I have read a lot of books and there are definitely some couples that stand out more than others in my literary memory. I’ve scoured through my collection and picked out some of my favourite couples in honor of Valentine’s Day! I can’t write too much about each pairing because I really don’t want to include much for spoilers and I’d love for you to explore these books in your own time.
Yelena and Valek from Poison Study by Maria V Snyder. I love the Study trilogy and I adore the pairing of Yelena and Valek. It starts off with a serious skew in terms of power dynamics, but it eventually balances out and both characters develop into incredible, compelling people with an equally compelling relationship.
Hephaestion and Drypetis from The Conqueror’s Wife by Stephanie Thornton. These two definitely butt heads and have an incredibly passionate relationship. I wish history didn’t cut it quite so short, there’s so much potential in this pairing.
Danica and Zane from HawkSong and SnakeCharm by Amelia Atwater-Rhodes.These two have a complicated start, being on opposite sides in a war, but this arranged match blossoms into a gorgeous and loving partnership. I love the clash and blend of their cultures and personalities, the reluctant affection and devotion.
Anne Shirley and Gilbert Blythe from Anne of Green Gables (and subsequent books) by Lucy Maud Montgomery. I’m sure most people know about this couple, given that they’re in books, tv shows, theatrical productions, etc. but I couldn’t leave them off the list. I haven’t read their actual romantic relationship in the books yet, but I have seen Anne & Gilbert the musical and I imagine that it follows a similar path.
Jamie Fraser and Claire Randall from Outlander by Diana Gabaldon. This pairing has gotten a lot of attention since becoming a hit TV show. I enjoy the book version of the couple more than the TV version, but that is mostly because the book is told from Claire’s POV so you get a lot more intimate details that only exist within the mind. Outlander is a great read with a fierce lady and equally fierce man trying to stay alive and finding love along the way.
Mackensie Elliott and Carter Macguire from Vision in White by Nora Roberts. I don’t generally find couples from romance novels to be particularly great, but I love Mac and Carter. In this case Mac is the untameable one, not in a sex sense, but she’s grown up in turmoil and the concept of a loving stable relationship terrifies her because it’s not what she knows. This is a sentiment I’ve heard too often from real life women. Carter is infinitely patient and kind and is willing to put in considerable effort to help Mac realize that stability and love are not things you have to be wary of.
Hades and Persephone by me, because of course I had to throw in my own. I love my version of this couple, which is fairly obvious since I wrote a book about it. I won’t write any more about this, I want people to discover their dynamics for themselves.
Happy Valentine’s Day one and all, I hope you have a wonderful day :)
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