I’ve started noticing a pattern when it comes to romance trilogy heroines, linked by male leads.
Book 1: The Outsider aka “Alice in Wonderland” – Heroine is brand new to the fold, be it a clan, coven, pack, planet, dimension, etc. She doesn’t know the workings of the world she’s gotten into, so many of her pitfalls come from her lack of knowledge, and a majority of her role is uncovering the hero’s realm. This heroine is more naive and docile.
Book 2: The Insider aka “The Warrior Princess” – This book’s heroine is often someone who is already part of the hero’s world, understands it but in some way has rejected it or doesn’t fit into it. Out of the three heroines, she’s often the most independent minded. She belongs to their world but isn’t necessary connected to the three main men until something happens to throw her into their path. This heroine often has an axe to grind and will fight the hero of this novel more than if they were in Book 1.
Book 3: The Outlier aka “The Girl Next Door” – Often the last heroine and hero are people who were lingering around in the first and second books, that you thought would hook up then but ended up with their own stories. Usually she’s connected to a large aspect of the previous novels – either as a sibling to one of the male leads or tied into a overarching plot or continuing subplot device in the series. The heroine for Book 3 is well acquainted with the world she’s in (can be either an insider or outsider), but doesn’t feel like she belongs because of something in the past. Book 3 heroines skew more toward knowing what they want but not how to get it.