Friday, August 09, 2013

Romance Tropes and why we all love them - Nina Harrington

Nina Harrington is taking over the blog today, to talk about her new Carina UK release, RECIPE FOR DISASTER!
We may as well admit it. When it comes to romance we all have our favourite themes and tropes.

One look at a book cover and a quick glance at a tag line and we are there!

Some readers cannot resist a tortured sexually experienced billionaire and the innocent ingénue who falls for him. And what about the enduring power of Friends to lovers – one of the most enduring themes which can work so brilliantly, especially when they are the sister or brother of a friend; Beauty and the Beast stories where one of the lovers is physically impaired; Business competitors where the high stakes force the lovers together and keep them apart; Marriage of convenience hooks can still work even in contemporary romance and of course; The secret baby idea can combine with social differences and lovers re-united.

For me? My guilty pleasure is when the hero and heroine are forced to work together – especially when the hero is a reformed bad boy and the heroine is right up there to challenge him every step of the way.

So when the story idea and characters for a mystery set in an Italian deli came into my head and refused to leave, I knew that I had to tell Bunty and Fabio’s story. And have some fun along the way.


Bunty might seem like a Cinderella character, with a lot of family issues to deal with but her Prince is certainly worth fighting for. Add in elements of opposites attract, being forced to work together and of course, lots of delicious foodie romance.


If you enjoy reading Jennifer Crusie, Janet Evanovich and Susan Elizabeth Phillips this book might be just what you are looking for.

Bunty Brannigan makes the best cannoli in London!


London chef Bunty Caruso Brannigan has no time to celebrate her 30th birthday. She is working every hour to create a menu for an award ceremony, and to keep customers coming through the door of the Italian deli she has inherited from her parents.

Bunty’s life was complicated enough when all she had to deal with were her best friends from convent school, and the students in her baking classes, but then reformed bad boy, lawyer and Italian stud Fabio Rossi gives her a birthday present with a difference and things begin to really spin out of control.

What will happen when all of the Caruso family secrets are out in the open?

Will her Italian godmother sort things out from beyond the grave in her special way?

Will Fabio make Bunty change her mind about dating Italians?

Will the convent girls be forced to go back and tell Sister Teresa the truth about the visiting choirboys and the missing communion wine?

And how much chocolate do you choose to create a life size man part?
Let the mayhem begin. And don’t forget the cannoli!

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