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

What makes the perfect story?

What makes the perfect story?

Is there a secret formula or maybe a recipe that makes up a perfect story? Are there set guidelines?

I don’t have a clue. I kind of wish there were some. That would make writing infinitely easier. I guess that it would make it less fun, too. When I write, there’s nothing guiding me that tells me when I’m done, when I’ve written the best that I can write. I just know that when I’m done, I’m done.

The same thing goes when I’m reading a story. I don’t know what it is about one book that makes me like it more that another. I just know that one book is gathering dust on my shelf and the other I can’t seem to put down for the life of me.

I think the guidelines for a perfect story are subjective(I hope I’m using this word right). It is up to the person reading or writing to determine what’s a good story. A critically acclaimed book that’s won numerous awards can still be trash if it’s not a book that you personally like.

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I’m currently reading boomerang by Noelle August. The book was a birthday present from me to myself. I’m on page 47 and I love this book. The characters are funny and the plot is amusing. The story is about Mia Galliano and Ethan Vance who wake up one more together (how scandalous lol.) They’re both going to be late to work so they share a cab ride to get there on time. The cab takes them to the same place and they quickly find out that they will be working for the same company which of course has a strict policy against coworkers dating. To make matters worse they find out that they are in the same internship vying for the same job position. *suspenseful music* Dunh! Dunh! Dunhhhhh!!! Will they crash and burn or will their love survive?

I’m in love with this story. It’s probably the romantic aspect that has me hooked. I’m a sucker for a good romance. I’m reading it and I can’t help but think I could never write something this good and I’m a good writer if I do say so myself (and I do.) That’s just how good the story is to me and it definitely gives me a level to strive for. I would definitely recommend the book to all that are looking for a good book to read.

Well, that all from me. I love you guys, but t’s time for me to get back to reading.

From the #1 Rule-breaker,

My

P.S. Oh! and what makes the perfect book for you. Let me know in the comment section below.

“Love: It’s not like the Fairytales”

“Love: It’s not like the Fairytales”

“You want to go out with me? Get a coffee or something.” He asked her.

“Um, I don’t date,” she whispered, staring down at her feet.

“Can I ask why? You’re not afraid of guys, are you?”

“That’s not it. It’s just… I think I’ve become a little disenchanted with romance. It’s not like the fairytales.”

“Yeah. It’s better.”

“No. It works out in the fairytales. It’s a lot easier in books. Everyone lives happily ever after in them. “

“They’re also unbelievably bored.”

“Maybe. I don’t know. I think I’ve spent all this time waiting for prince charming. He never showed up and now I’m tired of looking.”

“Maybe you scared him off or put him in the friendzone or something.”

“That wouldn’t surprise me. I’m just not cut out for real life. I’m content living vicariously through the heroines in my books.”

“Well, that’s got to get lonely.”

“No worse than heartbreak.”

“Is it really that bad?”

“After you fall for someone so many times and no one catches you, you’re not so quick to fall again. But, maybe it’s just me, maybe I’m a wimp, but after so many heartbreaks, it’s not so fun going at again.”

“Maybe you need to get out of your head. Maybe you shouldn’t think every guy is the guy that broke your heart. Every guy is not out to get you. Maybe you should just give it a chance. I might just surprise you. I might just catch you.”

“What if you don’t?”

“Then I’ll pick you up again, like the gentleman that I am. Come on, give it a try. It’s just coffee.”

Maybe she get’s her heart broken again or maybe he’s the prince charming she’s been looking for. The only way for her to find out is to take the leap and open her heart one more time because then, maybe she’ll find out that fairy tales really do exist.

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