Top Ten Tuesday – Under the Book Covers (Romance Freebie)


*Top Ten Tuesday is a meme hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl to bring bookish friends together. A new topic is posted each week.

This week, the topic is a romance freebie in honor of Valentine’s Day! I will be listing my top ten favorite book romances. To me, romance is an important aspect in a book. While it isn’t a deal-breaker, I tend to be more invested in the overall story if there’s a couple to root for.

  1. Rhys and Feyre (A Court of Thorns and Roses)
  2. Ignifex and Nyx (Cruel Beauty)
  3. Vasya and Morozko (The Bear and the Nightingale)
  4. Mara and Noah (The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer)
  5. Jacqueline and Lucas (Easy)
  6. Mac and Barrons (The Fever books)
  7. Warner and Juliette (Shatter Me)
  8. Kacey and Trent (Ten Tiny Breaths)
  9. Elizabeth and Mr. Darcy (Pride and Prejudice)
  10. Braden and Jocelyn (On Dublin Street)


  1. So Rhysand owns my heart and no romance will ever beat Feysand. Never ever. Seriously, the development of their relationship in A Court of Mist And Fury was so perfect and tension-filled and swoony and just…ugh. Feyre underwent huge personal development in this book, and the part that Rhys played in this development was absolutely adorable. Best romance ever, fight me.
  2. It’s been awhile since I read Cruel Beauty, but I loved the dark mystery of this book. I’ve always loved Beauty and the Beast, and this version was by far my favorite retelling. I really loved how the story and the romance unfolded.
  3. This isn’t really a romance (only sort-of) but it developed a lot more in The Girl in the Tower, and I hope something relationship-y happens in the final book! I love Morozko. Yes, he’s the frost demon. No, I don’t care. I wouldn’t be surprised if nothing further develops between him and Vasya, but I really hope it does!
  4. Its been years since I’ve read the Mara Dyer books, but they were so delightfully creepy. I remember being really invested in the romance between Mara and Noah.
  5. Jacqueline and Lucas are so perfect for each other, and this story is so heart-wrenching in so many ways. I would recommend Easy to anyone looking to read a college romance.
  6. Oh my god, those Fever books. I only read the first five, as Karen Marie Moning only intended for there to be five books initially. In my opinion, the story was wrapped up perfectly after the fifth book, so I have no interest in continuing the series. But Barrons is such a great love interest because he’s actually such a horrible love interest, but he’s unapologetically the way he is. He helps Mac become a better, stronger version of herself.
  7. I love villains, and love villain love-interests even more. Warner is the pinnacle of this trope, and I absolutely adore the Shatter Me series because of it.
  8. Ten Tiny Breaths hit me like a train when I first read it. Its been a few years, but I plan on rereading this one soon. Trent and Kacey each have their own demons to battle, but circumstances bring them together in the most heartbreaking way.
  9. How could I not include the greatest romance of all time?! I personally think that Pride and Prejudice had a huge impact on modern romance novels. Also, books during this publication era were not exactly known for feminist values, so you can’t help but admire Jane Austen for writing a strong and vivacious female heroine.
  10. I had to include On Dublin Street, because this list needed at least one super-steamy read. This couple goes from hate to love, which is one of my favorite tropes. The love interest is alpha-male without any of the Christian Grey-esque weirdness.

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