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 #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 #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 #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.

Trope Tuesday #3: Star-Crossed Lovers.

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Star-Crossed Lovers is probably the most popular romance trope out there, I mean, who doesn’t know about Romeo and Juliet? Actually, this trope has been refereed to more often than not as ‘Romeo and Juliet’ instead of its actual name.

The trope happens when two lovers are destined to be kept apart no matter how hard they struggle to be together. It could be fate, or fatally-feuding families, or it may be something as mundane as a few hundred miles’ separation, but something will always be in their way.

There are way too many popular books with this trope that you probably already read or at least heard about it, like The Hunger GamesVampire Academy and The Raven Cycle just to name a few. My personal favorites are Blood For BloodCinder (The Lunar Chronicles #1) and Shatter Me.

One of the most common version of this trope, Interspecies Romance (i.e. when people from different species fall in love, like let’s say, vampires and humans), is still very present in popular books, Twilight anyone? Other well known series are Lux SeriesPenryn & the End of DaysWarm Bodies, etc.

Overall, this is a trope that could be handled in so many different ways, and it could be amazing or it can be tiring and cliche, it really depends on how the author deals with it. So I personally don’t go looking for books in this trope but I don’t judge or avoid books based on it either.

Trope Tuesday #2: Best Friend’s Sibling.

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Best Friend’s Sibling is one of those tropes that everyone knows about, and most people pretend to hate it but deep down have a soft spot for it. Well, at least I do.

The trope happens when the hero or heroine fall in love with their best friend’s sibling, and that’s pretty much all there is to it. It usually happens in two situations; the hero/heroine go away for a while and when they come back they realize their best friend’s sibling changed and now they’re see them in a different light. Or they’ve always been attracted to each other but never did anything about it afraid to hurt their sibling/best friend.

Jennifer L. Armentrout is one of my favorite authors, and she has written two books with this trope; Be with Me and Tempting the Best Man. Both of these books are part of a series but it can be read as a standalone, they’re a tiny bit overly dramatic and angst ridden, which can be annoying but from this trope they usually are.

My favorite book from this trope is On The Fence by the fluff queen Kasie West. I love her writing and I absolutely love this book, it holds a special place in my heart. It’s about Charlie, a girl that is surrounded by boys her whole life, with three brothers and single her dad. But then she finds herself working at a chic boutique to pay off a speeding ticket during the summer and starts seeing things in a new light. Another favorite of mine is Mister O by Lauren Blakely, it’s very fun and entertaining.

Other books from this trope that I’ve read but aren’t as good is The Summer I Turned Pretty trilogy by Jenny Han, I have friends that enjoyed it a lot but personally I don’t see the appeal, it’s an okay trilogy and quick to read whenever you feel like a summery romance story, but I wouldn’t call it great.

Overall, this trope doesn’t bother or annoy me but it isn’t a personal favorite either. Depends a lot on how the author handles it.

Trope Tuesday #1: Fake Dating.

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Fake Dating is one of my favorite, if not my favorite, romance trope out there. It’s also sort of a guilty pleasure trope for me, since it’s not very realistic. Although, even with the unrealistic side of things, it’s still incredibly enjoyable and always fun to read.

This is a romance trope that could be considered cliche and overused but when you stop and pay attention, there really aren’t a lot of good books about it. As the name is self-explanatory, Fake Dating is when two characters decide for whatever reason that they should pretend to be dating to achieve a goal that’s very important to them, until it’s not fake anymore and they fall in love, live happily ever after and all that.

Addicted To You by Krista & Becca Ritchie is my favorite book from this trope by far. Even though this isn’t a major part of the story itself it’s still there and I still enjoy it immensely. Between my favorites is also, The Deal by Elle Kennedy which is also a new adult book, and again, even though the fake dating part isn’t major in the plot is still there and still enjoyable.

Now in the young adult category we have To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before, which is a fan favorite for a lot of people, and I have to agree it’s one of the cutest books ever. Also, the fake dating is really enhanced, unlike the aforementioned books. Other books in which this trope is a big part of the plot are The Fill-In Boyfriend and Act Like It, both amazing books, very sweet and enjoyable.

Overall, I absolutely love this trope and 100% recommend it, even though it is more of a guilty pleasure and a lot of people dislike it profoundly.