In an effort to ease my addled brain, I have dived into romance novels with a passion. (Get it?) This blog features the Brown Sisters Trilogy and I am on the third book. If you need recommendations start here.
One of my favourite parts about reading romance is the tropes. There are some that I’m not a fan of, or some that I only enjoy once in a while, but there are few that almost never fail to guarantee I’ll check out a book if it has a beloved trope or two, especially when they do them well and/or in a unique way.
One of my favourite is the fake dating/fake relationship trope. The main characters each have something they need, or they want to portray a certain image of themselves, and they decide that the best way to do this is enter into a relationship that is not what it appears to be on the surface. Sometimes the two characters might not even particularly like each other, or they’re the best of friends, or maybe they don’t even know each other all that well. None of them ever think they’ll fall…
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I’ve read several romances this year and it’s not my genre at all. But I don’t have the nerves for my normal (realist) preferences at the moment. My trope: marriage of convenience.