Trope Tuesday #11: Office Romance.

Trope Tuesday is a meme/series created by Lacy Literacy. On Tuesdays, the goal is to discuss one trope that you dislike, love, are indifferent to, hate, currently annoyed by, think is problematic, etc. You can learn more about Trope Tuesday here.

Office Romance is a very well-known trope, especially in New Adult books. Very often fiction that features characters in a work environment will have at least one instance of on the job romance. It’s usually played as against the rules and off limits, however, it can be within the employment policy. Characters can get called on it or even get fired. If the pairing fails, there can be a lot of awkwardness in the aftermath.

Sleeping with the Boss is a sub-trope that is largely popular and probably what makes me uncomfortable about this trope. The “hot for supervisor” version is forbidden in job rules to avoid ethics problems. If this does occur, one character may wind up changing shifts or departments or quitting the job.

The Hating Game is definitely my favorite book from this trope. It has everything I love in a romance book; enemies to lovers, lovable characters, great writing, etc. and I cannot wait for more from this author. I have said it before, but I’ll say it again, Emma Chase is one of the best romance authors out there, and two of her books that fit into this category are Overruled and Tangled.

I’m not really that interested in this trope, but I do like how realistic it is. I mean, most married couples I know have met in their workplace or something of the kind so that’s the nice aspect of it. But some books push it too much into the “sleep your way to the top” which is something I really disapprove.

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