Oct 15 2012 9:11am

Revenge in Romance Novels: What’s Best Served Cold Can Also Be Hot!

“My name is Inigo Montoya. You killed my father. Prepare to die.”

Many romance novels have revenge as a motivating factor in bringing the hero and heroine together—and apart. Sometimes the revenge seems justified; other times it just seems ludicrous.

What are the best and worst examples in revenge tropes in romance novels?

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1. EvangelineHolland
I always loved the heroine's plot to poison the hero in the first chapter of Anne Stuart's A Rose at Midnight. I was quite disappointed when she wimped out because of a dog!
Megan Frampton
2. MFrampton
@EvangelineHolland, that's one of the revenge books I was thinking about when I was writing this! I loved that concept, that book might've been the first time I encountered it.
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