To explain a little about what this post will be about, I’m taking the intro I did for the last one: In every romance book you read there are tropes or archetypes. You can also see them in shows, movies, plays, etc. 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 more. I decided to do a sort of Trope Tuesday piece where I will be talking about many tropes and recommend you all some of my favorites that fit.
What is a trope? Urban Dictionary explains it best I think: “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 for sure. 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.
There is mythology all around the world. I’ve seen the romance community crave every single retelling or reimagined story, so I wanted to make a list with some titles that I know of. Maybe we have heard these myths, these stories, told by our parents or heard in class or read about them in books. But we now are seeing these myths in, maybe, a contemporary setting or a historical setting with a romance at the center of it all. Fans of myths with romance, check out these 4 myth-inspired romance novels.
Interim Goddess of Love by Mina V. Esguerra
Get ready for Filipino gods in college! So yeah, basically, Interim Goddess of Love is about a young woman taking the Goddess of Love position because the current one has gone AWOL and someone has to take her place. She’s helped by the God of the Sun, keeping in check all the love issues that are suddenly thrown at her to resolve.
The Dark Wife by Sarah Diemer
A F/F Hades and Persephone retelling where Hades is the Lady of the Underworld. This title is recommended a lot so many might know of it already but it doesn’t hurt to mention it again because I think it’s very important to give it a shoutout whenever you can! Books always need word of mouth, I believe.
Hades offers Persephone sanctuary in her realm so Persephone can escape her Olympian destiny. But she will find there more than safety… she might even find love.
Crazy Cupid Love by Amanda Heger
This book is all about Eros, the God of Love! Eliza is a descendant of Eros and she has a job to do. Though she has run away from her destiny, when her family is in a crisis, she goes to their Cupid-for-hire shop to help out.
There is a childhood best friend who returns to town, and it just so happens that he is her mentor too at the shop! Of course, Eliza is convinced True Love doesn’t exist because her job is to enchant couples/people so they fall in love. So other than enchantments, she doesn’t really believe in love.
Pleasing Persephone by Mimi Milan
Mimi Milan is coming up with her mythology romance series, starting with Pleasing Persephone. Sadly this isn’t out yet, but it’s worth mentioning because it sounds amazing. For all the Hades and Persephone fans, we have something new releasing soon!
Desi accidentally discovers a lost scroll and that forces her to travel all the way to Persephone Island. This new archeologist is ready to change scenery and go to help assist on a dig in her dream country. Her dream excavation turns into a nightmare when the site collapses and Desi will soon find out how real this is going to get.