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Popular Romance Tropes

Let’s Talk About Tropes

In the romance genre, we often see some types of plots or character types repeated. These similarities resonate for myriad reasons.

Some tropes are common in vintage or old-school romance, but not so much in modern romances. Then there are tropes that never go out of style.

What’s the appeal of a trope? Readers appreciate experiencing familiar tales in different settings or with various kinds of characters. A trope can be retold over time. In the hands of a gifted author it can appear fresh.

At Sweet Savage Flame, we’re dedicating a page to these common themes. Visit the MENU under BOOK REVIEWS and click on ADVANCED BOOK SEARCH. You’ll find a new way to search for book reviews via plots, settings, hero & heroine. We’ll be updating the list with each review.

Examples of Tropes


The main character losing his or her memory can lead to a great romance.

Second Chance at Love

Sometimes a romance is better the second time around with the same person.

Friends to Lovers

It’s always refreshing when a relationship starts out on a solid foundation of friendship.

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Love Triangle

Who does she love? Who does he love? The drama of a love triangle may result in one heart being broken, but it also provides entertainment!

Marriage of Convenience

Marriage doesn’t always begin with love. In the marriage of convenience trope, the hero and heroine marry first, on the basis of practicality, money, property, or social standing.

Captor/ Captive

It’s an older trope, but it still checks out.

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Multiple Lovers

The old-school romance trope of the heroine having multiple lovers can be found in the more erotic romances of today.

Secret Baby

A secret baby whose parentage has been hidden for years is at the epicenter of some romances. Emotions can turn on a dime in this type of story.

Millionaires & Billionaires

For some readers, the appeal of a mega-wealthy hero always glistens like gold.

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The Millionaire’s Mistress

Enemies to Lovers

There’s a bit of a thrill when we see two people who can’t stand each other get turned on by the other.

Your Opinion

What tropes do you enjoy? Do you prefer familiar plots, characters, or settings?

Please drop a comment, and let’s talk romance.