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!
Wedding-related romances make my heart skip. I remember staying up to watch the Royal Wedding (both of them!) and I get all giddy and fluffy inside when I see two people staring into each other’s eyes, seconds away from saying yes to forever. I’m a romantic at heart, you know it! So I wanted to do a wedding-related tropetastic Tuesday for you, but I wanted it to be specific: all of the next books I’m going to talk about today feature best man heroes.
They aren’t the groom, they don’t have big responsibilities. They only have to be there, to behave and not mess it up. But something always goes wrong and they, well, mess it up and, in the chaos of what they have created, they find love with an… unexpected person. Most of the time best man romances tend to be quite dislike-y to love? They usually don’t get along withother than the groom or the bride. They tend to be sexy and cool, but actually are softies inside.
The Worst Best Man by Mia Sosa
Mia Sosa really did us good with this romantic comedy. She put together two people who had no business with each other and it obviously worked. The romance was epic, delicious and wholesome.
Lina Santos was about to get married. But then she was left at the altar. And the one to blame for this? The best man, her ex’s brother. Years later, she’s about to get an amazing career opportunity. But there’s a twist: she has to work with the man who ruined her nuptials, Max Hartley.
A Thin Line by DL White
Friends turned lovers turned… enemies? Yes, sir!!!! We don’t get a lot of trope explosions like that, so whenever I find this mix, I am all over it. Because you know that these two are going to have the most epic happily ever after. They have known each other for so long, know their little quirks, secrets and how they tick. They know the worst of each other and that makes it all better to fall in love.
Angie and Preston are like oil and water. They can’t be in the same room without getting into it. But their best friends are getting married, so they have to play nice! And when they tell them they have to plan their destination wedding, as Best Man and Maid of Honor, they really need to spend time together.
The Unhoneymooners by Christina Lauren
I thinking about this book was the inspiration for this list. I haven’t yet read it but I’m a huge Christina Lauren fan so obviously it is on my TBR. We also have an enemies to lovers trope to fall in love with!!! (plus fake dating?)
Olive is unlucky while her twin sister is very lucky. Her twin is getting married to the love of her life and everything is going perfectly. Olive is stuck sharing breathing air with the best man she hates, Ethan, but, well, it’s her sister’s wedding. But then the whole wedding party gets food poisoning and her sister can’t go on her paid honeymoon. Soooo putting their mutual hatred aside, Ethan and Olive decide to take that all-expenses-paid honeymoon in Hawaii… together.
Yours Forever by Sherelle Green
Mac is a professional one-night stander. She wants easy connections, wild nights, and none of the commitment. Alex is ready for a deeper connection if someone comes along who makes his heart swoon. And when Mac and Alex have an epic night together, things completely change. Though Mac does run off after, Alex never expected to find her again.
I love that Mac and her best friends have made a pact to marry in the next year so fun situations are sure to follow. This is the start of a series so you have plenty of more books to read if you enjoy this one!