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're featuring romances where the heroines disguises herself as a man, also known as the chick-in-pants trope!
- Victoria Morgan's For the Love of a Soldier
- Joanna Chambers's The Lady's Secret
- Susan Elizabeth Phillips's Just Imagine
- Elizabeth Essex's Almost a Scandal
- Laura Kinsale's The Prince of Midnight
- Eloisa James's Duchess by Night