This has likely been covered in the Romance-Novel-Related Blogosphere already, but I was smacked in the face with it over the weekend when I was reading a cozy mystery of all things.
The word "hungrily" has got to go.
You know, "His mouth covered hers hungrily in a passionate kiss." Yada, yada, yada.
It. Has. Got. To. Go.
Why? Well frankly it just sounds stupid. It sounds like the guy (or the girl) is devouring their kissing partner's face. Like they're a recovering anorexic and they've just rediscovered chocolate cake. Like that rugby team that crash landed in the Andes and took to chowing down on femurs.
It's just an icky word to describe a kiss. I'm sorry, it just is. And if my title of Queen Librarian Of The Universe actually held any power (well in my own mind it does!) I would banish the use of "hungrily" to describe anything remotely sexual ever again.
And since I'm not the only one with irrational pet peeves - let us open the forum. What word(s) would you banish from the writer's thesaurus forever?