Second Chances, Disguise and Other Tropes

Here’s another group of tropes found in my books. We’ve talked about marriage tropes, about hero tropes, and about some relationship tropes. This group could be considered relationship tropes or protagonist tropes.

Disguise – one of the protagonists assumes a false identity for what seems like a good reason at the time. The other falls in love with the fiction and the first continues the ruse to maintain the developing relationship. I see Mistaken Identity as a variation on this – instead of a deliberate disguise, the second identity is the result of a misunderstanding, but is perpetuated in the same way as Disguise.

The Temptress, book #6 of the Bride Quest series of medieval romances by Claire Delacroix The Heiress, book #3 of the Bride Quest series of medieval romances by Claire Delacroix The Rose Red Bride, book #2 in the Jewels of Kinfairlie series of medieval Scottish romances by Claire Delacroix The Crusader's Kiss, #3 in the Champions of St Euphemia series of medieval romances by Claire Delacroix Simply Irresistible, a contemporary romance by Deborah Cooke and first in the Flatiron Five series. Wyvern's Prince, #2 in the Dragons of Incendium series of paranormal romances by Deborah CookeWyvern's Warrior, #3 in the Dragons of Incendium series of paranormal romances by Deborah Cooke

Broken Bird – either the hero or heroine is wounded or scarred, emotionally or physically, and is healed by the other’s love. I often write characters who need to recover from an emotional wound and learn to trust again, so these are the ones with physical injuries at the root of the emotional ones. This trope is also called Scars.

All or Nothing, book #4 of the Coxwell series of contemporary romances by Deborah Cooke Winter Kiss, #4 in the Dragonfire series of paranormal romances by Deborah Cooke Darkfire Kiss, #6 in the Dragonfire series of paranormal romances by Deborah Cooke Firestorm Forever, A Dragonfire Novel and paranormal romance by Deborah Cooke The Beauty, book #5 of the Bride Quest series of medieval romances by Claire Delacroix The Rose Red Bride, book #2 in the Jewels of Kinfairlie series of medieval Scottish romances by Claire Delacroix The Snow White Bride, third in the Jewels of Kinfairlie series 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 Highlander's Curse by NYT Bestselling author Claire Delacroix, #2 in her True Love Brides series of medieval romances. The Frost Maiden's Kiss, a medieval romance and third book in the True Love Brides series by Claire Delacroix The Crusader's Vow by Claire Delacroix, book #4 in the Champions of Saint Euphemia series of medieval romances.

Homecoming – also called Reunion, one of the characters returns to his/her hometown. The other protagonist might have been there all along (Friends to Lovers or Second Chance at Love) or could also have arrived recently.

Third Time Lucky, book #1 of the Coxwell Series of contemporary romances, by Deborah Cooke The Frost Maiden's Kiss, a medieval romance and third book in the True Love Brides series by Claire Delacroix The Crusader's Kiss, #3 in the Champions of St Euphemia series of medieval romances by Claire Delacroix The Crusader's Vow by Claire Delacroix, book #4 in the Champions of Saint Euphemia series of medieval romances.

 

Orphan – one of the protagonists has been orphaned (literally or figuratively) and needs to learn about love. I’m including my voluntary outcasts here, as well.

Kiss of Fire, first of the Dragonfire series of paranormal romances by Deborah Cooke Winter Kiss, #4 in the Dragonfire series of paranormal romances by Deborah Cooke Ember's Kiss, a Dragonfire paranormal romance by Deborah Cooke Guardian, #2 of the Prometheus Project of urban fantasy romances by Deborah Cooke Addicted to Love, book #2 in the Flatiron Five series of contemporary romances by Deborah Cooke Once Upon a Kiss, a Scottish paranormal romance by Claire Delacroix The Princess, book #1 of the Bride Quest series of medieval romances by Claire DelacroixThe Beauty, book #5 of the Bride Quest series of medieval romances by Claire Delacroix The Snow White Bride, third in the Jewels of Kinfairlie series of medieval Scottish romances by Claire Delacroix The Crusader's Heart by Claire Delacroix, a medieval romance and #2 in the Champions of Saint Euphemia series. The Crusader's Kiss, #3 in the Champions of St Euphemia series of medieval romances by Claire Delacroix Wyvern's Warrior, #3 in the Dragons of Incendium series of paranormal romances by Deborah Cooke

Second Chance at Love – the hero and heroine were involved before but parted ways for some reason that seemed reasonable at the time. They meet again after an interval, and overcome those previous obstacles. I like to use this one in novellas. (In fact, I just like this one.)

Third Time Lucky, book #1 of the Coxwell series of contemporary romances by Deborah Cooke (writing as Claire Cross) Double Trouble, book #2 in the Coxwell Series of contemporary romances, by Deborah Cooke Addicted to Love, a contemporary romance by Deborah Cooke Kiss of Fate, #3 in the Dragonfire series of paranormal romances by Deborah Cooke Kiss of Danger, #1 of the Dragon Legion Novellas in the Dragonfire series of paranormal romances by Deborah Cooke Kiss of Darkness, #2 of the Dragon Legion Novellas in the Dragonfire series of paranormal romances by Deborah Cooke Love Potion #9, a paranormal romance and romantic comedy by Claire Delacroix The Damsel, book #2 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, book #3 of the Rogues of Ravensmuir trilogy of medieval Scottish romances by Claire Delacroix Something Wicked This Way Comes, a Regency romance novella by Claire Delacroix and #1 of the Brides of North Barrows

Phew! Lots of tropes – and there are more to come! Are any of these your favorite? Why?

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