One of the main reasons I picked the #ShelfLove Challenge this year was the seasonal discussions it had. It’s a fun aspect and one I think will help keep the challenge fresh throughout the year for me.
I have a lot of must read and must avoid tropes. So this was a hard topic to narrow down. But I did! I’ve selected 3 tropes I adore and 3 tropes I could leave in the dust! Coincidentally, I listed my favourite tropes for a Top Ten Tuesday list earlier this year so feel free to check that out and two years ago I did one for tropes I could do without.
For 2018 I plan on doing more with book tropes in a new feature so be on the lookout for that in a few months!
Tropes I Can’t Get Enough Of
Slow Burn Romance
This is a trope that is new to my “fave trope” lists. These are usually harder to find unless I read reviews before hand but sometimes, a slow burn romance is what I need to remind me why I love romances. All that sexual tension and anticipation is fantastic!
Trope Winners: The Wall of Winnipeg and Me | Chasing Red
I love sexual tension and forbidden romances provide that in spades. You’ve got all that risk and you can’t wait for the reward. And I just love when love defies the odds.
Trope Winners: The Forbidden | Queen of Blood
This is probably my favourite New Adult Romance genre. I will pick up any romance if it mentions a rockstar/musician love interest. I just can’t get enough of them!
Trope Winners: The Heartbreakers | Mayhem
Tropes That Can Drop off the Face of the Earth
Multiple Love Interests
Usually I’d say love triangles here (and I still do detest them) but lately, I’ve had to endure books where the lead has multiple people trying to win their heart. I’m talking love squares people! Apparently, the lead is so desirable that they can attract 3 significant others simultaneously! Ugh.
Trope Offenders: A Wicked Thing | Blood Rose Rebellion
I can’t stand the men who think they can control their female counterpart. I like my romances to be a partnership where they can function as independent individuals but are stronger together as a pair.
Trope Offenders: Breathless | Indebted
Love At First Sight
I can understand instant connections but you need to elaborate on those for me. I want to see the romance blossom into something more than some unsaid connection. Physical chemistry is great but can these two hold an actual conversation? That’s what I like to see!
Trope Offenders: Real | A Week for Love to Bloom
What tropes do you love and hate?
Ugh yes multiple love interests needs to die! Great list here and I love that you have examples that I am now curious about.
Right!? It seems to be a trend lately and one I am so not cool with. Most of the time the 3rd love interest drops out pretty quick but you still have to read about it for a significant period of time!
Oh such a great list here 🙂 I LOVE slow burning romance just as well, it’s so much fun to read the story and see the characters’ feelings change and develop over time! 🙂
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Slow burn romance is the only time I enjoy something that is “slow”. If an action novel is slow, I usually DNF but with romances it keeps me hooked!
I love Slow Burn romance, too. Friends-to-More and Fake Relationships are probably my favorite romance tropes, though. I also hate alpha males and love triangles+.
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I totally had Fake relationships on my list but thought I should change it up a bit 😛 It’s always my go to answer lol but it is definitely a fave. I do enjoy the friends to more trope too! I much prefer it to the unrequited BFF love…