Thursday, September 17, 2015

THEME THURSDAY: Animals in Romance

This is part of a feature where I focus on a specific theme (or trope) that I have found in my years as a voracious reader/blogger.  I love finding commonalities between my favorite books and how that helps define me as a reader.

Please note this is not meant to be a comprehensive list.  I am just picking a few examples of this trope.  So, if you have a favorite example of this theme, let me know about it in the comments.  I'm always on the lookout for more books to be added to my wishlist.


Newton -- The Viscount Who Loved Me by Julia Quinn (historical romance)
Jock -- The Raven Prince by Elizabeth Hoyt (historical romance)
Lady Grey -- To Beguile a Beast by Elizabeth Hoyt (historical romance)
Sam -- Yours Until Dawn by Teresa Medeiros (historical romance)
Oyster -- A Duke of Her Own by Eloisa James (historical romance)
Muffin -- Slightly Married by Mary Balogh (historical romance)
Ellingsworth -- Say Yes to the Marquess by Tessa Dare (historical romance)
Eeenie, Meenie, Teenie, Beenie, Randolph -- How to Capture a Countess by Karen Hawkins (historical romance)
Fitz -- Jane Jameson series by Molly Harper (paranormal romance)
George -- Black Dagger Brotherhood series by JR Ward (paranormal romance)
Brodie -- The Unleashed by Shelly Laurenston (paranormal romance)
Oberon -- Iron Druid Chronicles series by Kevin Hearne (urban fantasy)
Grendel -- Kate Daniels series by Ilona Andrews (urban fantasy)
Pooh -- It Had To Be You by Susan Elizabeth Phillips (contemporary romance)
Dolly -- Between Sinners and Saints by Marie Sexton (M/M contemporary)

Malcolm -- How to Marry a Marquis by Julia Quinn (historical romance)
Mr. Pigeon -- And Then He Kissed Her by Laura Lee Guhrke (historical romance)
Boo -- Black Dagger Brotherhood series by JR Ward (paranormal romance)
Clive -- Wallbanger by Alice Clayton (contemporary romance)
Galahad -- In Death series by JD Robb (romantic suspense)
Mister -- Dresden Files series by Jim Butcher (urban fantasy)
Fat Louie -- Princess Diaries series by Meg Cabot (YA contemporary)
Buttercup -- Hunger Games trilogy by Suzanne Collins (YA dystopian)
Geisha -- A to Z by Marie Sexton (M/M contemporary)

Freddie the ferret -- The Proposition by Judith Ivory (historical romance)
Medusa the hedgehog -- Love in the Afternoon by Lisa Kleypas (historical romance)
Marigold the mongoose -- Mr. Impossible by Loretta Chase (historical romance)
Snowdrop the ermine -- Romancing the Duke by Tessa Dare (historical romance)
Kero the monkey -- The Care and Taming of a Rogue by Suzanne Enoch (historical romance)
Mickey the ferret -- Pleasure Unbound by Larissa Ione (paranormal romance)
Tater the elephant -- Kiss an Angel by Susan Elizabeth Phillips (contemporary romance)
Hedwig the snowy owl -- Harry Potter series by JK Rowling (YA fantasy)

  • Tearjerkers -- September 24
  • Courtesans/Mistresses -- October 1
  • Fake Relationships -- October 8


  1. oh I just love animals in books. I especially loved Mr. Pigeon and Medusa the Hedgehog.

  2. I love when there are adorable, personality filled animals/pets in books. I LOVED Snowdrop the ermine from Romancing the Duke. And Ellingsworth, too of course. I really liked the dog from Saving Grace, but I can't remember his name at the moment. I really really love dogs. Oh but I love the cat from How to Marry a Marquis too.

  3. Brodie was my favorite but so was Annie in the first book of Jaci Burton's Hope series.


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