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
4 Archetypes Often Used for the Hero's Mother: Monster-in-Law, Mother She Never Had, Shrewd Matron, and Mother-Figure Housekeeper/Cook
When the heroine has scars—indicative of a brutal backstory—which she considers disfiguring and the hero assures her are a testament of her strength.
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.
The Regency era was particularly limiting on women's rights and critical of their faculties, which makes the female in disguise plots more harrowing.
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.
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.
But I am struck by the number of paranormal and urban fantasy books featuring a heroine who has vowed or neglected her magic at the start, and must come to terms with her powers in order to "save the day" or to embrace who their true identities.
When a hero/heroine's friend, who has been mourning their dead partner/mate/etc., discovers they've been alive all this time! *Cue the sequel*