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.
Aftercare in BDSM Romances seem to emphasize medical care way more than I've seen IRL. Particularly when the Dom applies antiseptic and lotion to welts on the sub. Aftercare interactions I've seen consist far more of cuddling, soft-spoken words, caressing, and fetching water. Is this conscientious logic from writers, acknowledgment to the criers who would… Continue reading BDSM Aftercare in Romances and IRL
The Regency era was particularly limiting on women's rights and critical of their faculties, which makes the female in disguise plots more harrowing.
Bless their hearts, whatever they were thinking, including all the guys with the next "Great American Novel," they didn't laugh. And damn it, the number of people who read the genre gives the concept validity. Explaining the concepts to those unfamiliar with the genre, standing up for them, has made me take a harder look at the common core of paranormal romance.
When the hero or heroine's financial motivations for marriage (in Regency romance) nearly destroy their chance at true love.
A list of tropes to excuse basically estranged characters getting married in Regency romances.
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.
My mother made that face when I showed her the book I wanted. We were in a thrift store, and the hardback nearly pristine copy of Katherine Woodiwiss's Everlasting was all of a dollar. I was a young teenager, maybe fourteen. "Fine," she said, in that way that mothers expel the monosyllabic word with bitter… Continue reading My Mother’s Opinion on Me Reading a Romance Novel
When the hero really really wants the heroine, and intends to have her, yet while waiting for his chance, has sex with other women and later swears, "none of them meant anything."
When the hero sees, often first meets, the heroine on what he assumes is a runaway horse, but upon closer discovery or interference, discovers she is an adept horsewoman, which he finds very attractive.