Top 10 Romance Tropes and Themes

Posted March 10, 2016 / Book Challenges, Book Lists, Features / 14 Comments

top ten listAs you (probably don’t) know, one goal I had when starting this blog was to feature recommendation lists for people seeking new books to read within different topics. Top Ten Tuesday kind of took over for this area for me, which is perfect, but sometimes I like to create my own. The Contemporary Romance Challenge hosts a monthly topic to partake in. Sometimes I’ll be posting these in my Bookmark Lit Bulletin posts and sometimes they’ll get their own post, depending on my blog calendar. Here’s March’s topic:

Favorite Romance Tropes/Themes

best friend bff cyrano fake forbidden hate second chance slow summertravel

Books featuring some of my favorite tropes

Warning! If you don’t want to be “spoiled” about what kind of romance takes place in each book, don’t read on. I only say this because there are a few below that may not be IN the synopsis, as far as the romance goes.


Nantucket Blue /// summer love with the best friend’s brother

The Summer I Turned Pretty trilogy /// summer love with a childhood friend/beach house neighbor

On the Fence /// summer love with a neighbor (also brother’s friend)


Two-Way Street /// second chance while on a road trip

Princess of Thorns /// slow-burn and hate-to-love while on a journey

First & Then /// slow-burn and somewhat hate-to-love


The One that Got Away /// second chance with a slow-ish burn

Emmy & Oliver /// childhood best friend second chance when returning to hometown

Second Chance Summer /// second chance during the summertime with a neighbor


The Deal /// fake dating with a playing Cyrano/matchmaker situation

Faking It /// fake dating with hate-to-love-ish

To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before /// fake dating with a childhood friend


Magnolia /// hate-to-love plus banter with a childhood family “friend”

Meant to Be /// hate-to-love while travelling abroad

The Distance Between Us /// hate-to-love with so much banter plus forbidden romance


Scoring Wilder /// forbidden romance with coach

Last Will and Testament /// forbidden romance with teaching assistant

Breathe, Annie, Breathe /// slow-burn

14 responses to “Top 10 Romance Tropes and Themes

  1. I love this post! Good classifications. I think hate-to-love and best-friend-to-more are my favorites. But really, I love them all except slow-burn. I can’t stand when romance is too drawn out if there is really no other plot to the book. 🙂

    Kate @ Mom's Radius recently posted: Re-Read: Bookends
  2. As I was scrolling through and reading all of these tropes, I kept saying, “YEP … YEP!” and now I can’t decide which ones are my favorites to read about. If I had to choose … it’d probably be hate-to-love and slow burn. I love banter. And if they’re mean to each other in the beginning, there’s so much more to love in the long run :p

    Amaris ( recently posted: February 2016 Recap
  3. Ok so I am ALMOST done with The Distance Between Us and while probably not a 5 star read for me, I can get the appeal of Kasie West, as she certainly does the bantery romance well. Wonderful post, Lauren! (Also I love your graphics!)

  4. Okay wow this list is amazing! I love everything on this list, I can’t even choose which one is my favorites. They bring different feels you know? Like some of them are sweet (second chance, summer love) and other makes you want to bang their head together and scream “JUST KISS ALREADY” (slow burn, hate-to-love). Or maybe yells “HE/SHE LOVES YOU YOU IDIOT CAN’T YOU SEE” (best friend, matchmaking). I love those feels.

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