Trope Rec Tuesday: Slow-Burn Romances

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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!

If you love to read love stories that take a lot of time to get to their happily ever after, you’re on the right list. Keep reading because you’re going to get some fabulous recommendations that have this trope! Slow-burn romance always, always has high sexual tension between the characters, because they have been crushing on each other for quite a while even if they are trying to tell themselves it’s not happening. Still, the attraction cannot be denied and the tension is there. So when they finally get to that perfect first kiss, you know that they won’t be able to ever go back to what they were before. Slow-burn romances won’t ever let you down!

Marriage For One by Ella Maise

If you want your slow-burn romance to always include a marriage of convenience trope, Marriage For One is the book you need to pick up. Jack and Rose get into a faux marriage where they both get benefits from it. Rose wants to own a coffee shop and Jack is letting her use the property. While Jack has his own reasons *eye emoji* Their relationship is so very swoony that you won’t be able to stop reading.

The Belle and the Beard by Kate Canterbary

But what if you want to read about a city girl who goes to a small town and gets a very grumpy next-door neighbor because of it? Choose The Belle and the Beard. There’s some annoyance at the first meeting, but also you can see the simmering attraction between them! They constantly leave notes for each other because they are the kind of people who just don’t know how to express what they feel. 

The Mistletoe Motive by Chloe Liese

Finally, let’s talk about holiday romance, because well, we’re in the season, right? The Mistletoe Motive is a Kobo original, but it’s easy to get it! You only have to download the app (which it’s free!) and get the book like you do with The Big A. 

Gabby and Jonathan are co-managers of an indie bookstore which is not doing very well. They make a deal that whoever sells the most books during these weeks gets to stay in the shop. Obviously, things happen and they grow closer! Reading about their slow-burn romance is the best feeling ever.

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