Starchy Hero Gets Un-Starched

Easily one of my most favorite hero tropes.
There's just something about someone all stiff and proper who loosens up that's very endearing.

I'm guessing this trope mostly occurs in Romance Novels, but other works of fiction are welcome too.

Kudos to Willa for coining the trope name
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message 1: by willaful (new)

willaful I'm honored! The original shelf (including books I didn't vote for): http://www.goodreads.com/review/list/...

Games of Command, hmmm? [Moves up the TBR.]


message 2: by Jan (new)

Jan I doubted if I should enter it up there, but I thinks it counts, because the hero is part cyborg, and thus starchy and proper and by the book thanks to his programming, and him overcoming that (through the power of looooooove), is what makes the book so great in my opinion.


message 3: by ♥ℳelody (new)

♥ℳelody Great List! Love the name. :P

But uh Heaven, Texas? Really?? Bobby Tom is a complete playboy party animal. I would not describe that guy as 'starchy'. Not even close. lol


message 4: by Jan (new)

Jan Melody wrote: "Great List! Love the name. :P

But uh Heaven, Texas? Really?? Bobby Tom is a complete playboy party animal. I would not describe that guy as 'starchy'. Not even close. lol"


I don't actually see this book on the list?


message 5: by Amas (last edited Aug 29, 2015 09:56AM) (new)

Amas Ely I lovvve your list. Thank you so much. It's good to know that I'm not the only one who refer the "good guy gone bad" than the other around :)


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