Trope Rec Tuesday: Tale As Old As Time . . . Beauty and the Beast Retellings

Trope Rec Tuesday: Tale As Old As Time . . . Beauty and the Beast Retellings
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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!

I’m a die-hard fan of Beauty and the Beast retellings. Who isn’t? The story is always compelling  if it’s done right. Because it can take a very wrong turn rather easily. But these titles I’m sharing with you today all do a wonderful job of showing us the beauty of this retelling and the romance that is just very iconic. It is a timely story that, to be honest, I can read all the time in retellings. I never get tired of them. Both of these characters are searching for something, a person who understands them completely, a family who is there for them, someone who doesn’t make fun of them for the simplest of things, etc. These next retellings all share one thing and that is that they all feature some great love stories. 

Bollywood and the Beast by Suleikha Snyder

Suleikha Snyder writes really steamy romances. When it comes to Beauty and the Beast stories, we usually get a very gruff character. Snyder didn’t let us down with Taj. The relationship Taj has with Rocky gives us banter and realness really early on. These two will grab your attention and won’t let you go.

When Rocky has to hide out in her costar’s mansion on the outskirts of Delhi, there she meets her costar’s reclusive brother, Taj. He has become a recluse after a horrible stunt accident went wrong. These two will collide hard but the sweet, sweet outcome of this battle of wills will enchant you even more.

Bootie and the Beast by Falguni Kothari

This take will gives us a supermodel Beauty and an entrepreneur Beast. Once childhood friends but always at odds, Beauty and Krish will gives us a love story for the ages! Drama, paparazzi, undeniable chemistry that has been there for years, what will happen when these two are put together when they haven’t seen each other for some time? Obviously fun things will happen! And a lot of misunderstandings! But at the end, as we know, that happily ever after will be theirs and ours to enjoy. 

The Duchess Deal by Tessa Dare

I finally bought the mass market paperback of this book because I really love it so much. I continue to gravitate towards it when I want a feel-good romance. I know it’s going to make me laugh, cry and swoon. Tessa Dare is that good! This new series keeps getting better so you better start from the beginning with The Duchess Deal.

When Emma appears before Ash wearing a wedding dress in the first chapter, Ash makes her a deal: marry him and she will become a Duchess. He needs her for an heir so when she becomes pregnant, that’s the end of their deal. But lonely nights, fun conversations and getting to know each other will bring them together more than ever.

Flashed by Zoey Castile

Do you remember when Bruce Wayne in The Dark Knight Rises, at the start of the film, is hiding in his mansion and no one has seen him for a while? He gets his food delivered to his door but they can only leave it outside, so they can’t see him. Something like that is happening over here. 

Flashed gives us Pat and Lena. Pat was a successful model, party boy, and was just starting his movie career. But an awful accident leaves him changed forever, so he goes away to his secluded Montana ranch. Only his new housekeeper, aka Lena, is allowed inside. But she cannot see him. Though he sees her and he thinks she’s the most beautiful woman he has ever seen. But when his anger makes her run into the woods, he will have to follow and find her. You won’t want to miss them finding their HEA.

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