Monday, February 11, 2013

♥ My Top 10 Favorite Book Couples ♥

Just in time for the holiday[1] of my people—and by my people, I mean marketers—here's a list of my favorite book couples:

Before you ask, I disqualified Rena & Wallace from this list. Author bias and all that. ;)

10. Augustus and Hazel from The Fault in Our Stars by John Green. They made me have feelings, and I'm not the type to have any. Darn you, John Green! (DFTBA.)

9. Four and Tris from Divergent by Veronica Roth. Romance is best tempered by action scenes. Solid couple.

8. Joe Morelli, Ranger, and Stephanie Plum from The Stephanie Plum Series by Janet Evanovich. Not a couple, per se, but these three have been in a triangle since the nineties. The nineties! Points for persistence.

7. Luc and Jane from See Jane Score by Rachel Gibson. This dysfunctional relationship is best summed up by a quote from Luc: “You make me want to suck a bruise on you just to kiss it better."

See what I mean?

6. St. Clair and Anna from Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins. Young, awkward love.  ♥

5. Connor and Claire from Finding Claire Fletcher by Lisa Regan. I know this is going to sound strange because of the book's subject matter, but Connor and Claire share a very Corinthians love. It protects, trusts, hopes, perseveres, etc. Good stuff.

4. Ty and Hannah from The Mistaken by Nancy S. Thompson. Their relationship is dark, gritty, and downright complicated—which is why I like it.

3. Maddox and Ashlyn from The Darkest Night by Gena Showalter. Maddox is possessed by the demon of violence, so it's hard for him to be around Ashlyn. It makes for some interesting scenes...

2. Jake and Emma from Violet Midnight by Lynn Rush. Teamwork personified. I love how much they trust and rely on each other.

1. Mark and Chelsea from Nothing But Trouble by Rachel Gibson. A bitter, injured hockey player and his cheery, pint-sized assistant play tug-of-war with their feelings. Ah, stubborn love.

Do you have a favorite book couple?

Have a great week, guys!  ♥

1. I know, I know. Valentine's Day is more than marketing. Here's some info on the holiday's history.
2. I'm reading Taking Charge by Mandy Baggot right now, and I love it. Cole & Robyn will have a place on my next list!

70 comments:

Mike said...

That's a good question. Connor and Claire are a good choice. I'm drawing a blank right now. lol

Mike said...

Of course there was always Romeo and Juliet or Perseus and Andromeda...

M.J. Fifield said...

I'm with you on Augustus and Hazel, and for the exact reasons you mention.

I'm kind of over the Stephanie/Morelli/Ranger triangle. I personally feel like it's gone on too long, and while I understand why Stephanie hasn't picked one yet, I really wish she would just pick and stick with Morelli already.

ilima said...

Lola and Cricket! Perkins sure knows how to write swoony contemps.

Julie Luek said...

Sound like great books-- nothing like a little lovin' for the Valentine's season.

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Wow, I'd have to go back through my books to find one.

Melissa said...

Wow. Great list! I'm sure I could come up with a few, but they'd mostly be from HRs. You know me... :)

Faith Sullivan said...

ANNA AND THE FRENCH KISS...sigh :-)

Nancy Thompson said...

Aw, thank you for the Ty and Hannah shout out. They are rather dark & gritty, and yes, extremely complicated! How about Wallace and Rena? I bet they'll have tons of fans come March 7th! And talk about hot!

Elizabeth Seckman said...

What a great list!!!

Carrie Butler said...

Thanks, Mike! Lisa did a great job with Connor and Claire, didn't she? :)

Carrie Butler said...

Classics! :D

Carrie Butler said...

What a tearjerker! I felt like someone else for the last third of that book.

Oh, I know what you mean. I would be overjoyed if Stephanie finally married Joe, and Ranger became Batman. ;)

Thanks for stopping by, M.J.!

Carrie Butler said...

I still have to read that one! I've been hearing so many good things. :)

Carrie Butler said...

Our ninja captain cannot be swayed by literary romance! ;)

Carrie Butler said...

Exactly! (I say this, even though I don't celebrate. LOL) Thanks for stopping by, Julie!

Carrie Butler said...

Thanks, Melissa! Hurry up and finish Come Back so I can put Seth and Becca on next year's list. ;)

Carrie Butler said...

Good stuff, right? :) I want to read it again. I just need to figure out a way to stay awake longer than 18 hours a day...

Carrie Butler said...

You're very welcome! :) Oh, man. I hope so!

Carrie Butler said...

Thank you, Elizabeth! :)

LynnRush said...

Thanks so much, CARRIE!! Jake and Emma say THANKS, too!!

Carrie Butler said...

You're very welcome, Lynn! You know I love those two. :D

P.S. I hope you're feeling better!

Donna K. Weaver said...

I love a lot of couples in lit. One of my favs is Nick and Lucy from Moonraker's Bride. He is so awesome and she is so funny. More recently I loved Nikki and Jack in Brodi Ashton's Everneath.

Lydia Kang said...

Have a great week yourself! I like your list. :)

Jessie Humphries said...

I love all the different kind I love dynamics here! Very thought provoking.

