Addison Albright on guilty pleasure tropes

Filed under: Contests Guest Posts Nov 15, 2016

I’ve always loved the marriage of convenience trope. Sometimes more in theory than in practice, but it’s persevered as a guilty pleasure nonetheless. And yet I’d never attempted to write one before To Love and To Cherish.

One thing that was important to me when I decided to take it on was that I didn’t want there to be a contrived reason for the marriage. There would be no billion dollar inheritances on the line if a marriage didn’t happen. I also wanted a contemporary setting, so other standard reasons for an arranged marriage were out the window.

I wanted this story to truly be for the men’s convenience — because they wanted the benefits that go with a marriage even though they didn’t believe in love. I wanted them to take a completely analytical approach to the arrangement.

Just for fun, I threw in a few more favorite themes … gay virgin, unrequited love, and doctor/nurse. Then I really got on a roll and hurt/comfort and memory loss ended up taking center stage.

Poor Nash. He gets put through the wringer in this story, but I think I managed to inject a fair amount of humor into his situations, too.

As a bonus for fans of ‘Til Death Do Us Part, you’ll be happy to know that those characters are revisited as part of Nash’s search for closure regarding his broken engagement to Sam and the drama surrounding it.

I’m not sure what I’ll write about next. Most of my favorite tropes were rolled into this one fun story. I’ve started tinkering with another contemporary story, and I’m also thinking of venturing out of my comfort zone so I can write one of my all-time favorite themes … time travel. What do you think, should I also consider a sequel to To Love and To Cherish?

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  • 1. Sarah  |  November 17, 2016 at 7:14 am

    the first time I read a gay romance was by “mistake”. I thought that the name of one of the character was for a woman. I read it anyway and now I just read gay romance 🙂 This one has 2 of my favourites topics gay virgin and unrequited love so I’m looking forward to read it! 🙂

  • 2. Julie Small  |  November 19, 2016 at 9:23 am

    I to love most tropes within the M/M genre. Right now I am reading a lot of friends to lovers. Next week who knows as I am always changing!

  • 3. Sula  |  November 20, 2016 at 5:54 pm

    May to December is one of my favourite tropes, but I also like time travel, fantasy as well as historical, but I am pretty open to reading many tropes apart from a few taboo ones 🙂 so thank you for the giveaway chance. (Loved the Til Death Do Us Part story, so perhaps my favourite trope is finding true love <3)


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