Jun 28 2013 3:30pm

Trope of the Month: Deadline Love

The Wedding Fling by Meg MaguireAcademically 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!).

There's nothing like a deadline to bring a little tension to the table, and thus many delicious romances revolve around a hero and heroine (or hero and hero, or heroine and heroine) falling for each other despite the time limit they've set for themselves or that's been forced upon them. 'Cause really, who doesn't enjoy the fireworks after the clock runs out and the hero and heroine are forced to redefine their relationship? Yum.

Here are some romances that begin as a fling or that have a pre-determined end date—what novels come to your mind when you think of this trope? Recommend your favorites in the comments!

  • The Wedding Fling by Meg Maguire
  • Losing It by Cora Carmack
  • The Temporary Wife by Jeannie Moon
  • A Lady Awakened by Cecilia Grant
  • Crazy for Love by Victoria Dahl
  • One Perfect Rose by Mary Jo Putney
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