May 022012
 

Over the years, I’ve read a lot of books and encountered many different romance tropes. Some I enjoy and others, I’m not a fan of, but no matter what, there’s a reason they exist. Everyone has an opinion and what I may not like, there are dozens of people who do. For instance I:

Hate:

  • Fate: It’s fate that we’re to be together. There’s no way we can fight this and choose for ourselves because it’s written in stone. This one, I will admit, I did read quite a bit of, but it got old. I like characters who have a choice. Characters who fight to be together and not go by the simple fact that this is how it is and there’s no other way around it.
  • Marriage of convenience. These can work for me and have been known to (in historical), but otherwise, I’m blah to them. Like The Proposal with Ryan Reynolds and Sandra Bullock.
  • Love triangles. This is one trope where I either end up feeling bad for one character or end up growling at the book because the heroine chose the guy I didn’t want her to get with.

Love:

  • Best friends to lovers or secretly in love with friend’s sister/brother. This is kind of in the same vein as forbidden love.
  • Fallen for the enemy: we hate each other but we need to set our differences aside for a moment for a common goal. These are the stories driven by a huge character arc in which the hero and heroine must learn to get over their distrust of each other and slowly start to see the good they were blind to before.
  • Mistaken identity. I think this one works for me more in the historical or paranormal romance sense (not sure exactly why), but this is where I really enjoy these stories.
  • Tortured hero. I love hot tortured heroes/heroines. Believe me. I write dark so I gravitate to stories like these.

What are some of your favorite tropes? What do you hate?

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Amy has spent her life in isolation. Locked away in the Centre, a secret government facility where children with extraordinary abilities are raised as highly skilled fighters, she longs for a normal life. A life where being around people doesn’t overload her sensitive telepathic mind. A life where she can’t see through the eyes of a murderer as he hunts down his next victim…

J.C. Nikolaiev was a top researcher, but when his conscience got the better of him, he tried to destroy his work and free his subjects—and was imprisoned as a traitor. To save himself and prevent more people from dying, J.C. must catch the serial killer stalking the halls of the facility. But his only leads come from a woman whose thoughts have invaded his mind…

Finally out of the psych ward, Amy joins forces with J.C. to find the killer before he closes in on them. Can their growing attraction withstand the truths they uncover?

 

Alexia Reed is a dark paranormal romantic suspense author. You can find her on Goodreads, Twitter, and Facebook.

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  23 Responses to “Guest & Contest: Alexia Reed”

  1. wow this story sounds mysterious
    romance with super powers combined are my kind of favorite books
    thxs for this giveaway

  2. the book’s cover is too nice

  3. Like you there are certain tropes that work for me in certain sub-genre of romance than in others. In historical romance I like the marriage of convenience, the friends to lovers, the mistaken identity and of course the forbidden love like Romeo and Juliet tropes. In contemporary romance I like the friends to lovers, co-workers/boss and employee, secret baby and mistaken identity tropes. I also like any romance that has a mystery or some suspense tied to it.

    Love the blurb and cover for Hunting the Shadows. Thanks for the giveaway!

    • @Maria D- I agree in historicals, marriage of convenience can work well. I’m not sure why they don’t work for me in contemps. It’s just not the same!

  4. I love tortured heros and heroines. I like best friends to lovers too. Thinking about the others, I suppose I enjoy many of the tropes as long as the characters are real to me and their motivation sounds realistic. The other side of the coin is that if this isn’t the case, if the story seems unrealistic for whatever reason then I don’t enjoy it.

    However, as you say, different strokes for different folks. And that’s the great thing about books and reading. There’s such a great variety of ideas and voices, it’s fun jumping in and seeing what’s out there to enjoy!

    By the way, I love your cover as well!

  5. I can usually work with just about any trope as long as the author manages to make it unique. I don’t want to be able to guess every little twist and turn otherwise I feel like I am reading the same book over and over with different names and places thrown in. I like variety! That is probably why I like so many different genres!

  6. Thank you for having me here today! :)

  7. I agree with your hates and loves but I gotta say ive injoyed each book ive read.. I love this story I cant wait to read it. I got to have it

  8. My favorites themes are: friends to lovers, lovers re-united, marriage of convenience, boss/ employee, enemies, falling for their siblings friend, and tortured hero. Yeah, almost anything. I just love to read!

  9. I don’t really love or hate a particular trope. I think almost anything can work if it’s well written. I do agree that the fate thing gets old real fast and is probably the one I am most cautious about reading. I read a book once where I liked that fate brought the couple together but in the end I had no idea why they would stay together. Screw fate, they were a terrible couple. You know, needy woman, domineering man and they both have psychological problems. I did however, just finish a book with a love triangle that really worked for me. I agree that I normally end up feeling bad for one of the characters. However, Kallypso Masters wrote a really good triangle in her book Nobody’s Angel. If you read it, you must read the series in order (trust me, you want the intro) and don’t peek ahead to the books planned next. There are hints that you don’t want. I love this question!

    • Oh yeah, the fate story sounds like it’d be hard to swallow. I hate it when you don’t see how two characters could stay together, even after everything they’ve gone through together.

      I’m going to have to check Kallypso out because I’m curious now!

  10. Great list. I like all the tropes, especially the tortured hero one.

  11. There are tropes that I prefer compared to others but a lot still depends on how well the story is written, I’ve read books which I bought because it was of a trope that i liked & it sounded good from the blurb but didn’t enjoy because of the writing.

  12. Hi Alexia,
    This book sounds very interesting to me. I just came from your website and realize why. The blurb was sounding familiar to me. The mention of who and what are J.C.’s team answered the thoughts I was having, my son has empath/healing abilities and this was somewhat hitting close to home. Now as far as hates, I do not like fate either,I do not believe in soul mates and it’s my understanding that while you are on earth, your soul mate is not. So how can you meet your soul mate? Best wishes with this release.

  13. I love the tortured heroes and the strong ladies that take care of them—-
    Tired of the marriage of convenience-you get a big YAWN from me on those

  14. And now the time you all have been waiting for… the announcement of our contest winner.

    Our winner is Susan. An email is on its way to you with directions on how to claim your prize.

    Jen

  15. Our original contest winner already had a copy of the book (yay!), so we were asked to pick another winner… Resha! Watch your inbox for directions on how to claim your prize.

    Jen

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