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!
Falling in love with your brother’s best friend has a sort-of forbidden aspect to it, right? Because most of the time that same brother just doesn’t like his family and friendships to mix up together. That doesn’t mean that you can’t stop your heart from wanting or loving a person. They decide what you want and leave your head and brain to think it through. The heart wants what it wants! And it could be your brother’s/ or sibling’s best friend. Sorry! Or really not sorry, because hey, it’s my life and you should be supporting my happiness and if your best friend makes me happy then be happy for me, no? (You can see I have a very complicated relationship with this trope but I’m happy to say I’ve found some titles that I have enjoyed with this trope.) Hey! Sometimes books and authors change your mind.
Bad Blood by M. Malone
This book became one of my all-time favorites and I just read it a few months ago. If you want a low angsty book to spend a quiet morning reading? Bad Blood is the one you’re looking for! I sped through it, it’s a novella, so perfect for a quick moment when you have but of free time. This romance story starts with a runaway bride and her brother’s best friend. The story from that point on is so sweet and soft but also very steamy. Expect lots of great moments between these two and watch how well they compliment each other.
Pretending He’s Mine by Mia Sosa
You all know I’m a huge Mia Sosa fan and especially a Love on Cue fan. This series is genius and you won’t stop laughing and swooning for a long time. Pretending He’s Mine is the second title in the series but can be read as a standalone. You meet the brother of the heroine in book one (he is the hero and falls madly in love with his trainer) but you will see more of him in her book too! Because hello his best friend starts living with his sister and things get WILD and lovely and romantic AF. They both want each other so much and for years they have not acted upon this lust and want but now living literally next door? They just might.
Falling For Him by Alisha Rai
I’m going to change things a bit and this time the brother’s best friend hero is a little bit younger than our heroine. Yes, sir. If you haven’t picked up any, ANY, Alisha Rai book, what are you waiting for? She has a long backlist you can choose from and everything is top of the sundae. Today’s pick, Falling For Him, is an oldie but a good novella filled with sizzling chemistry and late night kissing.
Down to Ash by Melissa Blue
Will I ever shut up about this book? No, I won’t. Down to Ash is beautiful and made me weak and I possibly had a heart attack in the process of reading. I love that this book starts really fast and gets right into it. Our two protagonists know what they want, who they want, but can’t act upon it because Ashley’s brother has rules. Still these two have had it for each other for s o l o n g I swear you can feel it in your bones even if you’re only reading about it. Melissa Blue writes explosive attraction and chemistry and you won’t get enough of it. Ashley and Victor know how to make you fall in love and it might not be perfect (because who wants that) but it’s such a good ride.