To explain a little about what this post will be about, every Trope Tuesday post starts with the same introduction. In every romance book you read there are tropes or archetypes you find inside its pages. You can also see them in shows, movies, plays, etc. Every type of entertainment and media. Romantic tropes are everywhere, and they are fabulous. I adore them and I always tend to find my favorite ones in romance books so I can enjoy them even more. Trope Tuesday is a weekly column where I share books that I know people will enjoy with a specific central trope.
What is a trope? Urban Dictionary explains it best: “Despite the erroneous definitions already published here, trope on the interwebs really refers to an often overused plot device. It can also be described as another variation on the same theme. TV shows, movies, comics, games, anime’, & books are full of tropes & many rabid fan-sites now name & track said tropes with a self-explanatory title for each one.” We can name a few: accidental pregnancy, best friends to lovers, sibling’s best friend, marriage of convenience, and so many more. Your favorite couples? They probably got a trope too! It’s always so nice to realize or find out your favorite romance trope and keep searching for books with the same theme. So really? I’m just helping you find that new favorite book of yours. If ever you want a post on a trope I haven’t done yet, do drop me a tweet at @thebookvoyagers and let me know!
I’m currently watching Crash Landing on You (and almost done!) and this Korean drama has all the romantic tropes you can imagine. Fake engagement, snowed-in, only one bed, bodyguard, CEO heroine, grumpy and ice king hero. I’m highkey enjoying it. I’m watching it with my mom, and we both are obsessed with Captain Ri. Thank you Alyssa Cole for hyping this up so much I couldn’t not watch it. So because of this, I wanted to showcase the bodyguard trope and tell you about some incredible books that do it very well.
Who doesn’t love the bodyguard trope? There is so much intensity when it comes to this trope. Being in close proximity, always staying together– but when they need to separate, the bodyguard is worried sick over the other character until they find each other again and then the big reunion is also a perfect scene. “If you stay close to me, you’ll always be safe” imagine someone saying this to you. These romance books will give you all the feels when it comes to the bodyguard trope.
Girl Gone Viral by Alisha Rai
The newest Alisha Rai is here for you! Ex-model turned reclusive investor is caught having an innocent conversation with a guy at a coffee shop and soon after a stranger has live-tweeted the whole thing, making #CuteCafeGirl viral. Everyone wants to know the face behind the tweets, but Katrina craves a low-profile life. This is why she hires a bodyguard, Jas Singh, who also happens to be her friend. Jas takes her to his family’s home, away from society. Their mutual pining will come to light and what will happen next?
Stealing Luna by Carla de Guzman
If you have read The Queen’s Game, Stealing Luna is the companion novel. Though it takes a different turn than the last one; this one is all about art heists. Cora is tired of the evil corrupt cats who do not care about the people’s lives in exchange for the big cash. So she decides to steal the Joaquins’ precious Juan Luna painting in Barcelona. The job shouldn’t be difficult if it wasn’t for ex-boyfriend and new bodyguard, Luis Ang.
I love ships that already have history together. This is the case with Cora and Luis. Though they get into a very intense situation where one wants to steal a painting and the other is trying to stop her from doing that. De Guzman writes sweet love stories that just hit your heart the right way.
One Warm Winter by Jamie Pope
In One Warm Winter, Wynter Bates has lived a very routined life. Being the adopted daughter of a billionaire comes with great danger and this shows when someone tried to kidnap her (and failed) when she was a kid. Because of this, her life has seen so many bodyguards. But when a scandal involving her father comes to light and everyone starts talking about it, her new bodyguard, Cullen, is tasked to take her to an island retreat to hide. Though they have to pose as a couple… Secrets are kept under lock and key and Wynter is ready to find out everything there is to know about her past.