What’s great about the marriage-in-trouble trope is that is shows people that those problems don’t necessarily mean the end of being in love or the end of a romance. Although he’s loved her for years, Helena discovers her own love for him after a bout of amnesia. It’s an excellent example of this trope; I also think all of the Fitzhugh books fit nicely into this category too! I was interested in the review here on AAR of An Infamous Marriage by Susanna Fraser enough to order it. In this steampunk novella from the Iron Seas series, Georgiana Thomas’s husband Thom returns from the sea with a bullet wound and a single gold coin. Writing to a Soundtrack: A Guest Post by Alexandra Y. Caluen. @Blackjack: one of the things I find so interesting about THE LIST is that you can almost feel Calhoun fighting against the conventions of the romance genre—and I say this as someone who loves romance and thinks THE LIST is one of Calhoun’s best books. I can’t remember a cheating scene, though, and I would’ve remembered it as I can’t abide cheating storyline. Calhoun excelled at writing complicated characters; I wish she were still writing. She did just seem to vanish. 3. The resolution, which takes place over the last 25% of the book, is one of the best endings to a romance I’ve read. One nit in the original list: Pamela Morsi’s 2004 title is Suburban Renewal (not Urban Renewal). Books to Read if your Marriage is in Trouble Disclosure: This post may contain affiliate links from Amazon and other networks which means I earn from qualifying purchases. 2. She finds out what has happened and chooses to follow him home to Canada and fulfill her part of the vows. Never Let Go: A Marriage In Trouble Romance (The Storm Inside Book 4) Kindle Edition by Alexis Anne (Author) Format: Kindle Edition. Her best in this trope (IMO) is still Not Quite a Husband. It’s a great series and they are all quick reads. The Fourth Child by C. J. Carmichael 3. This novella is very nice exploration of both their romance and the connection that has kept it alive and stable for so long, but this short sequel is definitely better if read after the couple’s first story, Before Jamaica Lane. First in the Marriage to a Billionaire series, this book features a bookstore owner in financial peril and an unromantic billionaire who needs a wife in order to inherit his fortune. This is the story of two ordinary people attempting to save their marriage in the face of real-life problems, and nobody has ever done it better, before or since. Once a Ferrara Wife... by Sarah Morgan, 10. I believe if THE LIST were written as, say, women’s fiction or just plain fiction, it would not have had a happy ending. Trusting Him To Lead is an inspirational Christian romance about a struggling marriage. A very realistic look at how outside family pressures, along with internal issues (such as infertility), can tear down what appears to be a strong, stable partnership. They’re brought back together when they become guardians of the children of hero’s brother. Not sure if this qualifies – the marriage doesn’t take place until a while into the story, but The Duke I Tempted certainly features a troubled marriage and is in my Top 5 all-time favorites. The arranged, convenient and forced marriages in contemporary romance novels offer a slightly different experience for the reader, but they all share unwritten agreements between the hero and heroine, the high emotions of being in close quarters and the promise of falling in love. If you want to vote for the Marriage in Trouble Romance, go to the Goodreads list: Trouble: Marriage on the Rocks Romance. I’m the one who put it on the list and I was momentarily panicked that I misrepresented it. Should they get married, or at least pledge themselves to each other? In a troubled marriage or troubled relationship story, these characters were in love at some point in the past, but now they’ve hit rough waters. Despite what anyone says romance novels are just chick flicks in print. I just re-read her whole back catalog over the summer and enjoyed every single book. I want to re-read it now, and I should also give Not Quite a Husband another try. This is what happened when I attempted to read something in small font from my phone, first thing out of bed! Contemporary Arranged Marriage Romance Novels A Princess in Theory by Alyssa Cole. Do you want your troubled marriage story to also feature sky pirates, a kidnapping, explosions, and enormous mechanical sharks? The difference, I believe, is that romance novels are only dangerous if you’re looking for something in them that you can’t get