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Top 5 Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Lainey. You get a new topic every Wednesday, and you then list your Top 5 books related to the particular topic.
Today’s Topic is: Worst Love Interests
I have to admit, I lol’d hard at this week’s topic so there was absolutely no way I wasn’t going to take part. 😀 I could probably list way more than 5 worst love interests but here are the ones who really stick out to me. There may be spoilers here so beware!!
1. Molly from The Realm of the Elderlings series by Robin Hobb
Okay, I am a huge Fitz/Fool shipper (yes I know it may never happen) so obviously Molly has always been a big hurdle to my ship. I actually didn’t mind the character so much in the first book in the series Assassin’s Apprentice but with every book I began to like her less and less.
I think most of it boils down to the fact that as much as Fitz loves her (and he really, really loves her) she doesn’t really know him nor can he ever be completely open with her. That really isn’t Molly’s fault (Fitz himself can be an extremely frustrating character and is very closed off to most people) but it does make it hard to truly see her as an equal in their partnership.
2. Mal from The Grisha series by Leigh Bardugo
I think a lot of people probably feel the same but I was totally rooting for the Darkling. I just couldn’t help loving the character so much that Mal really paled in comparison. I haven’t even actually finished the series (I’ve only read the first book) but I have been spoiled for how the love triangle plays out. I am disappoint.
3. Saf from Bitterblue by Kristin Cashore
Don’t get me wrong, I appreciated the inclusion of a bisexual male love interest, but I really felt Saf was completely all wrong for Bitterblue. I much preferred her interactions with Giddon. I loved their friendship and really felt that he would have been the better love interest (although the ending is very open so you never know).
Saf was just… annoying. He was childish and a bit of a prick to be honest. I could see why he acted a certain way at first once he discovered who Bitterblue was but he really just became very petulant and petty and just downright unlikeable. Not a fan.
4. Javier from the Artists trilogy by Karina Halle
Javier was a very popular character so I may get rotten eggs chucked at me here, but I absolutely loathed him (in the very best possible way). To me, Javier was the consummate villain of the piece and I could not fathom why people wanted Ellie to end up with him over Camden.
Yes, he was charming and dangerous and charismatic as hell, but I always thought he was totally wrong for Ellie. He brought out all of her insecurities and made all of her bad traits that much more prominent. He oozed insincerity and was overall just not the right man for her. Camden was not a perfect man by any stretch (as much as I loved him, I could clearly see all of his faults) but he definitely ‘got’ Ellie and that’s what made him the better choice in my humble opinion. 🙂
5. Ben from the Unraveling series by Elizabeth Norris
This is a strange one but I really liked Ben in the first book and thought he made the protagonist Janelle way more tolerable (she really grated on my nerves) but my opinion totally changed in the second book.
Ben just completely pissed me right off. I ended up liking Janelle a whole lot more and I actually hoped that she would ditch Ben and get together with Agent Taylor Barclay (who, incidentally, I had rather disliked in the first book too). Suffice it to say, I flip-flopped a lot over these books. 😉