Today’s the day! My new contemporary romance series, Flatiron Five, launches today with Simply Irresistible.
Once upon a recession, five friends banded together to find success. Ten years later, their exclusive fitness club, Flatiron Five, is the hottest destination in Manhattan. People flock to F5 to get fit, to get lucky, and even, to fall in love. The founding partners have been immune to F5’s spell—at least, so far…
Tyler McKay has had enough…
Going to his fourth sister’s wedding without a date will only encourage his female relations to “help” him find romance. Ty’s ready to wait for Ms. Right and is busy enough as the finance guy for F5. When he learns that the cute woman who works in his building is in the same predicament, he’s sure that fake dates are the perfect solution. She agrees, but Ty soon realizes that there’s far more to Amy than meets the eye. When she enrolls in a bondage class at F5, he finds himself taking a disguise as dangerous Matteo to keep her safe. How far will he go to win the heart of a woman he finds…simply irresistible?
Amy Thornton can’t get enough…
Amy can’t resist another romance about a hot hero and the woman who steals his heart away with naughty games. When she decides to write her own book, she knows she needs to do research. Her fake date, Tyler, is gorgeous but too nice to play naughty games—unlike Matteo, Amy’s mysterious personal instructor at F5, who plays them so well. When Amy has to choose, will she pick the nice guy or the promise of the forbidden pleasures she finds…simply irresistible?
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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.
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.
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.
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?