The grumpy-sunshine romance trope is a popular one, going all the way back to Jane Austin.
In romance, one of the characters is, well, grumpy. Usually, it’s the character’s way of dealing with something that’s happened in the past, although it could be his (it’s often the man) general demeanor.
In my latest book, Summer in Promise Cove, the grump is Henry. He’s got an aversion to people, mostly because he is a veteran suffering from PTSD. He’s come a long way from where he was introduced in Return to Promise Cove, but he still has one more step to take.
What makes a grump even grumpier?
A happy, sunshiny person! In this book, Vanita is a positive person, in spite of the trauma she’s suffered. She, her happy daughter, and even more joyful dog are exactly what Henry needs.
The problem is that he doesn’t know it. (You’ll need to read the book to see what happens to this grumpy-sunshine pair.)
In an earlier book in the series, Hope in Promise Cove, the grump is the woman. Alex’s life has never been easy. She’s been betrayed by a man before, and is happiest working in her wood shop, alone. Sal, with his loud music and eagerness to dance is exactly what she doesn’t want next door.
And, like Henry, it’s exactly what she needs. (How does Sal win over the grump’s heart? You’ll need to read the book to find out.)