Frequently Used Words In Historical Romance Titles

Posted April 24, 2018 by Zeee in Top Ten Tuesday17 Comments

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Frequently Used Words in Historical Romance Titles

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Happy Tuesday, Wormies! Tuesday is list day and I am super excited to share frequently used words in historical romance titles! As you know, I have been in a contemporary romance kick, so I decided to dedicate this post entirely to historical romance!

I was looking through my list of favorite books and I noticed that most of them have similar words in their titles! So, I guess this means that these words automatically catch my eye! I kid you not, when I walk down a bookstore aisle, these words always jump out at me!

I also have variations of this blog post here and here. Both of these posts feature historical romance, too!


Duke / Duchess

As you all know, Historical romance is full of Dukes and Duchesses! HOT Dukes and wallflower Duchesses (see below)! Every time I see Duke or Duchess plastered on a book cover, I immediately pick them up (or click it). No joke!

Duchess is another word that has popped up more often in the last few years, which is awesome! We need more Duchess in romance!

Lady / Lord

Next up is Lord and Lady! Here’s another popular title (pun intended)! It seems like everyone in historical romance is Lord this and Lady that! But no matter, that is still a buzz word for me and I immediately check the book out! Bonus points if the title has both Duke and Lady in it!

Rogue / Rake

Another favorite word in the title is Rogue! This word just adds danger to the overall book, don’t you think? I usually think about rogues as the modern-day playboys so I already know what to expect before I even crack open the book!

The word rake is similar to rogue so obviously, this word catches my eye, too! I don’t entirely know the difference between a rake and a rogue, but I LOVE THEM!



Scoundrel is another buzz word for me! Similar to that of the rake/rogue, this word in the title is so irresistible to me!



Oh, you gotta love ’em devils! Similar to the rake, rogue, and scoundrel, devil’s are also up there in my favorite historical romance titles! I believe the first book with the word devil that I read was Devil’s Bride by Stephanie Laurens!

Scandal / Scandalous

Historical romance is full of scandal and scandalous heroes/heroines! Since this is one of my favorite words in historical romance,


Do you read historical romance? What titles are your favorites?

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17 responses to “Frequently Used Words In Historical Romance Titles

  1. Flavia @ Flavia the Bibliophile

    Haha YES! I had noticed that these word were used a lot. The word “Duke” and “Rogue” came to mind when I saw the title to your post but hadn’t opened the page yet hehe
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  2. Kathy @ My Nook, Books & More

    Great list! For this week’s topic I went through my TBR for the most frequently used word. I love HR so Highland/Highlander was a popular in the titles on my TBR. I love the titles and covers for HR. They are so dramatic lol.
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  3. Samantha

    When I first read your post title, I tried to think of the words I see most on HR books. First, Duke/Duchess. Next, scoundrel/rouge/rake. I totally agree with your picks! HR really does tend to use only a handful of words over and over!
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    • Zeee

      Especially HR! 🙂 But there were also a few words that I thought were popular, but I actually had a hard time looking for books with those words! LOL

  4. Sam@WLABB

    A+ just for having something really different from everyone else, though it seems historical romances, like fantasy books, seem to have a group of select words they rearrange for their titles as well. I must admit, when I saw your title, I immediately thought of “rogue” and “rake”.
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    • Zeee

      That is true! I have seen a lot of fantasy and paranormal also using the same words! And I’m not even counting vampire on that list!

    • Zeee

      I had fun creating this post! I didn’t realize that there were a lot of the same words in titles!

  5. Joann Downie

    OMG I DID THE SAME THING!! I am writing this comment before I actually read your list-yours is WAY more professional blogging looking- as I am still in my growing stage..LOL Ok, now I am going to read your list…Ok I have to say I have Duke, and Duchess as two of my words, I have Rake but not Scoundrel,yep I have Devil, and I have Scandal also, however I have a few others you might like!! And I had no idea you were doing this post!! I really hope you will come see my post as I would love to see what you say!!

  6. Leslie

    I don’t read a lot of Historical Fic Romance but I agree completely with this list. I worked in a library and processed new books. I have seen a lot of titles and this is definitely fitting!

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