May 16 2014 10:00am

Trope of the Month: Childhood Sweethearts!

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!).

This month, childhood sweethearts are on our minds. These heroes and heroines knew each other as children and one or the other (or if they were lucky, both) was in love. As adults, they're able to finally act on those unrequited feelings. Here are a few recommendations for this trope:

  • Friday's Child by Georgette Heyer
  • Seduce Me at Sunrise by Lisa Kleypas
  • The Secret Diaries of Miss Miranda Cheever by Julia Quinn
  • His Wife for One Night by Molly O'Keefe
  • She's Got It Bad by Sarah Mayberry
  • Mine to Possess by Nalini Singh
  • Hope's Folly by Linnea Sinclair

What books would you suggest for fellow readers looking to learn a little about the birds and the bees?

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Lege Artis
2. LegeArtis
My favorite book of last year: Heart of Obsidian by Nalini Singh.

I also remebered:
Romancing Mister Bridgerton by Julia Quinn
Honest Illusions by Nora Roberts
Laura Bracken
3. Night -owl
*Lover at Last( Qhuinn & Blays story from the Black Dagger Brotherhood series by J.R Ward) Love this one! Waited so long for them to get together. *Unlawful Contact( Hunt & Sophies story by Pamela Clare. Hot!!) *Again the Magic by Lisa Kleypas(she writes some of the best heart breaking scenes in this book! Beautiful.) *All Jacked Up ( Rough Rider series by Lorelei James) *Redneck Romeo also from the Rough Rider series. *A Rogue by Any Other Name( The Rules of Scoundrels #1 by Sarah MacLean).
5. Sookie65
Night-owl ......have you been stealing my books? ;)
Laura Bracken
6. Night -owl
@Sookie65 Haha...maybe ;-) There is nothing else worth stealing than a good book.
Books Darling
7. BooksDarling
Not really a true romance novel, my introduction to childhood sweethearts came in the A Wrinke in Time series by Madeline L'Engle. The love, respect and personal risk displayed by Calvin for Meg when they were young and then continued thru the series introduced me to what I would define as the ideal expressions of a healthy relationship. I proudly admit, Calvin was my first "book boyfriend".
8. MsTree
"The Wolf" by Jean Johnson, best fantasy-romance; "Heart of Obsidian" by Nalini Singh, best paranormal-romance
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