As I finished my post on historical romance stories featuring bachelors making wagers to remain single, it got me thinking about forced marriage and how ubiquitous a theme it is. Taking a step back, this trope is prevalent not just in historical romance but in other subgenres. While I don’t purposively seek out books that feature this trope, I’ve read quite a few. I’m not sure why I seem to be attracted to it like a moth to a light bulb, seeing as how I love my free will. Maybe it’s because the two leads are forced to communicate through the initial misunderstandings and less than ideal circumstances dealt them, healing from old and fresh wounds, that ultimately leads to their HEA. Or maybe there really is something to be said about the power of fate and the role it plays in our society, whether we believe in the magic of it or not. Without further ado, I give you a list of some goodies that feature forced marriage.
Duchess in Love (Duchess Quartet #1) by Eloisa James
The first in the Duchess Quartet series, Gina is forced to marry Camden, the Duke of Girton when she is far too young. Over ten years later with the marriage still unconsummated, Gina is set on an annulment while Cam finds himself falling in love.