Last week during one of the crazy “book conversations” (this is said with affection) we bookish friends have, Ganise (fun times, girls!) came up with a list of her favorite fictional couples and asked us what ours were. Her question got me thinking: who are some of my favorite leading couples in fiction? Surprisingly, it was an easier thing to zero in on which were most memorable. Some are from teen or YA fiction and therefore aren’t “mature,” granted but between Jenny B. Jones and Krista McGee, I beg to differ. Other’s will take you into a sweeping fairy-tale land and some are from the contemporary world. Without further ado, here are some of the favorite pairings – whether it be their sizzling chemistry or more simply how they interacted on the page, the list is below the cut!
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1: Adrian and Lindy from Beastly
There doesn’t have to be a “deepening of a kiss” or a sweeping score to end a story, instead sometimes it’s the simple things, the more innocent things that endear a story and the fact that Kyle’s last words embrace that makes me glad to have read the novel – even if nothing else would have.
2: Alec Bourne and Libby Holladay from Tidewater Inn
The hero, Alec Bourne (how appropriate!) is a Coast Guard Captain and is quite unforgettable. He is a true gentleman whose one desire becomes protecting Libby. He is all the more noble to readers because of his missions to rescue people – it sort of ups the likability of him and paints him as an all-American guy easy to root for.
3: Alex and Katie from Safe Haven →
4: Alex and Lucy from Save the Date by Jenny B. Jones
5: America Singer and Prince Maxon from The Selection
Cass’ writing is rich in romantics and a love triangle that shouldn’t be such a dilemma. Like HG, this one involves a boy from home vs. the wealthy prince who could give her everything… but cannot buy her love. This one doesn’t use a battle of the heart so much as develop an endearing friendship between America and Maxon.
6: Beckett and Finley from There You’ll Find Me
The relationship that blossoms between these two young people (Finley and Beckett) is written so that it is nothing less than endearing. I adored the way Beckett treated Finley and how she responded to him. The scenes of them exploring together (especially the “graveyard” scene nearer the end) and quiet moments are written with the utmost care – as the reader, we can tell that these character’s emotions and their story have been genuinely thought out and artfully plotted.
← 7: Brandon and Bailey from the “Bailey Flanigan” Series
Being “Team Brandon” from the get-go, I thoroughly enjoyed Kingsbury exploring him as a character and letting the reader get to know him so well – I loved that I was able to see his tenderness and love above question for Bailey.
8: Brian and Natalia from Right Where I Belong
9: Cole McKenna and Bailey Craig from Submerged
I loved Cole’s protective nature that isn’t smothering [and] Bailey’s genuine heart for God
- – Clark and Marty Davis from Love Comes Softly by Janette Oke
- – Daniel Tremain and Clara Endicott from The Lady of Bolton Hill by Elizabeth Camden
- – Danny and Jo from The Trouble with Tulip by Mindy Starns Clark
- – DJ and Bella from Fools Rush In by Janice Thompson
- – Jason and Rachel from Tender Vows by Sharlene MacLaren
+ I know many probably would have a “problem” with this relationship (Jason and Rachel) – a brother-in-law falling for his widowed sister-in-law, but something about Sharlene’s writing and the character’s made this book one of my favorites.
- – Quinn and Susannah from Fireworks by Elizabeth White
- – William and Marianne from The Proposal by Lori Wick
I know and am sure there are many (many!) more romantic couples on your memorable fictional couples 2013 “list” that I am missing, however this is a start… Tell me, who rank as some of yours? Tweet us your favorites!