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15 Romance Books To Read Based On The Trope You Love Most

Are you a romance reader looking for your next read based on your favorite trope? We’ve got you covered!


If you like “enemies to lovers” then you should read:


The Hating Game by Sally Thorne

William Morrow & Company

Lucy has always believed honey will get you more than vinegar, something her office mate and nemesis, Joshua, clearly doesn’t understand. The two have become locked in an ongoing battle as they spend 40 (or 50 to 60) hours a week stuck together at work. When they’re pitted against each other for a big promotion — which will leave the winner the loser’s boss — the stakes become even higher. But suddenly Lucy is having some not-so-hateful thoughts towards Joshua…and he might even feel the same? With a promotion on the line, Lucy will have to figure out if this is just another little game or something much more.


The Unhoneymooners by Christina Lauren

Gallery Books

Olive has always been unlucky, especially compared to her twin sister, Ami. Take, for example, Olive being stuck in her sister’s wedding party alongside best man Ethan, who Olive hates. When the entire wedding party ends up with food poisoning, Olive and Ethan are miraculously spared. And things get even better when Ami offers Olive her all-expenses-paid honeymoon. The catch? Ethan will also be there. They push their hatred aside and head to paradise, but when Olive runs into her future boss, a little white lie turns into a fake relationship with Ethan. But why does faking this suddenly feel so right?


The Worst Best Man by Mia Sosa


Carolina is a wedding planner who was left at the alter by her fiancé — ironic right? Despite her heartbreak, she dives into her business making other brides’ dreams come true. When an impressed influential guest wants to hire her for a life-changing event, she’s thrilled…until she learns it will mean working with her ex’s best man/brother. Max sees this opportunity as a way to get out of his brother’s shadow, but he’ll have to face Lina’s wrath as they work together. The closer they get, the more they realize there’s more than just animosity between them, but can they both let go of the past?

If you like “friends to lovers” then you should read:


Josh and Hazel’s Guide to Not Dating by Christina Lauren


Hazel knows she can be ~a bit much.~ And even though her zany antics and big mouth have scared some guys away, she considers it their loss, not hers. Josh has known Hazel since college, when she introduced herself by throwing up in his shoes. Ever since, he’s admired her playfulness without getting too close. But ten years later and heartbroken, he’s drawn back to Hazel. Not in a dating way. No, they just set each other up on terrible double dates. Surely there can’t be anything between them…right?


Crazy Stupid Bromance by Lyssa Kay Adams


When Alexis, owner of cat café ToeBeans, comes forward as a victim of sexual harassment by a celebrity chef, she never expected to go viral, let alone have another woman reach out to her for help — one who is also claiming to be her long-lost sister. Unsure of what to do, she turns to her best friend, ex-hacker and computer nerd Noah, who also just happens to be secretly in love with her. As he helps Alexis navigate this tumultuous time, he and his pals in the “Bromance Book Club” turn to romance books to figure out how to move this relationship from friends to something more.


Much Ado About You by Samantha Young


Evangeline feels stuck in her life in Chicago and when she’s passed over for a promotion at work, she finally decides to change things up. She heads to a quaint English village for a holiday, complete with a temporary job at the local bookstore, Much Ado About Books. There, Evie loses herself in books and the lives of the friendly locals, including Roane, a sexy farmer who seems intent on distracting Evie from ~finding herself~ with his friendly flirtation. Evie didn’t come here to find love, especially one that will inevitably end in heartbreak, right?

If you like “forced proximity” then you should read:


The Roommate by Rosie Danan


Clara Wheaton is the perfect over-achieving and predictable socialite. So when her childhood crush invites her to move across the country with him, she surprises even herself by saying yes. Unfortunately, it falls apart and Clara ends up in a lease with a charming stranger instead. Handsome and perceptible Josh could be the perfect roommate…if Clara hadn’t looked him up and discovered what he does for a living. Josh could prove scandalous for Clara’s image, but instead they agree that women deserve better sex and less stigma. How they decide to take this issue on could change their lives — and relationship – forever.


The Marriage Game by Sara Desai


Layla Patel’s life has just fallen apart, so she heads back home to San Francisco to restart. Her father, who runs a Michelin starred restaurant, sets Layla up with an office to launch her own business. But that’s not all he sets her up with: Layla will soon have a string of suitors walking through her door. As a CEO, Sam Mehta is just looking for a quiet office, which he finds above a cozy restaurant. But after some miscommunication, he finds himself sharing said office with the owner’s beautiful, but abrasive daughter. And as suitors come and go, disrupting his carefully planned life, Sam and Layla will turn this battle of the office into a battle of the heart.


