To explain a little about what this post will be about, I’m taking the intro I did for the last one: In every romance book you read there are tropes or archetypes. You can also see them in shows, movies, plays, etc. 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 more. I decided to do a sort of Trope Tuesday piece where I will be talking about many tropes and recommend you all some of my favorites that fit.
What is a trope? Urban Dictionary explains it best I think: “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 for sure. 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.
One of the best things you can find in a book is a trip. A trip the main characters takes for whatever reason: to find themselves, to find a loved one, but also to lose themselves and to forget. Any reason is a good reason and it takes us into this journey that starts the book. Most of the times this road trip brings our two main characters together… real close. Like real close! Closed bedrooms? Maybe they cannot find two separate rooms so they must sleep in the same room? A lot of time in a car or similar vehicle? The tension is big and you will find out that you cannot wait to read more about it.
A Week to be Wicked by Tessa Dare
If I could have all the Tessa Dare novels for life, I would die happily. It’s not a surprise I’m mentioning A Week to be Wicked, one of the Spindle Cove books, and such a good book it is. Think road trip in a historical romance between a woman who needs to be in Scotland and a man who needs to be anywhere else but Spindle Cove. So they both decide to team up. But!!! But they have a week to fake an elopement, convince everyone they are in love, travel without killing each other and so much more. You’ll have lots of fun reading this book!
The Lady is Daring by Megan Frampton
Megan Frampton is also one of my top favorite historical rom authors. The Lady is Daring is a fun road trip romance that starts off as a trip to find Ida’s runaway sister but then Ida finds Lord Carson in the carriage she stole. Carson isn’t too happy to have his carriage stolen while he was in it, but he also cannot leave Ida by herself so she promises her to keep her safe until the very end and after he can finally find himself a wife. But this intimate journey will change both their minds.
Crushingly Close by Stella Torres
This road trip romance also can be seen as a sports romance. This heroine is a producer at this sports show at twenty-four years old. She has risen and has achieved her dream. She gets to work with this crush-worthy, beautiful man of an anchorman, and circumstances put them both in a road trip to Indonesia! Soon enough her high walls will start to melt because of Daniel.
Every Road to You by Phyllis Bourne
Phyllis Bourne’s Every Road to You is the story of Tia Gray and Ethan Wright. Tia manages the spa division of Espresso Cosmetics. After giving his grandmother an amazing transformation, the grandmother runs off to Vegas on the back of a motorcycle! Enter sexy grandson searching for her….
Ethan and Tia go on this spur-of-the-moment road trip to find his grandmother and in between they will find out that their passion and each other are irresistible.