Today guest blogger Wendy Crutcher, aka Wendy the Super Librarian, discusses one of the romance genre's most popular tropes: marriages of convenience. Love isn't the only reason a young lady says "I Do," and these heroines prove that there's more to marriage than hearts and flowers.
While trends come and go some themes within the romance genre have stood the test of time. One of these is the marriage of convenience plot, an oxymoron if ever there was one. While two characters may think that marriage will solve all their problems, that joining forces will be “convenient” for both of them, it inevitably sends them through the emotional wringer. Getting married was supposed to fix everything, not create a bunch of turmoil, which it naturally always does because both characters do the one thing that both of them swore they would never do: They fall in love with their spouse.