I’ve never met a romance trope I didn’t like. Under the right hands, I’m more than happy to be transported into any wacky storyline the author cares to throw at me. Secret babies, mistaken identities, kidnappings…whatever you’ve got, I can take it.
Of course, that’s not to say I don’t have my own personal favorites. There are a few tropes I’ll turn to time and time again—my one-click weaknesses, if you will.
- Heroine Disguised as Man/Boy: Okay, so in the real world, I have serious misgivings about the feasibility of this—especially since the heroine is usually beautiful or so obviously a woman there’s no way her deception would take. In the fictional world, however? Oh, yeah. Be she a pirate, a bounty hunter, or just a woman pretending to be a man for the heck of it, I’m 100 percent there.
- May/December Romance: Again, this is a trope that, in real life, makes me give some serious side-eye. I rarely approve of any romantic age difference that doesn’t adhere to the Half Plus Seven Rule. (If you don’t know the rule, you take the age of the older person, divide it in half, and then add seven. That’s the minimum age it’s socially acceptable for that person to date. For example, a 38 year old would have a cut-off age of 26. 38/2 = 19; 19+7 = 26. I didn’t invent this rule, but I like it. Because math.) In romance novels, my strict rules relax, especially if the older guy falls into the alpha caregiver role. Mmm.
- Enemies to Lovers: This is the trope that I read most often and, unsurprisingly, write most often. I blame it on early exposure to Pride & Prejudice. That natural antagonism that transforms into passion of an altogether different variety is so, so great.
- Hero Secretly in Love with Heroine: My heart has such a difficult time with these types of books. In almost every romance novel I’ve read where the hero nourishes a long-standing, secret devotion to the heroine, my chest does this thing where it clenches and refuses to stop until I reach the last page. I mean, I know they’re going to end up together and the hero’s secret love will be rewarded, but the path to get there just hurts so good.
- Beauty and the Beast: I know, I know. It’s not very inspired of me, but the beauty and the beast trope is probably one of my all-time favorites. (Isn’t it everyone’s favorite?) I don’t care if the beast is physically scarred, emotionally scarred, or just a misanthropist. If he’s grouchy and inclined to hermit-hood, he’s the perfect man for me.
Do you have a favorite trope you turn to time and time again?
by Tamara Morgan
Released: March 7th 2017
Series: Penelope Blue #1
Published by Sourcebooks Casablanca
Being married to a federal agent certainly has its perks.
1. I just love the way that man looks in a suit.
2. This way I always know what the enemy is up to.
Spending my days lifting jewels and my nights tracking the Bureau should have been a genius plan. But the closer I get to Grant Emerson, the more dangerous this feels. With two million dollars' worth of diamonds on the line, I can't afford to fall for my own husband.
It turns out that the only thing worse than having a mortal enemy is being married to one. Because in our game of theft and seduction, only one of us will come out on top.
Good thing a cat burglar always lands on her feet.
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