Sparkwood features no less than four of my favorite tropes. At some point during writing I must have said, "By God, you're writing a romance and you're going to have fun with it," though I honestly don't remember, because writing Sparkwood is a blurry nightmare now.
But there was one trope that started it all. One trope that demanded a right to be featured in the story, even more I knew exactly what the plot was.
That trope, my friends, was the fake-out make-out.
Thanks to writing this blog post, I've finally learned how to properly hyphenate it! Anyway, the fake-out make-out is described as follows:
Two characters, who either appear to be attracted to each other but in denial or just hate each other's guts, find themselves cornered during an emergency. They're about to be caught sneaking into the Big Bad's fortress, looking at confidential files, or fleeing the scene of the battle. The quickest solution? Kiss — passionately.
How do I feel about using this trope? Absolute shameless. Sparkwood is an enemies to lovers story (more on that here), and there is NO BETTER TIME for people to kiss than when they absolutely don't want to.
For Robin and Finn, my main characters, any sort of kissing has a lot of baggage. Finn is trying to find out how his twin brother died, and he 100% suspects that a fairy is responsible for the murder. As Robin points out at one point, it's not hard to Finn to jump to this conclusion—he hates fairies.
So for Robin, a fairy who has a complicated history with humans... well, this whole situation is just a little emotionally charged.
Other tropes in Sparkwood include fake dating, bed-sharing, and cuddling for warmth.
Sparkwood comes out on Feb. 15! It can be pre-ordered right now at LT3, and is coming soon to other vendors.