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Soap Operas, Romance Novels, and Tropes, Oh My! Why We Love Them All

Today we're joined by author Jennifer Ryan, whose latest release, The Return of Brody McBride, is out now. Brody does indeed return after eight years, only to find there's more waiting for him than he thought—and he's got a lot of work to make it right! Jennifer is here to talk about what makes the well-loved tropes in soap operas and romance novels so, well...well-loved! Thanks, Jennifer.

Let's face it, soap operas, romance novels, and tropes are just good fun. They make you laugh and cry, root for the guy to get the girl, and above all, believe that no matter what happens, love wins out in the end.

Soap operas and romance novels keep us riveted to the emotional intensity. The ups and downs the characters go through to be together. We love that initial spark that builds each time the couple sees each other until it ignites into something more than a flirtation and turns into a relationship. But will it last?

Watchers and readers alike stay tuned because they can't help themselves. They are as drawn to the couple as the two are drawn to each other. They feel the characters' connection and they want to be a part of the romance and drama. They enjoy guessing what will happen next, and get a thrill when the plot twists and something happens they didn't expect. They are invested in the couple, glued to their TV, or turning the page, hungry for more because they have to know: Will it all work out?

[It's gotta, right...]