When the hero's former lover/mate/wife died, making him leery of falling in love with the heroine. He doesn't want to suffer the pangs of love and/or loss and/or betrayal again.
3 Types of Rivals for the heroine's affections who make their move when the hero and heroine's relationship has hit a rough patch and the hero's reaction when he comes onto the scene
When the hero/heroine falls for the ex-lover (or even ex-spouse) of his/her sibling
The Romance and Respect event at Strand Bookstore featured a panel of five authors of contemporary and historical romance. They discussed the (lack of) respect for their work and the genre. However, for seasoned authors, the past few years has seen more open acknowledgment and polite interest in a genre that has hitherto dominated trade fiction in ignominy. Questions covered negative attitudes toward romance, writing practices, and the future of the genre.
The hero gets shot protecting the heroine vs. the heroine gets shot protecting the hero: Which is more romantic, more compelling to the plot?
When the heroine is forced to marry an anti-hero, but instead of hatching an elaborate but doomed escape plan, she recognizes running is not an option
When a writer creates a hero that's too many things, she has to fill the reader's expectations for that hero, plot-wise and romance-wise. Juggling too many and fitting them all in one book is difficult—though not impossible—and makes the story and the hero seem over the top.
Reversing or confounding mental invasion in vampire romances indicates significant change to the archetype. In monster theory, one of the vampire's greatest weapons is the ability to penetrate personal sanctums/the mind.
When the hero or heroine's financial motivations for marriage (in Regency romance) nearly destroy their chance at true love.
A heroine in disguise sleeps in the same room as her hero, who thinks she's a man. Also, when the hero discovers her true gender, he walks in on her naked.