Book Recommendations & Romantic Tropes (part 1)

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By now, you guys should know that I love my romances, right? I do! I love romances! They make me happy :D. But with every good romance, comes a healthy dose of tropes that are used quite often in this genre.

Everyone has their favorites and the ones they can’t stand. For instance, I hate the “hidden baby” trope, you know, when the girl gets pregnant and decides not to include the guy in her decision to keep it?! I hate that one!

But I LOVE a lot of them though, so I thought “why not recommend a few books from some of my favorite tropes?“. So that’s what I’m doing! Why not, right?! I do love a few of them though, so this theme will be divided up in a few posts.


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Who doesn’t love a good “fake relationship turns real”? I know I do. I’m kind of a sucker for them actually.

  • Adorkable by Cookie O’Gorman is totally adorbs, and it’s about 2 BFFs who fake a relationship, only to realize they’re both in love with each other.
  • Big Rock by Lauren Blakely is so good! Also about 2 BFFs who pretend they’re engaged, only to realize they’re perfect for each other.
  • To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han… everyone knows this one, right? Adorable!
  • The Way to Game the Walk of Shame by Jenn P. Nguyen is also an amazing fake relationship book. Also adorbs!

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Friends to lovers is one of my all time favorite tropes used in romance books, because we all know that friendship is the base for any great relationship, right?

  • Him by Sarina Bowen and Elle Kennedy is one of my faves, because Jamie and Wes are BFFs and AMAZING!
  • The Year We Fell Down by Sarina Bowen is another great one, where the main couple become super close friends before anything romantic happens between them.
  • The One That Got Away by AJ Pine is another BFFs turned lovers story, and it’s super cute.
  • Loud is How I Love You by Mercy Brown deals with the consequences of what happens when you get involved with your best friend and bandmate. SO GOOD!

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This is another good one. Who doesn’t love the tension the animosity creates at first, only to know that they’re totally made for each other?

  • The Hard Count by Ginger Scott is such a good one… YA too… amazing.
  • Wallbanger by Alice Clayton is hilarious. And the fights between Simon and Caroline? EPIC!
  • That Thing Between Eli & Gwen by J.J. McAvoy… even though Gwen and Eli have one thing in common right off the bat, they do take their time to warm of to each other.
  • The Deal by Elle Kennedy is hard to define, because Hannah and Garrett begin as “enemies”, then they become friends, then super great friends, and then so much more. WHY HAVEN’T YOU READ THIS ONE?!

There you go! Twelve books that I absolutely loved, and fit the 3 mentioned tropes. Have you read them all? Tell me, which is your favorite trope in books?

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16 thoughts on “Book Recommendations & Romantic Tropes (part 1)

  1. Lois says:

    Friends to lovers has to be one of my favourite tropes. Part of being a boy/girlfriend is also being a friend so I love seeing that progression. I’m also a sucker for enemies to lovers. The Hard Count and the Deal still have me swooning haha.

  2. Tasya says:

    All three of them are my favorite tropes, especially the fake relationships and enemy-to-lovers because mostly they’ll be filled with denial and banter before realizing that they’re perfect for each other haha! I only read Jenny Han books though xD

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