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.
Books are such a fundamental part of my life. They always have been, now more than ever. I find a safe place there whenever I feel sad or any kind of emotion. Specifically in romance books, I know I will find a happy ending that will make my day with its sweet and romantic love story. In the next books I’m going to mention, we will find characters that work with books and have a life with them. Be it librarians, bookshop owners, authors, etc. I’m highlighting every single one! Books are my other half so it seems rather nice to feature characters that also work with them and find their own HEAs. Are you ready?
Life Pushes You Along by Emma Sterner-Radley
Zoe Achidi is an assistant in a bookshop. Her life is pretty dull but it’s simple. Her days get brighter whenever businesswoman Rebecca Clare enter her place of work. But she seems to0 far away from her. Zoe’s brother and best friend decide to meddle a bit with her life and they manage to bring those two together. Zoe finds out that Rebecca’s life is also pretty uneventful, so what will happen next?
Driven to Distraction by Olivia Dade
To be honest, Olivia Dade has so many books about librarians or author or bookshop owners. You should check out this whole series. But also her upcoming book, Desire and the Deep Blue Sea, also features librarian coworkers so be sure to pick that up when it’s out.
I decided to highlight Driven to Distraction because it’s about Constance Chen and her Bookmobile saving the world one book at a time. She’s happy with her life and she doesn’t need things to change. But sparks are shining when it comes to her and the library’s IT star, Sam.
American Dreamer by Adriana Herrera
Adriana Herrera is a favorite author of mine and highly recommend this series. American Dreamer is really such a dream. We have a food truck owner and a librarian as our protagonists that you won’t get enough of.
Nesto just moved his Afro-Caribbean food truck to Upstate New York. He’s rather nervous and he only has six months to make it work. He definitely doesn’t need this lonely librarian as his distraction…
Her Sweet Seduction by Sabrina Sol
Romance novelist and single mom Celina Preciado decides to write a near tell-all about her former lover. Surprise, surprise! He shows up at her book signing. Not only Luke tells her he enjoyed the book but this sexy chocolatier wants her back.
Grumpy Fake Boyfriend by Jackie Lau
Our hero writes science fiction and he just wants peace and some alone time to do it. Fate doesn’t have the same plan for him when his only friend asks him to pose as his baby sister’s fake boyfriend for a couples’ getaway. When he is grumpy, she is bubbly and energetic (I love that trope!).
Rock Addiction by Nalini Singh
Molly has always followed the rules after an ugly family scandal. She chose to live her life with no fame and no pain. Enter Zachary Fox, a tattooed bad boy rocker that is going to enchant her and her life. A one-night stand leads to a one-month stand and things start to get complicated. Yet Zachary tells her they won’t meet again so it’s a perfect deal. Though feelings start to get involved and…
Her Perfect Affair by Priscilla Oliveras
Rosa Fernandez has her life planned out already. She isn’t going to act on impulse now that she has landed a job as a librarian. But she has been secretly crushing on Jeremy Taylor! After dancing at her sister’s wedding with him, she’s head over heels. But she knows, with his wealthy pedigree, things aren’t going to work out for the long run, but what about right now?
Hottie Scotty and Mr. Porter by R. Cooper
This book is one of my comfort reads because it’s low on angst and the romance is superb. Firefighter Scott moved to this small town to help his sister and that’s about it. He works out to look good but everyone thinks he’s dumb because of the frat boy look he has. But sweet, romantic Scott has been crushing on widower librarian Henry for months!