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!
As Talia Hibbert once said, “it’s extra romance hero seasoning” when you encounter a hero who has broken his nose once. Ok, Talia may have been talking about her boyfriend when she replied to my tweet, but it’s clear that heroes who have that little crooked nose make them the ultimate romance heroes. That flaw! That imperfection! Love to see it, love to read it about it. I don’t know why it works, but broken noses make heroes more handsome. It’s a fact. And if you have encountered a romance hero with this, you know what I’m talking about.
Something Like Love by Christina C. Jones
Bisexual king and queen Eddie and Astrid are the enemies to lovers romance you need in your life. This book really is so very fun and the characters will light up your world really quickly.
Eddie dislikes Astrid with a passion. He doesn’t really know why— maybe it’s her sunshine personality, or because she is younger than him— but every time he encounters her, he lets her know how much that dislike runs. But that soon turns into “this is only sex.” We all know that never works, because we see that between quiet conversations and small touches, they fall in love.
Private Eye by Katrina Jackson
Happy to announce I’m currently reading (or have read this already when this article publishes!) Private Eye, and Kenny, the hero, is It. He is It, my friends. The sweetest, caring guy who also happens to be a spy. Sexy, hot and with a “nose bent slightly to the left- her left -as if it had been broken at least once”, Kenny is going to steal your heart.
Maya and Kenny have been chatting via a camgirl site where Kenny watches Maya masturbate. They have this really cute relationship, but Maya doesn’t really know who he is because he logs in with an anon username. But then his bosses, his spy bosses, need Maya for a job, and now Kenny has to tell her the whole damn enchilada. What’s going to happen to these lovebirds?
For the Wolf by Hannah Whitten
Another recent read, For the Wolf is the dark fantasy novel that instantly made me go back to the fantasy genre. I haven’t been reading fantasy, but as soon as I got this book and I heard author Katee Robert loving it, I just knew I needed to start it.
“He didn’t stand, peering at her down a hawkish nose that had been broken and haphazardly ended, probably more than once,” is the way Eammon is described when Red sees him for the first time. Eammon is that soft hero who wants to appear grumpy but he just shows his emotions so much you definitely see that his insides are very mushy. Even though this is not technically a romance, the romance plot in this book is so great, the slow burn will captivate you so thoroughly you won’t be able to look away until you get to that moment where these two finally act upon these feelings.