A Match Made in Heaven

Happy (almost) Valentine's Day! Today's Top Ten Tuesday topic, hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl, is a love freebie. When I was pondering whether or not I wanted to participate, I finally thought of the perfect idea. Today, I'm sharing 10 popular romantic tropes and highlighting my favorite book that uses it. And, as a little bonus, I've included a quote from each book that exemplifies said trope. So, let's dive right in:

1. Fake Dating:
Act Like It by Lucy Parker

“Are you seriously suggesting I conduct some sort of faux-mance with Richard Troy
 in the tabloids, for the sole purpose of getting a few more bums in seats?”

2. Second-Chance Romance:
Don't You Forget About Me by Mhairi McFarlane

I wish I'd had some warning. Someone of his significance shouldn't be able to simply walk back in without fanfare, without a buildup. It reminds me of that line about death just being another room.
Lucas was dead to me and yet he's in this room. It's impossible.
I mean, I've always known it could happen. But after twelve years, you're convinced it won't happen.

3. Hate-to-Love Romance:
The Simple Wild by K.A. Tucker

“So, if you're charming, what would Bobbie consider an asshole?”
“There's one right now.”
I follow his nod and find a reflection of myself in a window.
He's quick with the comebacks, I'll give him that much.

4. Parallel Universe Romance:
Maybe in Another Life by Taylor Jenkins Reid

"I know there may be universes out there where I made different choices and they led me somewhere else,
led me to someone else. And my heart breaks for every single version of me that didn't end up with you.”

5. Marriage of Convenience:
Roomies by Christina Lauren

I swallow a gulp of air and push the words out in a rush: “I was thinking thatwecouldgetmarried.
Calvin sits back, surprised.
You,” he says quietly, “want to marry me? For this?”
“Not indefinitely, but for a year or so. I mean, until your run is up and then... we can do whatever we want.”

6. Friends to Lovers:
The Friend Zone by Abby Jimenez

“You know what I think the trick to dealing with family is? I’ve been thinking about this a lot lately.”
 “What?” I said, spreading strawberry jam on my toast.
“Marrying your best friend.” He wiped his mouth with a napkin.
“You marry your best friend, and at family gatherings you deal with your shitty relatives together.
You laugh about it and have each other’s backs.
Share looks and text each other from across the room when everyone else is being an asshole.
And nobody else really matters because you have your own universe.”

7. Falling for Your Best Friend's Sibling:
Happiness for Beginners by Katherine Center

If he was playing me, I was played. If this was just a teenage conquest of his friend's big sister, I was conquered.

8. Roommate Romance:
The Flatshare by Beth O' Leary

Of course, I still haven't actually met my flatmate, which I acknowledge is technically quite weird,
but we've started leaving each other notes more and more often now –
sometimes I forget we haven't had these conversations in person.

9. Royalty Romance:
The Royal We by Heather Cocks and Jessica Morgan

I fell in love with a person, not a prince; the rest is just circumstance.

10. Road Trip Romance:
One Plus One by Jojo Moyes

It took Edward Nicholls about fifteen minutes after he had left Danehall estate
 to question what the bloody hell he had just done. He had just agreed
to transport his stroppy cleaner, her two weird kids, and an enormous reeking dog
all the way to Scotland. What the hell had he been thinking?

Can you recommend any books that use these tropes?
Hate to love is my personal favorite from the list!


  1. This is a great idea for a post! I'm definitely a fan of hate-to-love, and that quote made me cackle. I'll have to check that book out.

    Here's my TTT post.

  2. Royalty romance is one of my favorite tropes! Especially when it's royalty/commoner.

  3. I love the Friends to Lovers trope.

    My TTT .

  4. All of these tropes are fantastic and some of my favourites! Don't You Forget About Me is my absolute favourite from your list. That book... sigh and swoon. It's just so special.

  5. I love the spin you put on this! After all, tropes are how I pick out my next romance read ;) It's also pretty cool to me that I've read all of these books except for one!


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