In the last two romances I read, the “hero” kisses the girl on the nose. It was something that pulled me right out of the romance, and suspended my belief in the story and the author. I just can’t see a man kissing anything but a baby, child or puppy on the nose– certainly not a lover. I posed this question about pet peeves in romance novels on my Facebook page:
For those who enjoy romance novels, what’s your pet peeve, if any? I hate when a guy kisses the girl on the nose. It’s too cutesy-poo, especially when it happens twice in one novel, like the one I just read. Yuck.
On the nose
Juan: On the nose? Ewwwww.
Linda: Kisses on the nose are better left to puppies and babies, not lovers.
Nellie: The phrase “he wore power like a second skin” to start….
Linda: Nellie, HAHAHA! I never heard that one! Please share more!
By the way, “on-the-nose” is a term that refers to a response in dialogue that’s expected, like when a woman walks in on her husband in bed with another woman, and you read: “Oh my God, you’re having an affair!” That is an on-the-nose, expected response. It would be far more interesting if she said, instead, “Hey, why she wearing my garter belt?”
Pet Peeves when it comes to sex:
Linda: Thrust is overused. Also “hardness” and “wetness” are cop outs.
Nellie: No means yes. Sex on a horse. Ancient beings falling in love with teenagers (happens a lot). Very experienced man who is paired with a inexperienced virgin and all of his kinks fall away because love cures him of his sexuality. Heroes who exhibit traits that point to a personality disorder or abuse. Violent tempers, possessive natures etc. Calling anything part of a female’s body a “button.”
Nellie: Men bossing women around because they want them to be safe, or they know better. Heroine wandering off on her own, determined to prove that she can take care of herself. Spoiler, she can’t.
Erica: The phrase “Purple headed warrior” traumatized me once. Blech!!!!!
Nellie: “like a sword in its sheath” should only be used in historical romances where the hero genuinely uses a sword
Nellie: Any clenching organs. No clenching uteruses. No clenching wombs. No clenching thighs to fight off desire. No gushing fluids. That’s not sexy.
Nellie: eehhh. Thighs are ok, but no gushing.
Linda: In the last book I read, the man joked to his lover that his orgasm erupted with such force he thought it would shoot out her ears.
Cindy: Holy crap, I am never having sex again!!!
Linda: A man described as “sex on a stick” — ew. I don’t think “sexy man,” I think “greasy corn dog”
Cindy: Well, that’s another thing I can’t eat at the circus…… So that leaves elephant ears. Unless your novel make those sexy too?!?
Linda :NOT MINE! lol
Bix: Oh, you going to hate my novel “Kiss Me on the Fucking Nose Again, Bryan”
Richard: As Michael Kimball often critiqued at Stonecoast, “It’s too ‘on the nose’.
Most amusing! My advice is to avoid anything on-the-nose in dialogue and kisses.
Linda K. Sienkiewicz is the author of In the Context of Love, about one women’s need to tell her story without shame. Adult contemporary fiction
2016 Sarton Women’s Fiction Finalist
2016 Eric Hoffer Book Award Finalist
2016 Readers Favorite Book Finalist
2016 USA Book News “Best Book” Finalist
Angelica Schirrick had always suspected there was something deeply disturbing about her family, but the truth was more than she bargained for.
“With tenderness, but without blinking, Linda K. Sienkiewicz turns her eye on the predator-prey savannah of the young and still somehow hopeful.” ~ Jacquelyn Mitchard, author of the #1 NY Times Bestseller, Deep End of the Ocean