Top Ten Tuesday: Things I Like When It Comes To Romances In Books

Posted February 10, 2015 by Lyn Kaye in Lyn, Top Ten Tuesday / 11 Comments

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Top Ten Tuesday is hosted at The Broke and the Bookish
This week’s topic: I Like When It Comes To Romances In Books

February – the time of love and romance. Everything is colored in shades of pink and red, all the stores tote candy and love trinkets, and fake flowers and knock off perfumes dominate the shopping field.


Today, we’re going to celebrate the season of overpriced roses and panicked-laced tokens of affection by discussing the best romances of all – fake ones. Today, Bekka and I are going to wear our hearts on our sleeves, bear our souls, and discuss our top romance tropes.


What Lyn Likes in a Romance


1. Boy next door going from playmate to (consensual) playtoy. Girl that was the best friend ever finally is the best girlfriend ever. Friendship blossoming into real romance warms my heart and gets me squealing every time.


Wildwood Dancing by Juliet Marillier

Pivot Point by Kasie West

Suicide Watch by Kelley York



2. I really enjoy it when two people from completely different socio-bubbles end up falling for one another. Is it used often? It sure is. Is it awesome when it is used correctly? YES IT IS.


Angelfall by Susan Ee

These Broken Stars by Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner

Howl’s Moving Castle by Diana Wynne Jones


3. On the flip side of the friendship coin, we have the hate turns to love trope, which is another favorite of mine. I really just have the softest, sweetest spot for those who, at first, antagonized each other, and when the dust was settled, what remained was a fiery, succulent romance.


Stitching Snow by R.C. Lewis

Daughter of Smoke and Bone Series by Laini Taylor

Lies We Tell Ourselves by Robin Talley


4. Every once in a while, we have the two that could possibly get together, but either they just remain friends, or they develop a strong bond without pushing it into the intimate zone. Attraction and a strong foundation of fellowship is just as enticing as romance.


The Humming Room by Ellen Potter

The Last Unicorn by Peter S. Beagle

This is Not a Test by Courtney Summers


5. If I have to pick my favorite, this one would be it. I love it when a romance slowly builds up, causing the audience to wonder “Will they, won’t they?”. The long, drawn out flirting, strongly set in denial is my favorite, and the lead up to the romance is every bit as fun as watching two characters finally admit to their hearts and to the significant other that what they have is beautiful.


Percy Jackson series by Rick Riodan

Cinder by Marissa Meyer

Jellicoe Road by Melina Marchetta


What Bekka Likes in a Romance

1. One of my all time favorite dynamics is having two people really, really dislike each other and just all round Not Get Along and eventually fall in love. Whether it’s because they’re stuck in a situation together that they can’t get out of, or it’s because one of them (the boy, typically) is so infuriatingly able to see past a tough outer shell. Either way, I need this trope in my life.


Are These My Basoomas I See Before Me? by Louise Rennison

Grave Mercy by Robin La Fevers

Tithe by Holly Black

2. When a grumpy grump falls for a sunshiny optimistic? GIVE IT TO ME. (Katniss and Peeta. Beth and Daryl.)
Or how about the rich “good girl” and the boy from the wrong side of the tracks? YES PLEASE.


The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

These Broken Stars by Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner

The Walking Dead

3. I love books that take a while to bring us to the first kiss. Nothing’s better than getting to feel the tension and the will they, won’t they through several chapters.


Jellicoe Road by Melina Marchetta

Scarlet by A.C. Gaughen

Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins

4. So I’ve only read one book with this trope used but holy omg do I need more of it. Recommend me ALL the fake dating please!


The Fine Art of Pretending by Rachel Harris

5. Probably my favorite from this list. I love girls with history, with messy mistakes in their pasts, with experience to know what they’re looking for, who know how to handle herself in a romantic situation. I love when characters can build on their past romantic experiences, take what they’ve learned, and apply it to their current relationships. It’s so unrealistic that a girl will fall for a boy and that’s it, he’s the one, they’re together forever. Give me the realism, give me the kicking-in-the-shins of purity standards.


Throne of Glass By Sarah J. Maas

Dark Triumph by Robin La Fevers

Open Road Summer by Emery Lord


What do you like to see when it comes to romance in books and media? Does romance make or break a book for you?

11 responses to “Top Ten Tuesday: Things I Like When It Comes To Romances In Books

  1. I basically love ALL of these. Boy next door/best friends is a fun one because hopefully it’s a slow burn but I think hate to love might be my favorite. All those sparks 😀

    OMG if you love fake dating you have to read The Art of Lainey!!! It’s so good! I love Micah.

  2. I also love romances which build up slowly. Where’s the satisfaction and emotional journey in a couple immediately getting together? When the Jump the Shark website was still around, one of their categories was “They Did It.” A lot of TV shows, and books, just aren’t the same after two people finally get together after so much delicious tension and wondering.
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  3. I love it when people from different societies or backgrounds fall in love. It’s so cool to watch them get along, despite their differences.

    Love to hate is my most favorite. It has all my best ships.

    Slow burns belong in my life.

    I think Kasie West is coming out with a fake boyfriend book this year. I’m excited for it.
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  4. Yay! I’m supposed to be reading Pivot Point with someone and the friend-to-love aspect makes me so so happy!

    I am a sucker with the whole clashing of classes, though I wish the girl would sometimes be from the wrong side of the train tracks unlike the guy, which is how it seems to be a lot of the time.

    I don’t know with the hate-to-love trope. There are cases on tv shows, movies and books where I liked it, but I wouldn’t pick a romance up solely on that aspect since I don’t care for it since you already know how it would be.

    Ah, platonic<3

    I agree with slow-burning! It's so great. It's just magical seeing two people grow closer and closer together as they slowly inch their way towards romance status.

    Fake dating? To All The Boys I've Loved Before by Jenny Han and then Kasie West has one coming out called "The Fill-In Boyfriend". in May. 🙂 I don't know how I feel about that one yet. But I really really want to read The Fine Art of Pretending.

    Yes, having a couple get together when they've already been in past relationships is great. I don't want to read about how some girl met some guy and though she's never dated, he's the one. It's just, no. I mean, it can work, I'd just prefer not to see a romance that way.
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  5. I totally agree with you! The “tried and true” relationships that build up are definitely the best. It’s almost like I’ll start rooting for them and it’s wonderful.

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