Sunday, June 21, 2015

Q is for Querida, Darling on the A-Z Challenge

Endearments.  Don't you love them?  What would romance be without a sweet nothing or pet name?   Said in a husky rumble low in the heroine's ear, they can set the reader's heart aflutter.  Said in a husky rumble with an Spanish or Italian accent, oo la la, they can start other parts aflutter as well.


For an author, it's hard to come up with something new.  Baby, the old standard, is done to death, but its so sweet.  Then there's honey, sweetie, my love, kitten, angel face, boo, darling, dahling, darlin' and so many more.  The challenge is to keep it fresh without looking corny, stupid or nauseating like lambie-pie, love-muffin or rumpie-diddle.

So rather than the latter, ew!, why not give the oldie but goodies a foreign flavor.  That way you can recycle your favorites.  And you know, I'm all about green.  LOL

With that being said, I'm going to mix it up a bit and let the bad guy say the uber sexy words.  In today's example, I give you Querida ala Victor from... 


Second Time Lucky
Club Decadence Book 5

*****

“Mi corazón, I thought you’d be happy to see me.”

“Let me go, Victor.” She remembered her keys in her hand and fumbled for her pepper spray on the ring. “I’ll use this mace, I swear.” Let him think she had the illegal stuff.

“Now, now, let’s not be so dramatic.” Easily, he twisted her wrist, removing the keys from her hand, tossing them away. She could only stand by helplessly as they skidded across the sealed, smooth concrete and under a storage shelf against the wall. “Is this any way to greet an old friend?”

Cringing at his words as well as his odious touch, she leaned away, as much as the car behind her would allow.

“We were never friends,” she all but spat.

“Business associates then, querida.” 

She shuddered at his meaningless endearment. He’d used them before, calling her his darling or his love, then turned around and sold her to a senator for the night for two grand. Bastard! 

*****


Ah yes, Victor, bastardo that he is, using my heart (mi corazon) and darling almost make him likable.  Well, maybe for a split second, then you go back to wanting the hero to kick his ass.  

   
Now, on with the Challenge!  Make sure to visit some of the other blogs for more Q's or R's or S's.  We're getting towards the end so its mixed up quite a bit by now.  Have fun!