Trope Tuesday #13: Road Trip Romance.

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With the summer almost upon us, I’m looking for some summery books, and in doing so I’ve come across Road Trip Romance, which can be considered a very popular trope between summer books. The name itself is pretty self-explanatory, it’s when two or more people decide to, for whatever reason, make a road trip and somewhere in between they fall in love and/or discover themselves.

Summer books are one of my favorite things to read, and with Road Trip Romance being a somewhat well-known part of it, I have read some books with it. For me it’s complicated though, I love the idea of it, the road trip vibe and everything along with it. But I’ve never read a great book with this trope. Ever. And I have read quite a few so maybe that’s just not achievable.

I have a few books that I read and liked it, they’re good books but not quite there yet, you know? Amy & Roger’s Epic Detour was super cute, very summery and I really liked the characters. I know everyone loves this book, I’ve seen so many good things about it, and it’s not like I hate it or anything, it is a nice book, I really can’t find something to criticize about it, I just didn’t love it. Another one is You Are Here, I really liked the idea of this book, it was original and I enjoyed reading it. I like the author a lot, but her books can be very slow paced and sometimes boring, which was the case with this one unfortunately.

I’m not a huge fan of John Green, but he does have the road trip feel down when he writes about it, and he does have a couple of books that has a lot of road trip in it, so if you’re into it, you might want to check them out.

What do you guys think about this trope? Love it or hate it?

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Trope Tuesday #12: Friends to Lovers.

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Friends to Lovers is in essence, a relationship, a potential relationship or teased relationship between people who are always denying any feelings that cross the platonic lines towards each other, when in reality it’s inversely proportional to the truth.

This trope is incredibly popular, and I have a sort of love/hate relationship with it. Love, because I believe that every relationship should be build with friendship, and I like how realistic that is. And hate, because it can be awkward, not all friendships are a start-up for a romantic relationship and it can be handled poorly.

I’ve read quite a few books from this trope, my favorites being, Addicted Series and Concourse. Addicted is probably my favorite book series, I love the characters and the writing, although there’s a noticeable lack of diversity that bothers me, I do believe it’s a great story and it’s beautifully told. Concourse is somewhat similar, but it’s also completely different, and I love it immensely.

All of Zapata’s romances start with a friendship, and I really love that about her books; how natural it feels the whole relationship. So if you like this trope, you should totally check it out!

What about you guys? Do you love or hate this trope?

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Trope Tuesday #11: Office Romance.

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Office Romance is a very well-known trope, especially in New Adult books. Very often fiction that features characters in a work environment will have at least one instance of on the job romance. It’s usually played as against the rules and off limits, however, it can be within the employment policy. Characters can get called on it or even get fired. If the pairing fails, there can be a lot of awkwardness in the aftermath.

Sleeping with the Boss is a sub-trope that is largely popular and probably what makes me uncomfortable about this trope. The “hot for supervisor” version is forbidden in job rules to avoid ethics problems. If this does occur, one character may wind up changing shifts or departments or quitting the job.

The Hating Game is definitely my favorite book from this trope. It has everything I love in a romance book; enemies to lovers, lovable characters, great writing, etc. and I cannot wait for more from this author. I have said it before, but I’ll say it again, Emma Chase is one of the best romance authors out there, and two of her books that fit into this category are Overruled and Tangled.

I’m not really that interested in this trope, but I do like how realistic it is. I mean, most married couples I know have met in their workplace or something of the kind so that’s the nice aspect of it. But some books push it too much into the “sleep your way to the top” which is something I really disapprove.

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Trope Tuesday #10: Brooding Boy, Gentle Girl.

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I probably don’t even have to explain anything about this trope, the name says it all. Brooding Boy, Gentle Girl happens when the brooding, angsty, loner boy ends up with a sweet, gentle, caring girl who will patiently coax him out of his moody ass shelf. Now, I know this is a cliche, but aren’t cliches cliche for a reason?