in your marriage, but I can’t say there’s any case when a husband can look at porn and claim it’s not causing any difficulties to his marriage. I miss her too. Use features like bookmarks, note taking and highlighting while reading Never Let Go: A Marriage In Trouble Romance (The Storm Inside Book 4). —Second-Chance Family by Karina Bliss. My very favorite in the series is Earth Bound and this is probably my #2. Mr. @JenniferRNN @mharvey816 @PennyRomance @SOSchmieg @LauraFlorand (threw a few amnesia ones in there for your pleasure). $4.99 . Thanks for the recommendation! Another book that I liked, was Anne Calhoun’s, The List. He wants to prove he’s changed and win back his family; she’s skeptical and wants to avoid raising false hopes in their two kids. Harlequin romance novels. Seconding this! Most romance novels are about characters falling in love with each other for the first time. Anyway, back to the question here, one of my favourite tales of a marriage that is troubled – and arranged – is the great Georgette Heyer’s A Civil Contract which is one of my favourite books by her. Just as a happily-ever-after marriage is really only one possible positive ending for a romance, escaping an arranged marriage to find true love outside of … A struggling wife who is battling insecurities and a husband who had lost his way. She’s up against a stubborn Sean, who wants nothing to do with her anymore if he can’t be the happy-go-lucky guy she married. This is the kind of book I want Sherry Thomas to write more of. On this list of romance writing prompts, I've tried to include ideas that could work for paranormal romance, fantasy, young adult, romantic suspense, contemporary romance, and more. Mr. and Mrs. Wrong by … Always in My Heart by Catherine Anderson, 1. I thought of another one—also by Zoe York and also part of the same Pine Harbor series as LOVE IN A SANDSTORM (mentioned above): LOVE IN A SMALL TOWN. Rend is heart-breaking and deeply emotional but also uplifting, and quite, quite beautiful. Beyond Duty by SJD Peterson arts entertainment Books. The Marriage in Trouble Trope. Off to look for it! Who: Naledi Smith, STEM grad student and epidemiologist-in-training, definitely doesn’t have time for hoax emails claiming that she’s betrothed to an African prince. If you want a book that doesn’t ask “How can we get together” but rather “How can we stay together,” this list of relationships and marriages in trouble is for you! This DIK read is an emotional triumph of realism, emotion, and a relationship so right it may ruin you for all characters who have just met. There’s no such thing as too much recommending Sherry Thomas. She is an author I don’t know. Find all the books, read about the author, and more. What Peterson sets up is the interplay between two men who’ve had decades to reconcile their differing personalities to the daily grind of military life and who now face a new frontier. Unfinished Seductions: A billionaire bad boy marriage in trouble romance (Bad Boy Capital Book 2) 4.5 out of 5 stars (13) Kindle Edition . Bonus for well-written kids. Inspector Winston Lane of Scotland Yard discovers his wife of fourteen years has been lying to him and keeping secrets after he is attacked and badly injured by a werewolf – and naturally is not happy at the deception. And the sympathy you feel for both of them. His at Night is a wonderful novel, with some very funny moments as well as some really emotional ones. They’ve been separated for a year and a half when Kurt surprises Kai by arriving at her cabin just as snow starts to fall. —Annie’s Wild Ride by Alina Adams, about two highly competitive personalities with communication issues. Kai and Kurt have been driven apart by miscarriages and depression. She has an interesting perspective and each book feels different from others she’s written. ... Read about the Marriage in Trouble Romance. Thirding/fourthing the recs for His at Night as well! Maybe it’s struggling with work-life balance, adjusting to milestones like retirement or the arrival of a child, managing financial stress, experiencing a health crisis, or simply getting stuck in a rut – can our protagonists find their way through and reach an HEA? Our Favourite Activist Heroines, Romancing it Royally – Some of our favourite royal romances, AAR Loves… Historical Romances featuring scientist heroines, AAR Loves… Romances featuring music and musicians, AAR Loves… Romances featuring realistic parent/child relationships, AAR Loves… Partners to Lovers romances – Part One (Military, law enforcement etc. But they’re different people now – maybe they can