Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. Each week they provide a topic and you are free to use that topic and/or variations of that topic to make your top ten list. You don’t have to do all ten. Instead you can do three, five, fifteen, whatever you want. A full list of the weekly themes can be found here.
This week’s theme is a love freebie. I tend to not read strictly romance novels very often so I’m going with top ten(ish) books I’ve read that include a romantic aspect.
Invictus by Ryan Graudin – Farway and Priya’s love story in this book is wonderful. It is not the main focus or even a hyper focus but still constant. You never have reason to question them and they are each other’s rock. Also, their last scene together in the epilogue? That scene had me crying, no lie.
“Hope could not outlast the breather. Love, however . . . love was something not even death could conquer, because at the end of everything, even life, he was hers.”
The Lost Plot (The Invisible Library #4) by Genevieve Cogman – I had been through the first three books in this series waiting with baited breath for our leads Irene and Kai to JUST KISS ALREADY! Irene, being proper as she is and following the rules (mostly), had to wait until she was no longer Kai’s superior. When that kiss finally happened I literally cheered. It was great.
Reign of the Fallen (Reign of the Fallen #1) by Sarah Glenn Marsh – Let me be clear here, the already established romance in the first half of this book had me rolling my eyes so hard I could see my brain. However, the one that developed in the second half? That was golden.
Lady Julia Grey Series by Deanna Raybourn – This is another of those romances that took FOREVER to cook. Drove me batty, but in a good way. Lady Grey and Nicholas Brisbane worked with each other, however reluctantly, and matched each other wit for wit and watching their story develop amid murder and mayhem was quite fun.
A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J Maas – What kind of fantasy novel lover would I be if I left out Feyre and Rhys? Those two were highly entertaining and I genuinely enjoyed their build up to romance far better than when they finally got to it. Although their first intimate scene was entertaining. Gave a person ideas about paint. 😉
“My friend through many dangers. My lover who had healed my broken and weary soul. My mate who had waited for me against all hope, despite all odds.”
It it nice to see a romance done well in non-romance books. Granted, I couldn’t find a lot of them on my “read” list but there were some. Do you know a good fantasy or historical fiction novel with a good romance I should read? Let me know in the comments!