Are you a Romance book lover? Which is your favorite genre and troupe? Confused? Read on to find out and learn more about what the romance genre is all about and the different types of plots and storylines you can expect. Of course, there will recommendations from me as well because I am obsessed with reading romance novels.
What is romance genre?
Any book that centers around a love story irrespective of whether it has a happy ending is a romance novel. Reading romance is not just a guilty pleasure, it often brings joy and happiness and improves relationships. There are many genres and troupes of romance. Let’s see some popular ones with recommendations.
Romance novels can be broadly categorized into:
- Contemporary Romance
- Historical Romance
- Fantasy Romance
- Supernatural or Paranormal Romance
- LGBTQ+ Romance
- Young Adult Romance
- Erotic Romance
You can also consider RomComs and Romantic suspense as subgenres.
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What are Romance Troupes?
A romance troupe is a plot that is commonly used in romance novels that a reader is often familiar with. The most common romance troupes include:
- Enemies to Lovers: My absolute favorite romance troupe where two people hate each others’ guts and end up overcoming their differences and fall head over heels in love. The most beloved book in Enemies to Lovers troupe would be
- Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
Okay, I don’t want to belittle myself and you by writing a summary or review of this book. So, here are some of my favorite quotes from this epic classic!
“You must allow me to tell you how ardently I admire and love you. -Mr. Darcy”
“If a woman is partial to a man, and does not endeavour to conceal it, he must find it out.”
“Till this moment, I never knew myself.”
“She began now to comprehend that he was exactly the man, who, in disposition and talents, would most suit her. His understanding and temper, though unlike her own, would have answered all her wishes.”
“In vain have I struggled. It will not do. My feelings will not be repressed. You must allow me to tell you how ardently I admire and love you.”
- Serpent & Dove
This book is everything!
Reid is that tall, handsome man who is also caring and good. Basically, swoon-worthy! Whereas Lou is just the opposite – sassy, spunky, daring, and foul-mouthed, who knows how to have some fun. Both drive each other mad but in the end, they fall head over heels in love with each other. I loved the chemistry between Reid and Lou – their banter was off the charts and super entertaining.
A perfect book that comes under the fantasy romance genre, it also qualifies as enemies to lovers and forbidden love book.
Here’s my detailed review: Serpent & Dove Book Review
- The Folk of the Air #1-3 by Holly Black
Cardan is even more beautiful than the rest. I hate him more than all the others. I hate him so much that sometimes when I look at him, I can hardly breathe.
I read the entire trilogy in three days! Jude and Cardan make QUITE a pair. The hatred between this human and royal fae has enough tension to cut with a sword. Of course, it wasn’t super steamy or anything and is perfect for teens.
- Forced Proximity: Another favorite troupe of mine that makes my heart flutter! This is especially common in enemies to lovers books where two people are ‘stuck together’- say, on a road trip, booking into a hotel only to find there’s only one bed, or finding themselves locked in a small broom cupboard or a snowed-in cabin.
- The Spanish Love Deception
I’m a sucker for enemies-to-lovers and slow-burn and this book gave me all the feels. 487 pages and there wasn’t a moment of exasperation. I DEVOURED this book. In fact, I didn’t want it to end. Aaron and Lina’s chemistry was sizzling hot and the slow burn and banter are literally everything I want in a romance book.
This book covers a lot of troupes: Slow burn, Fake Dating, Office romance, Enemies to lovers, and One-bed troupe.
Checkout the review here: The Spanish Love Deception Book Review
- A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J Mass
This is my current read and it’s addictive!
Imagine two people refusing to acknowledge their feelings for one another and finding themselves locked in a tiny broom cupboard! Ah! They’re touching, and once their lips are inches apart, they can’t fight it any longer. Swoon!
- The Love Hypothesis by Ali Hazelwood
This was one of the most hyped books of 2021 and rightfully so.
Smart, witty, and adorably romantic, The Love Hypothesis is a hilarious fake-dating romance novel with an academia background. The writing, the characters, the chemistry (literal and figurative lol), THE SMUT. This was SO hot, but also SO cute and SO funny and I just loved absolutely every second spent in between these pages.
- Second Chance Romance: where two people who were once in a relationship, break up and then reunite and find love with each other again.
- Bad Girl Gone Good by Alisha Kay
I just finished this book which is all about second-chance romance.
Seven years ago, Aisha Rajput shattered Dr. Kabir Pradhan’s heart with a deliberate, conscious act of betrayal. The least she can do to make up for it is to save his hospital. Aisha is the woman who loved him and broke him. The last thing Kabir needs is for her to do it all over again with his hospital. He doesn’t want her, he doesn’t need her, and he certainly won’t tolerate her. Or so he tells himself.
Heartbreak from back in the day and irresistible desire from the present day collide in this sexy second-chance romance.
- The Ex Hex by Erin Sterling
I found this book on bookstagram last Halloween and picked it up out of sheer curiosity. Guess what? I loved it to bits. I didn’t have many expectations hence it came as a beautiful surprise.
This was such a cute, light-hearted read, with a strong plot and characters. The story involves witches, magic, and romance. Such a perfect fall/Halloween read.
- The Road Trip by Beth O’ Leary
Another hyped book of 2022 and it has won many hearts!
Two sisters (Addie and Deb), one ex (Dylan), one toxic best friend (Marcus) and a random (Rodney) all squash into a mini for the road trip from hell…Will they make it to their friend’s wedding in time? Will Addie and Dylan confront their past mistakes? What can possibly go wrong?!
This is a SECOND CHANCE romance for Addie and Dylan, told in the alternating timelines of THEN and NOW… While I loved the author’s ‘The Flatshare’ so very much, this book didn’t meet my expectations. However, it’s a fun, one-time read.
I’d love to know your favorite romance troupes and favorite romance novels! Comment below!
Here are some of my favorite romance novels.
- Gone With The Wind
- To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before Book vs Movie Review
- Instructions for Dancing
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