These Are A Few Of My Favorite Things…In Romances.

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

This week’s topic: 10 things I like/dislike in romances in books

With Valentine’s Day coming up, what better time to talk about the things I love the MOST when it concerns romance in books. These things get me a-swoonin’ hardcore.


1. Banter: IS THERE NOTHING MORE DELIGHTFUL THAN SEXUAL TENSION LADEN BANTER?!? I love banter. It makes me giddy.The more banter the more I’ll be shipping it.

2. Slow burn romance: You can take your instalove and give me slow burn romance ANY DAY. Omg the tension. The longing. The intensification of all those FEELS. The OMG-I-CAN’T-TAKE-IT-ANYMORE-PLEASE-JUMP-EACH-OTHERS-BONES feeling. I love a good whirlwind romance when done right but the slow burn always lights my heart on fire.

3. The “I kind of hate you” turned “woah hey actually I WANT YOU”: Logan and Veronica anybody??? Also, I actually REALLY didn’t like Will when I first met him and now we are married all these years later so I have a soft spot. AND CAN WE JUST TALK ABOUT HOW I SWEAR IT IS EVEN BETTER WHEN THEY FINALLY GET TOGETHER?? SO MUCH PASSION.


4. The boy/girl next door or the “have known each other since we were wee ones” thang: Particularly if they are friends! I think of Lola and Cricket from Lola and the Boy Next Door by Stephanie Perkins or Corey/Topanga from Boy Meets World. I love all that history they have. I think the reason I love this one so much is because throughout middle school and high school I had this weird “was never a romance but we always liked each other just not at the same time” thing with the boy across the street. It was kind of adorable when I think about all the flirting and hanging out that went on being neighbors/good friends but all that tension! We DID go to a homecoming dance together but that’s the furthest it went.


5. Opposites attract (also opposite side of the tracks): If there was ONE way to categorize mine and Will’s relationship is this. We are the most opposites ever and it just WORKS somehow. I love seeing it in books whether it is because she’s the prom queen and he’s the nerd or the live on different sides of the tracks…I’m all over it. I love watching people get past what they think makes them so different.



BONUS: OTPs that have to go through hell and back to finally be together!!! Because sometimes IT IS THAT HARD.

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So tell me…what are some things you LOVE in your romances?

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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 MY GOD. All the LoVe GIFs. Seriously, I can’t even contain my flails. OTP right there.

    Such a great list. Agreed all around!

  2. I also love the childhood sweethearts motif. It was very disappointing for me to grow up and realize many people don’t have that kind of childhood romance which grows into real couplehood and automatic marriage by the college years. I’d seen it in so many books and TV shows, it seemed unfair to find out it’s often just a fantasy.

  3. Oh yes! I love banter in a romance as well. I love slow building romances as well. I can’t stand instalove!

  4. I love all of these as well. I do think that the childhood turned sweethearts makes for a great read and I love banter between characters.

    here’s mine

  5. Chelsea Smith says:

    Jamie! This post is amazing. I LOVE (LoVe ;)) all of the gifs you used in this post– they are all of my favorite couples. I also completely agree with you on everything you said. Thank you so much for being so amazing. I am so grateful for your blog!

  6. I love you for including so much LoVe!!

  7. Great list! I actually remembered TTT this week and tried to do it but I just couldn’t word myself well! I would have also had the slow burn and the opposites attract on my list. One thing I can’t stand is when the first time 2 characters even hold hands the next thing you know they are in bed. That gives me nothing to look forward to! Anticipating them getting together is so much more fulfilling! And I love seeing opposites overcome the things that would keep them apart. Really, I agree with every point on your list. <3 <3

  8. Opposites attract are one of my favorite also! It’s always so fun to read. Like The Rosie Project. It’s why I enjoyed it so much. 😀 ♥

  9. I LOVE BANTER. I don’t like a lot of focus on the romance and I’d rather have an interesting plot, but when the MC and love-interest hate each other and they go back and forth *swoon* Together with slow-burn romance, I’m all for it!

  10. I love sweet banters. <3
    My Top Ten Tuesday!

  11. OMG! Have you read the new Veronica Mars books rob Thomas wrote since the movie? (2 of them already) they are so good! Love a slow burn romance btw 🙂

  12. I agree with everything you’e said above,Jamie!
    Banters are the best!Funny fights and pointless bickerings are always better than cheesy and fluffy love declarations.

    Here’s my list

  13. Veronica Mars!?!?
    I love this so much, you’re so great for this, totally made my day :]

    My TTT :]

  14. I looooooove the slow burn as well as the hate turned to love kind of relationships!! I want to through everything in the air and jump of joy when they finally understand it and get together!

