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’ve done snowbound romances, but I’ve never really done a stranded together piece, with different circumstances of why they are stranded in that particular place. This trope goes together with the forced proximity trope because being stranded together creates circumstances where they have to bond in close quarters. Though the place might not be small — it can be a big planet where they are stranded together — being together with the love interest, the only person the main character knows, it’s understood that they have to pass time together.
My Dad’s Best Friend by Katee Robert
2020 was the year of Katee Robert, and it’s not over yet. I think 2021 will also bring us incredible reads by her and I’m just ready for them to publish so I can devour them.
As soon as My Dad’s Best Friend came out, I needed it in my life. I know Robert always delivers so even though I wasn’t reading a lot at the moment, I knew I was going to finish that quickly. The story is always so entertaining — steamy as heck, love in the air and great characters to remember.
This book has daddy kink, father’s best friend, crushing for far too long, and stranded together because of a storm. Obviously the storm creates this situation where our heroine, Blake, has to stay in Jonas’ place until the storm passes, but the attraction between becomes too much and they succumb to their emotions.
Surprise Baby, Second Chance by Therese Beharrie
Therese Beharries makes you feel at home with her romances. The characters welcome you, give you a warm hug and present to you a very good romance story. I swear I always come out with a smile on my face, ready for the next book to come out.
Rosa walked away from her husband, because she was afraid of becoming a burden to him. But now she’s back on his island home for a family party and they get stranded together because of a storm! They are forced to confront the past, and one kiss leads to another, you know… It’s soon after when Rosa finds out she is pregnant and time to fight for their future together.
Ice Planet Barbarians by Ruby Dixon
Bringing you different content and also including alien romances in today’s post. (Keep reading for the other alien romance rec!). You will find out that they are very…sexy and steamy and smutty. You won’t get enough when you start reading one— you will want to keep reading. And let me tell you that you are in luck because this series by Ruby Dixon has like… so many books in the series.
Georgie gets abducted by aliens, alright? But that isn’t the worst thing that happened. Because then, the aliens have some sort of ship trouble and they’re forced to leave their cargo of women (including the heroine) on an ice planet. And the only inhabitant she has met is big, blue and horned.
Fairy Tale Fail by Mina V. Esguerra
The Chic Manila series is one series I highly recommend. If you have ever wanted a long romance series with companion novels, this is it. You’ll fall for the characters very quickly and each book in the series is so different from the next one but the Mina V. Esguerra touch is there and you won’t be able to stop reading them.
Fairy Tale Fail is about being hung up from a break up and trying to let that relationship go. It’s all about the inner growth but also a cute guy in the heroine’s office might help her out with forgetting. Also being stranded together because of a storm to get to know each other is the perfect opportunity, right?
Hurts to Love You by Alisha Rai
Another great romance series that I need everyone to read if you haven’t yet. Every single book in the series is one of the best experiences you will ever have, so get reading, people!
This one is about heiress Evangeline and her long-time crush, tattooed hottie Gabriel. He’s her big brother’s best friend and he’s very off-limits. But their attraction is FIRE and being in close quarters because of a wedding will make things very difficult for them. But maybe this will also be the chance they have always wanted to have, and take that step towards a future together.