Thursday, February 25, 2010

Romance Buzzwords: A Game Recycled



When I was blogging as a Vagabond, we had great fun playing the Romance Buzzwords game. I’m recycling it here with some minor changes. The OED defines a buzzword as “a catchword or expression currently fashionable.” I think you will agree that the fifteen words on the list qualify as “romance buzzwords.”

So, here’s the game. List a title of a romance you have read that uses the word. Just to keep us all honest, we will include authors’ names as well. You may use a variant form of the word (for example, scandal/scandalous/scandalizing). The more titles, the merrier the game; but if you can think of only a few, share those. You don’t have to list fifteen. To encourage you, I’ll add that when the Vagabonds played the game (with a slightly different list), Julie found a single author who had used all the words.

The only rules are that the title must use one of the words from the list, and it must be a book you have read or plan to read. All of my examples are from my 2010 list, so most of them fall in the “plan to read” category. I could have listed other titles from the list for most of the words.

To make it more fun, a random poster will win a book with one of our list words in the title.

The List
1. Bride (The Elusive Bride, Stephanie Laurens)
2. Duke (In Bed with the Duke, Christina Dodd)
3. Kiss (A Kiss at Midnight, Eloisa James)
4. Lady (Never Less Than a Lady, Mary Jo Putney)
5. Love (Ten Things I Love About You, Julia Quinn))
6. Magic (Lake Magic, Kimberly Fisk)
7. Mistress (Mistress by Mistake, Maggie Robinson)
8. Night (Promise Me Tonight, Sara Lindsey)
9. Passion (The Darkest Passion, Gena Showalter)
10. Scandal (Secrets of a Scandalous Bride, Sophia Nash)
11. Secret (The Secret Duke, Jo Beverley)
12. Seduction (Proof by Seduction, Courtney Milan)
13. Surrender (The Surrender of a Lady, Tiffany Clare)
14. Temptation (Twice Tempted by a Rogue, Tessa Dare)
15. Wicked (Wicked Intentions, Elizabeth Hoyt)

Please share your buzzword titles, my friends. And if you have any thoughts on why these particular words are so popular, we would all love to hear those too.

12 comments:

irisheyes said...

I tried to get them all from one author but unfortunately Mary Balogh hasn't used Duke, Kiss, Passion or Surrender in any of her titles. So, I had to go to a few of my other favorites.

These are all books I've read -

1. Bride (Lord Carew’s Bride, Mary Balogh)
2. Duke (The Duke and I, Julia Quinn)
3. Kiss (Kiss Me, Annabel, Eloisa James)
4. Lady (Lady with a Black Umbrella, Mary Balogh)
5. Love (Simply Love, Mary Balogh)
6. Magic (Simply Magic, Mary Balogh)
7. Mistress (More Than A Mistress, Mary Balogh)
8. Night (One Night For Love, Mary Balogh)
9. Passion (Where Passion Leads, Lisa Kleypas)
10. Scandal (Slightly Scandalous, Mary Balogh)
11. Secret (The Secret Pearl, Mary Balogh)
12. Seduction (Seducing an Angel, Mary Balogh)
13. Surrender (Surrender to the Devil, Lorraine Heath)
14. Temptation (Slightly Tempted, Mary Balogh)
15. Wicked (Slightly Wicked, Mary Balogh

Very fun, Janga!

MsHellion said...

