Mar 27 2014 1:00pm

Trope of the Month: Love Lessons

The Lady's Tutor by Robin SchoneAcademically 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!).

The virginal or inexperienced heroine isn't exactly a new idea in romance. But what about when the heroine wants to take life by the horns and learn the ways of love, dating, and sex? Well, in romance that's when she turns to a man in her life for lessons! This trope combines some much-loved tropes like friends to lovers. Because what hero can resist a heroine asking for help—especially when seduction is involved!

Here are a few recommendations for this trope:

  • The Lady's Tutor by Robin Schone
  • Beautiful Player by Christina Lauren
  • Before Jamaica Lane by Samantha Young
  • The Wedding Trap by Tracy Anne Warren
  • One Good Earl Deserves a Lover by Sarah MacLean

What books would you suggest for fellow readers looking to enroll in Love 101?

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Rakisha Kearns-White
1. BrooklynShoeBabe
My favorite was a Harlequin Blaze title by Hope Tarr called The Tutor. It was the first historical romance I read that had sex in it and it totally changed my attitude towards historicals.
2. Kareni
Love Lessons by Cheryl Holt was a good read.

I'm trying to remember the title of a historical romance that made me laugh aloud. The heroine was a single woman who passed herself off as a widow in order to get a teaching position at an academy for young women. She was tasked with teaching about marriage to her students and had to enlist the aid of a neighbor who was an aristocrat/artist/rumored rake.
3. kahintenn
The Education of Mrs. Brimley, by Donna MacMeans!
4. Kareni
kahintenn, thank so much -- the book is indeed The Education of Mrs. Brimley! I may have to find it again and re-read it as it was so amusing. I believe I've read all of Donna MacMeans' books, and it is by far my favorite.
Jennifer Proffitt
5. JenniferProffitt
These are some great recommendations. I'll have to track down a copy of The Education of Mrs. Brimley, and I really like Hope Tarr but haven't read The Tutor. Thanks!
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