We’ve chatted about this subject off and on in the comments over the years, and I couldn’t help but post this today. It’s a subject near and dear to my heart (in real life… and in book life). Done right, it’s what makes the characters real. Done right in real life, it helps forge that sweet connection and closeness.
Okay right off the bat, Babe or Baby melts me. I just love that! It’s personal and intimate and sweet (and yes… it’s “usual”) but I’m into it. My parents always called each other that (and loved each other like crazy), and to me, it shows affection and intimacy. So when Tate in Sweet Dreams would say it, I would swooooooon. He could answer a whole situation or conversation with that one… statement.
Pigeon <— LOVE!!! Travis’s sweet endearment for his beloved… Abby in Beautiful Disaster. You’d think it’s weird (sure ;)) , but once you get to know the two of ’em, it fits, it’s sweet, and it’s THEM.
Sidenote? 😉 Wanna know the weirdest nickname I ever had (that I never quite warmed up to). One of my boyfriends when I was in my college days called me “Potato”. *blink blink* Yeah… he wasn’t the affectionate type, certainly held back on the sweet endearments, but when he wanted to be *ahem* “sweet“? Potato.
Okay so now you guys!
Nay: re: nicknames–For a certain male personality, I can see ‘toots’ working for me. The one that made me create a ‘Hate the nickname’ folder on GR was the hero calling the heroine ‘Sparkle’ in one book, but the one I abhorred was another book where the hero called the heroine ‘Puppy’. Ick! I couldn’t even make it past 30%. I also hated Joe calling Vi ‘Buddy’ in At Peace (it kept reminding me of the Chuck Taylor knock-offs from when I was younger), but since that’s one of my fave K.A. books (and since it was Joe *rawr*), I was able to overlook it.
Julie O: I love Joe and he could call me whatever he wants.
bev: I’m one of the few that liked “Buddy”. It was just so unexpected and unique, also my first KA. I want to say it was based on a man calling her that, but not sure.
Jane: Ha ha Nay. Yeah I loved Joe and At Peace as well, but I wasn’t that into the nickname Buddy either. bev I’m with you on Toots. Not loving that either. Puppy and Sparkle are heck to the no as well. LOL. I suppose authors want to include something a bit different from Babe. Something a bit quirky maybe. But sometimes it just doesn’t work.
Maryse: Hrmmm… I kind of like Puppy. It’s actually something we say in Quebec (“Pitou”) but to their boyfriends or husbands (I don’t recall it ever being said to a girl). But like all nicknames, not everyone adopts it.
Leslie M: I am not sure why some H’s can get away with cringey nicknames but I guess it depends on how hot they are! I think my fave is when Jamie calls Claire Sassenach.
JulieO: I don’t like the endearment “DOLL”. It makes me think of those old gangster movies on TV. It was used in the book COLLIDE which kind of turned me off a little.
Maryse: Exactly!! I agree, Nay. “Momma” always sounded weird to me, until Ty started calling Lexie that in Lady Luck (Colorado Mountain Series Book 3). That was hot. 😉
MichelleS: I don’t want to call you “daddy” & I don’t want to be tied up. I want to call you “my lord” or “my laird” (depends where we live), and if you drive a motorcycle & I can ride behind you, I’m good with that! Oh!!! And I LOVE it if you give me a good nickname! Like kitten. I might call you bratwurst, though! This is just too much fun. I must stop. We should do a thread about best nicknames! I loved F*cky (EoL) oh yes I did! And Bratwurst (Kulti).
Jan: I like the fav nicknames thread idea Michelle. But am I lame that I can’t remember any? I’d even forgotten the one from Kulti and that’s one of my fav books! Although I’m just starting American Hellhoundtoday and I have to say. ‘Ghost’ is a lot better than ‘Kenny’ (his real name lol).
Leslie M: Fave nicknames? I recently read and loved: Real Good Man by Meghan March and h’s name is Banner. H calls her Bruce. Her parents are nerds and named her after Bruce Banner. It was super swoony hearing it on audio with sexy narration by Sebastian York.
Er…. MichelleS? What book is EoL (and… OMG a character was nicknamed F*cky?!!) LOL!!!!!
Anyone else have any favorites? What nicknames do it, for you?