But wait a minute.
We all know that feeling - you see someone familiar and your heart leaps a little bit and a smile spreads across your face because some almost-forgotten memory returns as clear as a summer sky. Like the first moment you noticed H.I.M. standing beside the lockers, football jersey covering his chest and faded Levis covering his bum. Or when you see that girl who listened as you cried your heart out over H.I.M. and didn't tell anyone, not even when she got really made because you bailed on her when H.E. asked if you wanted to grab a snack at the drive-in after school.
Those moments can't be had unless we first have the horrible, terrible, mind-numbing, endless days of listening to lectures and experiencing those excruciating heartbreaks because That Guy didn't call or This Girl spread nasty rumors.
For me, the draw of the reunion romance is that moment - not the bitchy girl moment, but the moment with That Guy. That heart-pounding, breathless moment of memory is why I love the reunion romance so much. And it was so fun to write that moment in First Love Again ~ Emmett walked out on Jaime just before their high school graduation, and when she first sees him back on their island there is a moment of pure attraction that wars with the not-again-ever moment, and it was so fun to write.
Seeing that first blush of 'I'm not falling for that again!' bloom into 'God, how can I be falling for him (or her) again is what I absolutely love about reunion romances.
What about you? Do you have a favorite romance trope? What makes it the best - in your opinion?