In honour of Valentine’s Day this Sunday, I’ve put together a list of my top five favourite couples in books.
1) Alexia Tarabotti & Conall Maccon (Gail Carriger’s Parasol Protectorate series)
She’s preternatural able to nullify the powers of vampires and werewolves…and he’s the werewolf alpha of the Woolsey pack. Their relationship is fiery, passionate and marked by their utterly devoted love for each other. Add in the steampunk, high-society, Victorian era setting and this series makes for a highly enjoyable romp. There’s quite a lot food described though (because such things are very important to Alexia) and I always have a massive craving for treacle tart whenever I re-read this series.
2) Kady Grant & Ezra Mason (Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff)
So, they’re barely in the same place for the entire book and for a rather large chunk of it they’re not even together…but I still loved their relationship. I loved all their interactions together as the world dissolved around them. It was funny and charming and in many ways quite bittersweet. It helps that the book as a whole was amazing and I CAN’T WAIT for the next one!
3) Sam & Sybil Vimes (Discworld series by Terry Pratchett)
The relationship between Sam Vimes and Lady Sybil is one of my favourite parts of the whole Discworld series. I just love how…understated it is. Their romance is a quiet burn throughout the Night Watch stories and watching them move from their first meeting, through to marriage and eventually to the birth of Young Sam is a delight. I love Sybil’s quiet support and love for Sam and his need (and most often confusion) to do the right thing for her. I mean, they’re super, super, super rich and yet Sybil still darns his socks for him (because she thinks that’s what wives should do) and he always wears them (even though the thick solid stitching isn’t the most comfortable thing). But he loves her and she loves him…and it’s wonderful.
4) Micah Grey & Drystan (Micah Grey series by Laura Lam)
The progression of their relationship is a beautiful thing. In fact, to be honest, Pantomime and Shadowplay are both beautiful, gorgeous, lyrical reads – Laura Lam’s writing is brilliant, utterly brilliant – and Micah’s and Drystan’s relationship is painfully sweet, unique and perfectly paced. Love it. Love them.
5) Neve & Max (You don’t have to say you love me by Sarra Manning)
This is pure, unadulterated, guilty pleasure reading for me. Yes, it’s a standard romance plot with not too many surprises…but Neve is such a fantastic character and I really identify with her and her struggles with body image. I re-read this one all the time and I just can’t help but love the relationship between Neve and Max as they move from friends-with-benefits towards something more…
So how about you? Do you agree with the couples I’ve chosen? Who’re your favourite couples?