Top 10 Tuesday — Tropes Are Tops!

20 Aug

This week Top 10 Tuesday is all about the tropes — common themes or devices used in literature. My list is all about plot devices that define a story line, such as rags to riches. While many turn their noses up at tropes, terming them cliches, there is a reason they are used over and over — they are stories readers want to read! My list contains the very common (and popular) tropes that were excellently used in the books mentioned. And as you can see, tropes can be used in any genre — romance, suspense, historical, and fantasy. Hope you find a book you will love!

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Top Tropes

Amnesia — Forget Me Not by Vicki Hinze

Cold Case — Traces of Guilt by Dee Henderson

Best Friends to Lovers — Sweet on You by Becky Wade

Long-Lost Heir — Princess Ever After by Rachel Hauck

Love Triangle — The Sons of Blackbird Mountain by Joanne Bischof

Marriage of Convenience — More Than Words Can Say by Karen Witemeyer

Missing Person — Threads of Suspicion by Dee Henderson

Second Chance at Love — Falling for You by Becky Wade

Unlikely Hero —A Cast of Stones by Patrick Carr


What’s your favorite trope?


17 Responses to “Top 10 Tuesday — Tropes Are Tops!”

  1. Mir (TBR and Beyond) August 20, 2019 at 5:28 am #

    When a love triangle is done well it can be pretty amazing. Great choices

    • rbclibrary August 20, 2019 at 6:09 am #


  2. lydiaschoch August 20, 2019 at 7:02 am #

    Yeah, missing people is a great trope.

    My TTT

    • rbclibrary August 20, 2019 at 3:07 pm #

      Thanks for sharing your TTT list!

  3. Gail Johnson August 20, 2019 at 7:17 am #

    I enjoy second chance stories. Great list!

    • rbclibrary August 20, 2019 at 3:07 pm #


  4. anovelglimpse August 20, 2019 at 11:38 am #

    I like all these minus amnesia. I have never really been into that trope. Every once is a while I read a good one of those, though.

    • rbclibrary August 20, 2019 at 3:07 pm #

      It’s a good device if the reader isn’t sure if the amnesia is real or not.

      • anovelglimpse August 20, 2019 at 8:48 pm #

        Ooo! I like that idea!

  5. Beth Erin August 20, 2019 at 11:51 am #

    I love amnesia! I wouldn’t love to actually have amnesia but I do enjoy reading characters who wrestle their way through it! My TTT

    • rbclibrary August 20, 2019 at 3:06 pm #


  6. Rissi August 20, 2019 at 12:09 pm #

    Love a good friends to lovers trope. It’s one of my favorites when done properly. And I’ve read a FEW marriage of convenience stories that work SO well. One of my favorites is The Breath of Dawn. I think it’s unusual for a contemporary to go this route, but this one works so well. 🙂

    • rbclibrary August 20, 2019 at 3:06 pm #

      That is a good book! Thanks for reminding me!

  7. Jessica at Booked J August 20, 2019 at 10:42 pm #

    Second chance love is definitely an all time favourite for me! I love the optimism and themes of forgiveness when they’re done properly, you know? So good.

  8. carhicks August 21, 2019 at 12:29 pm #

    I think friends to lovers is my favourite. Throw in second chances or new beginnings and I am happy.

    • rbclibrary August 21, 2019 at 1:10 pm #

      And Becky Wade did both so well.

      • carhicks August 21, 2019 at 4:57 pm #

        I will have to check out her books.

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