Storylines we love … and those we don't

In every genre of fiction, there are particular “tropes,” as we call them -- familiar storylines that readers enjoy, but are told in different ways.

So a guilty pleasure of mine is superhero shows. I love movies and TV shows of vigilantes and heroes wearing capes. Recently in one of the shows, a character is wrongfully accused of murder. He’s innocent, of course, but I can see that this is going to drag out alll season line. I do not enjoy the wrongfully accused storyline at all -- never have.

This made me think, of course, about books and my own writing. In historical romance, there are familiar tropes or storylines. My personal favorite (perhaps you can tell if you’ve read some of my books), is marriage of convenience. I don’t enjoy secret identity tropes when they go on far too long and no longer serve a purpose.

Are there any you enjoy, or some that really bother you?

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Audrey

Weekly Reads

A Broken Heart's Redemption

By Abby Ayles

Lucy cannot think of how to mend her broken heart after Duke Perry so cruelly manipulated her. And she cannot understand how all of society continues to fall for the farce of marriage. It is just a means to trade power and wealth, after all, isn't it? Her friends tell her to hold onto hope, her parents tell her to stop behaving so crudely, and her suitors tell her to treat them with more respect. But honestly, she does not wish to marry anymore. The more men she puts off, the better.

In Baron Andrew Jones she meets another cynical heart, a man betrayed by his former fiancée, who abandoned him whilst he was traveling. Like Lucy, he believes marriage is just a way for some people to gain control over others. Most around him are disturbed by his coldness and bluntness. But in this black heart, Lucy sees a few shreds of sweetness and hope which draw her in. Between their common suffering and these moments of tenderness, Lucy finds herself slowly doing something she had sworn never to do again: falling in love.

But the Baron is committed to a life free of all attachments, and Lucy is left with a terrible decision: Must she live her life as a mistress? Marry a man she does not love? Or commit herself to a life of chastity and pursue fulfillment through faith instead? Truthfully, none seem right for her. But can she win Lord Jones over before it is too late? Or is his heart 

"A Broken Heart's Redemption" is a historical regency romance novel of approximately 90,000 words. No cheating, no cliffhangers, and a guaranteed happily ever after.

Almost 430+ pages

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The Doctor's Love

By Faith Crawford

What would you do if the man you travelled west for has never even heard of you? 

Felicity is living a comfortable life in the city with her sister’s family. But then the unthinkable happens: her sister and brother in law die in an accident, leaving her and her small niece behind. Soon, Felicity is in financial trouble. Her only way out is a mail order bride ad from a doctor in Montana. 

But when she and her niece arrive there, Felicity is in for a big surprise. The doctor never sent her those letters. Stuck in a dead end all the way in the West, Felicity has to adapt to life once again. 

Andrew loves his job and lives a fulfilling life. He is happy, but something is missing: A wife and a family to call his own. Now a mail order bride shows up on his doorstep unexpectedly. What is he supposed to do?

But when Andrew’s surprise and anger ebb away, he starts to see Felicity for the wonderful woman that she is, and starts caring deeply for the child, too. When Andrew finally realizes what Felicity means to him, another man has his eye on her and she, fed up with Andrew’s supposed indifference, seems interested. 

Which man will Felicity choose?

Is it too late for her and the doctor?

Or will true love follow its own path?

This is a 72-page stand-alone story with an HEA, so no cliff-hangers. 

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Flames of Love

By Erin Wright

A Wounded Hero
As a firefighter, Jaxson Anderson is well acquainted with danger. He’s charged into burning buildings to rescue men and women, young and old. He’s scaled ladders that towered over blistering infernos, and defied blazes that terrified lesser men.
Fire? He understands. Women? Not so much. Now there’s some real danger. He should know. He’s been burned before.
He’s not interested in romance, or the perils that come with it. His priority is caring for his two small boys, and making his mark as the new fire chief of Sawyer, but everything changes the day he catches sight of Sugar, the pretty girl who works at the local bakery. Sugar is exactly what he wants: A fun, no-strings distraction. A friends-with-benefits arrangement that won’t break what’s left of his heart.

A Battered Heart
On the heels of an abusive marriage, Sugar Stonemyer is done with men. But when Jaxson Anderson strolls into the bakery with a very wicked offer, she can’t resist. One look at the fireman, and Sugar knows the Sawyer rumor mills haven’t exaggerated. Jaxson’s tall, dark, and smokin’ hot. He wants an arrangement, nothing more, and that’s perfect.
Or so she thought.
With each slow seduction, Sugar falls a little more. She has only herself to blame. She didn’t want either of them to have feelings, but that’s not how the game is played…

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