My Secret Alpha Cowboy Billionaire's Shifter Baby
or Tropes We Pretend to Hate but Actually Love
By Melanie Bardsley
Ah, the romance trope. How we love them—as familiar as a favorite song and as comfortable as a well-worn blanket.
We also claim to hate them. ANOTHER billionaire who seduces his young female protégé and introduces her to the erotic wonders of feathers and floggers—and oh yeah, he’s also a wolf/dragon/bear? Puh-lease. (Um … where do I buy that book?)
Why do romance tropes work? Maybe it’s the old saw that there are no original plots. Or tropes. Readers return to those stories again and again because they want the same idea (protector or redeemer or rescuer) wrapped in new clothes.
At the core of a romance novel is the hero who, whether he’s rich or a shifter or a rich shifter, needs the heroine on a soul-deep level. No woman ever has melted his cold heart or created a super-nova of desire like the heroine. She confuses him. Makes him angry. Makes him need.
The heroine is strong. Independent. Funny. Different. She finds in this new love a person who protects her, who puts her above all else, and who can be relied upon no matter what—even when he’s gruff, stoic, seemingly unreachable.
And therein lies the inescapable draw in a romance story. Two people, flawed but worthwhile, falling into love. Not regular love, like we have in the real world, but fantasy love. Strong, unbreakable, noble, searing, forever. Add paranormal elements, and then you have a fantasy man and woman with otherworldly powers to love more deeply, more surely than humans could ever know. They mate forever.
And forever is a long time. In reality. But in romance, it’s the perfect amount of time.
Whether you abhor romance tropes or fully embrace them, at the conclusion of the story, there is a sense of happiness. Theirs, yes, but yours, too. And that’s why you’ll pick up the sequel to the Secret Alpha Cowboy Billionaire’s Shifter Baby. The tropes are irrelevant. What we really want … are the happy endings.
Publication Date: February 3, 2015
Genre: Paranormal Romance
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