Trope Rec Tuesday: Blind Dates in Romance


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 wanted to do this trope for a while, but needed more books to recommend. I’m happy to announce that I finally have a pretty great list to show you.

I’ve never been on a blind date. I don’t know if it would work for me, but I think I would give it a try if my friends know the guy I’m meeting and they think he’s a good match for me. I think it would be fun to experience once in my life! These characters may not want to try the whole blind date thingy. But their friends are kind of messy and they love their friends and just want to see them happy, so you know, they do stuff the main character probably won’t like *laughs* but it’s so great for us, the readers, because it creates very fun encounters that lead up to n unforgettable romance story.

Love Scammed by Rilzy Adams

This is my current read, and I’ll probably be done with it by the time this Trope Tuesday is published. It’s the newest Rilzy Adams, so you know I’m all over that. You know I’m going to get it and devour it. And that’s what happened. Love Scammed is delicious and super fun. Literally need everyone to just read it immediately.

Monae’s best friend Tempest has wanted to set up Monae with her boyfriend’s cousin Hudson for so long. But Monae has always said no. So Tempest takes matters into her own hands and… creates this elaborate plan so Hudson and Monae get to finally meet. Instead of going on an anti-Valentine’s day girl trip, Monae finds herself alone at the airport, with Tempest telling her “oops! Forgot to tell you I’m not going, but you’ll meet Hudson because he’s also going” all in one second. This is the wildest blind date because yeah, they’re going to a beautiful resort to spend some days by the beach, and yeah, they don’t really know each other. But their friends and family think they’re perfect for each other. Are they? Read and find out.

Flirting with Forever by Cara Bastone

Mary wants to get back into the dating pool after seeing all her friends happily in love with their respective partners. So when a customer asks her to go on a blind date with her son, Mary says yes. Though dinner isn’t what she expected. 

John can’t believe he just messed up this date with the most beautiful woman he’s ever seen. But his social awkwardness and lack of filter have a mind of their own. If you think this is the end of the novel, oh my god nope. His mom works harder than the devil so she creates situations where these two have to run into each other all summer long. Because of this, they will resort to fake dating just to keep her off their backs. You know what’s gonna happen next!!!!

You Out of Nowhere by Jay E Tria

An age gap romance where the heroine is older! This romance also features “we meet one time and then we have a blind date and we know each other” kind of plot. And lots of more stuff!

Kris and Ringo meet on a train ride. He’s reading Pride and Prejudice, she’s wearing a band shirt. After a flirty conversation, they part ways, never expecting they will meet again in just a matter of hours. Because yup, her best friend/his boss just arranged a blind date between them and BOOM! The story starts and you won’t be able to look back.

Whoa. by Alexandra Warren

A favorite of mine for 2020. Whoa. is the spin-off romance novella of Oops! and it’s a wonderful story. You don’t have to read the first one to read this one, but both are very great and you should read them. 

Mali’s mind is all about her brand. Her business. She’s a busy woman right now and doesn’t have time for dating, love or anything related to that topic. But her intern has a mind of her own, planning a blind date for her. Who does she meet at the fancy restaurant? Her brother’s friend Walter!!! Meeting Walt changes a lot of things in her life. They know they can be good together, but both their lives are busy AF. I love seeing them work it out and be the best couple ever.

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