Early romances often depicted pirates, or other invaders capturing unsuspecting females, and taking liberties with them. Despite their obvious mistreatment, for some odd reason, the captives fell in love with their captors.
Governesses were swept off their feet, and readily succumbed to the advances of the Lords of the Manor.
In those days, dark, brooding Alpha heroes dominated the romance scene, and the poor weak heroines didn't stand a chance against their animal magnetism.
Along with the growth of women's rights, romance novels underwent a change. Spunky, clever heroines are now in, no matter what their stations in life. Vapid, helpless ones somewhere along the line evolve into strong, thinking women.
Her Handyman. She's a klutz in some departments, but her secret life as a famous artist more than compensates for her ineptness.
Jake, a handyman, may be behind Zoe on the social scale, but she's attracted to his Beta tendencies. He's a hard worker who puts others first, and would rather give than take.
I invite you to share another example, either from one of your own books or someone else's, illustrating old or current romance novel tendencies.
Experience the diversity & versatility of Morgan Mandel. For romantic comedy: Her Handyman & Girl of My Dreams. Thriller: Forever Young: Blessing or Curse. Short Stories Sequel: the Blessing or Curse Collection. Romantic suspense: Killer Career. Mystery: Two Wrongs. Twitter:@MorganMandel Websites: Morgan Mandel.Com & Chick Lit Faves