The Bride Test by Helen Hoang


Khai Diep thinks he’s broken. Rationally, he knows his autism causes him to process emotions differently, but the fact that he’s never fallen in love has made him avoid relationships altogether — much to his mother’s disappointment. Taking matters into her own hands, she heads to Vietnam to find Khai the perfect wife. Esme, a quiet girl trying to make ends meet for her family, happily takes up the offer, thinking seducing Khai will solve all of her problems. But while Khai seems indifferent to her affection, Esme falls head over heels. As Esme’s time in America ticks away, Khai will have to confront his feelings and realize love can present itself in many ways.

If you like “fake relationships” then you should read:


Red, White, and Royal Blue by Casey McQuiston

St. Martin’s Griffin

As the First Son, Alex Claremont-Diaz is as close to American royalty as you can get. The “White House Trio” — Alex, his sister, and their best friend/VP’s granddaughter — are constantly in the limelight, which has its perks…until Alex is caught in a confrontation with his nemesis, Prince Henry. With tensions between Britain and American suddenly running high, their respective PR teams decide Alex and Henry must fake a friendship and make it believable. But as Alex and Henry’s relationship deepens and the truth threatens to come out, they’ll have to decide what they’re willing to risk and how they want history to remember them.


Written in the Stars by Alexandria Bellefleur


After her brother sets her up on a disastrous blind date, Darcy decides to pretend it went well to avoid him playing matchmaker ever again. But when Elle, who runs a popular astrology account on Twitter, hears about this supposedly “successful” date, she’s confused; in what world would she, a free spirit, end up with such a stick-in-the-mud like Darcy? But when Darcy begs Elle to play along, she agrees – but only if Darcy helps Elle get her family off her back. Their deal is set to expire on New Year’s Eve, but suddenly the fake relationship is starting to feel more real. Could their love be written in the stars?


Take a Hint, Dani Brown by Talia Hibbert


PhD student Danika Brown is over romance — all she asks from the universe is a simple friend-with-benefits who knows their way around a bedroom. And when sexy security guard and ex-rugby player Zafir Ansari rescues Dani from a fire drill gone wrong, it’s clear that these two have chemistry. But when a video of the “rescue” goes viral and everyone ships #DrRugbae, Zaf asks Dani to play along in order to use the hype to raise money for his charity. Dani agrees, but plans to seduce Zafir in private. But Zaf is a secret softy, looking for his happily ever after. And as he breaks down Dani’s walls, her wish for no-strings-attached will suddenly get very complicated.

If you like “hidden identities” then you should read:


Spoiler Alert by Olivia Dade


Marcus Caster-Rupp is known to the world as Aeneas, his character on TV’s biggest show, Gods of the Gates. But secretly, he’s “Book!AeneasWouldNever,” a fanfiction writer who ships Aeneas and another character, Lavinia. April is a hardcore Lavinia fan, but when her plus-sized cosplay goes viral, online trolls attack. Attempting to defend her, Marcus asks April out, but quickly realizes he wants a real relationship with her — especially once he finds out she’s actually “Unapologetic Lavinia Stan,” his closest fandom friend. But with so many secrets, can Marcus ever truly reveal himself to April — and to the world?


A Princess in Theory by Alyssa Cole


A grad student and ex-foster kid, Naledi Smith doesn’t believe in fairy tales, only in the scientific method and in herself. And she especially doesn’t believe some emails from a guy named Thabiso who claims to be an African prince…and her betrothed. But Prince Thabiso is the sole heir to the throne of Thesolo and facing pressure from his parents to get married. When he tracks down his long-lost betrothed and she mistakes him for a pauper, he grabs the chance to taste life without the burden of his crown. Thabiso and Naledi quickly succumb to the passion of their chemistry, but when the truth comes out, will Naledi be ready to embrace her royal destiny?


A Duke, the Lady, and a Baby by Vanessa Riley


When headstrong West Indian heiress Patience Jordan’s English husband mysteriously dies and it’s ruled a suicide, she raises questions. But her questioning costs her everything, including her newborn son Lionel, her fortune, and her freedom. Imprisoned, she risks her life to see her son again — and ends up getting hired as his nanny. Her son’s new guardian, Duke Busick Strathmore, a wounded military hero, is determined to reconcile his dead cousin’s financial disaster for Lionel’s sake, but instead finds himself dealing with courageous and strong-willed Patience. The two form an unstable alliance, but against enemies and obstacles, will their love last?

Did we miss your favorite romance trope? Let us know in the comments!

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