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Okay, so I’m swamped and out of control and have NO business blogging today but I need your help.

What am I swamped with? A book due on the first, five teenage girls needing my attention before they take over the world and not in a good way, basketball summer league including two different teams in a town an hour away, and a flare up of SUMMER-ITIS.

And don’t even get me started on Frat Boy. Who managed to eat an entire package of salami including the plastic. Since he’s not dead, I can only assume he has a stomach of iron.

And a severe eating disorder.

But forget about him. I need your help. What, if any, endearments are acceptable in a romance, from the hero to heroine? My two favorite heroes of all time each have very two distinct forms of endearments they use. Janet Evanovich’s Ranger calls Steph “babe” and oh my God does it work for him. And JD Robb’s Roarke calls Eve his “darling” in that too die for Irish accent. But each of these names are so deeply ingrained in my head as Steph and Eve, they’re off limits to me.

And everything else is sounding cheesy. Or maybe I’m just hungry.

So help. My question is this — and let’s make it twofold for shits and giggles, shall we? Tell me what names your significant others have called you, and then tell me what your fave is. In the real world, and in fiction, or just in general.


104 Comments on “Honey baby sweetheart darling babe cuddly umpkins

  1. Honey Bunny. Babes. Treacle Pudding (don’t ask!) Sweet Pea. Darlin’. Lover. Doll (it’s a Welsh saying!) Babs (that’s an English one!) Munchkin. Good Girl (rather patronising – normally followed by a wallop!) Can’t think of any more at the mo. Caroline x

  2. Personally, babe and baby set my teeth on edge. Never liked it, but someone I cannot stand uses it a lot, so enough said.

    My current hero has a knack for pet names for just about everyone and I’m still trying to figure some out myself. He refers to the heroine as My Love, in his yummy english accent. At least when she’s stopped threatening to deck him, lol. She often uses Idiot, but said with love and a kiss, so he’s got no complaints.

    Mental note: must read Robb novels for yummy irish accent! *swoon*

  3. I get: Sweetness, Baby Girl, variations of my maden name, in public. In private: Baby and others I would blush to tell you ๐Ÿ˜ณ ๐Ÿ˜† !!

  4. I have never been one for fungible nomenclature but my new man calls me honey and I quite like it. I didn’t think I would but there you go.

  5. We call each other many names (all good of course) some are; baby cakes(his for me), sugar lips (mine for him), muscles (mine for him but would be funny for a girl). The won that always gets to me and makes me melt though is the one only he can call me, wife. ‘Hello, My Wife’ and I melt like butter and it’s steak and potatoes for a week.
    I do not thnk it is the ‘cutesy’ that makes a name, but the history behind it (unknown to all but those two people) that causes all the heat.

  6. I like Babe and Honey too. There was a hero in a book that said “Sweet Thing” with a southern drawl. Did it for me.

  7. I have been called Babe, Honey and Doll. I prefer Honey.

    I really don’t like when men call women darling in books. To me it sounds more like a name that women would say to men. Every time I read it in a book, it just doesn’t sit right with me.

    All that said, it really depends on the personalities of the characters.

  8. Let see….we may or may not use all of these.. ๐Ÿ˜‰ — Hiya Hotstuff, Sweetlips, Honey, Handsome, My Dear, Love, and Mistress of the Manor (usually when a decision is involved..as in “Let me consult with the Mistress of the Manor”). ๐Ÿ˜†

  9. In our 41 years of marriage the repeatable names he calls me? My darling, baby doll…the most common is Kid with the occasional Warden thrown in.

  10. Fungible nomenclature. That’s fun to say! Thanks L. ๐Ÿ™‚

    My guy calls me all sorts of pet names. He knows how much most of them bug me though, so it’s often tongue in cheek. When he wants to be particularly obnoxious he calls me his little honey love moofy, which actually makes me smile.
    As far as my favorites, I’m with you. I LOVE it when Ranger calls Stephanie babe. But then it’s Ranger. He could call me anything and I’d probably go all shivery. BTW the newest Stephanie Plum book comes out today. Yay!!
    But, I absolutely, LOVE it when my favorite hero ever, Jamie Fraser from the Outlander series calls Claire his Sasenach. Sigh.

  11. Sweetheart. The first time I was called that, it made my heart skip a beat. So I figure my brain likes it ๐Ÿ˜€

    I’m with Melissa on the idea that the history makes the name. Especially if the name is not that common but just between the two of you.

  12. My b-i-l always calls my sister “my precious”. Sounds funny, unless you hear the love in his voice. Any nickname spoken with love means the world to the one for whom it is meant. That’s what makes them so wonderful. My love calls me just that – “my love”. He also calls me the freak queen due to my OCD, so take it all with a grain of salt. ๐Ÿ˜›

  13. My husband never calls me Amy. Always Honey, babe, baby girl. My sister is czlled princess by her hubby!

  14. Sweetie–the first time my husband called me that when we were dating I knew I could fall in love with him. These days, I’d prefer goddess, although that hasn’t quite caught on…yet. But I’m patient and persistent.

  15. We’ve never used pet names or terms of endearment. (it just doesn’t sound right coming from either one of us!)

  16. I’ve always liked the British endearment ‘luv’ and even ‘love’ in Amurican.

    My girlfriend calls her husband ‘Mr. Wonderful’, it can be sincere or it can be sarcastic, depending on what he has done.

    I end up calling almost anything ‘sweet potato’– I have no idea why. And I love it when my sweet potato calls me ‘babe’. He doesn’t do it frequently and it makes me feel hot.

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