Guest blogger: Nicole Flockton
The joy of a good trope
When it comes to romance novels there has to be a hook that draws the reader in to wanting to buy your book after they’ve read the back cover blurb, or the first couple of pages on Amazon or in the bookstore.
They’re also called ‘tropes’. Tropes have their place in romance novels. They’re often what brings the hero and heroine together. Or provides the conflict between our characters.
There are many tropes out there. Some of the popular ones are: friends to lovers, enemies to lovers, marriage of convenience, reunion stories, Cinderella stories, revenge or blackmail.
In my latest release, Sweet Texas Fire, I used two tropes when I wrote the story—enemies to lovers and marriage of convenience.
Gage and Charlotte’s first meeting is anything but flirty. Gage goes so far as to question Charlotte’s moral compass. Charlotte is a sassy Australian who puts Gage in his place. The next time they meet, the attraction between them begins to sizzle.
There’s also a piece of land that Charlotte now owns thrown into the mix. A piece of land Gage thought would be his. Being an ex-pat Charlotte has fallen in love with Texas, so Gage comes up with the idea of them getting married so he can get his hands on the land and Charlotte can get her green card. This marriage of convenience adds a new angle to their relationship.
This second trope added in gives the story an extra dimension and increases the stakes between the two of them.
While having tropes in stories may make them seem predictable or formulaic, the way the author uses them makes each and every one unique.
Sweet Texas Fire
Gage Cooper has always wanted the family cabin. Not only for the oil on the property, but as a way to prove to his father that Gage’s past doesn’t define his future. When his dad wills the land to stranger Charlotte Wilkinson and all Gage gets is a mysterious key, he’s determined to do anything to get his rightful inheritance back.
Charlotte Wilkinson never expected to inherit a piece of property in Sweet Ridge, Texas—the Aussie businesswoman is focused on building an environmental analyst career here in the States. But the moment arrogant oil-man Gage Cooper walks into her office accusing her of seducing his father, all plans for selling the property to him fly out the window.
Then fate threatens to send her back to Australia and the dueling duo are forced to accept a fake marriage to keep their dreams alive. But as they discover common ground and a surprising chemistry together, suddenly Gage must decide what’s worth more: the land he’s always coveted or a future with Charlotte.
You can find out more about Sweet Texas Fire here.
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