I was talking to a friend the other day about our favorite kind of romance novels. The two of us definitely have different tastes when it comes to our books. She prefers the bedroom door close before the naughtiness start, and I want to see the characters get hot and sexy in explicit, vivid detail.
We’ve also got different preferences when it comes to tropes. Her favorite romance story lines is the marriage of convenience. Hero and heroine forced together into marriage, or at least engagement, by events outside of their control. Maybe one of them needs to marry to earn an inheritence, or prove to their family they’re responsible. Or it’s an arranged marriage. But somewhere along the way, through all the trials and challenges any couple goes through (and probably a few more, for the sake of an interesting book 😉 ) they realize they really love each other. It’s no longer just a performance.
On the other hand, I’ve always been drawn to friends to lovers stories. There’s something sexy, sweet, angst and potential filled about two people who have known each other for ages; who know each other’s secrets, likes, and quirks; who realize there’s no one they love more than their best friend.
I know some people don’t care for tropes. It can summon images of tired story lines and overdone plot devices featuring characters with no depth. But for me, when it’s done right, it gives me an idea of what I’m in for, but when the author is creative, it’s still a different story every time. After all, at it’s root, a romance novel is just a book about two people falling in love. But when the story is told well, you’re there for the ride. To care about the couple. To want to watch them fall in love and get their happily ever after.
So, what’s your favorite trope?
Alyssia’s animal shelter needs a boost of cash to expand its center for abused pets. When her older brother’s best friend, Tate, offers her first access to his crowdfunding startup, she has a million reasons to say yes. And only one reason to say no—she’s crushed on Tate forever, and he doesn’t feel the same. As long as she remembers he’s just eye candy, it’ll be fine. She wants happily ever after, not just happy until the morning after.
Tate’s taking the family business to new places, adding a crowdfunding portal for small companies. He just has to ignore the fact the woman using one of his pilot sites isn’t the bratty tag-along she used to be. Alyssia’s grown up, filled out, and has a sexy mind on top of it all. Not that it matters. Tate never hooks up with clients, and he’s certainly not going to pursue his buddy’s sister.
When Alyssia’s shelter suffers from slanderous press, the backlash threatens both their businesses. They find stress relief in each other, and an unforgettable night of no-strings passion. The fallout will destroy families, careers, and lifelong friendships if Tate and Alyssia can’t admit how they really feel.
Allyson Lindt is a full-time geek and a fuller-time contemporary romance author. She prefers that her geeky heroes come with the alpha expansion pack and adores a heroine who can hold her own in a boardroom. She loves a sexy happily-ever-after and helping deserving cubicle dwellers find their futures together.