As most of us were aware, yesterday was Valentine’s Day. As a singleton it is simply another normal day for me, but it is a good feature day in which to talk about something that can make or break a book for me – character romances.
Now I don’t reach for books in the Romance genre at all and I will often bypass a Contemporary if the sole focus is romance, but that doesn’t mean I am opposed to it. I like the romances I read to be more of a secondary storyline, to be there and significant but not so much that they drown out the main plot. This is the case in most of the books I read and it so happens that some of the romances are the reasons why I crave more from the books when they end.
In the spirit of this, I wanted to share with you five of my favourite romances. Some of them might not be the focal romances in their respective books, but that doesn’t mean I don’t love them any less.
Sarah Bishop and Emily Mather in A Discovery of Witches
Obviously Diana Bishop and Matthew de Clairmont are the focal couple in the All Souls world but they get enough fuss and attention that I decided it was time to showcase the love I have for Sarah and Emily. What I like the most about them is that they are opposites that balance each other out perfectly. Sarah is hot-headed, intense, rough and Emily is calm, nurturing, a natural mediator, but they both have the exact same purpose and goal in mind, which is to help protect Diana and what she has unleashed by being with Matthew.
Charlotte Fairchild and Henry Branwell from The Infernal Devices/Last Hours Trilogies
It might be a surprise to see a Shadowhunter couple on my list since I’m past caring about the Shadowhunter world as a whole nowadays but these two will always, always be one of my favourite couples and romances. What I love is how supportive and loving they are of each other even when others are baffled and annoyed by their actions, and how that love seems to grow exponentially despite everything that happens to them.
Addie and Henry from The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue.
I feel like I can’t say much about these two without spoiling the main point of the book but they simply prove how love can grow and adapt. They also show what it means to love and be loved and I find that to be a very poignant and powerful thing.
Lazlo and Sarai from Strange the Dreamer and Muse of Nightmares
I wouldn’t love these books half as much as I do if it wasn’t for Lazlo and Sarai, particularly Muse of Nightmares. They are the couple that steal my heart and show what it means to love and have so much faith for each other.
Ari and Dante from Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe
This is not a book I tend to talk about anymore, and if I remember hearing rightly there were some not-so-great things said about the author and I’m not here for authors who don’t respect their readers and readers’ opinions. However, when I first read this book right near the beginning of my Online Book Community life, I fell head over heels in love with Ari and Dante, their growing friendship and their subsequent love for each other. It was one of respect, fondness and acceptance and it really touched me. I might not have read the book since but I won’t forget the warm fuzzies it left me with at the time.
And that is that. Five favourite romances.
What are some of your favourite book romances?
As always, thanks for reading and have a brazzle dazzle day!