Our Favorite Tropes

One of the greatest things about the romance genre (other than the swoony feels, the witty banter, the steamy sexytimes, and the happily-ever-afters) is the vast number of tropes we get to enjoy. With everything from enemies-to-lovers, to secret babies, to May-December romances, and more, there is something for everyone!

our favorite romance tropes

I recently polled the people who receive my newsletter to find out their favorites, and they could pick as many as they wanted. Here are the results!

*Note: results are slightly skewed because about 8 people took the survey before someone clued me in that I’d accidentally made it a “choose one” form instead of a “check off as many as you like” form. Oops!

  • 55.3% – protector/bodyguard
  • 50.6% – enemies to lovers
  • 47.1% – friends to lovers
  • 44.7% – second chance
  • 44.7% – close proximity (trapped, snowed in)
  • 37.6% – secret baby
  • 37.6% – forbidden love
  • 32.9% – fake relationship
  • 28.2% – marriage of convenience
  • 23.5% – May December (with one person specifying they especially like when the heroine is the December and the hero is the May)

WRITE-INS – These are the ones I didn’t include in the survey, which people helpfully added for me:

  • best friend’s sibling/sibling’s best friend
  • reverse harem (3 people specifically mentioned this one)
  • military men
  • slavery turns to romance
  • fated mates
  • mainly shifter stories (2 people specifically mentioned shifters)
  • doctor/patient, teacher/student (anything with a professional role and a person they’re supposed to serve/interact with professionally)
  • time travel

In case you’re curious, my favorites are second-chance and friends-to-lovers. I love it when there’s an existing connection between the hero and heroine because I like mining those backstories.

And obviously I love shifters, and reverse harem as well!

Thank you to everyone who participated in the poll! ❤

The Rose King – Now for Sale!

Subscribers to my newsletter have been getting installments for free online, but for those of you who want an ebook they can put on their Kindle, Nook, or Apple device, that can happen now!

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He will have to fight for the woman he loved and lost.

Rex has known since he was a teenager that his neighbor, Gemma, is the one for him. But as a wolf shifter, he’s been told that his life is too violent to bind himself to a fragile human. For the past eight years, he’s been fighting in cage matches and trying to forget the woman who holds his heart.

Now that Gemma has found her long-lost best friend, she can’t believe he’s the Rose King, a violent fighter. When cruel men want to control Rex, Gemma must confront the reason he left her, all those years ago. If she knows the truth about him, can their love endure?

The Rose King is available now on iTunes, Barnes & Noble, Kobo, Amazon, Scribd, and Thalia! You can click this link, which is a universal book link and will magically whisk you to your online retailer of preference (if you haven’t used it before, you can set your preference. If you want to change your preference now or later, that’s possible, too).

Secrets of a Soprano, by Miranda Neville

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This little gem of a book was a delight! It’s about an opera singer and the guy she fell in love with years ago. Teresa Foscari, the heroine, is serious about her art and performing. She’s well-known and admired, and her presence in any opera house would elevate that house in reputation and earnings.

Her former flame, Maximilian Hawthorne, both resents and yearns for her. His internal conflict, and hers, at being thrust together once more are simply delicious.

And the historical detail! Wow! I read this some time ago and I’m still captivated by the setting–I might have to give this one a second read, just to return to those opera houses and the music, and the side characters who made my heart happy.

Trigger warning–the heroine suffered some sexual trauma before the start of the novel.