My Favorite (& Not So Favorite) Types of Romance Tropes | Rants & Rambles


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If you’ve followed my blog for a while, I’m sure it’s obvious by now that romance is my go-to genre for when deciding what I want to read. I was initially not a lover of the romantic reads, but after spending the last 2 years devouring romance books, I simply can’t get enough of ALL THE FEELS!

But, I don’t like all romance books. There are certain books, CERTAIN TROPES, that make me want to pull my hair out. NOT ALL ROMANCE IS GOOD ROMANCE! After figuring this out, I’ve realized what tropes work for me and what don’t and it has helped me to avoid books I know I will probably hate. Here is a list of a few of my favorite, and not so favorite, types of tropes.1234567.png


SOMEONE HOLD ME BECAUSE SECOND-CHANCE ROMANCES ARE MY FAVORITE TYPES OF ROMANCE OF ALL THE ROMANCES! BE STILL MY HEART! I just love everything about second chance romances. The two characters meeting again, reminisce of old times, the HEAT BEING LIT AGAIN. Damn my feels are always all over the place because I love seeing two characters who were split up getting a second chance at love. Not many of us get that and I find them to be really heartfelt and swoony.


Best friend to lovers is a close second to second-chance romances. I really enjoy seeing two characters getting to know each other and their platonic relationship turning into
something more. These types of romances are usually on the sweeter side and make for good fluff. Also, can we take a moment to appreciate this gif and this movie. MY HEART!



Can we talk about the amount of angst that is usually present in enemy to lover romances? vampire diaries love them klaus and carolineIt’s so brutal to read and these types of romances usually tend to be slow-burning and even though I have no patience for slow-burns, I still find myself enjoying romances about two opposites falling for each other. It’s quite entertaining actually because shenanigans are involved. Also, this gif…KLAROLINE WILL FOREVER BE END GAME!


I’ve just recently discovered sport romances back in February and I can’t get enough of them. Elle Kennedy and Sarina Bowen are my go-to’s for sport romances because they bring the heat both on and off the playing field. The scandals, the media, the throw downs on the field…YES! Also, the amount of shenanigans in these types of books make for an entertaining read. I have OTH vibes now, damn I love that show.


Who doesn’t love a man in uniform? Military romances are what I usually grab when I’m in the mood for some adrenaline pumping suspense. What I also like about military romances is that our female MCs are pretty badass themselves and they even take down the bad guys a few times. Kaylea Cross is my go-to for military romances. I absolutely adore all her characters and the romance never overtakes the plot. The suspense is killer and the romance is pretty darn hot!



I am not a big fan of love triangles, or any other geometrical relationships in books. I don’t like having to pick a team. What if both options are complete assholes, like what then? Jump overboard? Love triangles are rather predictable and usually involve a bad boy and a good guy and that’s just way too much dramatics for me. FUCK YOUR GEOMETRICAL SHAPES and let a girl live her life without all that unnecessary drama.


Student-teacher romances, step sibling romances, whatever the case may be, I am not alove black and white sad couple pretty little liars fan of forbidden romances. Mainly because they are VERY OVER DRAMATIC! No matter the consequences, we all know our two characters are going to risk it just to be together. And also, when the secret relationship is finally exposed, most of our characters rarely even have to face the consequences. Like really? If your hooking up with your student, and I don’t give a damn that she’s legal age, you need to face some consequences. I just can’t buy these romances.


Fake relationships are predictable as hell, well for me anyways. Fake dating to make someone jealous or to get back at an ex? It’s just petty. Our two characters are going to fall for each other eventually. They’re spending so much time together, eventually getting to know more about one another, someone is bound to catch some feelings at some point. Predictable.


I hate alpha males with every fiber in my being. I usually find this archetype in men veep selina meyer julia louis dreyfus Yes, on rare occasions I do read erotica for when I want something light and doesn’t require much thought. I really wish authors would do away with this archetype and let female MCs do what they want, when they want. BADASS FEMALES FTW!

There you have it, a list of my favorite, and not so favorite, types of romance tropes. If you guys have recs that include my favorite romance tropes, hit me with them so I can add them to my TBR! You can never have enough second-chance romances!

That is all for this week’s Rants & Rambles. I hope you enjoyed my random thoughts!

What are your favorite types of romance tropes?

Let me know in the comments!

