Trope Rec Tuesday: There’s an Expiration Date to this Romance


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.

Have you read a book with two characters who might not be spending a lot of time in a place but want to try this lovely romance with this other person? They have an expiration date and they almost always say it since the beginning. It gets to my heart always, that feeling of “oh my god they will fall madly in love but eventually will have to part”. Doesn’t it get to you too? But it’s such a nice feeling because happily ever afters, yes!

Kiss and Cry by Mina V. Esguerra

Calinda met Ramirez when they both were young. But because of her parents and her coach, they were separated and their maybe-could-happen love just fizzled away. Years later, ten years exactly, they meet again as gold medalists and sports advocates. Still single and still feeling the way they felt years ago, they decide to try it again. Yet there are some problems to their deal: He doesn’t plan on staying in Manila.

Once Ghosted, Twice Shy by Alyssa Cole

This novella talks about Likotsi, who we have met in A Princess in Theory with Prince Thabiso. But now it tells the story of Likotsi and Fab, two women who met one day and fell in love, but Likotsi couldn’t stay and their expiration date was set. Fab did the only thing she could do and that was break up and after that she ghosted Likotsi for months. But a chance meeting in New York reunites them again and they will see if it’s worth another shot.

Feels Like Summer by Six de los Reyes

One of my favorite Six de los Reyes books, Feels Like Summer starts with a five-minute girlfriend request and stays that way for three months. That’s the deal: three months then it’s over. But soon enough they will find out that three months is too little and their feelings are far too big to not stay together.

Cowboy Valentine by Mia Hopkins

Corazón Gomez doesn’t like her small town life but with a full-ride Ivy League scholarship, the only thing she has to do is to wait. Though Valentine’s Day changes everything for her. Her old cowboy crush comes back to her life and asks her for a date. She is unsure if she takes that path or stays on her perfect little road to a known future. They will want to find a way to make that love last…

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