Here are the top literary couples that didn’t make me want to drown myself. I’m allergic to mush, okay? You are welcome to sigh over them with me. Or you know, don’t. Just don’t judge me!
1. Andevai and Cat
If you have to ask me why, you clearly haven’t read the book. There is something about them separately that is intriguing and when they come together, sparks fly. Okay fine, the sparks are not always fuzzy, toe-curling sparks but they are always hot sparks and I like sparks of the fire kind and not the sparkling in the sun kind of which there will be no more talk. By me. Here. Alright then. The first book gives us an intriguing possibility and then an amazing kiss. The second one delves more into the romance, perhaps deeper than I would have thought it would, it showed Cat’s gradual thawing towards Andevai. His feelings are pretty apparent in the second book. The third book will show us moreeee. MOAR! I want more. A lot more. I will wait though. Because patience is the key to wonderful pages of wonderful smexiness. (Oh yes, the sexytimes portion is on the author’s website. It wasn’t included in the novel itself for reasons I don’t know. I wish it had been. I would have loved having it be there.)
2. Eldric and Briony
I loved this book. I thought it was gorgeously written and the characters were exquisitely realized. And I thought that Eldric was amazing in so many different ways. He seemed more like a person in his own right than a love interest, whose only role is to be hot and be available for the protagonist whenever she needs to feel good, bad or angsty. There is a kiss scene in this book between Eldric and Briony that made me swoon. Lots.
3. Eona and Kygo
Okay, I admit it freely, this duo is not without its problems especially where Eona’s less than cold regard for Lord Ido is concerned. But…BUT…I was reading this last night and as messed up as Eona was, as swayed by Ido as she was, the incredible chemistry between Kygo and Eona remains unabated. From the moment she ganks him out of his murderous rage to that moment in the cave, that steamy moment, where he is half-dressed and she is touching places where she shouldn’t (and I’m talking the Imperial Pearl which is really a pearl and not a nickname for anything else, you pervs), that first kiss between them, it is made incredibly clear (at least to me) that as flawed as both are, they are meant to be together. Their relationship is not the sweet kind. It is intense and not without its rocky paths but I think we leave them at a good point.
4. Gwyneth and Gideon
Well, we leave Gwyneth at the end of book 2 heartbroken at the revelation that her romance with Gideon was staged, that she was an unsuspecting marionette in a puppet play by that evil Count. However, I have a feeling that Gideon’s emotions are more involved than we give them credit for. It’s still a bit amazing because they really haven’t known each other and interacted for very long, Gwyneth herself admits it. However, such is the power of Gier’s writing that she draws us, through Gwyneth’s eyes, into the world. I am not sure whether I ship Gwyneth and Gideon or Gwyneth alone. I wish there had been another contender for her feelings – that would give Gwyneth a choice. As it is, we’re stuck with Gideon and I hope she makes him suffer before taking him back.
5. Lucy and Ed
I fell in love with this book after I read the first chapter. Lucy and Ed are so…brilliant together even when they aren’t. Together I mean. I think a lot had to do with the gloriousness of the writing than the characters themselves but still, there were magic moments. In the dark with the art in front them. Honestly, I don’t remember them much right now but I do have the remaining feelings so perhaps this signals my need to return to the book and give it a reread – I want to be lost in the magic once more. Rossi, you need to read this!
6. Nasty and Reyn
Ooo, THIS couple made me happpppy! Nasty was an awesome character – authentic – real in her reactions to the world and people around her. Reyn was a bit opaque, not easy to unpack and poke around in his psyche but when they came together? There was fire! And heat! And a whole load of hay. Honestly these two should thank the barn and the hay for being such great accessories in their journey of love. I especially loved that part in the pantry…ahem, when they finally decided…or maybe it was Reyn who kissed her first…hm, I don’t know. But either way, it was awesome.
7. Roo and the Strange Wild Boy
Okay, so this is a middle grade novel and usually middle grade novels do not have romance in them. And I cannot honestly say this one did either. What was there was the hint of a romance. There was this strange wild boy whose name I really cannot remember but he was fascinating. Roo, who hid in small places and observed the world through cracks fascinated as me. Their interactions were sweet and given significance by the promise of something more. Something rich and delicious in the future. That kind of feeling is difficult to come by and I loved this book and this unexpected couple for giving it to me.
8. Trent and Rachel
I had an inkling these two would happen. It was obvious in the way Rachel was always completely aware of Trent physically no matter who she was with at the time of their meeting. Also the way the narrative played out, there were plenty of hints that readers were being set up for a Rachel/Trent ever after. I was especially convinced when Trent had a baby with someone else and Rachel became the Godmother. Okay, I’m supposed to be talking about how hot this couple is. Well they are. Trent is an Elf. Rachel’s a demon witch. Together they are chaotic, intense and hopefully full of awesome reading times. It’s still a relationship in progress!
9. Taylor and Jonah Griggs.
Jonah Griggs. Need I say anything more? I didn’t think so either.