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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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!