Trope Rec Tuesday: Estranged Best Friends


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 been reading quite a lot of books with this trope so I thought it was a good idea to put them all in one place so people can have a few recommendations if you wish to read it. And because I’ve been reading it recently, I’ve realized that I really like this trope. One of the main things I enjoy about this trope is that there is already good history between the main characters where they probably know a little too much about each other because they used to be best friends. They have so much shared history. They might have grown up together! It’s so good to see them reunite years later and figure out how they will form a new future together, because they can never go back to the past, to that friendship. 

What Are The Odds? by RM Virtues

RM Virtues keeps writing my favorite books. No, but seriously. This is his second book and it’s already on my top 2021 list! What Are The Odds? is that sexy, romantic read you’ve been searching for and cannot miss. You’ll fall so much for Elena and Caius that you won’t want to ever let them go. 

Elena and Caius used to be best friends. But when Caius divorced Elena’s sister, he divorced Elena too practically. Elena hasn’t heard from him in a year but when she sees him at a bar one night, it feels like he never left. Their reunion is filled with mixed feelings, but it’s very clear these two have unfinished business to resolve. 

People We Meet On Vacation by Emily Henry

Will I ever stop talking about this book? Probably not. It is still so fresh in my mind, so alive in my heart, I can’t help but want to let everyone know that this book will rock your world.

Alex and Poppy were inseparable for years. For 10 summers, they travelled together, sharing memories that soon would become precious treasures for them. Then two years ago, they had a fall out and haven’t spoken since. Poppy still remembers those summers like the happiest moments in her life, so she decides to text Alex and ask him to make one more trip with her. Of course, it’s not the same, but Poppy will try her hardest to get back that friendship even though she knows deep inside her that she wants more. 

Our Way Back to Always by Nina Moreno (Oct. 12)

Nina Moreno writes the books of my dreams. There is a little bit of everything in this novel and they all fit perfectly. If you’re in the mood for a summer-y vibes romance, Our Way Back to Always is just what the doctor ordered.

This is the story about Lou and Sam, two childhood best friends who fell out years ago. Now in their senior year, Lou finds their bucket list from middle school and Sam is ready to complete every item on the list. Kissing lessons, cleaning pools with your ex-best friend, sandy outings, and maybe a treasure hunt too, this book is everything I love about reading romance books.

A Lot Like Adiós by Alexis Daria (Sept. 14)

The anticipated companion of You Had Me At Hola is finally coming out this year! Alexis Daria returns with an estranged best friends to lovers romance that surely will make us weak in the knees. I HAVE NO DOUBT. 

After burning out in her corporate job, Michelle has built a thriving freelance business as a graphic designer. She has no love life, but she has her career, and that, right now, is enough for her. Either way, the only guy who made her think of something permanent disappeared 13 years ago. But now he’s back because an investor wants to open a celebrity gym in New York City, and while Gabe is not excited to return to the city, he does in fact come back. Their reunion is bound to make their lives change completely. 

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