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!
As you can see on my previous posts, my inspiration for this column usually comes from the media that I am currently watching or something I’ve been reading and want to find more romantic tropes like that one. So you might have been wondering what sort of thing I’ve been watching, right? (Or not… but!) I watched the new reality TV competition show The Big Flower Fight (2020) which is currently on Netflix. In this show, ten florists, sculptors and garden designers compete to make beautiful and extravagant floral installations. I was to confess I watched the whole thing in one day and was completely enthralled with everything they created. Which is why this week’s trope is florists and flowers!
I love the art of it all. The arrangement of flowers, the color coordination, the meaning behind every single detail. Florists are so incredible and what they do is art. I have read some manga and it’s wonderful to see the flowers in print but it’s also really beautiful to read the way authors describe flowers and plants in their own novels.
A Crazy Little Thing Called Love by Christina C. Jones
Let’s start with Christina C. Jones’ book because that’s always a good way to start a list. Our couple meets one beautiful day in the heroine’s flower shop. Simone is ready to fall in love but has no one to do it with. That’s when our hero walks through the door and their love story starts. Roman is also a business owner but he has a coffee shop! Of course each of them have baggage and they both have to work through it if they want to get that most wanted happily ever after.
Scot Appeal by Melissa Blue
Then we have Melissa Blue who is a favorite author of mine. Well, every single author of this list is a favorite for sure. Scot Appeal puts Marcus and Ivy together in the same room. “Ginger buff guy” that’s what Ivy calls him. Marcus is also a CEO but right now he is pretending to be a handyman. And what does Ivy need? Or who… She needs a handyman, of course. It also features next door neighbors, a virgin heroine and a hero with secrets and an ugly past.
A Mistletoe Affair by Farrah Rochon
Shy, hopeless romantic? Is that me? Farrah Rochon’s holiday romance is going to speak to so many readers. Floral designer Vicki has had a crush on the hero for a long, long time. He was married at one point, so there nothing she can do about it. BUT!!! He has since divorced and is now a single dad. When Vicki comes to help when Mason needs her the most, he realizes that he might be having some feelings towards her. But being a single dad, he has to take some precaution of course. Will these two give into their explosive fire?