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!
Are you telling me there are only 14 more days until the end of the year? 2020 is just around the corner? I felt like the year was so long and time went slowly, but oh no, things are ending. A year is ending! So many books came out this year that I completely adore and continue recommending, continue reading as well (the year isn’t over yet tho). But with a new year, a new decade, comes new upcoming books we will be able to obsess over, right?
As you probably know I love the hate to love trope. I love the angst, the banter, the epic speeches the characters make with themselves to come up with excuses about how they aren’t falling in love with the other main character. I thought to myself how many 2020 romance books are there with this trope? I only list five in this post but I know there are definitely more out there. But these are the 5 hate to love upcoming romance novels I’m most excited about.
The Worst Best Man by Mia Sosa
Mia Sosa is returning with a new romantic comedy about a wedding planner and her ex-fiancé’s brother. It has a sort of enemies to lovers trope because this brother ruined her wedding and now she has to work side-by-side with him. He’s public enemy numero uno. How is this going to work out?
The Trouble With Hating You by Sajni Patel
The Trouble With Hating You has one of my favorite illustrated covers. I also adore the title; it sounds adorable and YES, it has a lot of witty office banter so we all love that here, right? Liya is a successful biochemical engineer. But her parents try to set her up with this man they want her to marry. She runs away from that disastrous dinner. But destiny has other plans: he suddenly appears in her office as the new lawyer hired to save her company.
Headliners by Lucy Parker
I was lucky enough to get an advanced copy of Headliners. And guess what, people!? I’ve already read it and you are in for a very delicious treat. Lucy Parker’s newest has a new couple who dislike each other so much but they also have to work together to save their careers. If you’ve read the last Parker book, The Austen Playbook, you know things aren’t really that great between Sabrina and Nick. So they start Headliners having a very rocky relationship. It is set during Christmas’ time and I love how Lucy Parker just enveloped me in this season.
The Marriage Game by Sara Desai
Sarcasm and sparks fly in this upcoming romance novel. I think Berkley already showed the ARC paperback of this on their Twitter and the cover looks beautiful. This story is all about being in close quarters and sharing space and trying not to kill each other in the process.
Layla Patel returns home. With the best intentions in mind, her father offers her the office upstairs the restaurant to start her new business. But he also decides to create an online dating profile for her. Sam Mehta comes knocking on her door because he thought the office upstairs was going to be his for a time. He finds Layla inside and he is forced to share space with her and see a parade of all her hopeful suitors come through those doors.
To Have and to Hoax by Martha Waters
A historical romance in the mix because we always need those in our hearts. To Have and to Hoax has the estranged spouses trope which I LOOOOVE a lot. It also brings me a lot of sadness and angsty feelings because why WERE THEY SEPARATED SO LONG AND BOTH OF THEM HAVE WALLS AROUND THEIR HEARTS. But you bet I’m going to read this one.
Lady Violet and Lord James married five years ago. Four years ago, they had a huge fight and they parted ways . . . still being married. When she receives a letter that says that James has been thrown from a horse and is unconscious, she runs to his side. But she finds him well and alive inside a tavern, unconcerned about Violet. She decides to get revenge and teach her estranged husband a lesson. But between manipulation, lies and this escalating game, they might realize they don’t really hate each other after all.