Trope Rec Tuesday: Bespectacled Heroes in Romance


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.

I’m always a fan of seeing bespectacled characters in any media, especially books. I wear glasses ALL THE TIME, not just for reading. I don’t really enjoy eye contacts but we do get those great scenes when the heroine shares the night with the hero and he appears with glasses because he took out his contacts. (*sighs in love* Those are great scenes to read). I want to highlight heroes using glasses 24/7, heroes who just use them to read, highlight them in any situation needed. And we even get great covers where the hero is using them! It’s magnificent and lovely and makes me want to read the novel so much more to be honest. And if the heroine uses them too, that’s double bonus points because it’s fun to read scenes where they kiss and their glasses just keep moving and bothering them because yes, that totally happens.

Heroine Complex by Sarah Kuhn

Cute nerdy scientist, demonologist boy with muscles that makes you go all heart eyes? Evie Tanaka cannot think about Nate. She has too much on her plate, with being a new superhero while her best friend and boss is hurt. There are weird things happening in San Francisco as well. She cannot put a distraction in her sight… a distraction like Nate. And she hates him! She dislikes him so much but she cannot stop thinking about him sadly.

Wrapped by Rebekah Weatherspoon

This delicious Christmas novella written by darling Rebekah Weatherspoon is perfect for any kind of day to be honest. You can read it on spring, summer, autumn, just check the date and that’s a good day to do it.

There is a pastry chef, a dating app, a bespectacled hero, a first date at Target. Like, what more could you ask for? It sounds perfect and it is perfect. Highly recommend.

Desire and the Deep Blue Sea by Olivia Dade (July 18)

This title features a hero with glasses. But not only on text but it is also shown on the cover! This looks and sounds like the perfect beach read that you can definitely have some fun with.

From the synopsis: “Thomas McKinney has never wanted a woman the way he wants Callie Adesso. Since she started working alongside him at the Colonial Marysburg Research Library, he’s spent his desk shifts fumbling pencils, tripping over his own feet, and struggling to remember both the Dewey Decimal System and the existence of her inconvenient boyfriend. Now, however, Callie is suddenly single–and in need of a last-minute faux-boyfriend for an episode of HATV’s Island Match. Thomas is more than happy to play the part…and in the process, convince Callie that a week together isn’t nearly long enough.”

A little faux romance is all we want, right?

Playing House by Ruby Lang (Aug. 12)

I’ve only read one chapter but it’s already so fun. Ruby Lang writes incredible romance novels that you cannot miss. Also, hello? Look at the cutest cover you could ever see! The hero has glasses too!

From the synopsis: “The last thing Oliver Huang expects to see on the historic Mount Morris home tour is longtime acquaintance Fay Liu bustling up and kissing him hello. He’s happy to playact being a couple to save her from a pushy admirer. Fay’s beautiful, successful and smart, and if he’s being honest, Oliver has always had a bit of a thing for her.”

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