Top 5 Wednesday: Favorite Romance Tropes

This weekly meme is created by Lainey of gingerreadslainey and with its new host, Sam of Thoughts on Tomes . You can check out the weekly topics on the Top 5 Wednesday – Goodreads Page.  This is a freebie week so I choose to talk about my Top 5 Favorite Romance Tropes. Without further ado here are my favorites:

  1. Enemies to Lovers  Romance – It’s an automatic read for me if a book has an enemies to lovers trope. I live for the banters and tension between the characters and the chemistry is always LIT!
  2. Forbidden Romance – There is something captivating about this trope. I love when characters break the rules so they could be together. The romance? SPICY.
  3. Mafia Romance – I have a soft spot for this trope. I love the thrill, action, romance and suspense. Mostly it contains trigger warnings such as violence, gore, profanity etc. and these books are maybe out of your comfort zone. I’m still hunting for great ones and I’ll make a list soon of all of my favorite mafia romances.
  4. Friends to Lovers Romance – What I love about this trope is that the characters know each other so well. The friendship creates a tight bond that makes their relationship stronger and better chemistry. AAHHH! I melt.
  5. Second Chance Romance – Nothing is more satisfying than to see old flames reunite and most of the time they made me emotional. Usually the couples / characters with this trope became mature after years being apart.

Those are my favorite tropes. I didn’t mention my favorite books / series for each of them because I’m planning to make a list in the future. What are your favorite book tropes? Do you have any favorite books from a specific trope? I’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments. Have a fruitful week lovelies!



A Very Large Expanse of Sea by Tahereh Mafi

avleosPages: 320

Goodreads Rating: 4.34 / 5 stars

My Rating: 5 / 5 stars

Genre: Young Adult Contemporary Romance

Publication Date: October 16th 2018

Publisher: Harper Teen


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It’s 2002, a year after 9/11. It’s an extremely turbulent time politically, but especially so for someone like Shirin, a sixteen-year-old Muslim girl who’s tired of being stereotyped.

Shirin is never surprised by how horrible people can be. She’s tired of the rude stares, the degrading comments—even the physical violence—she endures as a result of her race, her religion, and the hijab she wears every day. So she’s built up protective walls and refuses to let anyone close enough to hurt her. Instead, she drowns her frustrations in music and spends her afternoons break-dancing with her brother.

But then she meets Ocean James. He’s the first person in forever who really seems to want to get to know Shirin. It terrifies her—they seem to come from two irreconcilable worlds—and Shirin has had her guard up for so long that she’s not sure she’ll ever be able to let it down.

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Slasher Girls & Monster Boys by April Genevieve Tucholke et. al

sgmbPages: 400

Goodreads Rating: 3.89 / 5 stars

My Rating: 4 / 5 stars

Genre: Young Adult Horror, Psychological Thriller

Publication Date: August 18th 2015

Publisher: Dial Books


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For fans of Stephen King, Neil Gaiman, Lois Duncan, and Daphne Du Maurier comes a powerhouse anthology featuring some of the best writers of YA thrillers and horror 

A host of the smartest young adult authors come together in this collection of scary stories and psychological thrillers curated by Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea’s April Genevieve Tucholke.

Each story draws from a classic tale or two—sometimes of the horror genre, sometimes not—to inspire something new and fresh and terrifying. There are no superficial scares here; these are stories that will make you think even as they keep you on the edge of your seat. From bloody horror to supernatural creatures to unsettling, all-too-possible realism, this collection has something for any reader looking for a thrill.

Fans of TV’s The Walking Dead, True Blood, and American Horror Story will tear through tales by these talented authors:

Stefan Bachmann
Leigh Bardugo
Kendare Blake
A. G. Howard
Jay Kristoff
Marie Lu
Jonathan Maberry
Danielle Paige
Carrie Ryan
Megan Shepherd
Nova Ren Suma
McCormick Templeman
April Genevieve Tucholke
Cat Winters

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Excerpt Reveal: We Shouldn’t by Vi Keeland



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It was the gorgeous guy I’d seen in the elevator. And here I thought we’d had a little spark.

Bennett Fox grinned like he’d already been named my boss and ex-tended his hand. “Welcome to Foster Burnett.”

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TV Series Thoughts | The Haunting of Hill House

IMDB Rating: 8.8 / 10hill house

My Rating: 9 / 10

No. of episodes: 10

Running Time: 42 – 71 min / episode

Genre: Supernatural, Horror, Drama

Casts: Michiel Huisman, Carla Gugino, Henry Thomas, Elizabeth Reaser, Oliver Jackson-Cohen, Kate Siegel, Victoria Pedretti, Lulu Wilson, Mckenna Grace,  Paxton Singleton, Julian Hilliard, Violet McGraw, Timothy Hutton

Producer: Mike Flanagan


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Flashing between past and present, a fractured family confronts haunting memories of their old home and the terrifying events that drove them from it.

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Nero by Sarah Brianne

neroPages: 292

Goodreads Rating: 4.09 / 5 stars

My Rating: 2 / 5 stars

Genre: New Adult, Romance

Publication Date: June 27th 2014

Publisher: Young Ink Press


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Nero is the king of Legacy Prep, living a life of power.
Elle is the school’s punching bag, living a life of fear.
The only good girls Nero knows jump in his bed when he tells them to.
The closest Elle has come to a bad boy like him is in the cafeteria line.
The mob boss gave him orders to find out what she knows.
Her mouth is sealed.

I just want to be a fu**ing made man.
I’m just a fu**ing waitress.

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Ruthless King by Maya Hughes

rkPages: 339

Goodreads Rating: 4.56 / 5 stars

My Rating: 3.5 / 5 stars

Genre: New Adult, Contemporary Romance, Sports Romance

Publication Date: January 10th 2019

Publisher: Self-published


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My d*ck never got me in half as much trouble as my heart…

We were high school sweethearts. I was head over heels for her and no one could tell me we weren’t going to last forever. College? Going pro? My family’s money? None of it mattered. She was all I needed.

Then she ripped my heart out. But I’m not going to let that happen again.

She’s back. Invading my life and acting like she was the wronged one. The pain is still there, but I can’t keep my eyes off her. I can’t stop thinking about her and how much was left unsaid between us. Being this close is making me question everything I thought I knew about her.

This time everything will be on my terms. Everything…

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