While the appeal of the brooding boy probably has something to do with the fact the “girls love bad boys”, the brooding boy isn’t necessarily bad, he’s just… moody. Like, maybe he has a dark and troubled past, maybe he made terrible mistakes, or maybe he simply takes his responsibilities more seriously than he’s supposed to. Whatever the case, he’s just waiting for someone to draw him out of his shell, to understand him and yada yada yada, that person being the gentle girl.

The heroine “gentle girl” doesn’t try to actively shake the brooding boy out of his moodiness. Her approach is more subtle; she patiently and persistently offers kind words, shy or gentle smiles, hugs, companionship, and hope. In the end, “the power of love” will eventually heal the brooding boy, and she might learn some things about herself as well, since she usually has some demons about herself that she needs to face.

As this is a popular trope to say the least, I have read quite a few books from it. So I’ll just talk about my favorites. Pretty Face is definitely very high on my list, I love the author, I love the plot, I love the characters, and also AGE GAP! But seriously, this is such a masterpiece, 100% recommend anything from Lucy Parker. Another one that is very high on my list is Flat-Out Love, okay okay, I know this is getting repetitive but I love this book way too much and I just can’t help myself, I need to put it in every list that it can be a part of.

I should also recommend ManagedI’ve Got Your Number and Miracle on 5th Avenue (this one is a holiday book though, yay), these three books are so precious to me, if you haven’t read them yet, you should totally add it to your list because it’s definitely worth it. They have a special place in my heart and I’ll always love them.

What do you guys think? Already done with this trope? Or still up for more books with it?

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Trope Tuesday #9: Opposites Attract.

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Opposites Attract is not only extremely popular in the fandom territory but it’s also a major thing in real life. Really, who has never heard that opposites attract? The trope happens when two characters who are diametric opposites miraculously work well together.

I’m very conflicted about this trope because I have read great books with it, but I find the idea fundamentally ridiculous. Especially in real life. I mean, how does one talk to someone who they have nothing in common with? Even better, how do they develop a relationship? I can’t imagine it’s easily accomplished.

I’ve seen Opposites Attract being confused with Enemies To Lovers which I can understand, and sometimes it can be the case — like in The Hating Game — but usually the latter happens when the characters are too similar and compete with each other, not always though, of course.

Since this trope is so popular, I have read quite a few books with it, taking that into account, I’ll just give you my top five, yay. I will also be excluding books that could categorize as Enemies To Lovers as well.

01. Under Locke by Mariana Zapata — I love all of Zapata’s books, I swear she’s the queen of slow burn, so that automatically makes her the queen of my heart. I was so reluctant to start this book because 1) I really dislike bikers and motorcycles in general. And 2) I thought this would be darker than I wanted at the time. But I was proven wrong in the best way possible and now this is one of my favorite NA book.

02. Managed by Kristan Callihan — This book was nothing like I expected it to be and it was just so good I couldn’t put it down. Yes, the plot is great, but the characters are what really captivated me, I wanted more and more of them and nothing was enough. Callihan’s writing has gotten so much better since Firelight, or even The Hook Up that is more recent.

03. Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell — The first time I read this book I didn’t understand what the fuss was about, it didn’t seem all that appealing to me. But last year I re read it for whatever reason, and honestly how could I have missed how amazing this book is? I loved everything about it to be honest.

04. The Backup Boyfriend by River James — I actually already made a review for this book, you can check it out here.

05. The Wall of Winnipeg and Me by Mariana Zapata — Another Zapata’s book, not surprising. This one was actually the first book I read by her and it still holds a special place in my heart. I love its characters and FAKE DATING!!!!! so yea, you can guess how good this book was. Fake dating + slow burn + great writing = my happy place.

What about you guys? Do you also have a love/hate relationship with this trope?

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Trope Tuesday #8: We Met Online First.