make it work? Yes We Can! Despite thinking I don’t really have favorite tropes (see other blog post), I think this might be one of mine. This list goes out all loving partnerships that bend and cradle. It’s a low angst yet emotional and satisfying story. A short stint as boyfriend and girlfriend in their twenties went poorly, and the two decided to prioritize their friendship. The novel is divided into three parts: first, flashbacks both from Jack’s and Elizabeth’s points-of-view tell the events that led to their marriage and how their relationship developed after that; second, Jacks’ return to Yorkshire, and third, the history of 1815 intruding on their fragile new equilibrium. Their reunion is filled with angry words and bitterness, but soon they have to turn their attention to defeating a larger threat – and as they do so, they rediscover the strength of their feelings for one another. Cyrus refuses, unless she agrees to conceive a child with him to carry on the family business. Kira Weston left Ethan Rourke because their relationship had plenty of physical intimacy, but Ethan kept himself emotionally closed off and distracted with work. A Marriage Worth Fighting For by Lilian Darcy 5. What will they do to keep busy? They are each others’ best friend and closest confidante, and also their greatest lover (yes, they’re sleeping together). Inevitable Conclusions by Christina C Jones. See all formats and editions Hide other formats and editions. It’s just a part of working to keep the relationship and the love alive. He’s a Blueblood, she’s a human and, when the novel begins, he wishes he never gave her a second thought. (This book was also featured in our Seasoned Romances list). This lovely Valentine’s themed novella by Kelly Jensen explores the changes that happen naturally in long term partnerships and how to rekindle the romance that brings people together in the first place. Rend is a superbly crafted portrait of a marriage in trouble that encompasses incredible highs and incredible lows as it charts the downward spiral of one of its protagonists and the way it affects his marriage. Carrie Aarons’s DOWN WE’LL COME, BABY involves a married but separated couple who have struggled with infertility (CW/TW) and miscarriage, along with the fact that the heroine is from a very wealthy family and the hero is a Nantucket “townie” construction worker. This is a story that doesn’t underplay the difficulties of a broken relationship, nor does it rush its characters into resolving it. If it’s hard to write the story of a couple falling in love, it’s even harder to write the story of a couple falling in love again after credibly falling out of love, and hats off to Gill because she nails it. As long as you put a fresh twist on them, they can all inspire unique love story ideas. Bridgerton on Netflix. (Probably written by men.) Find helpful customer reviews and review ratings for Unfinished Seductions: A billionaire bad boy marriage in trouble romance (Bad Boy Capital Book 2) at Amazon.com. The Slightest Provocation by Pam Rosenthal, 9. ), AAR Loves… Partners to Lovers romances – Part Two, AAR Loves… Representation of Disability and Chronic Illness in Romance (Part One), AAR Loves… Representation of Disability and Chronic Illness in Romance (Part Two). Six months after their breakup, Ethan tries to win Kira back by asking for help with a harassing female boss, by asking for work advice, and by playing off their intense chemistry – but not by opening up, the one thing Kira asks for. It has been awhile since I read it. ) Agree that Sherry Thomas’ is a favorite writer; and she does this trope so well. It’s a real tearjerker, and the author wisely intersperses the darker moments with a series of flashbacks that tell the story of how the couple met and fell in love. With themes of PTSD, courage, resilience and deep abiding love, this is a marriage in trouble story with a realistic and hopeful happy ending. But ‘alphole tycoon’ is practically its own subgenre for a reason, and if you’re one of the readers for whom this is catnip, you won’t find a more perfect example of it than, well, Perfect. I loved Anne Calhoun’s The List and thought it was an intense romance between a troubled young woman and her devoted husband. See search results for this author. For some readers, Cyrus’s controlling and manipulative behavior will make this book a DNF. Laura Drake’s, The Sweet Spot, is about a couple already divorced. Miley Cyrus' New Romance, Reese Witherspoon's Marriage Trouble, And This Weekend's Gossip G Griffin Matis; 1:00 pm, January 11, 2021. Not wanting to be around