Aside from the certainty of a happily ever after, one of the joys of reading romance novels is the expectation—and anticipation—of the familiar, instantly recognizable tropes that have become a hallmark of the genre. Second-chance romance? Check. Forced proximity? Yes, please. Opposites attracting? Absolutely. They might seem like predictable plot devices, but in the hands of a skilled writer, these tried-and-true recipes draw the reader in and keep them turning those pages. The latest round of contemporary-romance novels promises plenty of pining, swooning and everything in between—all wrapped up in our favourite tropes.