Enemies to Lovers and Other Relationship Tropes

Last fall, we started to talk about tropes in my books, then other discussions took over. Today, I thought we’d get back to that topic, as there are a lot more tropes than we discussed already.

We talked about marriage tropes (Marriage of Convenience, Arranged Marriages and Runaway Brides) and also about tropes featuring the hero’s qualities (Wealthy Hero, Hidden Heir/Heiress and Bad Boy Hero). Today, we’ll start talking about tropes describing the relationship. There are a lot of these, so we’ll have to break the discussion into parts.

Enemies to Lovers – the hero and heroine meet because they’re on opposite sides of some issue or in competition for the same goal. They begin as adversaries then find common ground and love.

The Princess, book #1 of the Bride Quest series of medieval romances by Claire Delacroix The Countess, book #4 of the Bride Quest series of medieval romances by Claire Delacroix The Scoundrel, book #2 of the Rogues of Ravensmuir trilogy of medieval Scottish romances by Claire Delacroix The Renegade's Heart, book #1 of the True Love Brides Series of Scottish medieval romances, by Claire Delacroix The Crusader's Kiss, #3 in the Champions of St Euphemia series of medieval romances by Claire Delacroix Fallen, #1 of the Prometheus Project of urban fantasy romances by Deborah Cooke Rebel, #3 of the Prometheus Project of urban fantasy romances by Deborah Cooke Wyvern's Mate, book #1 in the Dragons of Incendium series of paranormal romances by Deborah Cooke Wyvern's Prince, #2 in the Dragons of Incendium series of paranormal romances by Deborah CookeWyvern's Warrior, #3 of the Dragons of Incendium series of paranormal romances by Deborah Cooke

Friends to Lovers – the hero and heroine have been friends for some period of time, but their relationship develops into a romantic one. This includes Friends with Benefits.

Third Time Lucky, book #1 of the Coxwell Series of contemporary romances, by Deborah Cooke Addicted to Love, book #2 in the Flatiron Five series of contemporary romances by Deborah Cooke The Ballad of Rosamunde, a short story and fourth of the Jewels of Kinfairlie series of medieval romances by Claire Delacroix

Class war – the hero and heroine come from opposite ends of the social spectrum.

The Countess, book #4 of the Bride Quest series of medieval romances by Claire Delacroix The Rogue, book #1 of the Rogues of Ravensmuir trilogy of medieval Scottish romances by Claire Delacroix The Warrior's Prize, a medieval romance by Claire Delacroix and book #4 in the True Love Brides Series  Double Trouble, book #2 in the Coxwell Series of contemporary romances, by Deborah Cooke Simply Irresistible, a contemporary romance by Deborah Cooke and first in the Flatiron Five series.

Destined Lovers – fate brings the hero and heroine together, but kismet faces some challenges before their happily-ever-after is achieved. One, for example, might not believe in destiny. This is a popular trope in paranormal romance – all of Dragonfire falls into this category.

Once Upon a Kiss, a Scottish paranormal romance by Claire Delacroix Love Potion #9, a paranormal romance and romantic comedy by Claire Delacroix Kiss of Fire, first of the Dragonfire series of paranormal romances by Deborah Cooke Kiss of Fury, #2 in the Dragonfire series of paranormal romances by Deborah Cooke Kiss of Fate, #3 in the Dragonfire series of paranormal romances by Deborah Cooke Winter Kiss, a paranormal romance and part of the Dragonfire series by Deborah Cooke Whisper Kiss, a Dragonfire novel and paranormal romance by Deborah Cooke Darkfire Kiss, #6 in the Dragonfire series of paranormal romances by Deborah Cooke flashfirevsm Ember's Kiss, #8 in the Dragonfire series of paranormal romances by Deborah Cooke DeborahCooke_KissOfDanger_400 DeborahCooke_KissOfDarkness_400 Kiss of Destiny, #3 of the Dragon Legion Novellas and part of the Dragonfire series of paranormal romances, by Deborah Cooke Serpent's Kiss, a paranormal romance and Dragonfire #10 by Deborah Cooke Firestorm Forever, A Dragonfire Novel and paranormal romance by Deborah Cooke Wyvern's Mate, book #1 in the Dragons of Incendium series of paranormal romances by Deborah Cooke Wyvern's Prince, #2 in the Dragons of Incendium series of paranormal romances by Deborah Cooke Wyvern's Warrior, #3 of the Dragons of Incendium series of paranormal romances by Deborah Cooke

Are any of these your favorite kinds of stories?

We’ll look at some more relationship tropes next week on Trope Tuesday.

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