Poppy – who has confessed to being head of a secret supernatural society – he leaves England, but the pair are reunited a few months later when Poppy seeks him out, determined to protect him after she receives a threat against his life. Wife’s Addiction to Romance Novels Ruining Our Marriage.” Romance Novels Will Make Women Crazy and Ruin Their Marriages.” Romance Novels Bad for Women’s Health and Psyche, Psychologist Says.” Yes, those are real headlines. This is the ultimate love story because it isn’t about immediate attraction or falling in lust with the good-looking stranger across the room, but is about the real happily ever after. Learning that her food-and-beverage magnate husband Cyrus bought off her then-boyfriend so he could ask her out is the final straw for Daniella Johnson, and she demands a divorce. I second the endorsement of His At Night. Time for a re-read, I think. These two are already in love but circumstances have either forced them apart, or lack of communication has driven them to feel alone. Fitz is a particularly interesting character. I love, love, love a marriage in trouble trope in a romance book. The Greek's Christmas Baby by Lucy Monroe, 11. It’s also on Audible Escape! Julia Quinn's beloved Bridgerton series follows the siblings of a sprawling family in Regency England. I was reading the review for the book after it (Sarah McLean’s) and mistook it for Ruthie Knox’s book. To me, this book was essentially the hero’s journey to understanding the role he has played in the mess his marriage has become and the steps he must take to repair it. Vicki Callaghan walked out on her husband Caleb in a desperate bid to force him to see her as more than the accessory wife to his attorney career. I’ve read Ruthie Knox’s ‘Making It Last’ years ago and it’s a good story, and very realistic. Apologies in advance if either of these appeared on the original Marriages in Trouble list: Katie Porter’s HARD WAY, part of her Vegas Top Guns series, is about a couple, married for eight years, on the verge of divorce. She’s a very popular Harlequin Presents author and she does a great job here of showing two characters who are both flawed and need to make some compromises to get their happy ending. If you’ve got any suggestions for titles that fit the bill, please let us know in the comments. A lovely book. The author does a great job of showing the effect of betrayal on a relationship and of painting a portrait of a marriage in trouble – and then showing the work needed to fix it and make it work long-term. Sigh. It’s a short novella, but one of the best-handled versions of this trope I’ve ever read is “A Midnight Feast” by Emma Barry and Genevieve Turner. What happens when a quickie marriage gets to the ‘for worse’ part of the vows? The Painted Veil book. You really do believe that these two have done what it takes to make things work. But Quinn is determined to win his wife back, and to replace their mechanical, conception-focused sex life with the scorching fantasies he never had the nerve to voice. Rhys and Derek have been married for fifteen years, but are getting divorced after Rhys cheated in a one-night-stand. Sounds like a good one, so I’ll give it a try. Cheating is a big turn off for me. There is so much angst! I hope she’s ok. Getting the Love You Want: A Guide for Couples by Harville Hendricks, PhD This is arguably the … Over the course of the book, the couple’s dreams — of fulfilling jobs, moving to Paris, or simply having a life filled with passion — remain ever out of reach. I am a total sucker for marriage in trouble trope in romance books. I can’t believe I forgot one of my favorite books of this year: Molly O’Keefe’s ONE LAST CHANCE: a beautifully-written and melancholy story of a married couple who have been apart more than together during their ten-year marriage. To get technical, dark romance books are not romances in the strictest sense of the word. A couple split apart by years of lies and betrayal have to find their way back together in this sexy, action-packed instalment in the Darkest London series. These list are especially for some very fine women on Twitter who just love these kinds of romances. The final tale in a fabulous long-running series was completely worth the wait. I love the great differences between the couple, the interference of parents on both sides, particularly hers, and the way that they both mature and develop and eventually finding happiness in a marriage that is loving and strong and not so overly passionate that you can’t take it seriously. 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