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!).
It's wedding season! For some women, it's a hectic time where they're planning their own or to be in someone else's. For the heroine of a romance novel, it might be the time she meets her true love. This trope comes with a lot of wiggle room for readers and writers to work with. Sometimes it's a one-night stand between a bridesmaid and wedding guest, or a character is running away from their own wedding. Whichever path it takes, weddings are usually the only way this hero and heroine would meet—or at least with all the love in the air, it's the only way they'd allow themselves to get together!
Here are a few recommendations for this trope:
- I'm in No Mood for Love by Rachel Gibson
- Wedding at Cardwell Ranch by B.J. Daniels
- It Happened One Wedding by Julie James
- The Great Escape by Susan Elizabeth Phillips
- Seducing the Bridesmaid by Katee Roberts
- The Wedding Favor by Cara Connelly
- At the Duke's Wedding (anthology) by Caroline Linden, Katharine Ashe, Miranda Neville, and Maya Rodale
- Wedding of the Season by Laura Lee Guhrke
What book or movie suggestions do you have that start at the wedding?