I found one site that listed these as Romantic Cliches to avoid when writing romance.
Evil other woman
Evil ex-wife - Or I guess husband?
Evil relatives - (I'm seeing a pattern here) Avoid evil anyone other than a real evil person in a suspense or thriller maybe?
Country mouse theme - Did you get lost too? This is where a powerful woman from the city goes to the country and becomes meek.
Naive virginal heroine - I'm sorry but writing historical romance, I have to keep my heroines virginal or give them a really good reason for not being that way. My heroine in my contemporary action adventure had a good reason too.
The Duke of Slut! - This one made me chuckle. This is one cliche I can do without. I don't like this kind of hero so it definitely wouldn't be a favorite.
The Will stipulation - I think we've all read at least one book where the hero and heroine are brought together by a will. I've never been a fan of those either.
I guess I'm whittling down the list of what I don't like. ;)
Amnesia plot - Another one I've never been a fan of.
Silly Big Mistake - I don't care for this one either. When the conflict can be taken care of if the two just sit down and talk...
Then I went to a site that listed the Romantic Cliches in romantic comedies.
Small pond escape - This is where a person from a small town moves away to a big city and then comes back and falls in love.
Frenemies - need I say more.
Meet Cute - Where the hero and heroine meet usually because they are klutzy. (I didn't know this term until I watched The Holiday with Jude Law, Jack Black, Cameron Diaz, and Kate Winslet. Wonderful movie and they use the Meet Cute in the movie. So I like this cliche. ;)
Dream Dismissal- One character gives up their dream job.
Movie Makeover- Turn an ugly duckling into a swan.
Make ex jealous - they kiss or carry on to make an ex jealous and end up falling in love. There are several movies I've watched like this. I kind of like this one.
Career gal regret - wanting to start a family/ get married.
Just friends -
Hidden agenda- I like hidden agenda. I used that in Staking Claim. And I think it might be my favorite romantic cliche.
Book Two – Halsey Homecoming Trilogy – Colin’s story
Deceit, contradictions, and lies.
On a ship bound for America, Colin Healy encounters a contradictory woman, whose beauty and grace intrigue him.
Livie Leatherby boards the ship as an imposter to get the information she needs to save her family. Befriending Sir Colin Healy is easy with his chivalrous tendencies. But she soon realizes discovering his past marks him for death.
Forced together to stay one step ahead of the Lord set on killing Colin for his estate, can these two get beyond the lies and deceit that has brought them together before one or the other meets their demise?
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