Tropes I Love
The marriage of convenience - This pretty much only works in historicals but it's still a favorite. I think it sort of brings a contemporary element to a historical in that the couple no longer has to deal with social restrictions in their relationship and can do as they wish. Example - The Devil in Winter by Lisa Kleypas
The forced team - Road trip? Snowbound? Forced to work together for a best friend's wedding or for a super important work project? I'm completely on board! - Example - All I Want by Jill Shalvis
The best friend's little sister/brother's best friend - I love this kind of old friends meets forbidden love style relationship! Example -Tears of the Moon by Nora Roberts
The second chance - I love when characters have a history as it makes the quick relationship that's so normal in romances actually feel normal. They've already done the getting to know each other portion of the relationship. Plus, I love seeing character growth and 2nd chances are always great about that. Example - Somebody Like You by Donna Alward
Tropes I HateThe love triangle - I can't stand 99% of love triangles. They always feel so unfair to one of the characters and I find my sympathy goes to the one not chosen or left at the altar instead of the couple that I'm supposed to be rooting for.
The misunderstanding - Seriously just communicate! That woman you saw him with at dinner may be a sister or a cousin for all you know. Just because she's has an inheritance of some known amount doesn't mean she's a mean rich girl like all the others who were mean to you before. Seriously just talk to each other!
The revenge story - I hate revenge stories or any other type story where one person is misrepresenting themselves and their motives to the other. It's just icky.
The secret baby/unexpected pregnancy - I hate this one so much and really never seen the romantic aspects of it. I'd keep going but I've had to delete 3 rants so far so I think I'm just going to leave it at that.
Anything that even vaguely hints at cheating - Nope, nope, nope. If one of the characters has not clearly ended things with the former significant other I'm just not okay. Planning on ending it doesn't count. I also don't like when one character is clearly not over their past significant other. While that's not actually cheating it isn't a good sign for the relationship!
What romance tropes do you love? Which ones do you hate?