Romance is a fickle, fun genre that most book lovers like to eat up, no matter the season or the time. Countless tropes play a role in the romantic department. Are you a fan of Enemies to Lovers? Second Chances? Fake Dating? If any of these tropes pique your interest, this recommendation list will have you running to the bookstore. Romantic tropes are always entertaining, but it can’t be the same drab old story, so here are a few stories that will get you rolling!
1. Enemies With Benefits by Roxie Noir — Enemies to Lovers
Violet and Eli have been enemies for as long as they can remember. They were rivals all throughout their time in school, so when they saw each other 10 years later, Violet felt a mixture of emotions when she found out he was her new coworker. Eli has grown to become an incredibly sexy man that she can’t ignore. Her body cannot deny she wants him…and neither can his. They devise a frienemies with benefits type of agreement. No dating, no feeling…just sweaty, hot, sexy time.
2. What a Match by Mimi Grace — Close Proximity
Gwen Gilmore is on the lookout for love that consumes her, but it’s a lot harder these days to find that connection. She needs professional help to get this girl moving. But when her brother’s grumpy best friend, Anthony Woods, stays on her couch because of apartment issues, she can’t help but see glimmers of the perfect guy. Anthony has a secret of his own. The purpose of his cold persona is to keep his distance from Gwen because he’s always had a crush on her.
3. Hani and Ishu’s Guide to Fake Dating by Adiba Jaigirdar — Fake Dating
Hani is the most popular girl at school. But when she tells her friends that she’s bisexual, they invalidate her sexual orientation because she’s never dated a girl. In a fit of frustration, she tells them she has a girlfriend. Without much thought, she tells them it’s Ishu, a girl her friends all hate. She’s the exact opposite of Hani and her friends. Ishu is an academic overachiever who is readying up for college by trying to become the head girl. As such, she agrees to help Hani out because her popularity could potentially catapult her into becoming the head girl. But as they continue this charade, real feelings get in the way, which causes much confusion between the two.
4. Only a Monster by Vanessa Len — Star-Crossed Lovers
Joan has just discovered she and her family are monsters with hidden powers. She must keep this secret with her… but when the cute boy from work is discovered to be a legendary monster slayer whose goal is to destroy everything her family is, it’s much more complicated than she first anticipated. She must embrace her monster inside to keep her family safe, but can she if a hot monster slayer lurks at every corner?
5. Before We Were Strangers by Renée Carlino — Second Chances
After missing opportunities during college, Matt and Grace cross paths 15 years later. And all of the feelings from before come rushing back. But life’s different now… is it really? Feelings that run that deep for that long tend to grow fonder over time. They may be strangers now, but they were friends and eventual lovers.
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