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!
More an archetype than a trope, the party girl archetype is one of my favorites to find inside romance books. It goes way back to my love for Serena van der Woodsen from Gossip Girl so I always tend to read these books immediately because I know they’re going to bring so much happiness into my life.
From the Top by Jaqueline Snowe
Cami has always seen people choose her twin sister instead of her. This is her life and she has gotten used to it. It’s not ideal and it’s not pretty, but what else can she do? She now expects it. She has embodied the party girl personality to the bone and everyone knows her as the life of the parties. But she has so much inside her that she doesn’t let anyone see. So when she suddenly finds herself being next-door neighbors with Freddie, the guy she thinks definitely hates her, what can possibly happen next?
Last Will and Testament by Dahlia Adler
Lizzie was class valedictorian back in high school, but in her university, she’s anything but that. She is the one who you can find at parties instead of study sessions. But her life changes from one moment to the next one. Her parents have had an accident and her younger siblings are left without a guardian. For them not to enter the system, she wants to fix up her image and take care of them. But first she needs help from her Byzantine History TA, Connor, to do so.
It Happened One Summer by Tessa Bailey
Piper is the It Girl; she’s definitely the life of the party. But after disastrous events, her stepdad sends her to a little fishing town to make amends. There, she meets Brendan, a crab fisherman captain, who doesn’t like that she is there. She’s too sunshine, too bright, too everything. And he likes his life just fine. Alone, always working, and never moving forward, Brendan’s life does a 180 when Piper takes an interest in him.