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Romance tropes and settings I love

Hi! Easter is here and we’re having a few extra days off work, at least in my part of the world. Whether you celebrate this holiday or not, I hope you’re having a great weekend. I’m going to read lots of books and watch movies, and of course eat chocolate. That’s one of the best things about Easter, after all.

Today, I wanted to talk about the romance tropes and settings that I can’t get enough of. Some of them I’ve used in my own writing, but not all (so far). Here are some tropes that always catch my interest when I’m book-hunting:

  • Enemies to Lovers – I can’t grow tired of this one, and I’ve used it myself in Wavesongs and At His Mercy.
  • Forbidden Love – A trope I’ve loved ever since I started reading Virginia Andrews’ books when I was far too young. I don’t find those particular romances as charming nowadays as I did back then, though… 
  • Forced Proximity
  • May-December – A trope I used in At His Mercy (and, to an extent, in Wavesongs).
  • Prisoner – Goes well with Enemies to Lovers.

If a book ticks one or more of these boxes, there’s a good chance that I’ll buy it. That chance is even bigger if the story is a historical romance. Of course I read contemporary romance, too, but I’ve always loved historical stories. My favorite settings/time periods are:

  • The Viking Age – This one might be my favorite. I guess I’m a bit partial to Vikings since I’m Scandinavian, but there are so many great things about this time period.
  • Medieval Europe – I recently read a great Swedish romance that took place during the time of the Black Death. I never thought I’d see that, not with a HEA ending, but the author totally made it work. I’d love to read more books like that!
  • Ancient Greece – Greek mythology, of course, has a lot to offer if you’re into M/M romance. I love reading about Ancient Greece in general, and I’m ecstatic whenever I find a good romance set during that period.
  • Pre-historic – Does M/M pre-historic romance exist at all? I haven’t found it yet, but oh, how I want to.

If you’ve got any book recs for me based on the things I’ve listed here, please let me know. I love discovering new books and authors!

What are your favorite tropes and settings?

Get to know me

Hi there! I hope you’re having a lovely weekend. Here, the sun is shining today for the first time in ages (or so it feels). I thought I’d let you know a little bit more about me today – so if you’re curious, just keep reading.  

Where do you live?

I live in a small town in Sweden.

What do you do for a living?

I’m a librarian. I’d love to be a full-time writer, but being around books all day is pretty great, too.

Do you have any pets?

Not at the moment. But I am a crazy cat lady, and if it weren’t for my tiny apartment I’d definitely have a cat or two.

Are you an introvert or an extrovert?

I’m very much an introvert.

What is your favorite color?

Black or pink, depending on my mood.

What is your favorite season?

Fall, but I’m also a big fan of winter.

If you could travel anywhere, where would you go?

I’d love to see Pompeii one day.

Do you have a favorite author?

Yes, lots of them! I love the Brontë sisters, for example, and Jane Eyre is probably the most romantic book I’ve ever read.

When did you start writing?

I can’t remember exactly, but I was probably around six years old. Of course, back then my stories were quite short.  

Where do you get your inspiration?

Here and there, really. Ancient myths, beautiful paintings, or just a handsome actor on TV… Since I prefer historical settings, I get a lot of inspiration from non-fiction history books and documentaries.

That’s it for today! Anything else you’d like to know?