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I'm Ari, a local NYC bibliophile and a forever daydreamer. You can usually find me with my nose buried in a book and my head up in the clouds. I am also a coffee addict and a chocolate connoisseur. I fell in love with the romance genre about three years ago and I haven't been able to stop reading about happily-ever-afters, which is ironic because I'm a bit of a cynical romantic in real life, haha. I hope you all enjoy my blog and fangirling with me about all the smutty reads!

26 thoughts on “My Favorite (& Not So Favorite) Types of Romance Tropes | Rants & Rambles

  1. Great choices, Ari! My favorite romance tropes are Forbidden Romance, Second chance romance and Enemy to Lovers. I don’t like Love triangles and fake relationships too. I’m not a fan of menage romance (does this count? 😳)

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  2. I so agree!! I hate, hate, hate love triangles! And Aria’s relationship in PLL made me stop watching the show because I hated it so much (made worse by being a teacher). I think it’s sick, disgusting and wrong. I get that she’s foolish because she was 15/16, but he’s an adult. He should know better. He should have ignored her, no matter his feelings on the subject.

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    1. Aria and Ezra’s relationship on PLL the show was nothing like it was in the books. I wished they would’ve gotten rid of him like they did in the books and I didn’t care for that story line at all. I will never ship student-teacher relationships involving high school students. It’s just too weird for me.

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      1. I’ve never read the books. I wish they had gotten rid of him! I couldn’t watch the show because it disgusted me so much (I think, in part, being a teacher it hits to close to home. Not that I ever would – ever – but the idea that there are teachers that would bothers me excessively. If I was Aria’s parents, I’d have called the police and filed charges when I found out.) I couldn’t agree with you more.


  3. Second chance romances and Best friend romances (big big sigh) just give me tons of tissues, my favorite pjs, fuzzy socks and a blanket because I curl up into a ball and end up crying EVERY TIME I read one lol.

    I love this post and we have so much in common when it comes to romances! Great post 🙂

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    1. I’m so with you on the tears! I always SOB ALL THE TEARS when reading these types of romances. I sometimes feel like a cheerleader on the sideline just waiting for the moment our two characters finally end up together so I can jump around and squeal! No joke, I actually do this 😅😅. I will never get tired of these two types of romances.

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  4. I agree with all of this except for fake relationships and alpha males. 🙂 I like the fake relationship trope because they’re always so cute. I don’t know why I like the alpha male one. I just do. Lol. I am not a huge forbidden love fan, but there are ones that have been okay for me. It really depends on the writer and the storyline. But I definitely don’t reach for them. Great topic for discussion!

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      1. I implore you to reconsider lol! Alpha males is one of my favorites; I find it incredibly sexy. But I don’t like them with whiny, permissive damsels in distress. I want them with alpha females, someone who can match their stride in some way or another. You can have an alpha male and a bada** female, too. That’s about the only way you can have it. Otherwise, it’s just uncomfortable to read. I particularly like this one paired with enemies to lovers.

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  5. Second chance romances, enemy to lovers, and military romances have to be some of my favorites too! I’m a little iffy with best friend to lovers romances, sometimes I like it and sometimes I don’t. I’m not entierly sure why, though.

    I’m with you on love triangles. I don’t like them at all.

    Great post! 😊

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    1. I think sometimes best friends to lovers romances can be a little predictable and maybe even a tad bit obnoxious because our two characters have known each other their whole lives and they are only now realizing that they may have feelings for one another. But I still love them, despite them being super cheesy.

      Thanks for reading! 🙂

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  6. The amount of love I have for sports romances (especially Elle Kennedy’s books) should be illegal lol!! I’m slowly getting into second chance romances, and I love enemies to lovers, and the best friend trope too. We must be spirit animals because I hate love triangles with a passion!! They just piss me off soooo much haha. I ended up reading one last week (I thought it would be more of the enemies to lovers but towards the end it switched up on me and I was too far to quit).

    If you’re looking for a good military romance I HIGHLY recommend A Lover’s Lament by K.L. Grayson and B.T. Urruela, and it’s also a second chance love story. I read it last year and fell deep in love with it.

    Great post as always Ari 😀

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    1. Elle Kennedy is killing me with her sport romances. I never thought I would like hockey until I read the Off-Campus series. Now I want me a hockey player 😅😅. & thanks for the rec, Brit! A military/second chance romance combo sounds right up my alley and I can’t wait to read it!


  7. Best friends turn lovers and enemies turn lovers are also my favorite! They usually really slow burn because each of them has to realize how their feeling has changed. And I love seeing that moment when we can see the exact moment they started to fall for each other. YES KLAROLINE IS ENDGAME and I also love 13 going on 30! 😀


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