Five Thing Friday ~ Favorite Sub-Genres or Tropes in Romance


Each Friday, here at Prism we will be tackling a very important topic… of sorts.  Five Thing Friday…  The topic will change each week, so be sure to check back.  We encourage you to comment with your own Five Things!

Topic: Favorite Sub-Genres or Tropes in Romance

We asked each of our reviewers to tell us about What 5 sub-genres/tropes do you enjoy most in M/M or F/F Romance?


Second Chance Romance
Out for You (not necessarily Gay for you.. depends on how it is handled)
Men in Uniform
Friends to Lovers
Cozy Mysteries


High Fantasy


Twincest (my guilty pleasure)
Thriller/Dark Themes


menage (no more than three; more tends to confuse me)
sci fi/fantasy

Josie Goodreads

Rock Stars
Paranormal (not horror)

Lirtle Grafton

Historicals, love ’em, love history, love ’em.
Coppers, gimme some law enforcement and, we’ll you’ve got me.
Paranormal mixed with historical.
Copper mixed with paranormal.
Former military doing their thang.


Second chance at love
Enemies to lovers
Historical fantasy, paranormal, steampunk or any flavor of historical really
Hurt/Comfort romance
Sci-fi or space fantasy


Paranormal (ghosts, vampires, werewolves, etc)
slave fic
sci fi

So what are your Five Things???

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About BrandilynRC

Brandilyn is a middle-aged (When the hell did that happen?) stay-at-home mom to 3 beautiful children (of course she is biased). She started reading M/M Romance and Gay fiction in early 2012 and was quickly hooked. In her first 18 months as a M/M Romance fan, she read over 900 titles in the genre (not counting re-reads), ranging from shorts to epic novels. She reads across all tropes within the Gay Fiction genre…. except Regency, she has never found a love for Regency. A native Texan she finds Texas to the be almost perfect… except for one thing, their treatment of the GLBTQ community. This blog is her brain child and she is happy to welcome some fellow GLBTQ supporters to review here and help promote equality (oh and of course fangirl/fanboy over their favorite authors and works).

7 thoughts on “Five Thing Friday ~ Favorite Sub-Genres or Tropes in Romance

  1. My favorites are (in no particular order and a mix of genre/trope):
    – second chance love
    – enemies to lovers
    – shifters
    – men with kids or pets
    – men who are not physically perfect (I might have made this one up, but I like stories when the MC is chubby or short or basically not male perfection.)

  2. Fantasy
    Paranormal (minus shifters, icky and vampires, boring)
    European historicals
    Mystery/crime (contemporary prefered)

    Out for you
    Coming out
    Music or dancing

  3. I agree with Waxappler! I love:
    1. Men who are not physically perfect (I might have made this one up, but I like stories when the MC is chubby or short or basically not male perfection.)
    2. Menage
    3. Hurt-comfort
    4. Men with kids
    5. Paranormal/Wolves
    All in the M/M genre

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