My favorite romance trope is the "marriage of convenience" story. Seven of my
first nine published historical romances followed this trope, including my
first published book, A DUKE DECEIVED, which was a finalist for Best First
Book (Holt Medallion) and won the Notable New Author distinction
back in 1999. My 2005 ONE GOLDEN RING won the Holt Medallion as Best
Historical, and it too was a marriage-of-convenience story. So I think readers
must like marriage-of-convenience stories as much as I.
In my newest series, House of Haverstock, all three of these lighthearted
romances are marriage of convenience stories, including my July release, COUNTESS BY
COINCIDENCE, in which two staggering coincidences result in the marriage of
the reckless young Earl of Finchley and the shy duke's daughter who's
worshipped him from afar.
Another of my favorite tropes in a romance novel is the "ugly duckling" story.
I used this in my TO TAKE THIS LORD, THE LORDSHIP'S
VOW, and in my novella HOME FOR CHRISTMAS which appears in my
Christmas anthology CHRISTMAS BRIDES: 3 Regency Novellas. I also used it in my
LORD WICKED, which won Best Historical in the International Digital Awards
in 2011. I think we all love to pull for the underdog, especially the Plain
Jane who gets the prince. Those resonate with all us Plain Janes who seem to
populate the earth.
Still-another favored trope is the "fish-out-of-water" story. I like,
sometimes, to take a nerd who's uninterested in romance and make the sparks
fly. I did this in my 2014 LOVE IN THE LIBRARY, the Brides of
Bath book 5, and its sequel, A CHRISTMAS IN BATH. To meâ€”who's married to a
nerdâ€”nerds can be very hot.
What are your favorite tropes in romance fiction? I will give away a digital
copy of the first book in my House of Haverstock series, LADY BY
Cheryl Bolen is the New York Times Bestselling Author of more
than a dozen Regency- set historical romances published by Harlequin Historical
and Zebra Historical. Her first book, A Duke Deceived, won her the title of
Notable New Author and was a runner up for the Holt Medallion for Best First
Book. Her One Golden Ring won the Holt Medallion for Best Historical. Her books
have been finalists for many writing awards, including the Daphne du Maurier,
have been Barnes & Noble bestsellers, and have been translated into French,
Portuguese, Swedish, Norwegian, Italian, Polish, and Japanese.
Admitting to a fascination over dead Englishwomen, she is a regular contributor
to the Regency Plume, The Regency Reader, and the Quizzing
Glass. Many of her interesting articles on Regency England can be found at
She holds an English/journalism degree from the University of Texas and an MS
from the University of Houston. Before her first book was published in 1998,
she enjoyed careers as a newspaper reporter/editor and as a public school
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To extricate himself from financial difficulties, John Beauclerc, the Earl
of Finchley, concocts a scheme to marry a stranger who's answered his
He'll show his grandmother! That ladyâ€™s withholding money until he can
demonstrate more maturity and less scandalous behavior. At six and twenty, the
last thing he wants is to settle down. He goes to the church at St. George's
Hanover Square to wed Miss Margaret Ponsby of Windsor, send her on her way with
Â£100, and continue to pursue wine, women and faro with his fun-seeking friends.
After the ceremony, he realizes he's married the wrong woman. Miss Margaret
Ponsby of Windsor obviously thought the wedding was to occur at St. George's
Chapel in Windsor. Lady Margaret Ponsby was at St. George's in London. How can
he extricate himself from this wretched marriageâ€”a marriage over which his
grandmother is ecstatic? If only Lady Margaret Ponsby weren't so shy.
When the lanky young (though most disreputable) earl she's worshipped from afar
for as long as she could remember asks her to move to the church's altar with
him, she's powerless to decline. Even after a wedding ceremony begins, she
still remains mute. She must be standing in for Lord Finchley's true bride. But
once she realizes she really is married to Lord Finchley, she determines to do
everything in her power to make this a dream marriage. Even if it means
imitating her clever, talkative sister.
12 comments posted.
I enjoy quite a bit of tropes... some of my favs are fairytale types, secret baby, mistaken identity, etc...
(Colleen Conklin 12:52pm July 8, 2015)
mistaken identity - characters who re-connect - loving from afar and then the hero realizing the heroine who loved him from afar is REALLY the right person for him!
(Felicia Ciaudelli 8:19am July 9, 2015)
Wow! What a situation! I'll bet there are a lot of exciting events in A Marriage of Convenience.
(Anna Speed 12:04pm July 11, 2015)