Advanced Romance Trope Search

List of Romance Tropes

Romance novel tropes are part of what makes reading them so much fun!

Looking for a certain kind of love story to read? Do you feel like reading a book set in a certain era or country, a special type of hero, or a specific kind of story? Perhaps you’re in the mood for a vintage love story about a rancher from Montana who’s a 40-year-old widower looking for a marriage of convenience. Or a love triangle romance with a handsome hero and shy heroine set during the Georgian period in England. If we’ve read and reviewed them, look no further!

On this page, you can search for general romance tropes, eras, places, and more. Just click on the category that interests you or scroll down to see all the groups.

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If you don’t see a trope or setting that you’re interested in represented on this list, please let us know and we’ll add more!

General Romance Tropes

*(These two are separate due to the nature of old-school bodice ripper romances where the heroine was often “ravished” by the hero. While the lines might have been blurred in older romances, we separate the fantasy of “forced seduction” and actual assault & rape into different categories.)

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Hero Tropes

Heroine Tropes

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Time Periods

**Please note, this is not an actual historical era, but the time between the end of World War II and the publication of The Flame and the Flower).

Types of Romances