The List
1. Bride (The Bride, Julie Garwood)
2. Duke (A Duke of Her Own, The Taming of the Duke, When the Duke Returns, Eloisa James)
3. Kiss (Kiss Me, Annabel, Eloisa James)
4. Lady (A Lady of Persuasion, Tessa Dare; The Lyon’s Lady, Julie Garwood)
5. Love (Duchess in Love, Fool for Love, Eloisa James)
6. Magic (Again the Magic, Lisa Kleypas)
7. Mistress (Mistress by Mistake, Maggie Robinson)
8. Night (Duchess by Night, Eloisa James)
9. Passion (The Passion of an Angel, Kasey Michaels)
10. Scandal (Slightly Scandalous, Mary Balough)
11. Secret (The Secret, Julie Garwood; The Secrets of the Heart, Kasey Michaels)
12. Seduction (To Seduce a Sinner, Elizabeth Hoyt; Seduce Me At Sunrise, Lisa Kleypas)
13. Surrender (Surrender of a Siren, Tessa Dare)
14. Temptation (To Taste Temptation, Elizabeth Hoyt; Slightly Tempted, Mary Balough)
15. Wicked (Your Wicked Ways, Eloisa James; Wicked Intentions, Elizabeth Hoyt; Slightly Wicked, Mary Balough)

MsHellion said...

I also find it ironic I dislike dukes so much in historicals, and EJ has like a billion of them--and I adore everything she writes. *eye roll* Oh, well.

Sharon said...

My EJ titles were used while I was slowly typing ... So here's an edited list.
1. Bride ~ (An Unwilling Bride, Jo Beverley)
2. Duke ~ (The Lost Duke of Wyndham, Julia Quinn)
3. Kiss (The Kiss, Sophia Nash)
4. Lady ~ (Lady Beware, Jo Beverley)
5. Love ~ (Highlander in Love, Julia London)
6. Magic ~ (Forbidden Magic, Jo Beverley)
7. Mistress ~ (No Man’s Mistress, Mary Balogh)
8. Night ~ (Secrets of a Summer Night, Lisa Kleypas)
9. Passion ~ (A Fine Passion, Stephanie Laurens)
10. Scandal ~ (The Book of Scandal, Julia London)
11. Secret ~ (The Secret Diaries of Miss Miranda Cheever, Julia Quinn)
12. Seduction ~ (With Seduction in Mind, Laura Lee Guhrke)
13. Surrender ~ (Since the Surrender, Julie Anne Long)
14. Temptation ~ (Bound by Temptation, Lavinia Kent)
15. Wicked ~ (The Most Wicked of Sins, Katherine Caskie)

Maggie Robinson/Margaret Rowe said...

Oh, I love buzzwords, and thank you for including my mistress in the list! I'm done seeing and reading wicked in titles, altho my Margaret Rowe Jan 2011 release is Any Wicked Thing, LOL. But there's a reason for that---it's not The Wicked Earl's Midnight Temptation or something, LOL.And you forgot Rake and Devil!!!

Bartered Bride Mary Jo Putney
The Devilish Pleasures of a Duke Jillian Hunter
The Kiss Sophia Nash
Lady be Good Candice Hern

And speaking of which, I've got to be good and go back to my WIP! I love fiddling with titles, love getting as many buzzwords in one--The Secret Seduction of a Wicked Duke!

monica.maxie said...

1- Bride (3 Brides for 3 Bad Boys, Lucy Monroe)
2- Duke (A Duke of Her Own, Eloisa James)
3- Kiss (It's In His Kiss)
4- Lady (Lady Shophia's Lover, Lisa Kleypas)
5- Love (At Last Comes Love, Mary Balogh)
6- Magic (The Magic of You, Johanna Lindsey)
7- Mistress (His Mistress by Morning, Elizabeth Boyle)
8- Night (Night Embrace, Sherrilyn Kenyon)
9- Passion (The Secret Passion of Simon Blackwell, Samantha James)
10-Scandal (Beyond Scandal, Brenda Joyce)
11-Secret (The Secret Life of Bryan, Lori Foster)
12-Seduction (Proof by Seduction, Courtney Milan)
13-Surrender (Total Surrender, Cheryl Holt)
14-Temptation (Welcome to Temptation, Jennifer Crusie)
15-Wicked (No Rest For the Wicked, Kresley Cole)

~~Monica69

Calila1988 said...

Fun Game!

