I've been thinking lately about common tropes in romance novels.
Strangers drawn to each other across a room always resonates with me.
This has happened to me twice in my life and I didn't fall in love with either of the men.
The first was at a very swanky party at the Ambassor's residence. Two days later he invited me out for drinks and kissed me midsentence. I literally forgot what I was saying.
The second time was on a softball field. I was watching from the sidelines with a beer in hand. He was playing second base. I was too flummoxed to speak with him even though a mutual friend attempted an introduction at the end of the game at his request. I saw him about ten years later across the room at a charity event. We were both with our spouses. I couldn't quite remember his name, but I remembered him. And from how our eyes caught, I know he remembered me.
I don't know what this says about me as an author. I know these things happen. I've experienced them and I can recall them vividly.
Do you have a "Strangers Across a Crowded Room" story? What's your favorite romance novel trope? Any that make you cringe?