very important. I read stories to escape. Though I understand that life is not all hugs and kisses, I don't want to come home and read a story that just leaves me depressed. No matter how real that story may be, it is just not for me. I mean, if I wanted real life, then I'd just live it. I'm not saying it has to be all fluff because I like a good cry sometimes. I just don't some uber angst-filled story that offers some lame excuse for hope in the end. I am a fan of most cliche pairings; jock/nerd, bully/bullied, gay-for-you, etc. I don't care if it has been done before or if people are sick of them. I just can't resist them.
Things I hate, aside from sad endings, are whiny pathetic main characters, authors who expect me to like annoying characters, and sudden unexplained changes in behavior. First off, characters with no backbone just plain suck. I feel sorry for them the first few chapters but if you extend it for ten or more chapters then I'd probably want to wring the neck of that character at the end. Complaining is okay. Not doing anything about what you are complaining about is not. Second, I've read a couple of stories already where the authors purposely make characters annoying and then leave a note like "oh (character name) is such a b*tch, isn't he cute?" B*tch does not equal cute in my vocabulary so no. Lastly, go soap opera style on the characters switching personalities. There is only so many accidents that turn a good guy in to a jackass into a good guy into a jackass into a good guy that I can take.
So yeah, that's me. You probably don't really care since you authors should write for yourselves first.