1. Bride (Highland Bride-Hannah Howell)
2. Duke (In Bed With The Duke-Christina Dodd)
3. Kiss (And Then He Kissed Her-Laura Lee Guhrke)
4. Lady (The Lady In Question-Victoria Alexander)
5. Love (Viking In Love-Sandra Hill)
6. Magic (Again The Magic-Lisa Kleypas)
7. Mistress (Mistress By Mistake-Maggie Robinson)
8. Night (Secrets Of A Summer Night-Lisa Kleypas)
9. Passion (The Secret Passion of Simon Blackwell-Samantha James)
10. Scandal (A Courtesan's Scandal-Julia London)
11. Secret (Secret Desires of a Gentleman-Laura Lee Guhrke)
12. Seduction (Proof By Seduction-Courtney Milan)
13. Surrender (Sinful Surrender-Beverley Kendall)
14. Temptation (Bound By Temptation-Lavinia Kent)
15. Wicked (Wicked All Day-Liz Carlyle)

Jane said...

Many on this list have yet to be released, but I'm looking forward to reading them.

1. "The Brazen Bride" by Stephanie Laurens
2. "What a Duke Desires" by Jenna Petersen
3. "A Kiss to Kill" by Nina Bruhns
4. "Lessons From a Scarlet Lady" by Emma Wildes
5. "Love in the Afternoon" by Lisa Kleypas
6. "Uncertain Magic" by Laura Kinsale
7. "My Fair Mistress" by Tracy Anne Warren
8. "All Night With a Rogue" by Alexandra Hawkins
9. "A Storm of Passion" by Terri Brisbin
10. "Countess of Scandal" by Laurel McKee
11. "A Secret Affair" by Mary Balogh
12. "Seduction Wears Sapphires" by Renee Bernard
13. "To Surrender to a Rogue" by Cara Elliott
14. "Instant Temptation" by Jill Shalvis
15. "Too Wicked to Kiss" by Erica Ridley

quantum said...

I had a lot more Balogh in my first attempt, but then saw Irish's list, so swapped a few!

1 Bride; War Lord's Bride, Margaret Moore
2 Duke; When the Duke Returns, Eloisa James
3 Kiss; The First Kiss, Julia Quinn
4 Lady; Lady of Quality, Georgette Heyer
5 Love; Notorious Love, Sabrina Jeffries
6 Magic; A Tender Magic, Linda Madl
7 Mistress; Mistress, Amanda Quick
8 Night; Night Drifter, Susan Carroll
9 Passion; Fine Passion; Stephanie Laurens TBR
10 Scandal; Scandal, Amanda Quick
11 Secret; Secret Pearl, Mary Balogh
12 Seduction; Seducing an Angel, Mary Balogh
13 Surrender; Rules of Surrender, Christina Dodd
14 Temptation; Tempt me tonight, Toni Blake
15 Wicked; Your Wicked Ways, Eloisa James

JulieJustJulie said...

List a title of a romance you have read that uses the word… Julie found a single author who had used all the words
JANGA! Don’t get me started on lists! You realize that I’m going to wake up in the middle of the night and start Babbling to my husband “Bride Duke Kiss Lady Love Magic Mistress Night Passion Scandal Secret Seduction Surrender …”
To which he will respond “WhaWhat WTH my Bride? You want the Duke to Kiss his Lady Love? Listen here oh Magic Mistress, it wouldn’t be a Scandal if you kept your Night Passion a Secret. Wake me up when its morning … maybe then I’ll Surrender to your Seduction.”

Serious answer? IMO these particular words are so popular because are associated with classic Romance Lit plotlines. The words are provocative and evocative . Which helps to get a reader’s interest . On top of that these words are rather sensual sounding to the listener. Say the words out loud. Secret … Passion … Surrender. Those words literally sound seductive.

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JulieJustJulie said...

BTW. I Love everyone's lists.
And Maggie I akm looking forward to your book that is coming out on April 27. I can hardly wait to read it!