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!
Shifter romances are widely known in the romance community. There are a variety of shifters, be it from any type of animal or monster. I think wolf shifters, or werewolves, are the ones that we see the most in stories. I don’t read them much, I don’t usually like the power dynamics that it sometimes has. But then you find books that change your mind and that’s why I’m making this list. Also I think many, many people enjoy shifter romances but don’t know where to start or maybe they’re kinda afraid of the big shifter series that are out there.
One of the things I like about shifter romances is the bond that the main couple has. I know that “finding a mate” and “mating”, is sort of a messy thing. But because I’m a big romantic at heart, I love believing in soulmates and that destiny takes a huge part in finding your fated person. Big bad wolves falling in love with someone they didn’t expect? Sign me up.
Coy Wolf by Stella Williams
I first heard of this book on my Twitter feed, I guess someone RTed it into my timeline. I fell in love quickly because of that gorgeous cover. I absolutely adored it and wanted to know more about this romance story.
Stella Williams’ Coy Wolf introduces Tyr Greywulf, a Pack Leader who wants so much more and decided that in the upcoming shifter gathering he will establish his Alpha status. But then he didn’t expect Sequoia. She is on the hunt for a mate and thinks that this gathering is the perfect place to find her other half. Tyr meets all the qualifications to become her mate, but one thing: she doesn’t want an Alpha.
Janine: His True Alpha by Chencia C. Higgins
Janine is a book that I’m currently reading but I had to mention it. This is my first book from author Chencia C. Higgins, but definitely not my last. The atmosphere, the writing, the characters, it all has a place in this story. Every single item, character and plot works together to create this fantastical epic tale.
Janine is running. Running from something she didn’t want. Something she didn’t believe in. She runs towards West Texas, to have a new beginning in a new life with her own rules. This town she arrived in was founded by a freedwoman and run by werewolves.
The Better to Kiss You With by Michelle Osgood
The Better to Kiss You With trilogy is all about were-shifters. This is only the first book, but each of them puts a light on a different couple.
Deanna is the moderator of an online werewolf role-playing game. But when she isn’t there, she is with her dog Arthur wandering through the forest and sometimes she thinks about her upstairs neighbor, Jamie. But a stalker, secrets, and an adorable relationship will keep you on your feet when reading this novel.