Trope, for the purposes of this post, is all about common themes in books. You know the ones. Friends to lovers. Instalove. Too stupid to live. When it comes to historical romance, there are a few tropes I adore:
Second chance romances
Second chance romances are ones that have recently become my favorite: the lovers (literal or figurative) broken apart by something in their past find a way to be together again. The underlying pain of both characters create a delicious layer of additional tension. Angst! All the angst! Here are a few of my favorites:
Another second change romance I loved (but never reviewed) was Lady Isabella’s Scandalous Marriage by Jennifer Ashley.
This usually comes in the form of older brother’s friend/little sister or friend’s brother. Case in point?
Enemies to lovers
Probably one of my favorite tropes ever, enemies to lovers causes the sparks to fly when tension is high. The name of the game here is passion.
I also loved The Baron Next Door by Erin Knightley (a great “clean” romance author, if you’re into that).