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favourite romance tropes


Hoohoo, guys.

It’s Valentine’s day this week. The day some people celebrate love and doe things with their loved ones while others detest it and say it’s all rubbish and money making. While I’m not into Valentine’s day as a capitalistic love day, I think it’s always a good thing to spend time with loved ones which is why I want to post some love-related things on here in te days leading up to Valentine’s.

This first one shall be about tropes. Tell me that a book has at least one of those and I am basically sold.

What about you? What are your favourite romance tropes? Also, if you have recommendations for me… GIMME

Enemies to Lovers

Let’s start with my favourite of all tropes. If someone tells me a story has this trope, I’ll be definitely reading it. I just enjoy reading about characters hating each other and bickering but being forced to work together or be around each other but falling for each other. The best combination is enemies to lovers with a slow burn romance. Just.. I live for this shit, okay?

Books with this trope:

A Crown of Wishes by Roshani ChokshiWoven in Moonlight by Isabel IbanezPestilence by Laura ThalassaRed, White & Royal Blue by Casey McQuistonAngelfall by Susan Ee

Fake Dating

Ahhhh! Characters pretending to be in love… despite not being… despite falling in love? Yes! I love it! And you know what’s the best combo? Fake dating + enemies to lovers, you probably have guessed that. Anyways, fake dating is amazing to read and I always need more books with this.

Books with this trope:

To all the boys I've loved before by Jenny HanThe Unhoneymooners by Christina LaurenThe Fill-In Boyfriend by Kasie WestA Prince on Paper by Alyssa Cole

Friends to Lovers

Something I like as much as people being rude and sarcastic and “hating” each other is people being rude and sarcastic but meaning it in a caring, loving way. My heart goes all warm when characters who’ve known each other realize that they’re actually in love with the other. This makes for such a wonderful ship dynamic, characters with inside jokes and knowing each other really well. Ah, so good!

Books with this trope:

Lady Midnight by Cassandra ClareJosh and Hazel's Guide to not dating by Christina LaurenThe Problem with Forever by Jennifer L. ArmentroutYes No Maybe So by Becky Albertalli & Aisha SaeedHot Dog Girl by Jennifer Dugan

Starcrossed Lovers

Two characters from totally different worlds/backgrounds? Getting to know each other and their society and learning to love what’s different and understanding other stuff than what they know? Two different species? Yes! What I especially love about this is that it’s easy for the reader to learn about different people in a book through the eyes of someone who belongs as well as someone who is new to all of it.

Books with this trope:

Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini TaylorRed Queen by Victoria AveyardAngelfall by Susan EeDark Shores by Danielle L. JensenThe Bone Season by Samantha Shannon

Those 4 are my favourites, though I like them in all kinds of combinations or additions. I mean there are amazing ship dynamics playing into this as well. Grumpy and soft one? Scholar and fighter? There’s only one bed? Gimme all of this.

Until next time,

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