Once upon a time, I didn’t know what romance tropes meant. I just knew themes I loved writing about: friends to true love, woman in jeopardy, second chances, opposites attract. Then I heard about popular romance tropes and realized about my ignorance.
In time, I added more tropes to my list, and some of them took me by surprise. For example, I never thought I’d write a marriage of convenience story. But then I had an idea for a book that would work only as a marriage of convenience, and Season of Mercy was born!
I love the idea of having a second chance at love. Even more, I’m grateful that God forgives our mistakes and gives us second, third, thousandth chances no matter how many times we fail. Even if we don’t give ourselves a new chance often enough. So it’s no surprise that second chances is the theme of many of my books.
A former drug addict, Emma Hughes in Heart Unbroken desperately tries to rebuild her life and regain trust of her little son she’d once left behind. She doesn’t expect a second chance at love, much less with a sheriff whose wife was killed by a junkie. I love opposites attract trope! Emma and Rodrigo are the last people who should fall in love with the very person they feel they need to avoid. Or maybe they should? God often bring people together because they can help each other heal and be happy together.
Speaking of healing… Who should a scarred man with anger issues fall in love with? Of course, with a gorgeous star, who suffered at the hand of someone who couldn’t control his anger! And so Heart Healed was written. Can Philip hope that the beautiful singer will respond to his feelings? Can Miriam survive long enough to see the beauty of Philip’s soul instead of his scarred face? But no matter how different Philip and Miriam are, God brings them together because they are perfect for each other.
What I love about my favorite tropes is one of many things I love about Christian romance. The message of love, faith, and hope that touches my heart.
What’s your favorite romance trope? I look forward to reading your comments.
Giveaway! I’m happy to give an ecopy of Heart Unbroken and an ARC ecopy of Heart Healed gifted via BookFunnel to one randomly chosen commenter to this post. The giveaway is open until 6 p.m. CST on August 15th.