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I have said it before, but I’ll say it again, We Met Online First is one of my all time favorite tropes. It is a relatively new trope that came around once internet became more prominent in our day-to-day lives. The name itself is pretty self-explanatory, but just in case, this trope happens when two people meet each other online, and end up falling in love with each other, yay!

Nowadays it’s so easy for us to meet people online and actually form great relationships with someone who lives the other side of the world. That is what calls out to me the most about this trope, the fact that it’s possible and not some distant far-fetched idea that you can read about but it’ll never happen to you.

I’ve read quite a few books on this trope, but my all time favorites are Tell Me Three Things and Flat-Out Love. They’re both quite similar in a lot of ways, but very different as a whole. What makes me love these books so much is how relationship develops between those characters, and how they all have so much going on with their lives that the only source of comfort they have is from this person online.

Another book that I loved and fit in this trope, but not exactly — they do meet online first, but they don’t develop their relationship online before moving on to a real life situation — is Flat-Out Celeste, which is the second book in the Flat-Out Love duology and in case you didn’t notice, I’m obsessed with these books!

Honorable mentions to Alex, Approximately and It Started With Goodbye because they’re so adorable, and I 100% recommend it whenever you feel like you need some young adult fluffiness in your life. You can also check out my we met online first bookshelf on goodreads if you’d like more options.

What do you guys think of it? Love it or hate it? Got any favorites books from this trope?

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Trope Tuesday #7: Hot Bodyguard.

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If you’re in the Fizzle Force fandom, you know this past Saturday Krista & Becca Ritchie released the blurb for Damaged Like Us – if you’re not, do yourself a favor and pick up Addicted To You right now – and I am still dying over it, so in honor of it I decided to do the books’ trope this week.

Hot Bodyguard is when the hero/heroine needs to hire a bodyguard for whatever reason and end up falling in love with them. It’s pretty simple and although it’s quite popular on movies or tv shows, it isn’t as popular on books. As in, there aren’t enough books from this trope and please gives us more.

As aforementioned, this trope isn’t as popular with books, so unfortunately I haven’t read that many books about it, but the ones I did read and liked it are: Bound By Temptation by Cora Reilly, Tempting The Bodyguard by Jennifer L. Armentrout and Seeking Her by Cora Carmack.

Bound By Temptation is the fourth in one of my favorite mafia series Born In Blood Mafia Chronicles and I’m not sure how to describe these books. They’re messed up, like really messed up and problematic, there are so many things wrong with it, so I guess you could say it’s a guilty pleasure of mine. It’s very dark and not for everyone but if you like messed up mafia stories, you’d definitely like this series.

Tempting The Bodyguard is also a part of a series but it can be read as a standalone. It’s actually pretty fun, all of the books I’ve read from Jennifer L. Armentrout are very enjoyable, I love her writing and this one was no different. 100% recommend it!

Seeking Her is a nice and quick read, also a part of a series – that I actually don’t really like – but it can be read as a standalone, it was fun to read so if you’re looking for something to read that’s fast and entertaining from this trope, you should give it a try but overall it isn’t very memorable.

What about you guys? Do you, like me, wish there was more books from this trope? Or do you hate it and is happy it isn’t so popular?

Trope Tuesday #6: Friends With Benefits.

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Okay, chances are, you’ve already seen this trope in about a thousand places. It’s literally everywhere; books, tv, cinema, real life, etc. So you probably already know how it works. But in case of the impossibility that you haven’t seen it before or maybe just don’t know much about it, I’ll break it down for you.

Friends With Benefits is when the the main characters have the incredible and completely original idea of having sex with a friend, but supposedly without romantic feelings towards each other. That being said, there is a difference between Friends With Benefits and Fuck Buddies. In this view, Fuck Buddies are couplings with no emotional relationship, just great sex. Now, Friends With Benefits differs providing sex and friendship, but not as much emotional intimacy as a full-blown romance.

