Monday, February 28, 2022

Romance Yays and Nays


Hello Fellow Readers,

We are doing something different today!!! I've wanted to do post like these for a while now, but I just didn't have time, but I do today. Let me know if you agree with me and what your 'Yays and Nays' are.


1. Fake Dating
I love fake dating and to be completely honest with you, I have no idea why. Give me two people who suddenly need a date or a SO and needs to pretend with someone and I will snatch it up! It's typically a bit of a slow burn, which means no instalove which drives me up a wall. There's always the fear that the other person doesn't feel the same way, which can lead to some misunderstandings.  
The Love Hypothesis
is a newer book which features this trope. 
As a third-year Ph.D. candidate, Olive Smith doesn't believe in lasting romantic relationships--but her best friend does, and that's what got her into this situation. Convincing Anh that Olive is dating and well on her way to a happily ever after was always going to take more than hand-wavy Jedi mind tricks: Scientists require proof. So, like any self-respecting biologist, Olive panics and kisses the first man she sees.

That man is none other than Adam Carlsen, a young hotshot professor--and well-known ass. Which is why Olive is positively floored when Stanford's reigning lab tyrant agrees to keep her charade a secret and be her fake boyfriend. But when a big science conference goes haywire, putting Olive's career on the Bunsen burner, Adam surprises her again with his unyielding support and even more unyielding... six-pack abs.

Suddenly their little experiment feels dangerously close to combustion. And Olive discovers that the only thing more complicated than a hypothesis on love is putting her own heart under the microscope.

2. Secret Royalty/ Rich
This is here because I totally understand why you wouldn't want to just come right out and say that your rich or royalty. You want to make sure the person is with you because they want to be and not just because they want your money or clout. Typically, shenanigans start with this trope which is what draws me to it.

Crazy Rich Asians
is a popular book that features this trope
When Rachel Chu agrees to spend the summer in Singapore with her boyfriend, Nicholas Young, she envisions a humble family home, long drives to explore the island, and quality time with the man she might one day marry. What she doesn't know is that Nick's family home happens to look like a palace, that she'll ride in more private planes than cars, and that with one of Asia's most eligible bachelors on her arm, Rachel might as well have a target on her back.

Initiated into a world of dynastic splendor beyond imagination, Rachel meets Astrid, the It Girl of Singapore society; Eddie, whose family practically lives in the pages of the Hong Kong socialite magazines; and Eleanor, Nick's formidable mother, a woman who has very strong feelings about who her son should—and should not—marry.

Uproarious, addictive, and filled with jaw-dropping opulence, Crazy Rich Asians is an insider's look at the Asian JetSet; a perfect depiction of the clash between old money and new money; between Overseas Chinese and Mainland Chinese; and a fabulous novel about what it means to be young, in love, and gloriously, crazily rich.
3. Enemies to Lovers (also Friends to Lovers)
While I don't go as crazy for this as some people do, I do enjoy when an author does it well. They do say that there is a thing line between love and hate, just don't have the love interests constantly fighting and you are golden in my book.

 Pride and Prejudice is one of the more classic books that feature this old as time trope. 

 Since its immediate success in 1813, Pride and Prejudice has remained one of the most popular novels in the English language. Jane Austen called this brilliant work "her own darling child" and its vivacious heroine, Elizabeth Bennet, "as delightful a creature as ever appeared in print." The romantic clash between the opinionated Elizabeth and her proud beau, Mr. Darcy, is a splendid performance of civilized sparring. And Jane Austen's radiant wit sparkles as her characters dance a delicate quadrille of flirtation and intrigue, making this book the most superb comedy of manners of Regency England.


1. Love Triangles
    This is a no for me. I will never, absolutely never, want to read a book I know that features a love triangle. I always get so frustrated with them and typically the guy I like, the one I hope gets picked, gets ruined by the author to make the person she picks a better choice. Overall, just overdone and badly most of the time at that. 
2. Falling in Love with the Bad Boy
I may just be too old to like this trope. I just want the good guy, screw the bad boy! I know at the end of the book they typically make themselves better because they are in love but geez it's usually so angst-ridden and heart crushing. I'm just not attracted to the bad boys anymore.
3. Forbidden Love  
    This trope usually ends badly, and I feel like most of the time all the angst just sucks the life out of the book and you don't really get to see a happy in love couple. They have to constantly fight or meet in secret and it's exhausting which makes for a read that I can't enjoy. 

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