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!
With quarantine and COVID-19, my 2020 pretty much went to the trash. And I know that many of you also had plans to maybe travel, with your friends and family, meet people you wanted to meet, go to bookcons, go out, etc. But for me, I have to pass my summer indoors. I do live next to the beach but I don’t want to get near that anytime soon. So books are going to be the ones who bring summer to me. And hopefully to you too.
We love beach houses, sandy summers, ocean hair, warm date nights at the ice cream shop. These books will embody everything about summer vacation and that excitement you get to spend time with either your crush or someone new who might come to town for the holidays. I want to read about fun water activities, barbecue parties, dancing nights and cocktails everywhere. Let’s get right to it.
Share My World by D. Rose
After reading this book, I’ve become obsessed with D. Rose’s writing and already got my next read. It’s the newest by this author and it’s just wonderful. This book is an explosion of tropes and steamy nights. It also has a lot of topics like family death, significant other’s break-ups, and growing from that.
This book is about Kalei and Xander, two people who are heartbroken by their last relationship. Both of them leaving more behind than what they wanted but things are what they are. They meet again after many years, back in this little town by the beach, where they reconnect their once upon a time teenage fling. This book is filled with love, date nights, sofa sleepovers and next-day breakfasts.
40-Love by Olivia Dade
Set in a secluded island, with a huge beautiful resort, our two main leads meet in a fun and unexpected way. You see, a rogue wave strips Tess of her bikini top when kids are coming her way. So the best thing she does is ask for help, to prevent a scandalous scene. Enter Lucas, a bit arrogant, a bit hilarious former tennis player who so happens to be nearby. From there, our story and these two’s fate begin.
This was so much fun to read and perfect for the summer. There are cute tennis classes at night, desserts and picnics, nude beaches and lots of romance. Also I really loved the inclusion of menstruation and how much it hurts. There is a scene where the hero goes to buy Tess heating pads and chocolate, so she can be comfortable and without any pain.
Beach Read by Emily Henry
One book that for sure will become a favorite of mine and constant reread. When I read it, all my emotions were everywhere. Pure chaos. If you decide to pick it up, there are a lot of content warnings (family death, cancer, dad cheated). The romance really is that piece of chocolate you crave at night. And when you finally eat it, you feel completed. That’s it. That’s the book.
January and Augustus are two authors. Two very different authors who happen to be living in next-door beach houses. Another thing they have in common? They have writer’s block and have to turn in a book in two months. They decide to make a little bet between them: write each other’s genres (Augustus would write romance while January literary fiction) and the one who sells their new book will have bragging rights. So much happens in this book but everything is wonderful *sings*.
Will You Be Mine? by Rilzy Adams
Even though, if I remember correctly, this doesn’t happen in summer, but they do go to Antigua for a wedding. They stay at this luxurious resort by the beach and we also get a scene where the hero slowly dies because he sees the heroine in a bikini *lmao*
JT and Hallie have been best friends for a while now. JT has been in love with Hallie for that same amount of time. She doesn’t know. When she gets her ex-best friend/crush’s wedding invitation, she realizes she cannot attend alone!!! (Her ex-bf/crush broke her heart when she was a teen). She announced she will take her *cough* boyfriend, JT. Yup, there is fake dating in this book! It’s so wonderful to see JT madly in love slowly take Hallie’s heart, bit by bit.