My Top Ten Romance Tropes

Top Ten Tuesday

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly feature hosted by That Artsy Girl. Each week there is a different topic. This week’s topic is a Love Freebie so I decided to do a post about my favorite romance tropes with two book recommendations for each one. I’m the kind of person that loves having some kind of romance in just about every book I read… I’m a hopeless romantic, what can I say lol. A lot of romance tropes drive people crazy and I’ll admit there are quite a few that do not float my boat at all. But the ten on this list are ones that I usually end up enjoying. Click on the book cover image to go to the Goodreads page for each book.

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Anything with a person traveling back in time and finding true love, I am there for it. Might be a bit obvious with my first choice of Outlander but hey, that’s one of my all time-favorites so it had to make the list. In addition to Mariana I would also recommend The Rose Garden by Susanna Kearsley that would fall under this category. I really enjoyed both.

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In this category you’ll find books like the classic Pride & Prejudice by Jane Austen but I decided to recommend two that I have recently read and enjoyed. Well Met was super cute and I loved seeing Emily and Simon’s relationship shift and change throughout the book. Dating You/Hating You was also a fun read.

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There are so many great books with a forbidden love story but I decided to go with two of my favorite fantasy forbidden love stories. In A Discovery of Witches, Diana, a witch, and Matthew, a vampire, are forbidden to be together and yet their love will change the world of the supernatural forever. In Daughter of Smoke and Bone, Karou and Akiva are beings from two different worlds… or are they? They are two different beings but who Karou really is makes their relationship forbidden.

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I put off reading To All The Boys for the longest time because I thought it would be too cutesy but I adored it. I devoured the entire trilogy in a few days and I’ve watched the Netflix adaptation probably at least 3 times. I’m really looking forward to the sequel which premieres on Netflix on the Feb. 12th! Lara Jean and Peter K forever! Another fake relationship story I really enjoyed was The Kiss Quotient by Helen Hoang.

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I really love when characters are able to take a second shot at love with someone it didn’t work out with the first time around. I love second chances in general so adding the romance to it has me sold. Say You Still Love Me was a book I really got into. A cute first love story that didn’t work out and years later they get another chance to rekindle the flame.  And of course, I couldn’t get through this list without adding one from Jane Austen. Persuasion is one of my favorites.

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I love reading about two people who seemingly wouldn’t fit together but something sparks between them. These are two recent favorites that fit into that category. Bringing Down the Duke has Annabelle, a recent female entrant into Oxford from a poor family and Sebastian, the Queen of England’s favorite duke. In The Simple Wild, Calla and Jonah are on completely opposite ends of the spectrum… She’s a city girl, he’s a wilderness man.

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For one reason or another, some romances need to be kept a secret. In the case of The Royal We, a prince falls in love with an American and they try their hardest to keep their romance out of the tabloids. In Slammed, the new girl and the boy next door hit it off, and then find out that he is her teacher so their relationship has to be kept a secret.

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I loved both of these books. F*ck Marriage had a little bit of a difference where the guy had been carrying a torch for the girl for a decade while she was with his best friend. Maybe Someday had two strangers connecting over music, becoming friends and then more.

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Last year I ended up binge reading the first 9 books in the Charley Davidson series. If you’re looking for a great paranormal series with a soulmate/fate angle, then look no further than First Grave on the Right. Another great fantasy series in this category is the Caster Chronicles series starting with Beautiful Creatures.

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Lastly there is the love triangle. I don’t typically read a lot of this trope but these are a couple that I really enjoyed. The Opportunist by Tarryn Fisher and The Host by Stephenie Meyer.

What are some of your favorite romance tropes?


Say You Still Love Me by K.A. Tucker

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Expected Publication: August 6, 2019

384 Pages

Goodreads Summary: Life is a mixed bag for Piper Calloway.

On the one hand, she’s a twenty-nine-year-old VP at her dad’s multibillion-dollar real estate development firm, and living the high single life with her two best friends in a swanky downtown penthouse. On the other hand, she’s considered a pair of sexy legs in a male-dominated world and constantly has to prove her worth. Plus, she’s stuck seeing her narcissistic ex-fiancé—a fellow VP—on the other side of her glass office wall every day.

Things get exponentially more complicated for Piper when she runs into Kyle Miller—the handsome new security guard at Calloway Group Industries, and coincidentally the first love of her life.

The guy she hasn’t seen or heard from since they were summer camp counsellors together. The guy from the wrong side of the tracks. The guy who apparently doesn’t even remember her name.

