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?

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.

Bad Boy Heroes

This week’s Trope Tuesday is on Monday – because Ty and Amy’s book goes on sale tomorrow so they get the blog post spot. 🙂

These romance tropes focus on the characterization of the hero. What kind of hero do you like best?

Wealthy Hero – This is a trope in which the hero is rich, often considerably richer than the heroine. He might also be an Alpha Hero, who is used to demanding what he wants. He might just be accustomed to things going his way or having more opportunity. When I write one of these heroes, the heroine invariably sets him straight. Sometimes, as in Double Trouble, I take all the hero’s advantages away. Invariably, the hero realizes in these stories that money can’t buy everything.

Double Trouble, book #2 in The Coxwells Series, by Deborah Cooke All or Nothing, book #4 of the Coxwell series of contemporary romances by Deborah Cooke Simply Irresistible, a contemporary romance by Deborah Cooke and first in the Flatiron Five series. The Damsel, book #2 of the Bride Quest trilogy of medieval romances by Claire Delacroix Once Upon a Kiss, a Scottish paranormal romance by Claire Delacroix The Rogue, book #1 of the Rogues of Ravensmuir trilogy of medieval Scottish romances by Claire Delacroix The Scoundrel, book #2 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 The Snow White Bride, third in the Jewels of Kinfairlie series of medieval Scottish romances by Claire Delacroix The Frost Maiden's Kiss, a medieval romance and third book in the True Love Brides series by Claire Delacroix The Warrior's Prize, a medieval romance by Claire Delacroix and book #4 in the True Love Brides Series The Crusader's Bride, a medieval romance by Claire Delacroix The Crusader's Vow by Claire Delacroix, book #4 in the Champions of Saint Euphemia series of medieval romances.

Hidden Heir/Heiress – one of the protagonists is either in hiding or unaware of his/her inheritance of a kingdom, title or fortune. In a way, this is a variation of the Wealthy Hero, except that he might not be aware of his wealth – or he might not be able to claim it. The Snow White Bride and The Heiress are the odd stories out here, as in these books, the heroine is secretly wealthy.

The Heiress, book #3 of the Bride Quest trilogy of Scottish medieval romances by Claire Delacroix The Beauty, book #2 of the Bride Quest II trilogy of Scottish medieval romances and a NYT bestselling title, by Claire Delacroix The Snow White Bride, third in the Jewels of Kinfairlie series of medieval Scottish 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 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 DelacroixWyvern's Prince, #2 in the Dragons of Incendium series of paranormal romances by Deborah Cooke

Bad Boy Hero – the hero has a dark reputation but the heroine sees the good in him, and her love redeems him. This is a classic trope of love conquering all, and I’m not really surprised that it’s one of my favorites. Another variation of it is Fake Rake, in which the hero (usually in a Regency) pretends to be worse than he is, for reasons that seem like a good idea at the time.

All or Nothing, book #4 of the Coxwell series of contemporary romances by Deborah Cooke Addicted to Love, a contemporary romance by Deborah Cooke Kiss of Fury, #2 in the Dragonfire series of paranormal romances by Deborah Cooke flashfirevsm Serpent's Kiss, a paranormal romance and Dragonfire #10 by Deborah Cooke Wyvern's Mate, book #1 in the Dragons of Incendium series of paranormal romances by Deborah Cooke The Heiress, book #3 of the Bride Quest trilogy of Scottish medieval romances by Claire Delacroix The Rogue, book #1 of the Rogues of Ravensmuir trilogy of medieval Scottish romances by Claire Delacroix The Scoundrel, book #2 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 The Beauty Bride, first book in the Jewels of Kinfairlie series of medieval Scottish romances by Claire Delacroix The Rose Red Bride, book #2 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 Frost Maiden's Kiss, a medieval romance and third book in the True Love Brides series by Claire Delacroix The Warrior's Prize, a medieval romance by Claire Delacroix and book #4 in the True Love Brides Series The Crusader's Heart by Claire Delacroix, a medieval romance and #2 in the Champions of Saint Euphemia series.

There are more tropes featuring heroes and their traits, but we’ll examine them next week.

Do you love these three tropes as much as I do?