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Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Kate SeRine's Top 5 Favorite Romance Tropes & A Giveaway

I do love romantic suspense and I'm always looking for a new author to try. SeRine is an author I've had my eye on for a while so I was interested in her new series, Protect and Serve. It's my pleasure to have Kate SeRine here today as she talks about her favorite romance tropes, and there's a giveaway. Have a cup of tea or cocoa and enjoy!

See my reviews of Torn and Stop At Nothing here.

Kate SeRine writes award-winning romantic suspense and paranormal romance. A past recipient of an Emily Award and the National Readers Choice Award, she has also been a finalist in the Fire and Ice Contest, Finally a Bride Contest, and the Gayle Wilson Award of Excellence. She lives with her husband and two sons outside Indianapolis, Indiana. Connect with Kate at

Top 5 favorite romance tropes

Ah, romance… I can’t get enough of it! I’ve always been a hopeless romantic and have so much love for all types of romance novels. But there are certain romance tropes that I simply adore. Here are my top five favorites:

  1. Friends to Lovers – Probably my all-time fave. I think there’s just something timeless and endearing about this one. Regardless of whether the love is a long time coming or a sudden surprise, I just can’t get enough of this one.
  2. Enemies to Lovers – I love the feistiness of this trope! Lends itself well to snappy dialogue and intense sexual tension. Tends to work best in romantic comedy, but it can be well done in high drama/suspense as well—especially when it adds a bit of comic relief to an otherwise heavy plot.
  3. Second Chance at Love – This one makes me sigh in a good way. Whether the first love ended in heartbreak, tragedy, or just fizzled and died, everyone deserves the chance to find a second love of a lifetime.
  4. Reunited Love – Another one that give me the warm and fuzzies. Sometimes fate or family or some other outside stressor conspires against the perfect couple to drive them apart, but when they are brought back together watch out because the sparks will undoubtedly fly. I think one of my favorite examples of this trope from classic literature is Jane Austen’s Persuasion.
  5. Beauty and the Beast – This is my favorite fairy tale and so it only makes sense that it’d be one of my favorite tropes when used in a metaphorical sense in which “beastliness” could be used to describe a character who is emotionally closed off, gruff/angry/distant as a result of backstory. The character’s journey to healing and acceptance of self is great fun to explore.


When a high-profile investigation goes wrong, FBI Agent Kyle Dawson is transferred back home where he is forced to confront his demons…and the only woman he ever loved. Three years ago, Kyle and Abby Morrow shared a wild, passionate summer—then Abby broke his heart.


Kyle never stopped loving Abby. So when Abby uncovers evidence of a human-trafficking ring, leading to her sister’s kidnapping, he swears he’ll stop at nothing to bring her sister home and keep Abby safe. Caught in a lethal game of cat and mouse and blindsided by their own explosive desires, they must set aside the past before it’s too late.

Series reading order:
"Torn" (Protect & Serve #0.5 in WAY OF THE WARRIOR anthology)
Stop at Nothing (Protect & Serve #1)
Safe from Harm (Protect & Serve #2)

Publisher: Sourcebooks Casablanca
Series: Protect & Serve #1
Formats: paperback, ebook
Release Date: November 3, 2015
My Reviews: Torn | Stop At Nothing
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The publisher is giving away one print copy of  "Way of the Warrior", an anthology which includes "Torn", the prequel to "Stop At Nothing". U.S. only. No purchase necessary, VOID where prohibited. Please read my Giveaway Policy and Privacy Policy. Giveaway ends at 11:59PM EST on October 31st. The winner will be chosen using


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  1. Enemies to lovers is definitely my top favorite, especially when there's great banter. I need to read this book. I read on book by this author before and liked it a lot.

  2. That is my favorite as well. So many nuances to the relationship.
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  3. Second Chances and Beauty and Beast are so fun to read. If I am in the mood, than Enemies to Lovers---but it really depends ont he context of it. Most of the time I like a good angst romance though. Great tropes you listed here.

  4. This looks great! I am new to reading or anything Blog. So I am having fun looking. I need new authors to read!

  5. I can never pass up a beauty and the beast story! Thanks for the chance to win.

  6. Oh some of my favorites too! Beauty and the Beast is a definite. Love those reunited romances too. Oh they're so good. My favorite though is the fake mates trope. Gah that gets me every time!


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