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 decided to do this trope because I love knowing that the main characters — the main couple — have known each other since diapers. And every single one of these books that I’m showing you today have this. Their parents have known each other for so long and they’re best friends so when their kids were born they have to have spent a lot of time together. Maybe because of this, they have been best friends since kindergarten. Or maybe they meet each other every year because their families decided they wanted to spend a holiday together. Either way, these next couples know a lot about each other, their embarrassing moments in their teen years, their glow-ups and their heartbreaks. But they are all still together and falling in love is just the most natural thing to do.
Go Deep by Rilzy Adams
Childhood best friends who get into new territory when Navaya asks Xander to have sex with her so she can have inspiration for her upcoming erotic novel. They both have never looked at the other one in that light, but as soon as they first kiss, fireworks start to appear and they cannot deny the attraction and chemistry between them.
Their mothers have been best friends since forever and they actually have wanted them to be together for so long, but it has never happened. Until now.
In A Holidaze by Christina Lauren
I have three books featuring Christmas in this list and this is the first of the three. In A Holidaze takes Groundhog Day to another level when Maelyn is returning home after spending the holidays with her family and her family’s closest friends. Tires screech and metal collides, and she is thrown back in time… to the airplane, set on repeating the same holiday again. Maelyn thinks this is the universe telling her to fix her errors and save the Utah cabin!
Of course there are two boys in the mix during all of this happening. Maelyn has been friends with them since they were babies — their parents met in college — but she has been in love and harboring a crush for one of them since forever. Though they do not see each other very often, they still have that easy banter and conversation we love to see in characters in romance books.
Wrapped Up in You by Talia Hibbert
Another recent read, Wrapped Up in You is the newest Talia Hibbert romance. Will, a Hollywood heartthrob, and Abbie, his best friend’s little sister, are spending Christmas together when both of them arrive first to her Grandma’s place. They have time to catch up and bond after they haven’t seen each other for a while. But now Will’s determined to tell Abbie he has been in love with her for many years! With pets, her Grandma, a blizzard and more incoming stuff happening, will Will and Abbie get to that happily ever after?
The Mistletoe Trap by Cindi Madsen
I’m currently reading this one and it fits so well with today’s Trope Tuesday! Childhood best friends have been separated for some years now because Gavin has been focused on his NFL career while Julie is working in another place. But now the holidays are coming up and their parents are asking them to come home, so they do. Time apart hasn’t destroyed their friendship and they are stronger than ever, but their meddling parents still want them to be together. Is it finally going to happen?