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 always wanted a romance book that had two rival professors going at it, sparring and making petty remarks, while falling in love. But you really can find lots of romances featuring professors finding their own love story. History, literature, creative writing, every single professor give their all to their profession. So much respect for them and the creative ways they come up with to teach their students. Of course I had to have a single Trope Tuesday for them!!! I’m always learning from them.
I won’t be including professor/student relationships! I find the dynamic a bit not on equal grounds. Some authors really do a fantastic job writing one and I take my hat off to them. But this time around, I won’t be featuring any books with that trope.
The Write Escape by Charish Reid
I love everything to do with the literary and the literature world, which makes The Write Escape so perfect for me! A literary editor travels to Ireland for her honeymoon even though her fiancé cheated on her. She was going to travel the world! The hero is a literature professor and when he meets the beautiful women in the cottage next door, his working holiday is not going as planned.
Teach Me by Olivia Dade
Rival professors? Hell yes. I mentioned Teach Me on my ice queens article as well. It also can be included in the professors trope because both our protagonists are teachers at the same school! Their relationship doesn’t start on the right foot but we will see their interactions grow and grow into something more.
Martin is kind, but he took Rose’s world history classes. (Ok, the administration did, but!). She cannot fathom having a nice relationship with him after that event, but Martin is changing her mind little by little. She might starts to believe he isn’t that bad after all.
No Strings Attached by Mina V. Esguerra
What I love the most about No Strings Attached is the fact that it features an age gap, but it doesn’t have that imbalance of power that most age gap romances have. Also the heroine is the one who is older than the hero which we don’t see a lot in romance! And of course, the hero is a history teacher at a university; he teaches Phillipine history.
We see a couple that has a no-strings-attached relationship but actually they are so domestic they look like they’re already married (all their friends think so!). Though her best friends are trying to set her up, Dante might be the one for her.
Make Me Fall by Sara Rider
Hello. Let’s list all the available tropes this book has: 1) enemies to lovers, 2) neighbors, 3) professor, 4) small town romance, and possibly more! Make Me Fall will make your heart swoon really quickly. Sara Rider is one writer that you need to pick up ASAP.
Chemistry professor Nora moves to this small town after losing everything. She cannot keep putting her lab before her social life. But her beautiful neighbor is going to be a big problem! Expect lots of hate-notes left on mailboxes, enemies helping each other out, and one disastrous date that will change this hero’s heart!
Caliente Nights by Suzette Riddick
I read this title when it was on the Shades of Love anthology. And I had such a fun time reading it! Nursery school teacher meets baseball player in this sexy romance title. Our heroine crashes her car into another one and oops! It was her surprise to find out it was Alonzo Castor’s luxury car. She already has so many things on her plate and this one thing is the last nail in the coffin.
Caliente Nights features a Black heroine and an Afro-Cuban alpha hero who start their relationship with a literal crash, yet their journey will captivate your hearts.