Top Ten Favorite Romances In Books

toptentuesssTop Ten Tuesday, asΒ  always, is hosted at my other blog — The Broke & the Bookish

This week’s topic: Top Ten Favorite Romances in Books

As I was going through my fave romances I’ve realized there are A LOT of romances that I love for very different reasons! Some are obvious but some might not be so check out my reasoning below!





1. Aria & Perry from Veronica Rossi’s Under the Never Sky series: Veronica Rossi does a remarkable job, especially in the dystopian genre, of building this amazing romance without sacrificing the story and making the romance be the WHOLE story. Aria & Perry’s romance is such a slow build and grows so much and I appreciate that. They’ve got a lot against them but they are the best! (Review of Under the Never Sky )

2. Travis & Harper from Trish Doller’s Something Like Normal: Ah this one is so great! Sometimes you want to punch Travis but I love how patient Harper is but she lets him have it! I loved watching their relationship develop and how they cared so much about each other and they let each other in to the darker corners of their life. Love a relationship that starts with some substance and this one is just beautiful. (Review of Something Like Normal)

3. Elizabeth & Darcy from Jane Austen’s Pride & Prejudice: Need I explain? One of the first books I ever read where I swooned like crazy over two fictional characters and their relationship.

4. Jessica Darling & Marcus Flutie from Megan McCafferty’s Jessica Darling series: I don’t think their relationship is super swoony from the start but I loved that spark in book one and I love that they have to really battle and fight for their love to work as they grow up and grow into their relationship. A relationship that goes from high school through college and beyond goes through so many struggles and changes and I loved this relationship at the core — though you’ll find yourself wanting to murder them both at times! (Review of Sloppy Firsts by Megan McCafferty)

5. Eva & Sean from Sangu Mandanna’s The Lost Girl: Oh this book. My heart. Eva and Sean’s relationship is an example of one of those forbidden romances but I don’t want to say a lot about it and the outcome but OMG I LOVE THEM. (Review of The Lost Girl)

6. Clara & Tucker from Cynthia Hand’s Unearthly series: Oh how I love this relationship even though it’s involved in (the best) love triangle ever. Their relationship is just so sweet as it progresses and I loved the little moments between them. It’s heartbreaking at times though. For real. (Review of Unearthly)

7. Anna & St. Clair from Stephanie Perkins’ Anna and the French Kiss: This one is so hard because their relationship truly starts off in a way I don’t like but I couldn’t help love the two of them together before they got together. I love though the reality that sometimes you make mistakes and do stupid things but love can prevail. And I loved watching it blossom through the streets of Paris. (Review of Anna and the French Kiss)

8. Lola & Cricket from Stephanie Perkins’ Lola & the Boy Next Door: I love the whole childhood friends turned lovers thing! I do! Plus Cricket is just the sweetest. But I love how people and grow and change through the years and then find their way back to each other. (review of Lola and the Boy Next Door)

9. Mia & Adam in Gayle Forman’s If I Stay & Where She Went: OH THESE BOOKS. THIS RELATIONSHIP. Shows the beauty in how love can persevere evenΒ  in the most difficult of circumstances. (Review of If I Stay)

10. Hadley & Oliver from Jennifer E. Smith’s The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight: I debated putting this on here but here it is. Really this relationship is just in that very beginning stage so you don’t get to see much progression. It was just this really cute glimpse of the first spark in a relationship. I loved that! (review of The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight)

So tell me…what are some of your favorite romances in books? Do you agree with mine? Disagree with any?

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Jamie is a 32 year old married lady (with a new baby!!) who is in denial that she's actually that old to be a married lady and a mom. When she's not reading you can find her doing Pilates followed by eating ice cream, belting out Hamilton (loud and offkey) and having adventures with her husband, daughter and rescue dog.


  1. Oh SO many that I haven’t gotten to yet! I think I need to get over my fear of angels and just pick up unearthly

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  2. LOVE your list!! Mia and Adam…I die…but then I stay because of him…see what I did there… πŸ™‚

    Aria and Perry, amazing! Mr. Darcy-swoon and faint. Loooove Hadley and Oliver, too, oh your list is so great! And I’m gonna have to add a few to my list! Love your TTT as per usual! πŸ™‚

  3. I was sold on the relationship in Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight mainly because Oliver’s Brittish(what can I say, I love the Brits) but it made my list as well. I really need to read Anna and the French Kiss because it’s been on all these lists–I’ve bought but haven’t gotten around to reading yet. And Darcy and Elizabeth is just such a classic!

  4. AH. SO mad at myself for forgetting Perry & Aria! But.. Well. There’s just SO MANY good ones!

    Travis & Harper are the best <3
    And you have included both of Stephanie Perkins' to die for couples, well. I included both of Colleen Hoovers! *fangirls* πŸ˜€

    GREAT LIST. And TSPOLAFS was so cute! LOVE.

