Perhaps complaining about clichés in romance novels is like whining that fantasy novels have too many wizards or that spy thrillers obsess over fancy cars. Being a fan of a specific genre, by definition, requires us to embrace the staples and tropes that make a novel a genre piece. It can be fun to see old genre favorites pop up and mix among new flavors: I get a kick out of seeing with what Mediterranean-adjacent ethnicity the latest Harlequin...