Wednesday, February 13, 2013

A Week of Romance: Tropes Ahoy!

The Book Barbies celebrate Valentine's Day with A Week of Romance

If you are at all familiar with the romance genre, then you know that there are quite a few tropes that are common across the board. Really, the best thing to do is embrace them, and everyone has their favorites. They can be so much fun! We decided to list some of the most occurring tropes/plot devices along with our favorite books featuring each one.
01. Marriage of Convenience/Arranged Marriage
Sharon's pick: To Seduce a Sinner by Elizabeth Hoyt
Racquel's pick: by Lisa Kleypas: I LOVE arranged marriages (hey, it's fiction) and this one just hits ALL the right notes. One of Lisa Kleypas's best which is saying something.
02. Friends-to-Lovers
Sharon's pick: Just One of the Guys by Kristan Higgins
Racquel's pick: by
03. Hate-to-Love
Sharon's pick: Her Best Worst Mistake by Sarah Mayberry. THE CHEMISTRY IN THIS BOOK, you guys. I cannot even.
Racquel's pick: by ate-to-love book. I mean really, the heroine seriously DESPISES the hero and he doesn't have a high opinion of her either. And they're forced to marry. So. Well. Done.
04. Broken Marriage
Sharon's pick: This Duchess of Mine by Eloisa James. This book could technically go in the Arranged Marriage category, too, but I think it fit here better. Regardless, it is beautiful.
Racquel's pick: by *be still my heart* Sherry Thomas is the QUEEN of arranged marriages and broken marriages. (Sharon disagrees and totally claims this title for Eloisa James. Maybe they can be co-queens?) Look at and

05. Hero/heroine Fake Identity
Sharon's pick: Proof by Seduction by Courtney Milan. Such a unique story! Plus, it has one of my favorite quotes ever.
Racquel's pick:  The Raven Prince by
06. Accidental Pregnancy
Sharon's pick: Undeniably Yours by Shannon Stacey. I almost always dislike this trope. Shannon Stacey made me love it!
07. Older Brother's Best Friend OR Best Friend's Older Brother
Sharon's pick: Romancing Mister Bridgerton by Julia Quinn
Racquel's pick: by
08. Forced Partnership
Sharon's pick: Halfway to the Grave by Jeanine Frost
Racquel's pick: Never Seduce a Scot by Another arranged marriage but it IS forced! Plus it's was my first Scottish historical and I really loved it!
09. Forbidden Romance
Sharon's pick: Heart of the West by Penelope Williamson. This book is epic in every way, including an intense, slow burn romance that had me magnetized to the pages until the end.
Racquel's pick:  by
10. Road Trip
Sharon's pick: A Week to be Wicked by Tessa Dare
Racquel's pick: by

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Day 3: favorite romances
Are any of these books or authors on YOUR favorite list?

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