Romance, One of My Favorite Things

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These Are a Few of My Favorite Tropes

mariageraci_thatthingyoudo_ebook_finalMaybe it’s the singing. Or watching the gorgeous Julie Andrews and a handsome Christopher Plummer fall in love, but there’s something about The Sound of Music that always uplifts me.  It’s a feel good movie with a sweet romance and the promise of a happily-ever-after. Watching The Sound of Music (and believe me, I’ve watched that movie a LOT) gives me the same feeling I get when I finish reading a really good romance. I feel…happy. And just like the movie (and the song) there are some elements or plot points in a romance that make me feel happier than others. I guess you could call them my favorite tropes.

In case you’ve never heard the word before, the dictionary defines a trope as “any literary or rhetorical device, as metaphor, metonymy, synecdoche, and irony, that consists in the use of words in other than their literal sense.” Mmmm…  I’m not sure exactly what all that means, but I’ve always thought of a trope as a cliché. As much as we writers try to avoid clichés in our writing, literary clichés (or tropes!) work because they’re familiar. They’re comforting. And we all have our favorites.thenhekissedme300

Here are a few of mine:

Opposites Attract. Boy, do I love this one. Especially when there’s a class difference. One of my favorite Opposites Attract romances is The Leopard Prince by Elizabeth Hoyt. I think I’ve read it at least 5 times. What I really like about it is that it’s a great twist on the Cinderella plot. It’s the heroine who has the elevated status (she’s the daughter of a nobleman) and he’s a lowly land steward. Plus, it’s deliciously hot!

Friends to Lovers.  The best example of this one is Jane Austen’s Emma. It’s also her most humorous novel, and I love a few laughs along with my romance. Of course, there’s also the wonderful Mr. Knightly (bonus points for the movie version featuring Jeremy Northam!).

Enemies to Lovers. I know. I just said I loved Friends to Lovers, but stay with me, please! I also love when two people start off with lots of conflict (whether it be personal or business), like Julie James’ It Happened One Wedding. The main characters, Sydney and Vaughn, meet in less than desirable circumstances and then are forced to play nice when they discover their siblings are getting married. Lots of laughs and hot steamy scenes later, we get our much anticipated happily-ever-after. Perfect!

Okay, so I’ve told you a few of mine. What are your favorite tropes?

Questions for the Author:

Tell us about a moment in your life when you experienced sheer joy. 

Since we’re talking about romance, I always experience a huge high on the day a new book of mine comes out. I try not to stress about the business side of things (like Amazon rankings) and instead focus on the fact that my baby is out in the world and people are actually going to read it. It’s an incredible feeling!

Tell us about a place that brings you joy, or is attached to a memory of joy.

For me, that would have to be the beach. I grew up in a beach town and most of my family vacation memories are centered around the ocean.

Tell us about a sound that brings you joy.

The sound of waves crashing on the shore. There’s nothing better. Well, except maybe laughter.

What recent book have you read that brought you joy. (Or a book you read in your life that brought you so much joy you’ve never forgotten it.) Why?

Gosh, this one is hard to answer. I guess that would have to be Jane Austen’s Persuasion. It’s just so beautifully written and romantic. And the letter that Captain Wentworth sends to Ann is totally swoon worthy!

And for fun, the joy of choice ~

Pick your Chris! Chris Hemsworth, Chris Pinchristopher plummere, Chris Pratt, Chris Rock, Chris Evans or Christopher Plummer (circ. 1964 aka Capt. Von Trapp?) – trying for a little diversity! ;o)

As much as I love Chris Evans, I’m going to have to go with Christopher Plummer on this. Except for the politically incorrect cigarette in this picture, you have to admit, the man was mighty fine!

Maria is generously giving away an autographed copy of the first three books in her Whispering Bay series to one US reader.


Maria Geraci author headshotMaria Geraci writes contemporary romance and women’s fiction with a happy ending. The Portland Book Review called her novel, The Boyfriend of the Month Club, “immensely sexy, immensely satisfying and humorous.” Her fourth novel, A Girl Like You, was nominated for Romance Writers of America’s prestigious RITA ® award. Her current addictions include watching the STARZ adaption of OUTLANDER to drool over Sam Heughan, hitting the beach on the weekends, and searching for the perfect key lime pie recipe (but not the kind they served on Dexter). You can visit her website at

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