Because I am so irritated at Ingram for not having blurbs with their series romance offerings for October (which I usually share on Twitter for the edification of the world), I thought I would do a review of the month's titles and themes. Series romance (Harlequin, Silhouette, etc.) is traditionally one of the worst (and I say that in a loving way) genres in terms of lack of descriptiveness, repetitiveness, and grammatical ineptitude in titling. Which is why I LOVE THEM. This month's catalog features over 100 titles, some of which are dull and run-of-the-mill, but many of which put them in a specific subgenre—with some overlap, of course.
Themes for October:
Christmas (which seems a long way away from mid-September, but if you consider that libraries should be ordering these in time to get them processed and on the shelves by the time holiday fever really strikes, it's not completely insane):
A Cop in Her Stocking
Covert Christmas: Open Season\Second-Chance Sheriff\Saving Christmas
His Holiday Bride
Mistletoe Prayers: The Bodine Family Christmas\The Gingerbread Season
Royal Holiday Baby
Silent Night Stakeout
The Spy Who Saved Christmas
Western Winter Wedding Bells: Christmas in Red Willow\The Sheriff's Housekeeper Bride\Wearing the Rancher's Ring
Boardroom Rivals, Bedroom Fireworks!
Cinderella & the CEO
From Boardroom to Wedding Bed?
Innocent Secretary...Accidentally Pregnant [which wins my vote for Most Terrible Title this month]
Juggling Briefcase & Baby
Not Just the Nanny
Taming Her Billionaire Boss
Greeks and Shiekhs:
Boda Con el Magnate Griego = Marriage with the Greek Tycoon
The Good Greek Wife?
El Jeque Seductor = The Seductive Sheik
Powerful Greek, Housekeeper Wife
Saved by the Sheikh!
Betrayal in the Badlands
Boots and Bullets
Cattle Baron Needs a Bride
Cowgirl Makes Three
Elly: Cowgirl Bride
Elly: Cowgirl Bride
When the Cowboy Said I Do
For the Sake of the Secret Child
A Miracle for His Secret Son
WTF? (my other top picks):
Chantaje en la Cama = Blackmail Into the Bed
His Virgin Acquisition
Majesty, Mistress...Missing Heir
Public Marriage, Private Secrets
The Reluctant Wrangler
If you’ve made it this far, you might as well participate in the other part of my exercise, which is to have my “revenge” on Ingram for not posting blurbs by creating some of my own. If you’d like to play, select a title from the list above and create a blurb for it in the comments, like so:
His Virgin Acquisition. Randolph Edward Burgess IV was a savvy businessman . . . he thought. But when the fruits of his latest hostile takeover arrive in the form of the nubile and possibly underage daughter of his chief nemesis, the fashion-forward Chloë Vernon, he knows he’s got a lot of accounting to do to make everything reconcile.
The Reluctant Wrangler. All Ted Gunther ever wanted was a chance to open his own decorating firm and make the houses of Spivey, Texas look their most fabulous. Unfortunately, as the son and brother of the region’s foremost horsemen, he is stuck throwing rope tricks . . . until a beautiful city-slicker, Natasjia Donner, who also happens to be an angel investor of some note, breezes into town with her nervous male assistant in tow.