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's trope is marriage of convenience, where the hero and heroine are married before they've fallen in love. The most common example of MOC plots occur in historicals, where arranged marriages are commonplace, but they can also happen in contemporaries.
Some recommended marriage-of-convenience books include:
- My Darling Caroline by Adele Ashworth
- The Temporary Wife by Mary Balogh
- Mrs. Drew Plays Her Hand by Carla Kelly
- His Wife for One Night by Molly O'Keefe
- To Wed a Stranger by Edith Layton
- Morning Glory by LaVyrle Spencer
- His Secondhand Wife by Cheryl St. John
Do you like this trope? Which are your favorites? Share your recommendations in the comments!