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!).
Sometimes you love someone, but you can't be with them—whether it's war, personality differences, or anything in between. However, these are romances, so they won't be separated for long!
Here are a few recommendations for this trope off the top of our heads:
- Not Quite a Wife by Mary Jo Putney
- When the Duke Returns by Eloisa James
- Any Man of Mine by Rachel Gibson
- Bitten by Kelley Armstrong
- The Ocean Between Us by Susan Wiggs
- Winter's Edge by Anne Stuart
- Stranded With Her Ex by Jill Sorenson
Do you like the separated spouses trope? What do you think are some books that epitomize this trope? How do you think it differs from other “marriage” tropes?