  5. Great list Jamie! I’m noticing The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight and Anna and the French Kiss popping up quite a bit this week, I think I’m going to have to really bump them up on my list of things to check out πŸ˜€

  6. I think it’d be really interesting to know how many of this week’s lists will include Elizabeth & Darcy. My educated guess is it would end up being vast majority. πŸ™‚ (Do you watch The Lizzie Bennet Diaries? If you haven’t, get on that, because they’re an increasingly great modern adaptation!)

    • I’ve been reading the lists and loving how many include Elizabeth and Darcy. It might be a cliche at this point, but they are my all time favourite fictional couple. And The Lizzie Bennet Diaries are fantastic!

      Swooning pretty much describes me every time I pick this one up.

      • It took me a little while to get up to speed with TheLBD, since I only got into it around Thanksgiving, but now I’m pretty much obsessed. My favorite thing is what they’re doing with Lydia’s character. I wasn’t sure how they’d update that storyline, and they’ve done an amazing job.

  7. I love your list! It looks like we have quite a few in common…plus a a few that I really, really need to read! I’m not a huge fan of Lola and Cricket, but there’s also something about ending up with someone you’ve known forever that I really like. And Cricket really is sweet.

  8. I think Austen is a definite heavy hitters in the romance department. While I love modern society I would definitely appreciate it if my husband tried to be a little more of a “dapper gentleman” occasionally!

  9. I haven’t read any of these yet but I plan to soon πŸ™‚ Great picks. πŸ˜‰

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  10. Elizabeth and Mr Darcy made it on to my list this week.
    I haven’t read any of the other books mentioned here, although a couple of them I’ve heard great things about and hope to read.

  11. Mia and Adam’s relationship in Where She Went is so wonderful and full of emotion. I can’t believe I forgot them on my list!

  12. Adam and Mia are one of my favorites. Their relationship is so real, so complete, so utterly gorgeous. I also thought about putting Hadley and Oliver on my list, but decided not to for exactly the reason you mentioned: their relationship is just in the first phase, and though it’s so sweet, there were others I wanted to write about instead πŸ™‚ And I can’t believe I forgot about Aria and Perry!!! I love them oh so much. *sneakily adds them to honorable mentions*

  13. SO many goodies and so many I haven’t read yet. It’s not a crime that I’ve not read the Stephanie Perkins books yet… right? Regardless, I’ll have to check those out.

    I LOVE Darcy and Elizabeth. Quintessential romance right there and so swoony. Love your list and that you included Aria + Perry. : )

  14. Aw, I really need to start reading Sloppy Firsts and Statistical. I totally agree with Anna and Etienne! Love those too! It’s sad that I havent Lola, though πŸ™

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  15. I don’t know if you ever watched One Tree Hill, but Travis and Harper in Something Like Normal reminded me so much of Nathan and Haley from OTH.

  16. The Lost Girl? Oooh I don’t know that one!

  17. Fantastic list, Jamie! I also have Darcy and Elizabeth as well as Anna and St. Clair. I just finished Hallowed and I should have added Clara and Tucker!

  18. So glad to see Cricket and Lola on there! Have seen a lot of Anna in other people’s stuff but I think the Lola swoon far exceeds it!

  19. bookrockbetty says:

    Umm…. I think you spelled CHRISTIAN wrong in #6. πŸ˜‰

    Also, I swear to you…… you WILL edit this list after you finally give in and read VA. hahaha

    Something must be great about Anna and the French Kiss! I’ve seen it on soooo many lists!!

  20. I agree with so many of these and a lot almost made my own list! I do have Travis and Harper on mine, as well as Adam and Mia because duh. πŸ™‚ And I MUST read the Jessica Darling series this year!!

  21. I can’t believe I forgot about Perry and Aria on my list! Another reminder that I need to get to reading TTEN!

    You’ve made a great list, I agree with both Anna and St. Clair (they made my list too!) and Lola and Cricket πŸ™‚

  22. I love how you presented your top ten. :)) So pretty :”> Unfortunately, I haven’t read any of the books you mentioned. :'(

  23. I just discovered Stephanie Perkins in the last month, so it makes me really happy to see a shout-out to Anna & St. Clair and Lola & Cricket! Great list!

  24. Great choices. I need to read alot of the books listed here so then maybe I can make my mind up about the romances in them! I’m glad Under the Never Sky isn’t just centred around romance as I’m really looking forward to reading it and I hate when romance is the only thing going on and of any importance. I put down a book last night because of that reason!

    I have Elizabeth and Darcy on my list too. I love their relationship! Great list πŸ™‚

    Becca @ Lost in Thought

  25. Surprised you didn’t include Allyson and Willem – but I guess Just One Day was more about Allyson, wasn’t it? =)

    I’ve got quite a few of yours on my list as well. And I REALLY have to read Under the Never Sky!

    Here’s my TTT!

