Trope Tuesday: Grumpy Heroes in Historical 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!

If you know me, you know that I never shut up about grumpy heroes in romance books. I tend to read more contemporary books, but sometimes I do pick up a historical romance. After reading it, it only reminds me how much I adore the genre. This time, I’m recommending books that have a grumpy hero but in a historical setting!

Duke Gone Rogue by Christy Carlyle

This is my current read and it has been such a good ride. Duke Gone Rogue is releasing on December 28th, so you have to wait for a bit longer, but it’s so worth it! 

Will Hart is known as heartless by many. His sisters are worried for him, because he’s always thinking about work, so they force him to take on a much-needed vacation. He ends up in this little town where he has a manor and it’s there where he meets Maddie, the heroine. She’s the head of the Royal Visit Committee, so she needs to ensure that everything is in order and beautiful when the Princess arrives. And Will’s mansion is crumbling and horribly-looking. Their paths meet when he makes a deal with her: he’ll let her fix his manor if she’ll show him around town.

A Wicked Bargain For the Duke by Megan Frampton

This book was so much fun! If you enjoy grumpy x sunshine trope with marriage of convenience, look no further because this book is what you’ve been searching for. Our heroine is chaotic while our hero is a follower of rules, so it definitely gives us a very entertaining romance story.

Thaddeus has a strong sense of duty. This is why he has chosen the perfect bride for him. But first he needs to avoid the sister of the one he wants to marry. But unfortunately (or fortunately for us!), they are found in a compromising scene and they now have to get married. 

The Duchess Deal by Tessa Dare

Now, if you haven’t yet read this book, I highly recommend doing it as soon as possible. Beauty and the Beast-inspired historical romance with a marriage of convenience trope? You need it in your life, believe me.

Ash needs an heir, but he doesn’t have the time to court anyone. Especially because he thinks no one will want to be with him, of course. He keeps to himself in his house and rarely comes out. But one night, a young lady appears, wearing a wedding dress! So, right then and there he asks her to be his wife even if they’re practically strangers. 

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