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 come to you today with a new edition of the hate to love trope. If you haven’t yet check it out, I have an older post with some amazing recommendations. Those books are my old time favorites and I will always recommend them so if you want and still haven’t picked them up, I recommend you do it.
But I also wanted to update this list a bit because there has been some great novels that do have this trope but I haven’t talked about them enough! The hate to love trope is so dear to my heart because all the angst and slow burn that are to come in the chapters after they meet. These books below showcase amazing dynamics and you won’t regret picking them up.
The Earl I Ruined by Scarlett Peckham
Scarlett Peckham writes beautiful historical romances that will crave a romance of your own. The Earl I Ruined is one of my favorites, not only because it’s an Emma-inspired romance with a heroine that resembles Emma a bit, but also because the romance itself is my catnip. Faux engagement, hate to love, crushing on forever? And it has more and more! Peckham really put everything I love in a book and the writing is superb and just . . . *chef kiss* outstanding.
Getting Schooled by Christina C. Jones
I can’t stop talking about this book, I’m sorry. But to be honest, I’m not sorry. I will keep mentioning until every single person in the world has read it. Ms. Jones, there are no more words to express my love for this book. Only to say that it features one of my recent favorite couples that banter every single day, even via emails. That this couple has big AF chemistry and you will see it from a mile away and you will want them to be together ASAP but you will have to wait for a bit of time? That this story made my day when I read it and I had so much fun while reading it and couldn’t be more happy about it? Getting Schooled is a hilarious romantic comedy that will make you obsess with Ms. Jones’ books.
Too Sweet To Be Good by K.M. Jackson
K.M. Jackson’s newest romance is definitely one to pick up. It’s so very funny and romantic. Our heroine is a baker but she also takes the task of helping Mrs. Betty on renovating a local vintage theatre. All of this without telling Kellen a.k.a. Mrs. Betty’s grandson. He wants to sell the theatre as he thinks it’s the only way to do the right thing. So when he arrives at Sugar Lake and finds out about this whole thing going on, he isn’t pleased. Sparring is definitely a thing going on this book, lots of tension between our main couple and hilarious moments between all the cast. K.M. Jackson, time and time again, makes me fall in love with the stories she crafts.
sugar butter flour love: a novella by Nicole Falls
In this novella, you will find an enemies to lovers romance (with obvious dislike/hate to love) between them. A baker and a former professional football player want to win a baking competition but for them to enter, they have to do it together, as baking partners! They immediately say no because they haven’t liked each other since high school! So it’s fun to see this relationship develop and all their interactions together while the competition is happening.