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!).
In boss-employee (boss-assistant, boss-housekeeper, boss-governess, etc.) romances, heroes and heroines risk breaking alllll the workplace rules to be with the one they love—and boy can that forbidden aspect make for some delicious tension. Here are a few such stories that come to my mind:
- Sarah's Child by Linda Howard
- Nothing Personal by Jaci Burton
- Dream's End by Diana Palmer
- The Blind-Date Proposal by Jessica Hart
- Only His by Susan Mallery
- A Deal with the Devil by Liz Carlyle
- Married by Morning by Lisa Kleypas
- Anything He Wants by Sara Fawkes
Any others come to mind? In the above novels, the heroes are the bosses—have any recommendations where the heroine is the boss? What about male/male or female/female romances that feature this trope?