Top Ten Tuesday is an awesome meme previously hosted by the lovely folks @ The Broke and the Bookish and now hosted by Jana @ That Artsy Reader Girl. This week’s theme is a romance freebie so I have decided to go with:
Top Ten Swoonworthy Romances
I love a good swoonworthy romance (I live for them, in fact!) even though I am not necessarily a huge fan of romance novels in and of themselves. However, romance can add a perfect touch to any novel if incorporated well. I love certain pairings and will defend them to the bitter end if required (and frequently do!!)
It has been quite a while since my last TTT post but I couldn’t resist this topic! I have blogged about my favourite ships and OTPs before (see here and here) but this time round it is time to bring out the swoon!
I am not including any pairings that didn’t ultimately set sail (damn you Robin Hobb! j/k – I will still read and adore everything you write!)
1. Simon and Baz from Carry On by Rainbow Rowell
This pair just give me all the feels. Seriously, Baz is probably the dreamiest love interest I have ever encountered. Everything about him just screams ‘love me’. His longing for Simon is just so precious and adorable. I love Simon too but Baz totally has my heart. I swooned HARD when I read this book. #Snowbaz fan for life!!
2. Cleo and Magnus from the Falling Kingdoms series by Morgan Rhodes
Just finished reading Immortal Reign and still so overwhelmed by all the #Magneo goodness we got! I love both of them and I have been in their corner ever since the second book. Enemies to lovers is a trope I love when it is done right!
3. Cress and Thorne from the Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer
I love Thorne and Cress is my spirit animal (seriously) so this pair are definitely one of my all-time favourites. I like that it took awhile for their relationship to build (especially since Cress had such an unrealistic ideal of Thorne to begin with). Their romance was definitely my favourite of the series.
4. Ronan Lynch and Adam Parrish from The Raven Cycle series by Maggie Stiefvater
I love me some #Bluesey but I have to admit, #Pynch had me squeeing the most by the time I read The Raven King. Seriously, I just ship these two so much and seeing Ronan without all his shields up was just lovely. I cannot wait for the spin-off Ronan trilogy (please don’t hurt my babies too much Ms Stiefvater!!)
5. Sydney Sage and Adrian Ivashkov from the Bloodlines series by Richelle Mead
One of my original OTPs I am still a sucker for these two. Their romance is just the very definition of ‘swoonworthy’. I always knew Adrian had it in him (ever since he first appeared in the Vampire Academy series) but Sydney stole my heart as well.
6. Jude and Cardan from The Cruel Prince by Holly Black
I almost feel guilty for loving this pairing (I mean, Cardan is horrible to Jude throughout most of the book). I just totally bought them as a pair. Both of them are so prickly and unlikable at times yet the chemistry was just so on point. I am anticipating a long and antagonistic dance between them. I so cannot wait for the next book!
7. Neil Josten and Andrew Minyard from the All For the Game trilogy by Nora Sakavic
Neil and Andrew are romance goals. Seriously, their romance was the slowest of slow burns and it was so ultimately satisfying it was worth all the pain (and lord, so much pain was to be had!) So, so glad I finally read this series. I have re-read it about five times since picking it up last month. It. Is. Just. That. Damn. Good. Neil and Andrew are definitely swoonworthy together!
8. Kaylee and Tod from the Soul Screamers series by Rachel Vincent
I will never truly be able to let this pair go. Their romance takes a while but Tod is so clearly gone for Kaylee and when she finally realizes it… it’s just perfect and beautiful.
9. Hsin Liu Vega and Boyd Beaulieu from the In the Company of Shadows series by Sonny and Ais
I recently re-read the new and revised edition of Evenfall and remembered just how much I love these two assholes. 😉 They shouldn’t work as a couple (since they are both so damaged) yet everything about their partnership is just so swoonworthy. The chemistry is unreal and their connection ends up being the thing that saves both of them. It’s a long-time coming and definitely hard-earned by the end of the series.
10. Damen and Laurent from the Captive Prince trilogy by C. S. Pacat
On paper, this couple shouldn’t work for me. It has all the things I would normally hate: issues of dubious consent, slavery, lies… the list just goes on and on. Yet, I couldn’t help but majorly swoon over them – not at first granted but I was totally sold during the second book. I am totally conflicted here!!