I’ve read a lot o books from this trope, not necessarily by choice but because it’s used as a plot device in so many novels that it’s hard to avoid it, so I’ll just talk about my absolute favorites; Overruled is definitely my #1 by far. I love Emma Chase’s writing and this book is just incredible, not something I was expecting going into it, but I loved it. Also loved the Brazilian love interest, and the rep was the best I’ve seen from an author that isn’t Brazilian.

Another book that is very high up in my list is Black Rainbow, I already talked about this book last week on my Age Gap post, but I think it’s worth mentioning it again because it’s truly incredible. I have other books that I’ve enjoyed so I’ll just quickly mention them; The Backup Boyfriend is so adorable and entertaining, go read it! A pretty popular one is the Off Campus Series, basically all of the couples in this series go through the ‘friends with benefits/fuck buddy’ phase with their relationship. And The Hook Up, which isn’t my favorite from Kristen Callihan, but it’s still enjoyable.

I have mixed feelings about this trope. It isn’t one of my favorites, but it doesn’t tick me off either. I won’t look for it in a book, but as I stated before, it’s close to impossible to run from it.

Trope Tuesday #5: Age Gap.

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I know Age Gap is a trope generality frowned upon, and considered a daddy kink. However, it’s definitely on my top three favorite tropes — along with Fake Dating and We Met Online First. Now, I don’t know if it’s because I’m mostly attracted to older people in real life, so it appeals more to me, or if it’s the way I was brought up — since my mom only dates guys significantly younger than her, and my brother only dates women significantly older than him — but either way, I’m very into this trope.

The Age Gap happens when the couple has an age difference between them. That age isn’t fixed, it usually varies depending on what one would think it’s acceptable. There is a commonly applied formula that the ‘half your age plus seven’ rule, in which the older partner’s age is divided by two and then increased by seven to reach either the ideal or minimum allowable age for a romantic partner.

I have read quite a few books on that trope, and one of my favorites is Hothouse Flower by Krista & Becca Ritchie, this book is part of two series; Addicted and Calloway Sisters. If you don’t know me very well, you might not know that KB are one of my absolutely favorite authors, and Addicted is my all time favorite series, so I adore this book not only because of the age difference between the couple, which is definitely a plus for me, but the writing is so amazing that it’s impossible not to be pulled into their story. They also have another book, Amour Amour, that could be considered age gap-y, but slightly, since it’s only a 5 year difference between the couple.

Another favorites of mine is Pretty Face and Black Rainbow. They’re both such incredible books and in all honesty, I just enjoy everything about them; the characters, the plot, the writing, the dynamic, etc. If you enjoy this trope I fully recommend both this books, you won’t regret it.

Overall, I understand how it can be a hard no for some people, even though to me it’s a great trope and I truly enjoy it. If you’re looking for more book recs on it, you should check out my age gap shelf on goodreads. What are your opinions on it? Love it? Hate it? It’s disgusted by it?

Trope Tuesday #4: Flirty Stepsiblings.

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Flirty Stepsiblings has a pretty self explanatory trope title. And it’s a huge taboo trope where step-siblings fall in love. So basically, you’ve got two people who don’t share any DNA whatsoever, mostly teenagers, whose parents have recently gotten hitched, and they have to learn how to live with each other until baam, hormones happen.

I’ve read quite a few romance books from this trope actually, but frankly most of them are so bad. The one that I liked the most was Stepbrother Dearest, which is definitely darker than I expected and I loved that about it. Even with all the heavy subjects it still managed to be sweet at the right parts. Plus I liked the characters a lot.

I think the most popular one, that at least I’ve seen a lot about, is Too Far Series also known as Rosemary Beach Series. When I started getting into new adult books this series showed up everywhere I looked. And it’s not that I hated it, but I didn’t really understand why people liked it so much. It’s very cliche and basic, but it does have a good vibe overall.

This trope is hard to deal with, because although I personally love taboo stories in general, I also know that people view it in a bad way most of the time, hence it being taboo. Besides, most authors doesn’t really do a good job with these topics, unfortunately.