The longer I've been a writer, the more I notice craft issues when I'm reading. There's an author I used to LOVE who was my favoritest author in the whole world - and then I learned more about writing, and I realize she head-hops (changes point of view) ALL OVER THE PLACE. One sentence will be something only the heroine could know, then the next sentence is the hero's internal thoughts, then the next sentence is how the heroine's cheeks feel warm . . . I can't read her anymore
I do read a lot of self-published ebooks, mostly from author friends and friends-of-friends who say "my book is free on Amazon today!" - and yeah, there are differences between self-pubbed and small-press-pubbed and traditionally published, in terms of editing and prose quality. Not universal, of course, but I find myself giving up on a lot more ebooks than I do with paper copies.
My other big bugaboo is consent issues. I may be on the pickier end of the spectrum when it comes to this, but I absolutely can't stand situations where one character is forced into something nonconsensual and then it's treated like no big deal. Sometimes this is obvious - rape PTSD shrugged off as something that the hero can cure the heroine of via lots of scrabble - but often it's more subtle. The hero kissing/groping the heroine even though she's given no outward sign of wanting it, even though we the readers know she does. One half of a couple unilaterally making decisions for the other half, and it's presented as totally normal or desirable to have in a relationship
. Situations where one partner (usually the heroine) honestly has no ability to walk away from the budding relationship
because of external circumstances, so the hero's overtures feel sleazy instead of romantic. Unfortunately, these issues usually only crop up once I'm halfway into the story