Piper may be a high-powered businesswoman now, but she soon realizes that her schoolgirl crush is not only alive but stronger than ever, and crippling her concentration. What’s more, despite Kyle’s distant attitude, she’s convinced their reunion isn’t at all coincidental, and that his feelings for her still run deep. And she’s determined to make him admit to them, no matter the consequences.

Review: I’ve heard great things about K.A. Tucker’s books so I was really excited to get a chance to review an early copy of her newest book. The premise of this romance sounded so cute. I love the whole high school romance being reignited years later. Piper was a really strong female character in a business world typically dominated by men which of course meant that she had to deal with a few assholes who didn’t take her seriously. I wanted to punch Tripp square in the jaw for the way he acted around her. I loved Pipers friends from camp, Ashley and Christa. It’s so great that they were able to stay such good friends over the years. And Kyle was the perfect first true love. The book is written in alternating chapters between the past when Piper was 16 working as a camp counselor and the present when she is 29 and in the process of taking over her dad’s multibillion-dollar real estate development firm. I’m usually not that into that kind of story layout with the back and forth but I think it really worked well with this book. If you’re looking for a swoony romance, I suggest checking this book out when it releases on August 6th. I will definitely be reading more of K.A. Tucker’s books in the future.

4 Stars

I received an advanced copy of this book from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.


Top Ten Tuesday Valentine’s Edition

Top Ten Tuesday

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish.  Each week there is a new topic and this week’s topic is: Valentine’s freebie so I decided to go with my top ten OTPs (one true pairings) of all time.  I am a total sucker for a good romance between characters so I had a little bit of a hard time limiting my favorite OTPs to just 10.

Outlander (Outlander, #1)If you’ve read my blog before, this probably isn’t a surprise to you!  But my #1 OTP of all time is Jamie Fraser and Claire Beauchamp.  I can’t get enough of the two of them together and not even time itself can keep them apart.

Gone with the Wind

Next up is Rhett Butler and Scarlett O’Hara.  These two characters are so perfect for each other if only they could get over their pride and admit that they love each other desperately.


I love everything about Mr. Darcy and Elizabeth Bennet‘s romance.  They both start off thinking certain things about each other but gradually learn that these things are not all as they seem.  The slow build of their romance is great!


Lincoln and Beth from Attachments by Rainbow Rowell have one of the cutest relationships that I read about last year.


Cress and Carswell Thorne are by far my favorite twosome from The Lunar Chronicles series.  Cress is just such a cutie and her relationship with Captain Thorne completely gripped me.


These two aren’t technically together but I think that they should be so I’m going to include them in my list this week.  Noa and Judah start off rocky but as Noa gets to know Judah she sees a completely softer side to him that she can relate to and we see the blossoming of a potential romance there.  I am dying to know what happens next in this series and hopes that my two favorites will get together!


Another couple that I WISH were together would be Alina and The Darkling.  I know he’s evil and all of that but the entire time I was reading this series I was totally shipping the two of them together.


I recently reread this series and once again found myself wishing that Evie would forget about Reed and just be with Brennus.  Brennus is my absolute favorite character in this series.  Evie and Brennus together could have been so great so I will still consider them an OTP.


Shazi and Khalid were one of my favorite couples of 2015.  The slow burn of their love just gripped me and I need more of their romance.  I can’t wait for book 2 in May!


And last but not least, Katniss and Peeta.  The Hunger Games series brought me back into YA reading and as Katniss and Peeta’s relationship grew over the course of the 3 books, I just fell in love with them together.


Who are some of your favorite OTPs?  Do we share any?



Top Ten Things I Like/Dislike About Romances in Books


Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish.  Each week is a new topic/theme.  This week’s theme is Top Ten Things I Like/Dislike About Romances in Books.


  1. Slow build – characters who may not like each other at first but slowly as they get to know each other begin to have feelings.  Example: Mr. Darcy and Elizabeth Bennet
  2. Best friends turned lovers – as long as it’s a real kind of love and not some stupid friends with benefits situation.  Example: Emma and Mr. Knightley
  3. Imperfections – nobody is perfect, especially when it comes to relationships.  Example: Scarlett O’Hara and Rhett Butler
  4. Sweet gestures – small things that show love and caring, nothing overboard.
  5. Swoon-worthy male characters – I would say this is pretty self-explanatory.  Examples: Mr. Darcy, Noah Calhoun, Jamie Fraser


  1. Insta-love – too unrealistic and cheesy… no thank you.
  2. Cheating – this is just unacceptable.  I don’t like it in real life so I certainly don’t want to read about it.
  3. Grand gestures – too cliche and boring.  *YAWN*
  4. Unrequited love – too depressing, nothing romantic about it.
  5. Dangerous/abusive relationships – same reasoning for dislike #2…