My readers would be the first to tell you my favorite romance trope is the "marriage of convenience" story. Seven of my first nine published books followed this trope, including my first, A Duke Decieved, 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 (now retitled His Golden Ring) won the Holt Medallion as Best Historical, and it too was a marriage-of-convenience story. So I think readers must like MOCs as much as I. Harlequin's Love Inspired Historical line published my Marriage of Inconvenience. I am sure you can figure out what trope it follows!
Another of my favorite tropes in a romance novel is the "ugly duckling" story. I used this in my To Take This Lord (previously published only in paperback as An Improper Proposal), His Lordship's Vow, and in my novella "Home for Christmas" which appears in my Christmas anthology Christmas Brides. I also used it in my novel My Lord Wicked, which won Best Historical in the International Digital Awards in 2011.
My Love in the Library (Brides of Bath, Book 5), is a fish-out-of-water story featuring one hot nerd hero. You don't find a lot of nerd heroes, but I don't think anything's sexier than tapping into their still waters. I hope you agree.
Cheryl Bolen is the New York Times bestselling author of thirty something Regency romances. Her latest full-length novel is Miss Hastings' Excellent Adventure (a Brazen Brides book), and her last release was the Christmas novella, A Birmingham Family Christmas, also a Brazen Brides novella.