I started Blaze of Memory (Nalini Singh) yesterday. And it's...OK. Yeah, OK. Not the response I was expecting from myself when I picked up the book. I love Nalini's books...they are so rich, so emotive the words fairly leap off the page. And normally, I'm completely invested in the journey the hero and heroine are on. But with this book I just feel...disconnected. The hero, Dev, is human, yet he's having all these protective urges...just like the changelings, except he isn't...a changeling. And he and the heroine, Katya, are getting way too close way too quickly IMHO considering their respective starting points - it feels more like mate than natural behaviour, and it just feels...wrong.
I hate thinking such thoughts about Nalini's book. I feel...almost disloyal! And I'm worried I'll feel the same about the next book, which also has a human hero. So, I'm curious, have you ever picked up a book by a favourite author and had it not work for you? And did you feel...guilty that you weren't enjoying it?