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.
The neighbor trope has a charming touch to it, doesn’t it? They don’t have to go that far to see each other, interesting things could happen *eye emoji*, and they could stay at each other’s place and still have time to go get their things in the morning or the night before. But obviously it also has its not-so-good parts, like what if they had a fight and are no longer together and yet they live literally next door?! It definitely adds a bit more intensity and angst, so maybe we also do like that secretly . . .
Without further ado, I will name the books because I know you are all here because of them.
Being Neighborly by Meka James
Currently reading this amazing long novella. You truly aren’t ready for all the wonders that are inside this book. Being Neighborly will take you on a riiiiide that will mess your hair and fill your heart.
Jess Watson just moved and her AC is broken. With this heat, a little air is needed. So when she goes outside to refresh herself, she finds something very interesting next door. Someone. Glass doors are dangerous things but this time, the most dangerous thing is this man. When she catches her neighbor . . . having a private moment with himself, things get heated up quickly!
A Girl Like Her by Talia Hibbert
Talia Hibbert’s A Girl Like Her has such a sweet story between neighbors that you will crave instantly! With a Chris Evans-inspired hero, this book fires up with its sweet love story.
Ruth Kabbah is the town’s pariah. People don’t like her and that’s just fine with her. She prefers it that way. But there is always an exception to the rule and that is Evan Miller, her sweet and charming next-door neighbor. He cooks for her and it’s really the softest romance story you will read. After that, you will want to read Talia’s whole backlist and that is the right thing to do.
Tempted by the Billionaire Next Door by Therese Beharrie
Therese Beharrie captures my attention (and heart) with every single new book she writes. Her characters have so many layers but what’s amazing is that Therese opens them up and shares with us each and every one of them and it makes the story even better. Tempted by the Billionaire Next Door has an awesome title and quickly enough, it will intrigue you.
He’s her best friend’s brother, a billionaire, and her next-door neighbor. She cannot involve herself with the bad boy. And not only because he’s off-limits . . . she just became his sister’s surrogate!