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, the Ugly Duckling trope is on my mind—stories where heroes or (probably more often) heroines are at first regarded as rather...homely...but later grow into their looks and/or become beautiful in the eyes of the one who loves them:
- The Ugly Duchess by Eloisa James
- Shades of Twilight by Linda Howard
- Romancing Mister Bridgerton by Julia Quinn
- Blind Curve by Annie Solomon
- Heat of the Moment by Jessica Hall
- Priceless by Christina Dodd
Any others come to mind? What are your favorites?