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!).
The virginal or inexperienced heroine isn't exactly a new idea in romance. But what about when the heroine wants to take life by the horns and learn the ways of love, dating, and sex? Well, in romance that's when she turns to a man in her life for lessons! This trope combines some much-loved tropes like friends to lovers. Because what hero can resist a heroine asking for help—especially when seduction is involved!
Here are a few recommendations for this trope:
- The Lady's Tutor by Robin Schone
- Beautiful Player by Christina Lauren
- Before Jamaica Lane by Samantha Young
- The Wedding Trap by Tracy Anne Warren
- One Good Earl Deserves a Lover by Sarah MacLean
What books would you suggest for fellow readers looking to enroll in Love 101?