To explain a little about what this post will be about, I’m taking the intro I did for the last one: In every romance book you read there are tropes or archetypes. You can also see them in shows, movies, plays, etc. 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 more. I decided to do a sort of Trope Tuesday piece where I will be talking about many tropes and recommend you all some of my favorites that fit.
What is a trope? Urban Dictionary explains it best I think: “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 for sure. 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.
Romantic tropes get lots of love. Certain tropes get more than others. This one I believe has a huge following behind it: the only one bed in this hotel/inn/cottage. From time to time, when I’m on Twitter, I see people categorize their work/book with the one bed trope and readers from all around the world go and buy it immediately because we all know it can be really good. And we love a good romantic tension in close quarters. Very close together…
Robbergirl by S.T. Gibson
For the fantasy fans, Robbergirl is a F/F Snow Queen retelling with lots of other tropes like enemies to lovers, messy adopted family, disaster bisexual thief, cunning femme witch, and obviously the only one bed trope.
I found this book one day on Twitter and the author tweeted all the above tropes and I couldn’t hold my scream! It sounds really good and interesting plus I love a good old enemies to lovers romance. Deathless meets Of Fire and Stars? Yes, please!
One Bed for Christmas by Jackie Lau
I’m a huge Jackie Lau fan and couldn’t help myself and put this book in. One Bed for Christmas is a short novella but it has so much punch and love inside of its pages. It’s good for Christmas time but it’s also a timeless romance story that you can pick up any day of the year.
Wes has been friends with Caitlin for more than a decade and his crush has continued to grow with each passing year. He dances with an inflatable T-Rex costume and she… she’s a CEO. He thinks he’s not her type so he has said nothing throughout these years, but things have changed and he’s ready to take his shot.
Real Kind of Love by Sara Rider
For the faker relationship fans, Real Kind of Love is something you need to pick up right away. The heroine is an audiobook narrator (hello! yes!) who needs a fake boyfriend to be there for her family. The hero is a workaholic who doesn’t want any kind of new relationship but when his favorite customer needs help with a pretend boyfriend, he decides to help her out. This all started out as lie but maybe it will turn into a ever-lasting romance?
Pretending He’s Mine by Mia Sosa
Mia Sosa is there if you want amazing romcom titles. Her Love On Cue series is out of this world good and everyone should just put them in their TBRs. Most of the “only one bed” trope we find in books is in fake relationship novels because obviously they have to pretend to be together in front of their families/friends/loved ones, and this Mia Sosa novel is definitely there with them. You’ll have such a good time reading it; it’s hilarious, fun, romantic and all the characters are going to leave you with a beautiful impression you won’t ever forget.