Today we're pleased to welcome author Lily Everett to Heroes and Heartbreakers. Lily's new release, Shoreline Drive, is a modern-day marriage of convenience story, with a handsome, guarded veterinarian and an exuberant, cheerful new mom. Lily is here to talk about the marriage of convenience trope told by a variety of authors. Thanks, Lily!
Every romance reader has tropes she loves, and tropes she avoids like the plague. Side note: If you don’t know what tropes are, check out this great discussion led by Limecello! Basically when we’re talking about romance novels, we use trope to mean a plot device or story premise that appears over and over, throughout the genre. You say cliché? I say classic! Yes, I’m an apologist for tropes in general. They exist for a reason, which is that writers love to write them and readers love to read them. I don’t advocate using tropes as a lazy shortcut, but with the right twists, updating, and imagination, there’s nothing I love more than a great Secret Baby story, or a romance where the hero and heroine go from Friends to Lovers.
But if I had to choose a single favorite romance trope, it would probably be the Marriage of Convenience. Those stories where the hero and heroine each enter into a committed relationship for practical, unemotional reasons...and then they have to learn how to deal with each other. And of course, since this is romance we’re talking about, we get to see these two levelheaded pragmatists fall deeper into lust and love as they get to know each other better.