Trope Rec Tuesday: Vegetarian and Vegan Characters in Romance


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!

We get lots of meat lovers in romance. But the ones embracing the vegetarian or vegan life are far fewer than you might think. So I was pleasantly surprised when I found characters that were vegetarian/vegan in recent books I read. I began to collect more information and it seems that not many books have them, so I decided to put a small list together with some recommendations.

I’m not vegetarian or vegan myself, but I know some romance lovers are and it’s always nice to find book characters similar to you. I hope this list brings you joy!

Twice Shy by Sarah Hogle

Sarah’s sophomore novel is coming very soon. This book is the softest, sweetest book releasing this year. And Sarah really hit it out of the park. You all know one of my favorite novels is You Deserve Each Other (if you haven’t yet read it, get to it!), and Twice Shy has been added to this list as well.

This story is about Maybell and how she inherits a mansion from her great-aunt. She takes this opportunity to have a fresh start, but when she arrives at the place, she finds out her aunt also left part of the property to the grumpy groundskeeper Wesley. Now they both have to find the way to share space and to create a plan to see how this will work out for them. If that doesn’t sell you, be prepared for grumpy/sunshine energy, shy giant hero, lonely heroine and a very smokin’ hot kiss.

To Be Alone With You by Jodie Slaughter

My most recent read, Jodie Slaughter’s newest novella is just what everyone needs. As soon as I knew this romance had a reclusive sculptor hero, I was ready to give my heart and soul to it.

Naomi has accepted a week-long stay at Ira’s guesthouse to decompress after so much work. She isn’t really into the idea of seeing the guy who rejected her ten years ago, but she is broke and this is free, so. What they don’t know is that a global pandemic is happening and now Naomi has to stay in quarantine with Ira…  

The yearning in this novel is so real. I absolutely adored every second I was reading it. 

Proper English by K.J. Charles

A murder mystery romance that will leave you wanting so much more.

Pat goes to a house party with her brother. She’s visiting an old friend of hers, the Earl’s heir Jimmy Yoxall, but it’s his fiancée who really catches her eye. Their instant attraction is put on hold when one of the guests is found dead. Because of a storm, the police cannot come soon enough, so Pat, Fen and more characters have to resolve this murder before the murderer destroys all their lives!

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