  15. Love it!

  16. Yes to all of this, but especially the banter! A romance is not romance without some great banter! But I love the rest too!

  17. Love this and perfect gif usage. I’m not having to watch 10 Things I Hate About You because of this! I’m so with you. I love the slow burn. Really…you hit all my favorites.

  18. Love your list. A specially the last one.

  19. *stares at LoVe gifs*

    BEST. Obvs I ship hate to love like whoa. Excellent giffery here. Most excellent.

  20. I love all those trope! I included a few on my list today as well. Also phenomenal choice of best OTP. LoVe is without a doubt my OTP to end all OTPs. I ship it! Great list.

  21. Oh, a Heath Ledger gif? Jamie, you are making me sad-swoon right there! I also love good banter in my romances… humor is one thing that has kept my relationship with my husband going and we’ve been together almost 10 years. Crazy!

  22. I love banter and that slow-burn relationship. When you’re sitting there screaming for them to just kiss already and they don’t, but when they finally do it is AMAZING!! I also love a lot of sexual tension in a relationship. It makes it that much better when they finally give into it.

    The opposites attract one is good too. My husband and I are completely opposite and it just makes our relationship work so well. Great list!!

  23. 10 THINGS I HATE ABOUT YOU. I love it so much!!!! The banter is perfection in that movie, and I love it in my books too! I neeeed it and yes, it makes me ship the ship harder. Snarky, flirty, tension-laden banter. Give me.

    “The OMG-I-CAN’T-TAKE-IT-ANYMORE-PLEASE-JUMP-EACH-OTHERS-BONES feeling.” This exactly. Slow burn romances are the best!!! I love watching them develop and smiling more and more as it happens.

    Omg I remember reading your Will story, which I think is the funniest thing ever. Total YA novel haha! Hate to love is fantastic, mainly because it leads to…. BANTERRRR. 😀

    The boy next door always appealed to me because I wanted that haha. But there’s something so adorable about it, it’s hard to resist!

  24. Yes to all of the above! I think my favorite has to be the bestfriend/childhood friend one because I just love all the cute awkwardness that happens when one starts to have feelings for the other.

  25. Ahh my Veronica and Logan feels are out of control right now! I agree so much with everything you’ve said but now all I can think about is going and having a VMars marathon. Sigh. You’re evil Jamie! Evil I tell you!

  26. TOTALLY fangirling over the Veronica Mars gifs! So I pretty much agree with everything you just said too! LOL! I’m a slightly new fan to the VM scene and wayyy late, but I totally LOVE the show, the movie and the book series!

    Here’s my Tuesday Post

    Have a GREAT day!

    Old Follower 🙂

  27. Great list!

    LoVe <3 Luke & Lorelai!

  28. Oh. My. Gosh! Veronica and Logan?! Corey and Topanga?! I can’t. So. Many. Feeels. Also, spot on post. I’m really loving seeing everyone’s opinion on this topic!

  29. Yessssss!!! Banter! Definitely what makes romance most swoon worthy. AND I LOVE PENNY AND LEONARD! Perfect! Man! There are some great thoughts on this week’s TTT!

  30. Is that 10 Things I Hate About You?? (RIP Heath you sexy beast!) I love slow-burning romances and have-known-each-other-all-their-lives romances too! And the opposites attract one is really good too – my fiancé and I are actually TOTAL opposites as well and we often joke about it (I think he is coming to terms with my new blogging hobby hehe).

  31. Love your GIF choices… especially for #2 – I’m almost done watching Gilmore Girls…

  32. Yes. Just, yes. I approve of this post and all it represents…

  33. Love this list and your gifs!!!! Cory and Topanga I love them!! I changed mine up a bit check it out 🙂

  34. Love this list!!!! I changed mine up a bit check it out 🙂

  35. Awww Cory and Topanga are the epitome of true love!

  36. Ahhh no all I want to do is go rewatch Veronica Mars!

  37. I love, love, love the stuff you mentioned you love in your fictional romances, Jamie! I definitely agree with every single one. My favorite that you’ve mentioned is slow burn – I love watching the tension build and build and build until the two parties in question can no longer resist. It’s LOVELY.

  38. I LOVE BANTER. SO MUCH. Partly because I love books that make me chuckle out loud, and partly because my favorite people IRL are the ones who can keep up with my banter. (I have actually not called guys back due to lack of banter skillz, true story. I’ve accepted that I’m probably going to be alone forever. Because Heath Ledger’s character in 10 Things I Hate About You has ruined men for me. Sigh.)

  39. I see Cory and Topanga pictures. The rest of this post doesn’t matter. I am in love. <3

  40. GAHHHH!! THE LoVe GIFS!! That just sparked all the feels!


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