Bookending Autumn: Falling In Love

This prompt comes courtesy of Meeghan @ Meeghan Reads

Sunday 13th October

 Falling in love

 Autumn is for walks in the brisk air, drinking lattes, wearing matching scarves and hats, jumping in piles of leaves… wait! Is this sounding a little tropey to you? Let’s talk about some of our fave (and not so fave) romance tropes.

There are so many Romance tropes, and they are all beautiful in their own way. I’m not here to knock anybody’s go-to trope, so if I’m not a fan of your favourite please don’t worry too much about it. I might just not have read a good book with said trope – I mean a year ago I thought I didn’t like Romance novels and here we are.

Some of these recommendations may not be SOLELY romance, because as I said I’ve only been reading it for a year and I’ve not read too much of it overall, but they will have romantic plotlines! 

Tropes I love!

Secretly royalty

A classic, a stand-by, a dream of everyone who has ever looked at their bank balance and needed a moment to pull themselves together. I grew up wearing princess dresses, and I am still extravagantly extra to this day, so the secret royalty trope is just…*chefs kiss*. The pageantry, the social commentary, the potential for sexy times using royal titles

My rec for this trope: A Princess in Theory by Alyssa Cole


Marriage of Convenience 

I know, I KNOW. In reality? Potential nightmare. In a good regency romance? Utterly, devastatingly beautiful. Oh no, it is in my best interests to marry this person for money/safety/to keep up a lie. Whatever shall I do with this very sexy and kind and loving human with whom I must share my life? 

The answer is always bang it out, and fall in love. 

My rec for this trope: When a Scot ties the knot by Tessa Dare 


Grumpy/Soft dynamics

Who doesn’t love a good Slytherin/Hufflepuff style pairing of grouchy and delightful? This trope is just joy inspiring, because the gruff grumpy one is often secretly a squishball of emotion but will also fight to protect their oftentimes smaller, happier companion. Think Great Dane standing menacingly behind a Chihuahua and letting the little dog believe it is in fact them scaring people off. 

My rec for this trope: It Takes Two To Tumble by Cat Sebastian 


Enemies to Lovers

I haven’t read enough of this trope as I’d like, but I LOVE it. Especially when they’re arguing and one of them just blurts it out and…look it’s a great trope. The idea that love and loathing are both passionate, powerful emotions is excellent groundwork for confusing the two and I love it. 

My rec for this trope: Peter Darling by Austin Chant (one that isn’t solely a romance novel, but come on it’s Peter Pan and Captain Hook). 


Fake dating

“Oh no I need a date for this thing, will you pretend to be in love with me for a week”. 

All. The. Yes. 

I love the part of a romance where you can see the feelings growing between two people and the fake dating trope just adds kindling to the fire in that they actively have to act like they’re in love, but when does it stop being acting? 

I don’t have any recommendations for this one, but two books I really want to read are The Kiss Quotient by Helen Hoang and Get a Life Chloe Brown by Talia Hibbert! 


Forbidden Romance

Because really, what is more tempting and desirable than that which you can never truly have? This is a big one in YA books, which formed the bulk of my teen reading as you’d expect, so I think this is where my love of it came from. That and Romeo and Juliet, which we studied for multiple years in school and I knew off by heart at one point. It’s not my favourite Shakespeare, but I do have a soft spot for the Baz Luhrman film. 

Fuck it, that will be my reccomendation, the Baz Luhrman version of Romeo and Juliet. Go forth and watch the extravagant 90s drama performed in iambic pentameter. 

Tropes and romance plot points I do not like. 

Falling for the ‘Bully’ – Fuck off, bullying is horrible, not sexy, and if you’re a mean person that is the world’s biggest turn off. 

Insta-love – I like at least a little bit of build up before characters fall head over heels for each other. I just don’t think it’s realistic. Okay fine, it’s a little bit in Romeo and Juliet but like I said, not my favourite of his. 

When a hero is very possessive or jealous, especially when they’re not actually together yet

When the heroine is ‘not like other girls’. Nobody is, we’re like sexy snowflakes. We’re all different, and awesome. 

What are your favourite romance tropes? Any recs for your friendly local fledgling romance reader? Leave them in the comments below!

5 comments

      • I read more YA, so some of those recent favorites are Going Off Script by Jen Wilde and A Match Made in Mehendi by Nandini Bajpai… in adult romances, the latest I loved was Superfan by Sarina Bowen and Bringing Down the Duke by Evie Dunmore..

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