I love getting input on my manuscripts. I love, love my editor and I love, love my critique partners. When I lived in Minnesota, I belonged to two critique groups. One group consisted of four writers and the other group was a small group of two, including me. When I moved to Arizona, two of the first group agreed to keep up our relationship via email. My partner in the other also agreed. In Arizona, I joined another group, but I have since moved too far to be part of that group. I remain in contact with one of those writers. I send my chapters to four critique partners via email. These ladies are great and come from varied experiences and genres--erotic paranormal romance, sweet historical westerns, historical romance, and romantic suspense.
She’d been in one of her funny-odd moods since the stranger entered the shop earlier during the day. Although her father always called her funny-odd whenever she grew quiet, the term explained exactly the state of mind Zack Peartree’s appearance caused.
In the draft I sent to my critique partners, the funny-odd description was just funny. One CP said they didn't get it. One made a suggestion to use another word, and the other two CPs said nothing. The varied reactions made me think, and I changed it to funny-odd. My tweak pleased all of them.
I guess my point is you can't please everyone all of the time. What I see in a phrase or turn of words or in an approach to a style will certainly be viewed differently by at least some of the readers. But no matter what feedback I get, I can't write without it. My books can only be improved by the viewpoints of others. I won't sacrifice my creative intentions to please everyone, but my writing can always be enriched. And I welcome the criticism.