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:
- 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.
- 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?
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