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!
Bridgerton, the Netflix adaptation of the Julian Quinn’s bestselling series, is coming very soon a.k.a. on December 25th! I’m just so very excited for a new romance adaptation to watch and completely obsess over it. The duke Simon Basset is being portrayed by actor Regé-Jean Page and you can say that I’m already half in love with him. What I’ve seen from the trailer has me so happy and more excited for this show to come. So because this show is arriving very soon to our (home) screens, I wanted to share with you a few of my favorite dukes I’ve read in romance books.
The Duke Who Didn’t by Courtney Milan
Jeremy Wentworth, the Duke of Lansing, has returned to Wedgeford to finally ask Chloe Fong to marry him. But first, he needs to confess to some secrets he has hidden from her (and the whole town!), like he’s secretly the duke. He has more power than anyone in that town and no one knows! And before he asks his childhood crush Chloe to marry him, he needs to sort everything out.
Jeremy is so soft and sweet. He’s also a jokester who constantly can’t be taken seriously by Chloe. So whenever he flirts with her, she thinks it’s a joke, but truthfully he’s ready to drop down on one knee and confess his undying love for her. The pair these two make is a match made in heaven and Courtney Milan blesses us with a superb courtship and story!
A Duke by Default by Alyssa Cole
Taking a detour to the contemporary side of romance, A Duke by Default is simply a wonderful experience. You need to meet and experience Tavish McKenzie. If you haven’t, you’re missing out on A LOT. Because oof, that man. That man.
Tavish is a grump — a gruff silver fox who just so happens to be the secret son of a duke. We love secret dukes, right?
The Duchess Deal by Tessa Dare
One of my all time favorite books, because it has the marriage of convenience trope. Love when two people team up because their goals somehow work together and the way to do it is through marriage so the only thing left to do is to fall in love.
Here we have another grumpity grump, the Duke of Ashbury. This book is inspired by Beauty and the Beast so you can imagine how Ashbury is. He also needs an heir so he needs to find a wife quickly. And when Emma runs through his door, it’s like the heavens have matched them up.
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