Coastal romance uses the same tropes as other romance novels, so I thought I’d share my list of story-starters. Please add those I’ve forgotten, or discuss your favourites, in the comments.
Secrets – every family has them
Secret baby – don’t tell daddy
Enemies to lovers
Friends to lovers
Love they neighbour
All grown up now – she used to be his ward
All grown up now – best friend’s sister
Second chances – reunion, high school or otherwise
Second chances – shared tragedy
Makeover magic – Cinderella
Beauty and the Beast
Rapunzel – rescue me!
Taming the rake
Boss & secretary
Doctor & nurse
Cowboy & greenhorn
Billionaire & damsel in distress (or defiance)
Let me heal you – wounded hero/broken bird
Forbidden love – feuding families
In pursuit – half the couple knows it’s love
Mated pair (paranormal romance)
Forced to converse – babysitting duties
Forced to converse – where there’s a will
Forced to converse – job assignment
*Edited to add — and with huge thanks!
Nurse – patient
Be sure to check back tomorrow for a very special Coastal Romance post.