One of my favorite things about romance novels is their titles, the punnier the better. To celebrate the underappreciated art of titling, I have enlisted the help of my colleagues at the Parker Library to set forth a list of ten romance titles which range from “Hee, hee” to “Oh no she didn’t”
I learned here that you really can’t go wrong with a Talking Heads reference in your title. More than one person mentioned LOVING that. The plot sounds fun too. Frankie is recovering from a marriage that went all-too-wrong all-too publicly. Now she is broke and working as a temp chef for a Greek restaurant. On the upside, her boss looks like a Greek god.
Connie Mason and Mia Marlowe
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I would make a joke about this being a “groaner” but that seems too far. This is a Regency era romance, with a bit of suspense on the side for good measure. Lady Serena has a sort of pre-marriage bucket list – go to a gentlemen’s club, smoke a cigar, dance this newfangled and scandalous thing called the Waltz. During her adventures she runs into Jonah Sharpe, who has been tasked with ruining the lovely Serena. Oh the rakish adventures that must ensue . . .
Reason number two to give this a try? The synopsis claims a “snooping Outsider comes to Grundy to
investigate rumors of lycanthropic shenanigans in the area.” Lycanthropic shenanigans? Count me in. I love a good shenanigan. Reason three? The alpha is a harried female werewolf, the outsider a hunky academic. I haven’t read a lot of lycanthropic romances, but I have a sense that usually the boy is the alpha. Way to go with the role reversals, Ms. Harper.
This is contemporary, but with many features beloved by all – the need for a fake marriage, family duty, a castle in Scotland. Let’s see how these two do at keeping this arrangement “strictly business” shall we?
The title is lovely, don’t get me wrong, though I do tend to break into that song from The Little Mermaid when I see it. But THE COVER! My immediate thought was, “Wow, take that Colin Firth.” Take that indeed. This is a time travel romance where a woman finds herself tumbling back through time and into the arms of her own Mr. Darcy. Don’t get too excited, Austen fans, the Darcy here is name Patrick Meadowfair and he is about to kidnap our time traveler for, I promise, a really good reason.
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If you like your vampires ex-Marine, this is for you. Russell isn’t thrilled about being undead. In fact, he is on a vengeance quest to kill the vampire who turned him. Enter Jia, who is hunting down the same vampire for reasons of her own. Can the two join forces, take down a common foe, and not fall in love in the process?
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Here is another one where the cover is maybe a bigger part of the “attraction.” The cat? The no shirt? Yeah, I guess I’m that kind of sucker. This is part of Jill Shalvis’ Animal Magnetism series, where vets and other animal lovers take center stage. Jade Bennett is taking a temporary break from her high powered Chicago life in Sunshine, Idaho. Working for the local vet, who if the cover is to be believed is hot and generally shirtless, she is certain NOT to get terribly emotionally involved, right?
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And the awesome here just keeps going with the publisher description . . . They hunger for your pleasure. They growl for your touch. And in these sizzling stories by New York Times bestselling author Shelly Laurenston and Cynthia Eden, these sexy wolf shapeshifters are lust at first bite . . .
Clayton is also making a play for animal lovers. Here you get Chloe (opening a pit bull rescue) and Lucas (a local vet). Both are licking proverbial wounds and certainly not interested in anything long term. Short term and possibly kinky? Serve a few Mai Tai’s and let’s see.
Sometimes a simple title can pack a wallop. (I know, I know, I really shouldn’t try the whole humor thing.) Marine Corps Boxers star in this first in a new series. She’s a trainer with big dreams. He’s an ex-Marine bent on hiding his injuries.
There are more, and how . . . but these were some that tickled our fancy. I would love to hear more great titles. And I mean “great” in a very loose sense of the word, of course . . .