This post is part of my participation as a #BroodyBFF , street team for the upcoming book Brooding YA Hero’s Guide to Achieving Main Character Status by Carrie Ann DiRisio. Cover of the book is up! Check it out here.
This challenge was about choosing our favorite YA Romance trope. Sitting down to write about this topic made me rethink about all my “ships” choices in my reading life. I like many tropes. When I read a book I’m in for the romance. Books without a love story must entertain me as much as to make me believe that the romance wasn’t needed. Writers always win my heart through the romance. Even if it’s just a side thing, that longing for each other between characters make my heart melts every time. I can write about all the tropes I enjoy, but I really challenged myself to just pick one. I never imagined how hard the task was going to be.
Before finally deciding what to write about I spent hours thinking and thinking, staring at my bookshelves, retrospecting about my fangirling. Love at first sight it’s a no for me if it’s not done right, I love slow-burn romance. I love the tension, I like when the author make us suffer. Slow burn romance can be found in any most tropes, but specially in the one I’m going to talk about today.
From all the great YA romance tropes I like, if I had to pick just one, I’d go with “Alpha hero”. (And if you add forbidden love then I’m doneforeveryouhavemywholeheart). I found a website that defines Alpha hero as ” he’s driven, assertive, and in control of the world around him, except where his lover is concerned.” Alpha sounds like a big bad word, but for me it means that the guy is all angry at life and seems to be in control of everything until his love interest is around. I die for those! Think about Warner and Juliette (Shatter Me), Kaz and Inej (Six of Crows) and Lorcan and Elide in (Throne of Glass). I love seeing the alpha male showing his soft side.
Alpha male is so Broody, right?
What’s your favorite YA romance trope?
Don’t forget to check Brooding YA Hero’s Guide to Achieving Main Character Status by Carrie Ann DiRisio book cover, interview and pre-order link here.