Feb 5 2014 10:25am

Trope of the Month: Inexperienced Heroines

Escorted by Claire KentAcademically 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!).

This month, we're looking for inexperienced heroines—the ones who not only are virgins, but whose sexual inexperience plays a pivotal role in the plot. These women want to learn what to do, but aren't quite sure how to go about it—which is where the hero comes in (so to speak...). So which inexperienced heroines novels would you recommend?

  • Escorted by Claire Kent
  • Fifty Shades of Grey by E.L. James
  • Uncommon Passion by Anne Calhoun
  • Losing It by Cora Carmack
  • Secrets of a Summer Night by Lisa Kleypas
  • A Hunger Like No Other by Kresley Cole
  • Sheltered by Charlotte Stein
  • Visions of Heat by Nalini Singh
  • Lover Revealed by J.R. Ward

What books would you recommend?

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Megan Frampton
2. MFrampton
Oh, and then there's another Kleypas--Suddenly You, where the heroine hires a male prostitute for herself, and she mistakes the hero for her hire when he shows up, and hijinks ensue.
Jennifer Proffitt
3. JenniferProffitt
While Olivia of Samantha Young's Before Jamaica Lane isn't a virgin, she's only had sex one time and is VERY sexually inexperienced. Nick begins a sexual education of sorts with her.

Also, this isn't quite virgins either but goes along the lines of the sexually inexperienced, but what about those heroes and heroines who don't need a sexual education, but a sexual REeducation. I recently read Savanna Fox's The Dirty Girls Book Club and her heroine had never orgasmed before even though she was 28 and had been married (and widowed) for three years.
4. lauralee1912
Isabel Beebe in Susan Mallery's Three Little Words also isn't a virgin, but her husband left her for another man. Let's just say she learns a lot during the story. There is a scene with Spanx and a former Navy SEAL ....
Tina Smith
5. weena76
Hanna Bergstrom from Christina Lauren's, "Beautiful Player," is not a virgin either, but she's relatively inexperienced. The hero, Will Sumner, shows her da bidness in a way that is super hot yet super sensitive, and I was left super exhausted from all the sexxy times.
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