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Welcome back to Trope Tuesdays, a meme created by yours truly.

With the recent changes to my blog, there are going to be some chances with how I personally do Trope Tuesdays. As you may have noticed from the title of today’s Trope Tuesday, I’m going to branching out from just talking about one trope in Trope Tuesdays. That doesn’t mean there won’t be Trope Tuesdays focusing only on one trope because there will be. I simply thought breaking it up would be more fun. You can learn more about the basic Trope Tuesday format here.


Without further ado, here are the Overused Romance Tropes I Can’t Get Enough of.


I would be remiss if I didn’t talk about Near Death Experiences. A Romance novel could have 30 Near Death Experiences and I would still be cheering the author on to add even more of them.

I love reading about fictional drama. That’s one of the reasons why I read the types of Romances I do. One of the best ways to create drama in Romance novels, especially that of the Historical & Paranormal nature, is through Near Death Experiences. They’re usually what forces the stubborn couple’s hand to admit that they love each other.

A lot of people will call Near Death Experiences cheap. While they might be in some cases and can definitely be gratuitous, there’s something about them that sweeps me off my feet.


Honestly, if the hero in a Romance novel isn’t tall, dark, & handsome then I won’t be reading it. That’s the bottom line for me. And it’s not because I have a thing for Baratheons who all have black hair and blue eyes…. Totally not.


Just give us more heroes that are tall, dark, & handsome and MOC because there are way too many white guy heroes falling under this trope.

secret abbies

I’ve actually written about Secret Babies for a previous Trope Tuesday. I love Secret Babies a lot despite every rational person hating it.

My reason for loving it: I just love the drama. That’s it. I have yet to come across a thought provoking take on the trope. Whenever I go into a secret baby book, it’s because I want something needlessly dramatic.


yes, yes we do.

Second chances are my favorite brand of Romance & secret babies always involve that trope so it’s a nice bonus.


Reformed Rakes are littered throughout Historical Romances. Usually “player~” tropes bother me in Contemporary Romance. I don’t feel invested in men who sleep around and then magically fall in love with one girl at first sight, especially when they refer to the women they have had sex with in derogatory terms and treat them as less than human.

However, when it comes to Historical Romance… I don’t care. There’s something about the Historical setting that makes it so I don’t care (within reason of course. I still don’t want to read about men treating the women they sleep with terribly). Bring on all the rakes.


I LOVE THIS TROPE!!!!!!!! I adore characters that find it hard to love. Often, these characters have a hard time admitting when they are in love and they just can’t spit it out. Even if it gets to the point of ridiculous-ness where I want to throw the book out the window because one of them just won’t say three simple words, I still love it. 


There’s also a ton of versatility with this trope: the character can either just not say it or they have the Aborted Declaration of Love (which goes a little something like them starting to say “I love you” and then saying “I love yodeling”).



15 thoughts on “Trope Tuesday #20: 5 Scorned & Overused Romance Tropes I Can’t Get Enough Of

  1. I was smiling through the entire post because I don’t like any of these tropes except for the last. I absolutely love to read about a character that overcomes their insecurities.

    I think my favourite scorned romance trope is hate to love, if it’s done well.

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    1. lacyliteracy says:

      LMAO. Yeah, I have debatable tastes. Characters who overcome insecurities are my kryptonite!!

      That’s really what makes or breaks a trope. But, I’m pretty open to hate to love as I’m not a big fan of the friends to lovers route.

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  2. The “can’t spit it out” and “tall, dark and handsome” tropes will be the death of me
    I loved reading this post!

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    1. lacyliteracy says:

      THANK YOU SO MUCH!!!! Can’t Spit It Out gets me every time.



  3. I love this post so much!! I have never read a romance book but damn. You’re making me want to pick one up asap! The “can’t spit it out” trope has me hooked!

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    1. lacyliteracy says:

      YOU NEED TO!!!! ROMANCE IS AMAZING (and Hate to Want You by Alisha Rai is a good place to start if you’re interested).

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      1. GAAAHHHH I shall pick up Hate to Want You asap!!

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  4. Noelle Greene says:

    Great post! I agree with all your choices because I’m a sucker for every one of those tropes too. And yeah–the contemporary Player hero makes me roll my eyes and feel sorry for the heroine. Happy For Now indeed.

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    1. lacyliteracy says:

      Thank you!!! I always feel bad for the heroine too. They deserve better than those types of heroes tbh.


  5. Lucy C says:

    I agree so much about the reformed rakes trope! Not a big fan of it in contemporary but there’s just something about it in Regency era that makes it so much better. And I love near death experiences in romance novels, for both hero and heroine.

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    1. lacyliteracy says:

      Exactly!!! I can’t explain it but it just works in a Regency Era. I’m a lot more forgiving with reformed rakes than reformed players from contemporary novels.

      I love both too!! I wish there were more near death experiences for heroes though.

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  6. Omg can’t spit it out is such a fun trope! And I too am a sucker for near death experiences. Okay, the near death experience part is stressful, but the love confession that comes after? Yes please ❤️


    1. lacyliteracy says:

      It is!!

      The stress is definitely worth it in the end 😂.

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