#ContRom2016 March #MonthlyTopic

Posted March 17, 2016 by Stephanie in Challenge / 2 Comments

Jess @ Gone with the Words and Danielle @ Love at First Page are hosting this challenge this year and one really cool thing they have decided to do is do Monthly Topics. I really like this concept and am super excited to join in on all the fun! 🙂

Favorite Romance Tropes/Themes


#ContRom2016 March #MonthlyTopicAnna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins
Series: Anna and the French Kiss #1
Published by Dutton Juvenile on December 2nd 2010
Genres: Young Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Pages: 372
Format: Hardcover
Source: Purchased
Series Rating: five-stars
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Anna is looking forward to her senior year in Atlanta, where she has a great job, a loyal best friend, and a crush on the verge of becoming more. Which is why she is less than thrilled about being shipped off to boarding school in Paris--until she meets Étienne St. Clair. Smart, charming, beautiful, Étienne has it all...including a serious girlfriend.
But in the City of Light, wishes have a way of coming true. Will a year of romantic near-misses end with their long-awaited French kiss?

Fake Relationship

#ContRom2016 March #MonthlyTopicTo All the Boys I've Loved Before by Jenny Han
Series: To All The Boys I've Loved Before #1
Published by Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers on April 15th 2014
Genres: Young Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Pages: 355
Format: Hardcover
Source: Library
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Lara Jean keeps her love letters in a hatbox her mother gave her.
They aren't love letters that anyone else wrote for her, these are ones she's written. One for every boy she's ever loved—five in all. When she writes, she can pour out her heart and soul and say all the things she would never say in real life, because her letters are for her eyes only. Until the day her secret letters are mailed, and suddenly Lara Jean's love life goes from imaginary to out of control.

Best Friend to More

#ContRom2016 March #MonthlyTopicIn Real Life by Jessica Love
Published by St. Martin's Griffin on March 1st 2016
Genres: Young Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Pages: 240
Format: eARC
Source: Netgalley
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Hannah Cho and Nick Cooper have been best friends since 8th grade. They talk for hours on the phone, regularly shower each other with presents, and know everything there is to know about one another.
There's just one problem: Hannah and Nick have never actually met.
Hannah has spent her entire life doing what she's supposed to, but when her senior year spring break plans get ruined by a rule-breaker, she decides to break a rule or two herself. She impulsively decides to road trip to Vegas, her older sister and BFF in tow, to surprise Nick and finally declare her more-than-friend feelings for him.
Hannah's romantic gesture backfires when she gets to Vegas and meets Nick's girlfriend, whom he failed to mention. And it turns out his relationship status isn't the only thing he's been lying to her about. Hannah knows the real Nick can't be that different from the online Nick she knows and loves, but now she only has one night in Sin City to figure out what her feelings for Nick really are, all while discovering how life can change when you break the rules every now and then.

Second Chances

#ContRom2016 March #MonthlyTopicHow to Unbreakup by Rebekah L. Purdie
on February 10th 2015
Genres: Young Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Pages: 172
Format: eBook
Source: Publisher
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First rule of breakups: There’s no going back.

For three years, seventeen-year-old Grace Evers has regretted breaking up with Sage Castle.

That day, she lost her boyfriend and best friend. And let's be honest, it's impossible to just be friends with the one person who gets you, faults and all, and loved you anyway. It's impossible not to think about how it felt to be held by him, or the way he looked right before he was about to kiss you with the most perfectly yummy kiss goodnight.

And now that things are over between them, they've become strangers to one another. Sage won’t even look at Grace, let alone talk to her!

Breakup life sucks and Grace is utterly miserable, doing whatever she can to ease the pain of losing Sage. She's spent the better part of high school pretending to be something she’s not and hanging out with people who probably wouldn't notice if she wasn't there. Crappy dates, backstabbing friends, and Sage's cold shoulder have taken their toll.

So when her parents propose going away to their house on Lake Michigan for the summer, Grace is thrilled. No more massively bad dates with horrible kissers or lunch with frienemies. Just three months of swimming,
hiking, and relaxing before senior year starts.

But when Grace learns Sage and his family will be joining them, she readies herself for a totally awkward family vacation of disastrous proportions. How can it be anything but awful if Sage won't even acknowledge she exists?

This is it, Grace's last chance to get Sage back and unbreakup.

 #ContRom2016 March #MonthlyTopicThe Summer After You and Me by Jennifer Salvato Doktorski
Published by Sourcebooks Fire on May 1st 2015
Genres: Young Adult, Contemporary, Romance, Realistic
Pages: 320
Format: eARC
Source: Netgalley
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Sunbathing, surfing, eating funnel cake on the boardwalk—Lucy loves living on the Jersey Shore. For her, it's not just the perfect summer escape, it is home. And as a local girl, she knows not to get attached to the tourists. They breeze in over Memorial Day weekend, crowding the shore and stealing moonlit kisses, only to pack up their beach umbrellas and empty promises on Labor Day. Lucy wants more from love than a fleeting romance, even if that means keeping her distance from her summertime neighbor and crush, Connor.
Then Superstorm Sandy tears apart her barrier island, briefly bringing together a local girl like herself and a vacationer like Connor. Except nothing is the same in the wake of the storm. And day after day, week after week, Lucy is left to pick up the pieces of her broken heart and broken home. Now with Memorial Day approaching and Connor returning, will it be a summer of fresh starts or second chances?

Tropes/Themes I’d Like To
(besides the ones above)

Forbidden Romance


Best Friend’s Brother/Brother’s Best Friend

Girl/Guy Next Door

Let’s Talk About It!

What tropes/themes am I missing? Do you like any of these tropes or themes? Leave your thoughts in the comments! 🙂


2 responses to “#ContRom2016 March #MonthlyTopic

    • haha, no need to apologize for using the abbreviation! It is a long title! 🙂 I haven’t read Open Road Summer or To Catch A Falling Star but I will put them on my list ASAP 🙂 Thanks for the recs! And I loved In Real Life! 🙂 Definitely read it soon! 🙂 Thanks for stopping by! <3
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