  26. Perry and Aria. *Sigh*. I wish there was a book dedicated solely to their romance. I’d probably read it a million times. I love Hadley and Oliver as well. Not only are their names super cute, but the way they met and their story has swoon written all over it.

  27. Clara and Tucker- sigh. Love them.

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  28. So, I definitely liked Perry & Aria, but they are not at the top of my list yet, BUT I still haven’t read book two, so that could totally change.

    Travis and Harper I ought to hate, because of their past (I’m not a forgiving person), but she just sold Travis’ voice and I totally hope for the best for them.

    3&4 are on my list too. πŸ™‚

    Clara and TUCKER. That’s right. None of this Christian business!

    Agree with 9 & 10 as well, though I’m not sure that I see Hadley and Oliver working long term or not. Would be awesome if she did a book about them a couple years later or something.

    Still need to read the other three!

  29. Awww some really great choices here!
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  30. I love Hadley and Oliver! They’re so sweet and cute. And I really need to read Anna and the French Kiss because it’s on EVERYONE’s list

  31. I did my TTT before I read both IIS and SLN, or Travis/Harper would SO BE on my list. And oh man, Adam/Mia. I have a feeling when I read WSW, that they’ll rocket up my list of fave couples/romances.

    I didn’t even think of P&P! I read that book in 12th grade and really loved it. I’ve been wanting to re-read buuuut I’m afraid of re-reads.

    Anna/Etienne made my list as well!

  32. YES YES YES to all of these, except Jessica and Marcus whom I have yet to meet, but will be doing so this year for sure!

  33. Great list! We share a few, and there are some on your list that I totally forgot about, but really love! I’ve yet to read Jessica Darling of Unearthl, but both are on my TBR.

    Check out my TOP TEN! Also, I’m hosting a GIVEAWAY, so check it out too!

  34. Ooooh, Hadley and Oliver are a good choice. I didn’t think of them. Like you said, they are in the beginnings of their relationship. But hey, that’s a pretty awesome way to begin a relationship, right?

  35. Ugh, I agree with you about not liking the way Anna & St. Clair’s relationship starts. To be honest, I have my issues with certain parts of the book but I still love it. Perhaps one day I will make a post with it. Cricket really IS the sweetest! Love him.

  36. I love all the couples you mentioned! Except I’m Team Christian (I know!) and I haven’t read Lost Girl yet. But seeing that you mentioned it on your favorite romances list.. makes me want to check it out ASAP. Great list!

  37. LOVE Darcy and Elizabeth. Probably one of my favorites. And I definitely agree with Etienne and Anna. They’re just one of those couples you can’t help but love.

    Halee @ Confessions of a Book Addict

    My Top Ten

  38. I haven’t read any of those, but I hope to read quite a few of them.

  39. Anna and the French Kiss is also a favorite of mine. Great list πŸ™‚

  40. I always love how you present your lists. They’re always so graphically pleasing and fun! And, I love the couples you chose. Anna & Etienne and Darcy & Elizabeth made my list too.

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  41. I loved Sean and Eva’s relationship in the Lost Girl! One of my favorite books from last year. I love the little hearts you have next to the book covers.

  42. MIA AND ADAM <3 they would defintely top my list! Honestly I just loved everything about them and oh Adam just made me swoon so much. I remember BALLING when I read If I Stay and then Where She Went! Clara and Tucker… they were adorable and I loved them but i was set on Clara and Christian πŸ˜‰

  43. I absolutely love Perry and Aria! I will ship them forever.

  44. I had Perry and Aria on my list too! I love them! πŸ™‚

  45. I did love Something Like Normal. even though I didn’t put it on my list today. Lots of others on your list I haven’t read yet, but really want to πŸ™‚

  46. The only couple we had in common on our lists was Darcy and Elizabeth, but I could have included Lola/Cricket, Anna/Etienne, Hadley/Oliver and Adam/Mia on my lists as honorable mentions. I considered including them in my top ten but they just barely didn’t make the cut πŸ™‚

    And no, you don’t need to explain the Darcy and Elizabeth love <3

  47. Wow we don’t share any choices on this week’s top ten. I did love Aria and Perry though, even though they didn’t make my list.

  48. Really should read your number 2 pick. It sure intrigues me. πŸ™‚

    Thanks so much for stopping by today, Jamie. I appreciate your comment.

  49. This is a fantastic list and after your amazing review of Something Like Normal, I am now adding this one to the top of my list!

  50. Great list! I haven’t read Unearthly (I’m not an angel fan), but it’s been on so many lists that I think I probably should. I also love your graphics!

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  51. I’m thrilled that there are only four couples that I’m not quite familiar with yet on your list, and that I loved the rest. I think my favorite couple among the ones you mentioned is Lola and Cricket! I love that they have a history, and I also love that they live next door to each other – it’s a set-up for one awesome romance to me πŸ˜‰


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