Today I wanted to talk about the writing trope: Enemies to Love. Funny thing is when I started writing, I had no idea what tropes were. In fact, I’m still learning. These days, the word trope has also come to be used for describing commonly recurring literary and rhetorical devices in creative works. I looked that up, ha! Several other tropes (also looked up) are:
Love Triangle (Remember Twilight? Team Jacob-Team Edward)
Secret Billionaire (Didn’t it used to be millionaires??)
Stuck Together (Like in cabin during a snowstorm)
Friends to Lovers (When Harry Met Sally)
Forbidden Love (Romeo & Juliet)
Second Chance Love (I’m currently writing one of these!!)
Fake Relationship (Movies like The Wedding Date)
I’m sure there are more tropes I don’t know about, but today I’m looking at Enemies to Love. In Star Rising, the heroine Star loves her arthritis-riddled employer, Mrs. Kelly. She takes care of Mrs. Kelly and her household. Star is angry because she can’t understand why Mrs. Kelly’s son doesn’t do more to help. He hasn’t even visited his sweet mother during the entire year Star has worked in the household. Finally, when Mrs. Kelly collapses, needing heart stents, Star calls the man and gives him a piece of her mind. And so the enemy trope begins!
Paul had no clue what he was in for when he flies home from Europe and arrives at the hospital. His mother is all he has left, and he wants to be near her. He just didn’t expect her health to decline so quickly. Enter this pretty, young spitfire of caregiver, who he’s not at all sure can be trusted around his mother. They end up on a trip to Ireland with his mother, which he thinks is the worst idea ever, and the sparks fly. (So actually, I’ve got the Stuck Together trope and Road-trip Romance trope thrown in here! Who knew?)
Looking back at my other 7 novels, the only other Enemies to Love trope I’ve written is Blown Together, where I threw in two quirky-unlikable characters who eventually fall for each other. These type stories were actually the most fun to write! Apparently, I enjoy writing squabbles.
(Both these novels are on sale for only $2.99, currently!)
Your turn! Do you enjoy reading Enemies to Love stories? What are your favorite novels with Enemies to Love Tropes?