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!).
You will meet a mysterious stranger...from another time! Whether it's Outlander sending Claire back in time to Jamie, or throwing a Medieval knight into modern times, time travel books combine old-world romance with new world intricacies! Many people ponder the question of ”If you could visit any time period, what would it be?“ Books give us the opportunity to do that—and time travel romances afford us the option of seeing how a character survives that very question!
Here are a few recommendations for this trope off the top of our heads:
- Captive by Brenda Joyce
- A Knight in Shining Armor by Jude Deveraux
- The Highlander Series by Karen Marie Moning
- Son of the Morning by Linda Howard
- Charming the Highlander by Janet Chapman
- Out of the Blue by Kasey Michaels
- George and the Virgin by Lisa Cach
- Outlander by Diana Gabaldon
What books would you suggest for fellow readers with a need to travel back in time?