It’s my 17th wedding anniversary tomorrow, which of course is making me think about my own personal love story. 🥰 I’ve enjoyed seeing some of my favorite romance writers put together graphics about their real-life romance tropes, so I put one together for you!
When I did it, though, I realized that my story isn’t very tropey.
I mean, we’re both too practical for instalove, although we definitely had some instalike going on. 😎
We kind of had the fish out of water thing going on, because we’re both Canadians who were living in Boston at the time. To be honest, though, Canada isn’t that different from the U.S., so it wasn’t as though we felt out of our depth. 🐟🐠
We did meet on a blind date, which was wildly surprising in real life and is fun to talk about when we’re getting to know new friends. And bonus! It turns out that “Blind Date” is an actual trope!
Here’s what the internet has to say about it: “The heroine agrees to a blind date. The date usually delivers a surprise or a twist—for example, her dinner companion turns out to her boss, best male friend, or an ex-boyfriend.”
Our blind date didn’t have a surprise or twist, unless you count the fact that I had been quite unimpressed when I spoke with my now-husband on the phone prior to the date, but he managed to thoroughly win me over when we met in person.👩❤️👨
Our most recognizable trope, however, is opposites attract. Not because of our personalities (sorry, Grumpy/Sunshine, you’ll have to find spokespeople somewhere else!), but because of our professional interests.
You see, Paul is a bona fide math genius, while I was the artsy kid who was writing novels when she was in fifth grade!
Their First Love: Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math
I like writing about STEM-focused heroes; they make sense to me because I have one at home! 😆
Turns out I’m not the only one who likes them, either. Here are a few Christian romance novels that feature math and engineering “nerds” who fall for artistically inclined ladies.
Carolyn Miller’s recent release features a math genius who works at an investment firm and the artist he’s loved for years.
Here’s the blurb: Toni Wakefield may be a talented artist, but past choices means this single mother never feels the equal of those around her—especially her brother’s best friend, investment funds manager Matt. Matt long ago fell in love with his best friend’s younger sister, and try as he might, he just can’t fall out of it. And between his crazy working hours and the fact she’s now settled two hours away in beautiful Muskoka it seems they never have any time together. How can he persuade her to consider to give him a chance, when she’s sworn the only man she can care about is her baby boy?
The lovely Jaycee Weaver writes about an artist looking for love in the wrong places and a bored engineer searching for purpose in this sweet romance.
Here’s the blurb: Jobie Everett is building a life around teaching art to senior citizens, a boutique job to fund her passion, living green(ish), social media, and wild pursuits that inspire her Muse. When her roommate introduces her to a God who personifies Love like she’s never known, she begins to see the shallowness of her life and searches for greater meaning.
Surely there’s more for Caleb March’s lackluster life than work and his computer hobbies. Desperate for change, he buys a run-down house near an old friend and her pretty roommate. Ready for more than “just friends,” Caleb will first have to reconnect with a God he’s been ignoring for too long.
As Caleb and Jobie bond over renovations, a new development forever changes her and pulls the rug out from under him. Jobie needs a godly man who will support and pursue her. Caleb must break himself free of the friend zone and become the man she needs in order to finally give her heart a home.
A driven accountant falls for the carefree chicken-loving artist next door in this opposites attract romance. (Valerie, you had me at the chickens! 😂🤣😂)
Here’s the blurb: Artist Marley Montgomery finally thrives in her inherited rundown cottage with its overgrown yard, but there are rules about how many rescue chickens fit on her urban lot. Too bad the cute but uptight accountant next door is friends with the animal control officer.
Alex Santoro prefers things orderly and by-the-book, but his waif-like new neighbor offers a glimpse into a carefree lifestyle that is surprisingly intriguing. Maybe it’s the whimsical art she creates. Maybe it’s the wild beauty emerging in her unkempt yard. Or maybe Alex is simply falling in love with a pretty girl who’s unlike anyone he’s ever known.
How can Marley trust her secrets and fragile wings to the man who has everything?
An orthopedic sureon and an art therapist find love after loss in this sweet story.
Here’s the blurb: Brandon St. Clair is one of Minneapolis’ top orthopedic surgeons. Still crushed by his wife’s sudden death almost a year ago, he’s struggling to care for their two young daughters and find the will to keep going. Their one wish is something Brandon can’t fulfill, and it breaks his heart.
Morgan Anderson is a highly respected art therapist in Chicago. Her work gives her great fulfillment, but her personal life is lonely and lacking. A deep personal secret has kept Morgan from succeeding in any long-term relationship, and she’s ready to give up.
Brandon’s brother is married to Morgan’s sister, and they meet at a family event. Their initial dislike of one another plus the fact that they live in different states almost guarantees that they’ll never connect. But sometimes God—with a little help from a pink-haired matchmaker named Rosie—can make what seems impossible, possible.
What About the STEM-tastic Ladies???
Lest you think I’m forgetting about all the awesome STEM-inclined ladies out there, I have a book in the works right now that features a mathematically gifted heroine and her creative chef hero, but it won’t be out until next summer. I’ll keep you posted!
In the meantime, Kristi Ann Hunter’s first contemporary release fits the bill!
This book sounds like a hoot, and I love the cute cover!
Here’s the blurb: For Emma Trinket, life is a delicate balancing act between loving her family and pursuing interests they don’t understand. When the opportunity arises to finally impress them with her job as a computer programmer, she jumps at it even if it means immersing herself in a world she’s despised since childhood.
Unfortunately the one man who could crush her prospects is also the best person to help her navigate the lessons she needs to be a success.
Artistic expression is both Carter Anderson’s safe space and his livelihood, but his fading inspiration has him worried about his place in life. His encounters with Emma spark a passion to create that he hasn’t felt in years and he isn’t ready to let go of his new muse even if she’s threatening the sanctity of his art world with her digital technologies.
As each tries to gain an advantage from the other, Emma and Carter discover they actually might be more compatible than they thought. Will that be enough to unify their opposing missions or will the real differences between pixels and paint tear them apart?
Have you read any of these books? Do you enjoy reading about so-called nerds and the creatives they love?