Favorite Fictional Couples| Happy Valentine’s Day!

Favorite Fictional Couples| Happy Valentine’s Day!

In honor of Valentine’s Day, I’m sharing my favorite fictional couples. Read on for more…

Beatrice and Benedick from Much Ado About Nothing by William Shakespeare

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Beatrice and Benedick’s romance begins as an intense battle of the sexs with neither side wanting to succumb to their affection. I love the romances that start off where the main characters hate each other because when they eventually fall for each other, it seems that much sweeter and real. When Beatrice proclaims, “I love you with so much of my heart that none is left to protest,” you know that this confession is coming from a deep place and she is willing to be vulnerable with Benedick so that they can finally have true love.

Coco and Leslie from One Day at a Time by Danielle Steel

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Coco begins the book wary of Leslie and his super movie star world and that fear almost breaks the couple apart, but with love, patience and taking it one day at a time, they are able to overcome any obstacle. The couple is so down-to-earth which is why they are perfect for each other and I love how it shows that anyone can have their happy ever after, even movie stars and dog walkers.

Jeanette and Tam Lin from An Earthly Knight by Janet McNaughton

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Jeanette stumbles into the forest and meets the fabled Tam Lin and so their story begins. He sees her like no other and it’s obvious that he sees her true beauty. This isn’t a damsel in distress- guy has to save the girl story. Instead, it’s one of mutual saving where Jeanette believes in herself because of Tam Lin and Tam Lin is freed from his curse because of Jeanette.

Julia and Josh from Meant to Be by Lauren Morrill

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Josh is the last person Julia would consider being with, but that’s exactly how love works. Josh takes Julia outside of herself and her stringent rules about what love is. Their journey is one of acceptance and mutual respect. I find it beautiful that before they’ve realized it, they’ve only showed their true selves, who they really are, to the other person who whether they like it or not, is their meant to be.

Leah and Grayson from Such a Rush by Jennifer Echols

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Leah and Grayson probably have the second weirdest situation (see #9 for most weirdest.) Grayson wants to fix Leah up with his twin brother for reasons he refuses to reveal to Leah and he even blackmails her into doing it. What?! But even with this predicament, Leah and Grayson’s attraction is undeniable and they still manage to fall in love though they try to deny it as best they can. Leah’s I-love-him-I-hate-him feelings are in full force and make for the perfect Valentine’s Day read.

 Skylar and Josh from I’ll Meet You There by Heather Demetrios

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Skylar is a trailer park girl and Josh is a marine honorably discharged after losing his leg. They both want out of their small town and they bond over that need. Their romance is a slow burn with Josh dealing with a lot of demons as a result of the war. It’s only Skylar that can bring him back, but is she strong enough? Despite losing his leg, Josh is still a protector and he’s willing to protect Skylar no matter the costs even if it means he can’t be with her. It’s a tragic and beautiful romance that also sheds light an often misunderstood issue — Veterans with PTSD.

Yurara and Mei from Yurara by Chika Shiomi

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Mei is the lady’s man who’s well-liked by all, but only Yurara can see him for who he truly is. She can look past his pain and he can show her what it means to be loved. Their relationship is riddled with pitfalls and confusion, but love wins out in the end as it always does.

 Kaz and Inej from Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo

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Inej is Kaz’s right-hand and he needs her even if he won’t admit it. Kaz is not used to being vulnerable not even for the girl he loves, but he’ll have to or he’ll lose her. Though this couple doesn’t officially get together by book’s end, they clearly have a thing for each other and depend on each other greatly. They have a great relationship, flirtationship, friendship, whatever you want to call it and it’s a joy seeing it progress throughout the book.

Marak and Kate from The Hollow Kingdom by Clare Dunkle

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I will admit that this one can be viewed as a little Stockholm Syndrome-y, but barring that, it’s a beautiful romance about looking past appearances. Marak is a Goblin King and he’s looking for a bride and he’s chosen Kate who understandably doesn’t want to play along. And so the chase is on. The book follows Marak’s pursuit of Kate and the hilarity and mischief that ensues.

Ashlyn and Ronan from Sea of Shadows by Kelley Armstrong

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Ashlyn is used to being the other sister and for her sister to get all the boys’ attention, but when Ronan comes along, he sees Ashlyn and only Ashlyn. Their romance is cute and one for the hall of fame. There is someone for everyone if you know where to look, which in this case is a spirit-filled forest, but you know what I mean.

I hope you have enjoyed this look into my favorite fictional couples. Leave your favorite in the comment section below. See you next time!

❤ Maya

Favorite First Lines

Favorite First Lines

Since it’s January and the first month of the year, I figured this was the best segue into talking about my favorite first lines in books. I hope you enjoy!

Be sure to share your favorite first line in the comment section below. And don’t forget to subscribe to my channel. I make new videos every Wednesday.

❤ Maya

The Books

The Mediator by Meg Cabot
Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor
The Liar Society by Lisa and Laura Roecker
Watchers: Last Stop by Peter Lerangis
Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll
Peter and the Shadow Thieves by Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson
their eyes were watching god by Zora Neale Hurston
One Day at a Time by Danielle Steel
Love Story by Erich Segal
Far Far Away by Tom McNeal
The Pink Slip by Rita Ciresi

 

M<3: Secrets by Danielle Steel (Book recommendation)

M<3: Secrets by Danielle Steel (Book recommendation)

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I just finished reading Secrets by Danielle Steel. You’ve probably guessed from the title of this post that I liked it and it will be the book of the week that I will be recommending to you all today (and I’m actually posting this on a Tuesday, I should get an award 🙂

If you want an in depth summary of what Secrets was about, you can find that here.

