Sometimes, when we're looking for our next read, we know exactly what we're in the mood for. We could be craving a 'secret baby romance' or a 'friends to lovers' story. And we all know what it's like to have a single phrase jump out at us from a book blurb in a 'You have to read me' kind of way. These general story line types are know in the book biz as tropes. Today, I thought I'd do a quick run-through of some of the tropes that pop up in my books so you can easily spot your favourites. Perhaps you'll even find your next read!
Splinter - paranormal romance, vampire hunter, magic, secret society
Our Little Secret - polyamorous romance, office romance, first-time poly
Lost in Amber - friends with benefits, comedy
This Time Forever - second chance romance, revenge
Everything We Need - menage romance, friends to lovers, first-time poly, first-time gay (well, you know, sort of)
All the Broken Pieces - hurt/comfort, geeks/nerds, mental illness, abuse survivor
Finding Grey - rock star romance, second chance romance, gay for you, first time gay, employer/employee (but not in an office)
Personally, I have a TBR (To Be Read) pile that could reach the ceiling if it was all in paperback form (thank goodness for my kindle). The different tropes represented in there probably number in the dozens. But, I do have a few particular tropes that are guaranteed to make me rub my hands together with glee. These include friends to lovers, enemies to lovers, hurt/comfort, secret relationships, anything with magic, and historicals (is there anything better than a good regency novel?).
What are your favourite tropes? I'd love to know, so I can try to include them in future books.