Trope Tuesday is a meme/tag/series created by yours truly. On Tuesdays, the goal is to discuss one trope that you dislike, love, are indifferent to, hate, currently annoyed by, think is problematic, want to kill with fire, or throw out the moon door (a la Petyr Baelish). You can learn more about Trope Tuesday here.
The trope for today’s Trope Tuesday is Second Chance Romance.
Even if you aren’t a seasoned romance reader, there is a good chance that you are already familiar with the Second Chance Romance trope. Second Chance Romances are defined by a couple rekindling their romance. Their past relationship could’ve been anything from childhood lovers, former couple that ended on bad terms, almost a couple, or even estranged spouses. The biggest factor is them getting back together/mending the relationship, and righting the wrongs of the past or finding out it was all just one big misunderstanding.
Second Chance Romances are my favorite basis for romance novel plots for so many reasons. I love the idea that people can meet again at a different stage in their life, and find love again. One of my particular favorite parts of character development is when characters learn to give up their past baggage, which is a vital part of the Second Chance Romance.
My personal favorite version of Second Chance Romances are ones that involve estranged spouses. Typically, these end up being historical because 1. Divorce used to be next to impossible back then & 2. Historical romances are my go to. Also, the potential for drama with historical estranged spouses can be more weighty in comparison to contemporary estranged spouses. Most of the time the estranged couple will be forced back together because they want something from each other, and agree to divorce after that. I enjoy seeing their journey from wanting to get a divorce to wanting to be together again in a historical context.
My Second Chance Romance Recommendations:
- Second Position by Katherine Locke: A New Adult, Sports Romance gem. Alyona Miller and Zedekiah Harrow used be ballet dancers until a car crash makes Zed an amputee and changes their relationship forever. They meet again by chance four years later. Aly and Zed were an such an admirable couple, and strong individuals. Second Position also deals with eating disorders in sports, (as an athlete who has dealt with an eating disorder, I loved seeing that rep), and so much more. I absolutely adored this book. You can read my full review here. ★★★★★
- Winterblaze by Kristen Callihan: A Historical Fantasy with estranged spouses. Winston and Poppy Lane have to deal with the aftermath of Poppy’s biggest secret being revealed. Winterblaze is apart of the Darkest London series, which wasn’t the best overall, but Winterblaze was a true standout. ★★★★☆
- Sweetest Regret by Meredith Duran: A Historical Romance, Holiday novella. Sweetest Regret impressed me because handing out high ratings for novellas is a rarity for me. Two years ago Georgiana and Lucas were falling in love until out of the blue, Lucas leaves without a word. They meet again at a house party Georgiana is hosting. There’s intrigue, misunderstandings, and witty banter. ★★★★☆
- The Scarlet Pimpernel by Emmuska Orczy: A Classic set during the French Revolution, which is more on the Estranged Spouses side. The Scarlet Pimpernel is the source of several prominent tropes, and an important piece in the Spy genre. Percy is the original Rich Ditz with No Day Job (Sorry Bruce Wayne). His wife, Marguerite is enamored with his secret identity, The Scarlet Pimpernel, but thinks he is the foolish persona he portrays. Also, it has a ton of adaptations including several movies, and a musical (with a great soundtrack. P.S. The Riddle is my favorite song). ★★★★☆
- Maybe This Time: Stories of Love and Second Chances by C.P. Santi: Three Contemporary Romance Short Stories set in the Philippines. There are college sweethearts, a matchmaking kid, chance meetings, and the ‘Loved You for Years’ trope. Overall, adorable . ★★★½
You can check out even more examples of Second Chance Romances here on my Goodreads shelf for Reconciliations (It has a different name because I like to be unique.
Okay, Fine. It is because Second Chance Romance is too long for a Goodreads shelf name). I also have a shelf for Estranged Spouses.
My Verdict: LOVE LOVE LOVE
What do you think of Second Chance Romances? Are you a fan? Have you read any of my recommendations? Do you have any Second Chance Romance Recommendations?