Now for my thoughts: Danielle Steel has done it again. She did it again!  I have always been a fan, so I knew what to expect but wow! Applause are in order. Secrets was  a great book. For me, a great book is one that keeps me interested and has a satisfying end. This one does both phenomenally. I will warn you that this book has some mature subject matter. I would advise you only read this if you are mature enough to read scenes of a sexual nature and one of the main characters experiences some mental and sexual abuse. The abuse scenes were particularly heartbreaking to read and stomach, but when you think of the number of men and women that are going through this everyday, I’m sort of glad that Danielle didn’t just sweep it under the covers and made it an important part of the book. The abuse scenes weren’t excessive, so you don’t have to worry about every other page being about it. The best way I can describe it is that they were like pulling off a band-aid, they were quick in that the pain was over before you knew it, but like taking off a band-aid, it still stung for a minute afterwards, and the words still left their effect. (I hope that made sense.)

This book is a different format from the other books of hers that I’ve read. Usually, she has one main heroine and you follow that person’s journey, but with this book there is a cast of characters and you get to read each of their stories. It was interesting to see how each of their lives played out, how they were brought together, and how the relationships grew and drifted apart. I especially loved how she made you hate certain characters while loving others. She knew exactly what to write to make you feel what she wanted you to feel. I loved reading this format and seeing how Danielle takes you piece by piece through each person’s story and she slowly but surely, revealed everyone’s secret. It was a gradual progression that was very well done. I expected nothing less. She’s an excellent writer.

Obviously, I am biased in this recommendation. This is Danielle Steel and I would recommend all of her books, even the ones I haven’t read. For me, this one is especially good because of the writing. With her words, Danielle Steel takes you from place to place. She gets you so invested in these people’s lives that for a moment you forget that they’re not real, but you still want to know what happens to them. She’s almost too good in making you care about these characters. I stayed up until 5:30 in the morning, because I needed to know what happened to them. I can’t promise you’ll stay up as late as me, but if you’ve read to this point, you’re invested and want to see what happens. If you read Secrets by Danielle Steel, I promise you won’t be disappointed.

From the #1 Rule-breaker,

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P.S. If you can’t wait for my next recommendation on this blog, I’m also posting recommendations on my goodreads page, https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/12096934.Lara_Sean.

Who is Octavia Steele?

Who is Octavia Steele?

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It is my pleasure to introduce you to the heroine of Last Look Back, Octavia “Vie” Steele!

Vie was probably the easiest character for me to write because she was me. Well, she’s me and then she’s not me. I would say she’s an extremely exaggerated version of myself. I put a lot of myself in her. I wanted my first book to be semi-autobiographical. I wanted my book to be the truest part of me, while at the same time, giving people an entertaining story. She’s very close to the type of person I am and who I was in college, but as any writer will tell you, over time she took on a life of her own. She’s her own person.

Octavia Steele is a mystery, but if you know her like I do, she’s not that hard to figure out.

She’s your best friend. She’s analytical, but sometimes she doesn’t like to think. She doesn’t like crowds or sticking out. She’s loyal. She feels hard and loves harder. She’s someone you want on your side, but don’t cross her. She doesn’t take kindly to betrayal. She’s ruthless when it comes to protecting the people that she loves.

At one point, she doesn’t know who she is. She questions herself and her identity. Who hasn’t had those moments? Many people may think Octavia Steele is a character that is hard to relate to because she’s a spy. Yeah, she’s a spy, but really, what girl isn’t a spy in her own right. Say a girl has a crush, she will find out everything there is to know about him within the hour. Say she thinks her boyfriend is cheating  on her, one way or another, she’s going to do some Nancy Drew investigating and she’s going to find out. As you can see, there is always something that connects us to someone else even if the connection doesn’t seem clear.

Vie is a spy. She’s also a college student and a friend and an older sister and a girlfriend and a superhero.

Octavia “Vie” Steele is just like you.

To prove it even more, here are some fun facts:

Her favorite color is Vermilion (it’s a reddish-orange color.)

Her favorite song is All You Need is Love by the Beatles.

She’s named for my two favorite authors, Octavia Butler and Danielle Steel.

Her birthday is November 14th.

Speaking of November 14th (don’t you just love that segue), I have stapled down my plans for what we’re going to do for Book Launch Party.

We are going to have a virtual book Launch party on google+ hangout on air!!!

Here’s the link to where the hangout will be hosted: https://plus.google.com/u/0/events/ceeoejnagr8o3pf36i8dicqtcc4

I felt it was only right that the Book Launch party for Last Look Back fell on the same day as our heroine, the great Octavia Steele’s, birthday. On November 14th, we will be ushering Last Look Back into the internet stratosphere with a spy themed virtual Birthday party. Join me from 7 to 9 as I share writing prompts, read excerpts, show you a spy inspired craft and play a game of Last Look Back trivia questions. There will also be a Q and A section where you can ask me your burning questions about the book. Come with your questions and more importantly, come as you are. Come one, come all to what will probably be the best book launch birthday party ever!!!!

From the #1 Rule-breaker,

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