Bondage and Discipline (B&D), Dominance and Submission (D&S) and Sadism & Masochism (S&M)
Behind closed door / bedroom doors
Where the couple’s sexual relationship happens behind closed doors and therefore off the page. We hear, see and read nothing!
A hero that’s perhaps more sensitive and approachable than a traditional alpha male. May be more geeky or less typical than your standard romance hero.
Someone who test reads an author’s work, usually when it’s in the early stages. They can be friends, family, industry professionals or people hired specifically for the task.
The big problem that our couple will encounter, and have to overcome, on their path to happily ever after.
Because I talk about it so often, Blaze was a category/series romance published by Mills & Boon / Harlequin until 2017. It featured sassy heroines and irresistible heroes embarking on sizzling sexual adventures.
A short description of a book, outlining the story. The back cover text.
Usually depicts historical romances from the 70s/80s with bare chested Fabio and heaving bosom covers and consent wasn’t as much of an issue as it is now.
The day an author’s book is released – and sometimes the anniversary of that date.
The perfect man/boyfriend. He’s hot, sexy, loyal, romantic – everything you could ever want in a partner. But – dammit – he’s fictional.
Instagram as used by book-lovers. Pictures of books and all that other loveliness.
A close but non-sexual relationship between two men. Really good friends or, perhaps, someone that another admires or looks up to.
A shorter book, usually approximately 50K words, that fits a publisher’s line or series. E.g. Harlequin Blaze, Mills and Boon Dare etc.
A controversial term denoting a book that doesn’t contain profanity or sex. (Controversial because some feel it implies that the opposite of the clean romance is an un-clean romance which sounds judgey AF). This article over on Book Riot is a good read on the issue.
*breathes deeply* The ending of a book that doesn’t finish the story, meaning you have to buy another book (maybe more) to finally get to the end. A cheap marketing tactic for those lacking discipline or an editor.
An author who publishes their book/story on their own, without a traditional publishing house. The author controls all parts of publication including marketing, graphic design, sales, editing etc.
Ship / Shipping
Where you want / advocate for a couple to be together e.g. I ship Buffy and Spike. Comes from the word relationship.
Single Title Romance
A traditionally published novel not part of a category romance line. Usually approximately 75K words.
A story that takes a while to build up to the steaminess or big romantic payoff.
A stepback is another book cover inside the main cover. The main cover is usually slightly narrower allowing a peek into the second cover underneath which tends to show the same couple from the main cover but in a slightly different pose. Hugely popular in historical romances.
A romance where there is little to no sex or physical intimacy written in the story. Some kissing and hand-holding may occur.
A romance between two people who probably shouldn’t be sleeping together – whether that’s because of a professional relationship, age difference or personal relationship. E.g. professor and student, step-silbings etc
To be continued…
TBR / TBRPile
To be read. A pile/list of books that you want to read.
To be re-read. That pile of books you want to re-read once you’ve cleared your TBR pile.
Triple penetration – sex where someone is being penetrated (orally, vaginally and anally) at the same time by one or more partners.
A book larger in size than a mass market paperback (usually closer in size to a hardback book) and usually slightly more expensive.
A book published by a traditional publishing house. They purchase the rights to an author’s book then prints, publishes, and sells it, paying the author royalties from the sales.
A commonly used plot device, situation or storyline. See my list of tropes here.
Too stupid to live. A character that acts like an airhead.