Academically put, tropes are “common or overused theme[s] or device[s]," which makes them sound like cliches, which makes them seem like a bad thing.
But they’re totally not! Romance novel fans all have their favorite—not to mention least favorite—tropes, from friends to lovers, chick in pants, secret baby, marriage of convenience, opposites attract, May-December, boss-assistant...the list goes on.
Each month, we’ll be picking a romance novel trope and ask you to offer recommendations falling under the trope rubric (again with the academic talk!). This month, we want your recommendations for May-December romances, or novels in which there’s a big age difference between the hero and heroine (or hero and hero, or heroine and heroine). We asked our Twitter followers to help us out, and here are the books they mentioned:
- Anne Calhoun’s Liberating Lacey
- Georgette Heyer’s These Old Shades
- Diana Gabaldon’s Outlander
- Judith Ivory’s Beast
What books would you add?