Shannon's Top Ten Favorite Romances
1. Tris and Four (Tobias) - Divergent/Insurgent
Sometimes people are just meant for each other. I feel that way with Tris and Four. Oh, and when they finally kiss! I had goosebumps.
‘Don’t pretend,’ I say breathily. ‘You know I’m not. I’m not ugly, but I am certainly not pretty.’ ‘Fine. You’re not pretty. So?’ He kisses my cheek. ‘I like how you look. You’re deadly smart. You’re brave. And even though you found out about Marcus…’ His voice softens. ‘You aren’t giving me that look. Like I’m a kicked puppy or something.’ ‘Well,’ I say. ‘You’re not.’ For a second his dark eyes are on mine, and he’s quiet. Then he touches my face and leans in close, brushing my lips with his. The river roars and I feel its spray on my ankles. He grins and presses his mouth to mine.”
2. Katsa and Po - Graceling
What I love about their relationship is that it is based on respect.
“But you're better than I am, Katsa. And it doesn't humiliate me. It humbles me. But it doesn't humiliate me.”
3. The Darkling and Alina - Shadow and Bone
Phwar. I was fully on board with Darkling/Alina romance. Especially THAT scene. That was one sexy scene.
“Did you tell him what I showed you in the dark?”
4. Mal and Alina - Shadow and Bone
Like I said, I was fully on board with The Darkling and Alina....until this paragraph:
“I missed you every hour. And you know what the worst part was? It caught me completely by surprise. I'd catch myself just walking around to find you, not for any reason, just out of habit, because I'd seen something that I wanted to tell you about or because I wanted to hear your voice. And then I'd realize that you weren't there anymore, and every time, every single time, it was like having the wind knocked out of me. I've risked my life for you. I've walked half the length of Ravka for you, and I'd do it again and again and again just to be with you, just to starve with you and freeze with you and hear you complain about hard cheese every day. So don't tell me why we don't belong together," he said fiercely.”
5. Juliette and Adam - Shatter Me
Mafi knows how to write some really intense love scenes. I loved how protective Adam was of Juliette. He saw things in her that no one else did.
“He looks at me with so much emotion I nearly crack in half."God, Juliette--"
And he's kissing me.
Once, twice, until I've had a taste and realize I'll never have enough.”
6. Day and June - Legend
An unlikely pairing, but they were so sweet with each other. You know, considering what they went through.
“You're brilliant,"he says."But you're a fool to stay with someone like me."
I close my eyes at the touch of his hand."Then we are both fools.”
7. Aria and Perry - Under the Never Sky/Through the Ever Night
Ahhhh! I love them so much. Another unlikely pairing, but they bring out the best in each other and are incredibly loyal.
“There are other things I'd rather do when I'm alone with you."
Time to step off the edge. "Then do them.”
8. Sam and Ana - Incarnate
Sam and Ana kind of drove me nuts because they. just. wouldn't. admit. their. feelings. But ultimately, I loved how they came together.
“It wasn’t an easy, sweet kiss like I’d imagined my first would be, but frustrated and hungry. That was good, better than easy and sweet, because after everything, I was frustrated and hungry for him, too.”
9. Puck Connelly and Sean Kendrick - The Scorpio Races
Sometimes the sweetest romances are the quietest. There are no big declarations of love, no over the top feelings, but the relationship that develops between them is strong and true.
“I say, 'I will not be your weakness, Sean Kendrick.'
Now he looks at me. He says, very softly, 'It's late for that, Puck.”
10. Ismae and Duval - His Grave Mercy
I loved how Duval never lets Ismae get away with anything.
“Whenever you are ready, or if you never are, my heart is yours, until Death do us part. Whatever that may mean when consorting with one of Death’s handmaidens.”