Sep 27 2014 9:00am

Trope of the Month: Mistresses and Courtesans!

More than a Mistress, No Man's Mistress by Mary BaloghAcademically 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 want your recommendations on books where the heroine is a mistress or courtesan. Love is complicated, but when you're paying for that companionship, it gets even more so! Here are some of the titles we've thought of:

Do you like this trope? What other books can you think of that features heroines who start out as mistresses or courtesans? Can you think of more contemporary or erotic titles that feature mistresses or

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Andrea Shackford
1. andrea2
I'll add two favorites to this list: His Lordship's Mistress by Joan Wolf and A Precious Jewel by Mary Balogh. Both are on my keeper shelf and falling apart from multiple re-reads.
Carmen Pinzon
2. bungluna
I too thought of A Precious Jewel when I saw this post.
3. cleo
The Jade Temptress by Jeannie Lin (historical set in Medieval China).

Pricks and Pragmatism by JL Merrow (mm contemporary - by far my favorite rent boy mm)
4. Kareni
Balogh's More than a Mistress is a definite favorite of mine.

Claudia Dain wrote The Courtesan series which I also enjoyed. Then there's Claiming the Courtesan by Anna Campbell. Amanda Quick wrote The Mistress some years ago; sadly, I've forgotten the details since I last read it.
5. pamelia
One of my favorites is "The Duke" by Gaelsn Foley.
Felicia Fallon
6. Uber Romance Reader
I love this trope. Anna Campbell's Claiming the Courtesan comes to mind. My favorite is Mary Balogh's More than a Mistress. Anything Balogh is a favorite :) This trope points out that sometimes circumstances may force one into a situation not to one's liking or inclination.
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