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!
Living so closely to the ocean throughout all my life, it has meaning to me. It has been a side character since my very first day of being born. Actually it’s a true story – my parents took me to the beach, to the ocean, a day after I was born and bathed me in salty water. It’s a story I never forget, plus my parents love telling it, so impossible to forget really. The ocean is part of me and whenever I’m home, a trip to the ocean cannot be missed. So in these next romance books, the characters that I will be talking about, are as close to the ocean as I am with it. If it’s because of a job, a setting, a childhood memory, the ocean will become part of their lives.
Field Guide: Love and Other Natural Disasters by Six de los Reyes
This list was brought to you because of this book. Possibly. Definitely. I recently finished this title – the newest Six de los Reyes book. And you see, I’m a huge fan of her books so I pre-ordered this quickly when it was announced. It’s also the second book of the Talking Nerdy series which features Beginner’s Guide, one of my all-time favorite books. It was no surprise that I picked this up.
The book revolves around a climate scientist and a journalist. Phylle’s life is all about the ocean, of doing her best to save it. Of trying her hardest to do something about it. Dax wants to save the world with his journalism and documentaries and the work he does on the field. When they meet, they know their lives are too busy, making a change for the better, that they cannot enter a relationship. But their chemistry is too strong and soon enough their emotions get in the way.
A Tiny Piece of Something Greater by Jude Sierra
Another book that takes us deep into the ocean and its wonders that lie below but also shows us the journey of the main character, Reid, and finding his balance while falling in love. At the beginning of the novel, Reid has decided to stay at his grandmother’s condo in Key Largo. He signs up for diving lessons and there he meets Brazilian diver, Joaquim. These two hit it off really well and their relationship deepens, but as they evolve, they have to navigate ups and downs to reach a healthy relationship.
Project Saving Noah by Six de los Reyes
Six de los Reyes’s gift is to enchant us with wonderful love stories and Project Saving Noah is no exception. I love that every single character of hers appears in other her other novels so you constantly see what’s up with characters you have read and loved previously. That happened when I read Field Guide and saw Kaya, Nero, Noah and Lise again.
Noah is an oceanographer and he is very good at what he does. That’s why he isn’t too worried about finishing his Master’s degree. That changes when a new arrival, Lise, threatens his chance at a research grant! Lise is more math and less science and they will have to work together so they can have an opportunity to win.
My Nora by Holley Trent
Artist Manora has fled and retreated to her home in rural North Carolina where she is concentrating on moving forward and working on her painting career. She has a curious neighbor, giant and friendly fisherman Matt Vogel who sees her dancing one time and his heart went wild. But Nora’s last relationship left her feeling empty and like she will never be enough for anyone and she has put up walls around her heart. But Matt is ready to enter her world and make his home there. With her.