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, childhood sweethearts are on our minds. These heroes and heroines knew each other as children and one or the other (or if they were lucky, both) was in love. As adults, they're able to finally act on those unrequited feelings. Here are a few recommendations for this trope:
- Friday's Child by Georgette Heyer
- Seduce Me at Sunrise by Lisa Kleypas
- The Secret Diaries of Miss Miranda Cheever by Julia Quinn
- His Wife for One Night by Molly O'Keefe
- She's Got It Bad by Sarah Mayberry
- Mine to Possess by Nalini Singh
- Hope's Folly by Linnea Sinclair
What books would you suggest for fellow readers looking to learn a little about the birds and the bees?