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!
You see them across the train station, fruit section at the supermarket, airport boarding gates. You see them and you instantly feel that *zing* of interest and you want to get to know them. They see you and you can’t help but go talk to them. They tell you about their favorite romance book and the love story begins. Meet-cutes are adorable and always something we want to read, but I also love me a disaster meet-cute. When everything goes wrong and the main characters even think that there is no way in hell they will have something in common after that disaster of a first meeting. But don’t you love when they are wrong?
I Think I Might Love You by Christina C. Jones
When Jaclyn and Kadan meet, it’s painful. Painful because Jaclyn punches Kadan… accidentally? I mean, she doesn’t know him and finds him in her sister’s apartment at night, not knowing he’s her new tenant renting the apartment. So when she finds him, naked, sleeping on the couch, well, I would have screamed and punched and ran away as well. She runs off to the bedroom and finally calls her sister where she tells Jaclyn all the details. But the damage is done and from there, these two are at odds. But circumstances put them together again. The banter is epic between these two, the dialogue is incredible and you laugh out loud reading it.
Heatwaves by Kema B.
Stacia’s trip to the supermarket is going so well. She wants to meet that handsome, delicious man she sees sometimes there. But when she finally spots him, she walks right into a display of oranges and makes them all fall down. The guy sees everything and he starts to laugh! So she instantly gets angry and her crush goes away in that moment. But destiny makes them meet again and they aren’t ready for the physical attraction they feel towards each other!
You Had Me at Hola by Alexis Daria
Jasmine just got the role of her life for this new romcom TV show. She’s the lead! Her co-star and love interest is a veteran telenovela actor who she hasn’t met yet. When they finally meet, he spills his coffee on her. Ashton is quiet and doesn’t really know how to enter this Hollywood world of shows and movies. He’s used to telenovelas and the same crew following him through them. This new people, new actors, new crew, new everything. So he wants to have the best first impression and do everything right. Then he bumps into his new co-star and thinks things aren’t going to go well after that.
Everything’s Better With Lisa by Lucy Eden
Cole is returning to his brownstone after a night of drinking. But the houses all look the same and accidentally he goes next door. He tries to enter the password to enter the house with no success. With yells and kicks to the door, finally the tenant of the house he’s trying to enter comes out!
Lisa is obviously annoyed because someone is trying to enter her house in the middle of the night. She comes out, holding a baseball bat and confronts him. Things don’t come out as planned. Cole says something to her that is too close to her heart and since then she tries to ignore him or just decides to not meet him again. But this is a romance story and we know that from epic first meetings comes love.