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’m a sucker for caretaking scenes where one character is sick and the other one takes care of them. I don’t know why, but I guess it is because when you’re sick you’re very vulnerable and it’s always nice to see another person care for you even in the worst moments. I even love the ones where one character gets super drunk and can’t help but puke it all out on the bathroom floor and the other character is like rubbing their back while also holding their hair back. It’s wonderful. I really love those kinds of scenes! These next books have some sort of scene where they are either worried about them, getting them medicine, or bringing them some soup so they get better.
Battle Royal by Lucy Parker (8/17)
I recently read this book and I completely adored it. Lucy Parker continues to write amazing stories with the best grumpy/sunshine, opposites attract couples. Dominic and Sylvie were a joy to read and I hope many of you love them as well.
Dominic and Sylvie are completely opposites. She bakes colorful cakes while he bakes minimalistic cakes. They are always at odds and continue to never get along after a disastrous event four years ago. But now Sylvie is judging a baking show alongside Dominic, and they’re spending more and more time together. And when they realize they’re both competing for the opportunity to bake a Royal wedding cake, who knows what will happen next?
Love at First by Kate Clayborn
A favorite of mine for this year, Kate Clayborn wrote one hell of a book. I felt so much while reading this book, all kinds of emotions. And I’m so happy I got to experience all of that. Kate will give you a story that, for sure, will stay with you for the rest of your years.
Sixteen years ago, Will heard the girl of his dreams. Now, he’s living in the same apartment complex as her. But they don’t really start off on the right foot because Will wants to rent his place when Nora wants the building to stay with the same people she’s known since forever. She sets out to foil his efforts with a little light sabotage!
Act Like It by Lucy Parker
I had to add another Lucy Parker book because I’ve come to realize she does have various books that have this type of scene and they’re all wonderful in their own way. Act Like It is actually a book you can read immediately because it’s already out! You won’t regret picking up this fake dating, hate to love romance AT ALL.
Richard is one of the hottest actors in London, but his reputation isn’t that good. His people think he needs a little bit of a good image and fake dating London’s darling Lainie is the perfect solution. But these two don’t really like each other! This lovely romance will rob your heart.
Sweethand by NG Peltier
I keep saying every book is my favorite but it’s true. 2021 has brought me so many good books, so many favorite books that will stay with me forever. And Sweethand is one of them. NG Peltier wrote a very delicious romance about two childhood enemies who cannot be in the same room without bickering. But now they have to be the best man and maid of honor for her sister’s wedding. This means that they need to spend more time together, planning parties and dinners, and try to not rip each other’s heads off.