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!
I’m currently watching an anime about a track and field club trying to get to the Hakone Ekiden — a university marathon relay race in Japan. Most of the guys in the club have never ran marathons or practiced for it in any way and we get to see them start doing it, get into it, make an effort to actually place for the marathon when in the beginning, most of them didn’t want to do it. Sports take a lot from you and if you happen to have luck, you might love the sport and give it your all to achieve your dreams. You don’t have to love it at first, but eventually you might. This happens in this anime and I find myself loving it with every episode I watch.
So of course I took inspiration from this to use the trope of running track; be it short distance or long distance. I don’t know a lot of romance books with this trope but there should be more. Whenever the Olympics is on or when they are transmitting the world championships on TV, I love watching track and field. Strength, power and speed.
Snowflake by Nia Forrester
Neighbors falling for each other! Snowflake takes us to the lives of Kaleem and Asha. Kaleem is a track star with no time for relationships, so he’s sort of a playboy; never letting anyone close enough to see inside him. But then he meets his neighbor, Asha, a shy sort-of wallflower. When these two are the only people left in their apartment complex for Thanksgiving break and a snowstorm is coming, they get to know each other and through that connection develop something deeper.
Love At First Run by Angel C. Aquino
After a heartbreak, Diana is afraid to fall in love again. Her life is a continuous cycle of doing the same thing over and over again. But she wants more. It is then that she is invited to join a running club by her office crush. When she arrives she finds out that to be part of the club she actually has to run a half marathon! This fun journey will bring Diana face-to-face with Joshua, the club veteran who becomes her unofficial running buddy.
There’s Something About Sweetie by Sandhya Menon
Menon has become a top pick when it comes to YA contemporary romances. This time around she brings us Sweetie and Ashish. Sweetie is a track athlete who can pretty much outrun most people in California. Ashish has just been dumped by his ex-girlfriend so he decides to let his parents match him up with someone. It worked pretty great for his brother.
This is how our couple meets. Though his parents approve, Sweetie’s mother can’t stop saying they don’t fit because Sweetie is fat and she shouldn’t date him until she loses weight. Sweetie is tired of being called fat like it’s a bad thing so she decides to take matters into her own hands and date Ashish secretly (with the help of his parents!). With cute dates arranged, Sweetie and Ashish slowly start to fall for each other.