Trope Rec Tuesday: Serious Business x Chaotic Relationship Dynamic


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!

Sometimes I see this trope in books and it makes me fall in love with the story immediately. If you’re not sure what this relationship dynamic is, let me explain it for you! So, chaotic energy character meets serious business character and they couldn’t be more different. Chaotic energy character is always laughing, messing around, doing very random things out of nowhere. While the serious business character is a follower of rules, sometimes stoic and maybe even grumpy, they really just want to live their lives as perfectly as they organized it. 

When these two meet, they think that there is no way in hell they are a match. They probably dislike each other or what the other represents. They alter their lives completely and they don’t want that to affect their already “happy” lives. Though it’s obvious they are meant for each other so it’s just a matter of time for them to see it too.

The Maddest Obsession by Danielle Lori

The Maddest Obsession is my… latest obsession. *pun intended, wink* Not, but truthfully, this book literally made my life so much better. I couldn’t stop reading it and I just want everyone to experience it, so please go and get it.

Christian is definitely a serious business kinda dude. From a young age, because of events happening in his life, he has planned a life he wants to live. He has even thought about the kind of woman he is going to marry. So when he meets Gianna, a mafia boss’ wife, all of his plans change. He seriously becomes obsessed with her and can’t do anything about it. Gianna is always messing up with him and entering his life in unexpected ways so they’re definitely opposites but fit perfectly together.

How to Find a Princess by Alyssa Cole

Alyssa Cole wrote the greatest chaotic character in Beznaria. She is the embodiment of chaos and I loved her so very much. Bez has come to the United States to find the missing heir of her kingdom. She’s sure Makeda is her so she creates a plan to take her back so she can sit on that throne. But nothing goes as planned!

Makeda knows what she wants. She never wants to hear about being a princess again. Even when the pretty investigator knocks on her door, she doesn’t want to hear about it. But Bez is very charming and flirty and soon enough their adventure begins.

I do think Makeda is the least “serious business” character in this whole list. She’s not that grumpy or stoic, but she does want to appear that way! Bez and Makeda have a lot of similarities too so I was just so happy to see them connect and fall in love.

Act Your Age, Eve Brown by Talia Hibbert

Eve and Jacob have already made my 2021. This book grabbed me by the heart and never let me go. It was the best thing that has happened to me this year. 

Eve is definitely very chaotic. Everything starts when her parents tell her that she needs to find her way. This leads her to enter a B&B at this little town where they are doing interviews for the chef position. She thinks it’s the perfect opportunity to start anew, but she never expected the owner of the B&B to tell her no. When she’s about to drive off, she accidentally hits him with her car and he is not impressed. He wants his business to do well, to succeed, and he has a plan for how he wants to do it. He really never expected Eve Brown. 

A Wicked Bargain for the Duke by Megan Frampton

This couple really showcases this dynamic so well. Lavinia is very passionate and honest while her sister is shy and quiet. That’s why the Duke of Hasford chooses her sister as the best option for him to marry. Though he does feel an attraction for Lavinia he is definitely a very serious business type of character. He has a list and everything! And Lavinia does not fit the life he thinks he is supposed to follow. 

That’s why when they get found out in a compromising position and then get a marriage of convenience, he is not at all happy about the new development in his life. Nor she in hers. But they have to do it in order to avoid scandal. This is only the start of an epic love story between two people who are way different but somehow those differences make them meant to be. 

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