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!
Insta love, first loves, there are all kinds of relationships in romance books. But if you’re interested in those relationships that take a lot of time and the characters already know a lot about each other, second chance romance might be for you. They had history before the start of the book, might have been together for a long time, or for a little while. Still they somehow gravitate towards each other in the end. And we see that in these novels when the couples fall back in love once again.
Heroine Worship by Sarah Kuhn
Superheroes in San Francisco fighting demons in fun circumstances and falling in love with the person you thought you would never fall for. Heroine Worship is the sequel to one of the most amazing first books, Heroine Complex. This time around we don’t get Evie’s POV but her best friends and superhero Aveda Jupiter aka Annie.
Aveda is feeling a little bit lost. She’s having an identity crisis. She’s feeling more sidekick than team duo. But when Evie gets engaged, Aveda takes it as a sign to step it up and be the greatest maid of honor Evie could ever have. Of course things get complicated when unseen, supernatural beings start attacking brides-to-be. And also she has to deal with those feelings she has always had for Scott.
Surprise Baby, Second Chance by Therese Beharrie
Therese Beharrie gives us a marriage in trouble romance for the ages. Rosa left her husband four months before the start of the novel with no reason at all. Well reasons she has but she is not telling Aaron. Not yet. She has to travel to South Africa for her mother-in-law’s birthday, to this little island to attend the party. But when she gets there her eyes only see Aaron and well, that’s because he’s the only one there. This was all a plot to get them together! Then a bad storm forces them to get stranded together and spend some quality time together, very close. There they will have to confront their feelings and figure out a way to return to each other.
Fumbled by Alexa Martin
Football romance fans, Fumbled is perfect for you. Our heroine, Poppy, walked away at sixteen and pregnant. She went to build a life far away from her former one. It has been hard but it’s hers. Then she sees TK again, the starting wide receiver for the Denver Mustangs and her former high school sweetheart. All the suppressed feelings start coming back but there are secrets between them that never got told.
Bittersweet by Sarina Bowen
This is one of my favorite books. Sarina writes really great scenarios and themes. Bittersweet takes place in Vermont and the hero has an orchard farm. He grows apples and chops a lot of wood. He finds his ex-hook up stuck in a ditch in his little town. They have shared some nights together but then that was a long time ago. Right now, he doesn’t have time for flings and sorority girls. Audrey is there for work business and she won’t leave until she gets what she wants. It might include a grumpy farmer in her plans!