I love, love, love a marriage in trouble trope in a romance book. It’s different. It’s not hero/heroine meets hero/heroine, flirt, court, say I love you. No. These two are already in love but circumstances have either forced them apart, or lack of communication has driven them to feel alone. And now we get to see how they put it all back together again, which can be even more sexy than new love. In a marriage in trouble trope, the couple knows how to love to each other, but sometimes they have just forgotten, and the journey to relearning each other can be so intimate.
This post is fueled by the fact I just read a couple of Marriage in Trouble books and it reminded me how much I crave this theme. Covet by Tracy Garvis Graves (out next month) features a hero who lost his job, went into a depression and pulled himself away from his family. He gets another job, but now he travels every week. He has become disconnected from his wife, and turns to someone new for support. This book deals with emotional cheating, but I think handled quite well.
Ruthie Knox did something cool this year. She gave us the novella, How to Misbehave where we get to see Amber and Tony meet and fall in love and live happily ever after. Except in real life that HEA isn’t always perfect. So a few months later Ruthie Knox released, Making it Last, featuring Amber and Tony again, except it’s ten years later. They’ve had three kids, Tony works nonstop and things are going so smooth. They have to figure out where it went wrong and fix it.
On the historical side, Not Quite a Husband by Sherry Thomas and Lady Isabella’s Scandalous Marriage come to mind. Featuring an annulment and a separation for years, the couples both find their way back to one another through much pain.
I turned to Twitter late last week to ask for some recs, and this is what came my way:
Shaken by Dee Tenorio
Marriage Matters by Cynthia Ellingsen
Strong Silent Type by Lorelei James
Willaful linked me to her “Romance on the Rocks” shelf on GR
Turning up the Heat by Laura Florand
Snow Kissed by Laura Florand (out next month)
Do you like a marriage in trouble trope? Any recommendations?