Nov 28 2014 4:00pm

Trope of the Month: Just One Bed

Faking It by Jennifer CrusieAcademically 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!).

Nothing like a little forced intimacy to heat up a good romance! Anyone else rub their hands together in glee when our heroes learn they've booked the very last room in the motel and—gasp!—there's only one bed, and no sofa? You just know good things will come of this, like awkward conversations about who will sleep where, dancing around bathroom routines, and, oh yeah, accidental spooning, a.k.a. romance reader nirvana.

If you're in the mood for a delicious “Just One Bed” trope setup, here are a few recommendations*:

Since this trope is also VERY popular in fan fiction—and actually inspired this post, as I'd like to see the trope used more in the romance novels I read—I thought I'd recommend a few of my personal favorites:

*Thanks to Lizzie Poteet for her suggestions

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1. Kareni
Well, there is just one bed/pile of animal furs and one cave and one man in Shay Savage's Transcendence. It's a book I enjoyed a great deal.
2. lauralee1912
Instant Attraction by Jill Shalvis comes to mind as it is a favorite of mine. Katie thought she was going to get a good night's sleep....
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