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!
2021 is just around the corner. Two months from now and it will be here It’s unreal because this year went by too slowly. A new year means new book releases! It seems that we’re getting a very good batch of book releases for this year and I’m so excited to get to them already. Let’s look at some of these releases that feature hate to love relationships, rivalries and maybe even enemies to lovers. You know I love that trope so much so of course I had to share with you my most anticipated 2021 releases that have it. And then we can be excited together!
To Sir, With Love by Lauren Layne (June 29)
The first book I’m going to talk about today is Lauren Layne’s upcoming You’ve Got Mail romance. This is actually one of my favorite tropes, and if you do not know the You’ve Got Mail trope, I call them that because the characters know each other in two ways; personally and online. But in person, they hate each other while online, they like each other. The thing is… they are the same person! So it’s always fun to see the realization, the growth and the romance behind this trope.
Gracie’s dad just died so she takes over his champagne shop, but soon finds out the store’s profit margins are being squeezed very tight. To make matters worse, a big corporation is trying to buy the shop from her to convert it into a parking garage, and the sexy, infuriating head of this business is Sebastian. So with all the pressure this whole thing is giving her, she seeks advice from a person she has never met, Sir, whom she connected through a blind date app.
Sweethand by N.G. Peltier (March 30)
One of my friends and favorite romance readers is releasing a book in March! This is her debut novel and I am so excited for it. It literally sounds incredible and hits all my romance boxes. Plus she has one of the most beautiful book covers I’ve ever set my eyes on!
Cherisse has swore off guys and rather wants to focus her attention on growing her pastry chef business. When her sister reveals she’s getting married, her mom takes that chance to match her with some eligible bachelors. It’s there that she realizes Keiran King is also back on the island for the wedding, because his good friend is marrying her sister, so he also happens to be the best man to her maid of honor! These two will bicker and banter, but that sexual tension will make everything combust.
Twice Shy by Sarah Hogle (April 6)
Another favorite author of mine is Sarah Hogle. Her debut romance, You Deserve Each Other, is in my top five and it will never be edited out of that list. A new book from her? Sign me up. But yes, we are getting another hate to love romance by the queen herself and I can’t tell you enough how much I’m ready for it.
Maybell inherits a manor from her eccentric Great Aunt, but she has some tasks to complete before she gets it completely. Also the house is falling apart and the handsome groundskeeper wants nothing to do with her, so it’s definitely not a good start to her making a fresh start in somewhere new. She cannot complete all the tasks without Wesley’s help, though!
Careless Whispers by Synithia Williams (February 23)
Elaina’s life hasn’t been going good lately, especially her professional life. She decides to start her own company, hoping to never see Alex, her nemesis, again. But the business she’s interested in buying is owned by Alex’s family. On the other side, Alex never really thought his relationship with Elaina would get this bad. He admires her so much, but they cannot stop bickering and she constantly gets under his skin. Would secrets tear them apart or make them last longer?
To Love and to Loathe by Martha Waters (April 6)
After finishing To Have and to Hoax, Waters’ debut novel and the first book in this series, I became so interested in Diana and Jeremy. She really sold me this couple even though you don’t get a lot of scenes of them together, but the few scenes we got really showed a very good connection and dynamic between them. I love when two characters always argue and their friend group lets them and just watches from the sidelines.
Diana and Jeremy made a deal: Jeremy will marry in a year if not, Diana will forfeit one hundred pounds. But shortly after, Jeremy arrives at Diana’s door in order to make another bargain. His former mistress criticized his bed skills and Jeremy is looking for reassurance. He knows Diana always speaks bluntly and with the truth, so she’s the perfect candidate for this. And Diana thinks this is only going to make winning the original deal much easier. But after so much matchmaking and alone time, they might just lose their hearts in the process.