Happy Valentine’s Day, everyone!
::SIGH:: Love is in the air…
or at least between the pages of some really great books.
Out of sheer curiosity, I asked some of our authors to weigh in on some of their all-time FAVORITE book couples and romantic storylines. I loved their answers so much that I figured you all might too! After reading their responses, do us a favor and please leave us a comment about YOUR favorite book romances – we are always in the market to read another great love story!
1. Elizabeth Bennett and Darcy (Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen) — Like real romances, which can in real life be rife with misunderstandings, Elizabeth and Darcy show that love can be messy and may not happen so suddenly. It is a complex and ever-changing relationship that builds over time. I’ve read Pride and Prejudice at least fifty times, and even though I know they are going to get together in the end -the will they/won’t they dynamic and fiery banter still keeps on the edge of my seat until the very last page!
2. Heathcliff and Cathy (Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte) — Wuthering Heights, the gothic tale of the all-consuming love between Heathcliff and Catherine Earnshaw on the Yorkshire moors, has to be one of the most romantic books EVER. I mean with dialogue like this, “Be with me always – take any form – drive me mad! only do not leave me in this abyss, where I cannot find you! Oh, God! it is unutterable! I cannot live without my life! I cannot live without my soul!”—-you can’t go wrong!
(Editor Interjection: If you haven’t already, YOU MUST WATCH the PBS Masterpiece Classic version of Wuthering Heights with Tom Hardy and Charlotte Riley. Holy. Freakin. Moley. Yeah, you can thank me later! 😏)
3. Anne Shirley and Gilbert Blythe (Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery) — I think L.M. Montgomery may have taken a play out of Jane Austin’s book when she created two characters that start out hating one another only to eventually fall in love. Even still, I find myself coming back to the Anne of Green Gables series again and again-just to re-experience their romance.
4. Gigi Goldstein and Perry Gillman (The Campfire Series) — Okay, so I know I am biased here, but I really have fallen in love with the slow build of Gigi and Perry’s relationship and the ongoing push and pull of their dynamic. When I am writing their dialogue or scenes, I root for them to work it out just as much as the reader does! Hopefully the series ending will be satisfying for any fans of their story.
1. Claire and Jamie Fraser from the Outlander Series by Diana Gabaldon. Jamie Fraser is my dream man, but if I can’t have him then I want him to be with Claire. An intelligent and resourceful woman who falls in love with him so completely, she’s willing to risk her life (and travel through time) to be with him again. These two are the definition of soul mates.
2. Jennifer and Royce Westmoreland from A Kingdom of Dreams by Judith McNaught. Two very strong-willed people who fall in love against the odds in the Age of Chivalry. The friction between Jennifer and Royce is electric.
3. Bella and Zsadist from Lover Awakened by J. R. Ward. It takes a special female to love a complicated guy like Zsadist, but Bella is strong, beautiful, and more than capable of taming one of the most dangerous vampire warriors in the Brotherhood. Their romance is a raw, gritty Beauty and the Beast style story that will leave you breathless.