Tuesday, August 14, 2012

TOP TEN TUESDAY (33): Book Romances in the Real World

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TOP TEN BOOK ROMANCES THAT I BELIEVE WOULD MAKE IT IN THE REAL WORLD
(MINOR SPOILERS POSSIBLE)


1. Jamie Fraser and Claire Randall -- Outlander by Diana Gabaldon
A classic literary couple that has gone through more than almost any other couple I can think of yet they still retain their feelings for each other.  They understand each others' personalities (good and bad) and understand exactly what they are getting from the relationship. 

2. Kate Sheffield and Anthony Bridgerton -- The Viscount Who Loved Me by Julia Quinn
Such a hilarious and sweet couple!  They are very different, but have a great friendship that goes along with their romance.  The Pall Mall scene is one of my favorites!  Plus the second epilogue that Quinn wrote for them shows that they are truly in it for the long haul.

3. Eve Dallas and Roarke -- In Death series by JD Robb
Another opposites attract-type couple that completely works...homicide detective and Irish billionaire!  They have had a lot to deal with over the years yet they still retain their love for each other.  Some of my favorite scenes in this series are when Eve and Roarke are just hanging out at home and enjoying each other's company. 

4. Anne Elliot and Captain Wentworth -- Persuasion by Jane Austen
My favorite JA couple!  Their journey to HEA is full of drama and separation, but is so worth it by the end.  I think they would work in the real world because they understand one another and seem like a great partnership.

5. Robin Chadwick and Jules Cassidy -- Troubleshooters series by Suzanne Brockmann
Two men involved in a popular side love story for Brockmann's romantic suspense series.  These two were explosive from the moment they met, but did not have an easy road to happiness.  Through hiding in the closet to drinking to dangerous FBI missions, Robin and Jules went through it all, but came out as a stronger couple at the end.

6. Sara Fielding and Derek Craven -- Dreaming of You by Lisa Kleypas
Another historical couple that displays the true meaning of opposites attract with Sara as the innocent yet not naive author and Derek as the orphaned, self-made man.  Their love story is one of my favorites and I think their relationship could really stand the test of time.

7. Ron Weasley and Hermione Granger -- Harry Potter series by JK Rowling
Such an adorable couple that I was rooting for from the first book!  I absolutely loved watching them grow from enemies to friends to more.  They had quite a struggle to become a couple, but I think that's what makes them stronger. 

8. Phoebe Somerville/Dan Calebow -- It Had To Be You by Susan Elizabeth Phillips
One of my favorite contemporary couples: a socialite who inherits a professional football team and the team's enigmatic head coach.  These two are such intelligent yet vulnerable people who really found a great bond with each other.  

9. Will Parker/Ellie Dinsmore -- Morning Glory by Lavyrle Spencer
A couple that met under strange circumstances with Ellie as a pregnant widow and Will as an ex-convict looking for a job.  They work really well together as a friends, as parents, and as true partners.  These two made me cry buckets as I experienced their tumultous beginnings to their separation with the outbreak of WWII to their eventual HEA. 

10. Cal Morrisey and Minerva Dobbs -- Bet Me by Jennifer Crusie
A couple that really kept me entertained and rooting for them to finally acknowledge their feelings for one another.  I haven't read Bet Me in a few years, but I remember thinking that these are two crazy people who could really make it last in the real world. 

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