The romance genre has always been a popular one among book readers. Getting to know the tropes of a romance novel, helps me get a better view of the book I am going to read. I am a romance book addict, I love a great romance novel! I’m always looking for new romance novels on Bookstagram or YouTube. Here are some of my favourite romance tropes:
The fake dating trope mainly deals with two characters who are tired of convincing everyone around them that they are single or want to be single. They won’t set themselves up with other people, and they want to get out of a very difficult situation like bumping into their ex and muting their nagging families. The two characters decide it’s in their best interest to pretend to be in a loving relationship. But as we all know, what starts as a fake relationship soon turns into a real one. They start falling for each other and eventually become a real couple. Some examples of fake dating books are The Kiss Quotient by Helen Hoang, Take a Hint, Dani Brown by Talia Hibbert, The Ex Talk by Rachel Lynn Solomon, The Love Hypothesis by Ali Hazelwood. The Billionaire Needs A Bodyguard by Ravina Hilliard falls into this category.
The tension, the buildup, and the angst this trope has cannot be matched with the others. In this trope, the two characters get to know each other as time passes by. I mean insta love is just not for me! I love the tension the two characters hold before even getting into the relationship. The feeling that the two characters will be holding hands after 200 pages is exactly what I live for. The queen of slow-burn would be no one other than Mariana Zapata. Some book examples of this trope are The Wall of Winnipeg by Mariana Zapata, The Roommate by Rosia Danan, The Royals Next Door by Karina Halle.
Enemies To Lovers
This is the trope that gets me every time. This trope deals with two characters that hate each other due to some reasons like they have been high school rivals, or they are workplace rivals. They have basically misunderstood each other which leads them to not like each other. These two characters who hate each other are often find themselves in a situation where the two of them must work things together. Such as going on a work trip together or handling a situation together. Some book examples are The Spanish Love Deception by Elena Armas, The Hating Game by Sally Thorne, Beautiful Bastard by Christina Lauren, The Unhoneymooners by Christina Lauren, Fight or Flight by Samantha Young. Reluctant Reprisal by Ravina Hilliard is another example.
There are a lot of different situations in this trope. This trope is when two characters are attracted to each other, regardless of them being enemies, friends or strangers end up getting trapped together. They might find themselves conveniently trapped, as there is storm coming and they are forced to be in the house together, or they need to share the same bed due to some unforeseen reason. They could even be forced to share the same room or office place. Some examples of this trope are Twice Shy by Sarah Hogle, From Lukov with Love by Mariana Zapata, The Bride Test by Helen Hoang, The Layover by Lacie Waldon, Stranded with a Billionaire by Jessica Claire. The Italian Billionaire’s Kidnapped Mistress is the final addition to this list.
Marriage Of Convenience
So, the couple in this trope needs to get married even though they may be or may not be in love. They both can be acquaintances or strangers who just want to help each other. It’s usually for an inheritance, business, or family reasons. Basically, one of the two gains something out of the marriage. It normally starts as a contract between them, but as time goes by, they start getting comfortable in this fake marriage and want to keep it real from that point on. Some examples of this trope are Marriage for One by Ella Maise, Don’t Kiss the Bride by Carian Cole, Roomies by Christina Lauren, To Love Jason Thorn by Ella Maise.
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