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 looking for inexperienced heroines—the ones who not only are virgins, but whose sexual inexperience plays a pivotal role in the plot. These women want to learn what to do, but aren't quite sure how to go about it—which is where the hero comes in (so to speak...). So which inexperienced heroines novels would you recommend?
- Escorted by Claire Kent
- Fifty Shades of Grey by E.L. James
- Uncommon Passion by Anne Calhoun
- Losing It by Cora Carmack
- Secrets of a Summer Night by Lisa Kleypas
- A Hunger Like No Other by Kresley Cole
- Sheltered by Charlotte Stein
- Visions of Heat by Nalini Singh
- Lover Revealed by J.R. Ward
What books would you recommend?