• Clair Brett

Romance Tropes

Today we are talking romance tropes on the Romance Writers’ Weekly blog topic. We are talking about the tropes we love to read and to write.

When I began reading romance and then writing it, I had no idea that such a thing as a trope existed. I just knew what books I liked to read, and therefore those were the books I wrote. Tropes have been given a bad wrap by some, claiming that they are a crutch that writers use to hide bad writing. I do not agree with that.

I always go back to being a reader, and what as a reader helps me or doesn’t. To me a trope gives a reader a firm basis for what kind of stories they like. It gives a writer a way to say “Hey, you might like this story over here”. It is a tool so that readers and writers understand each other better.

For me, one of my favorite tropes is reunited love. My story published book Dealing with the

Viscount is a reunited lovers trope and the one I’m working on now, Courtesan’s Wicked Desire is also a reunited lovers trope. I think bringing two people back together makes for such a rich canvas of possibilities for the conflict, everything from ruined expectations to showing how people change and grow over time. As a reader I love to find out things about the characters’ backstories from people who were there


As a lover of historical romance another trope I love to play with is the marriage of convenience. Marked for Love, the third book in my Improper Wives for Proper Lords series is a marriage of convenience. I think it amps up the conflict and the sexual tension simply with the unspoken expectations.

Do you have a trope you like? I’d love to hear about it! Next up we have A.S. Fenichel


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