Trope Tuesday is a meme/series created by yours truly. On Tuesdays, the goal is to discuss one trope that you dislike, love, are indifferent to, hate, currently annoyed by, think is problematic, want to kill with fire, or throw out the moon door (a la Petyr Baelish). You can learn more about Trope Tuesday here.
I Could Love You Someday is one of my favorites, if not my favorite, romance trope. It truly embodies everything about relationships, romance, and it plays into a lot of other tropes that I enjoy like the Ice Queen trope and open/implied endings.
I Could Love You Someday is a romance trope that I don’t come across often. Its message can seem contradictory to core goal of romance, the Happily Ever After, which is why it tends to be on the rare side. As you’ve probably already guessed from the name, I Could Love You Someday happens when the couple doesn’t say I love you to each other before the end of the novel. Instead they either think or say some variation of “I Could Love You Someday”. However, that does not mean that one of them isn’t already in love with the other.
Tamed by Rebekah Weatherspoon was one of the first romances with I Could Love You Someday that I’ve come across, and it was done so well. One of the aspects that I really enjoy about I Could Love You Someday is that in the case of M/F couples, it is the heroine who is the one that says ‘I Could Love You Someday’ while we know the hero is in love. I loved Tamed’s versions of it with Nailah and Armando. Heroines who are not the first to fall in love or have a harder time with feelings are my favs.
I Could Love You Someday comes with the promise that someday, the characters will grow enough personally and in their relationship to get to that place of being ready to say “I love you’s”. I find it incredibly more meaningful than ending declarations of love.
Other examples of I Could Love You Someday can be found in A Gentleman in the Sheets and The Paths We Choose. You can check out even more examples here on my Goodreads shelf for I Could Love You Someday, which is alternatively titled *Dusty Springfield voice* ‘don’t have to say you love me’.
My Verdict: 100% quality trope.
What do you think of I Could Love You Someday ? Is it a REAL romance trope? Do you know of any other books with I Could Love You Someday (if so, PLEASE comment below. I’m dying for more recs)?