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’ve written many hate to love trope listicles. I really, really love this trope and anything that resembles it, like the enemies to lovers trope. As well as the rivals to lovers trope, competitions, and anything of the like. The following books which are coming out this year (the second half of the year!) all revolve around this trope. And if you are like me you want to have them on your list, ready to pre-order and one-click.
I don’t know if I already said it in another Trope Rec Tuesday but what I love the most about hate to love is the tension these two characters have. They are trying so hard to not catch feelings but it’s not possible. We all know they will fall in love and live happily ever after. It is such a fun ride to see all the process and development to get to that place where these two trust, understand and love each other.
Rapper’s Delight by Kenya Goree-Bell
Putting this one first because it is actually coming out TODAY! (June 30) Since I first saw the illustrated cover, I was already half in love. The pink, the expressions, the cuteness of it all. Rapper’s Delight is a sundae of your favorite romantic tropes. The hate to love is only the tip of the iceberg, because it is actually a friends to enemies to lovers trope we have in our hands.*chef kiss*
The music industry, brother’s best friend, reunions, this romance novel is screaming that you will have an amazing time reading it. So you better have your finger ready to one-click.
A Reunion of Rivals by Reese Ryan
This is actually a book I’ve actually already read! Releasing July 1st, A Reunion of Rivals is the next book in The Bourbon Brothers series. If you have been following along, you know that this series is about the Abbott family and their bourbon brewery. This time Max Abbott is ready to meet his match. But what he doesn’t know is that he already met her… years ago.
A second chance romance between two people who ended their romance badly. So when they meet again and realize that they have to work together in this new project, things aren’t that great. They know the chemistry and attraction is there; they can feel it. But will their love return?
Sweet on You by Carla de Guzman
You don’t know how happy I am for Carla de Guzman and her Carina Press deal. This isn’t coming until October 19th, but you gotta know about it. Carla writes very wholesome and romantic couples that you can’t help but adopt instantly. You want to keep them safe and happy forever. I bet this is going to happen in this one too.
“All’s fair in love and prank wars.” This is how the blurb starts. Excuse me!!! I love when two characters have an all-out prank war and fall in love in the process. I saw a tweet about why we all love hate to love/enemies to lovers trope so much because characters show their bad selves first and the other character falls in love with that side and then you have to figure out the good side.
A barista and café owner and the baker next door definitely have that rivals relationship, because both are fighting to get customers for their businesses and each of them are taking the other’s customers in the process. Let’s not forget this is also a Christmas-themed romance so add in all the adorable feelings at this time of year.
The Legal Affair by Nisha Sharma
The Legal Affair is another book that I’ve already read (releasing August 18th). You are not ready for this book. I was obsessed with it after I finished reading it because it has all the things that I love in romances. Bossy main characters, hate to love, billionaires who aren’t white, family that wants them together, and so much more.
The actual hate to love aspect of it comes in the form of “they both need to work together to achieve their goals even if they don’t trust each other”. CEOs fighting in the boardroom but also being bossy in the bedroom? We are all for that!