Rebecca Barrow said...

I adore Morelli! So swoon-inducing :)

Clarissa Draper said...

Wow, we must read different genres because I don't recognize any of them. I do have a few couples I love together but it's from mysteries like Tony Hill and Carol Jordon.

Steelerlady2379 said...

I think if I had to pick just one couple it would have to be Cat and Bones in Jeaniene Frost Night Huntress Series. However there are many great couples out there!!
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Carrie Butler said...

Oo, I'll have to check those out! :) Thanks, Donna!

Carrie Butler said...

Thank you, Lydia! :D

Sheena-kay Graham said...

Great couples. Four and Tris are my fave on this list.

Carrie Butler said...

Love comes in many different packages. :D

Wait. That sounded dirtier than I intended! LOL I was trying to be all profound. I have to leave it, though. Because it's you, and you'll get a snicker out of it. ;)

Carrie Butler said...

Me too! I did a fanart of him back in 2009, and it was actually featured on Janet Evanovich's website. One of the many reasons I love her as an author. :D

C. Lee McKenzie said...

You've picked some super couples, Carrie. Here's to love and a special Valentine's Day!

Leigh Covington said...

OOH! This makes me all giddy! Gotta love a great couple! Love your choices! I'm so glad I finally read Anna and the French Kiss! That book is awesome!

Lisa Regan said...

This was so awesome! I want to make this list too! Thanks for mentioning Connor and Claire--they are faves of mine even though I'm biased. Of course one of my all-time favorites are Rena and Wallace. Hello! I agree with your choice of Ty and Hannah. Also a good one is Claire and Jamie Fraser from Diana Gabaldon's Outlander series.

jamieayres.com said...

What a fun post!! I agree with most of your picks, and at the risk of sounding like a total dork, would like to add Harry and Ginny:-)

Melodie Wright said...

Ooh, a hockey player romance? I am def checking that one out. Love me some hockey....players...;)

Gilbert and Anne, of course. and I agree with Lisa - Claire and Jamie are a great couple.

Charmaine Clancy said...

Must agree with Augustus and Hazel and John Green's ability to manipulate my heart!
I do love Izzy and Henry in The Spellman series, but really I love Rae (Izzy's little sister) and her relationship with Henry. Very torturous!

Carrie Butler said...

We must! That's okay, though. It's always fun to branch out. :)

Carrie Butler said...

Oo, good call! :) Thanks for stopping by, Teresa!

Carrie Butler said...

I loved "watching" their relationship grow. No insta-love! :)

Carrie Butler said...

Thank you, Lee! :D

Carrie Butler said...

Thanks, Leigh! :) Oh, me too. I can't believe I waited so long!

Stephen Tremp said...

Chase Manhattan and Susan Anderson. Okay, so I'm biased as they are the MCs from my books.

Carrie Butler said...

You should. It's a lot of fun. :)

Thank you! Oh, and you're welcome. If I were to make a list of fictional characters whose babies I would have, Connor would be right up there, again. LOL

Carrie Butler said...

Oo, good call, Jamie! :D

Carrie Butler said...

Heck yes! It's a somewhat steamy series revolving around a fictional hockey team. Good stuff!

Oh, and I also recommend Taking Charge by Mandy Baggot. I'm in the middle of reading it and loving it so far!

Carrie Butler said...

Oh my goodness, yes. John has a serious gift!

Oo, I'll have to check that series out. :D Thanks, Charmaine!

Carrie Butler said...

We're all a little biased. ;) Now I want to read about Chase and Susan!

Rachel Morgan said...

On this list I'm definitely going for Four & Tris and St. Clair & Anna. LOVED both of those books!

Samantha May said...

I'm a pretty big fan of Elizabeth Bennett and Mr. Darcy :D

Great list!!

Carrie Butler said...

Me too! :) Thanks for stopping by, Rachel!

Carrie Butler said...

How did I not think of that?! LOL

Thanks, Samantha!

Optimistic Existentialist said...

I know this is SUPER cliche but for me it's always gonna be Romeo and Juliet...

Joylene Nowell Butler said...

Elizabeth Bennett and Mr. Darcy. I love Pride and Prejudice.

Carrie Butler said...

Things are cliché for a reason. People love them enough to use them again and again. :) I love Romeo and Juliet!

Carrie Butler said...

I can't believe I forgot Elizabeth and Darcy! I love Pride and Prejudice, too. :)

Tara Tyler said...

look at you! awesome couple list!
four & tris!
stephanie plum trio!
and friend books!
nice!

Diana Gallagher said...

This is cute. :-) And Katniss and Peeta!

Carrie Butler said...

Thanks, Tara! :D

Carrie Butler said...

Oo, good call, Diana! :)

Iain said...

You missed the best pairing of all. Rena and Wallace.
I'm guessing that this is because you haven't caught wind of the next big thing to hit the shelves. They are from a debut novel being published next month called Strength.
I strongly urge you to go and read it, its fantastic :o)

Emily R. King said...

I haven't read some of these. I need to fix that!

Great list, Carrie!

Carrie Butler said...

*Grins* Thank you for the recommendation, Iain. (Really, thank you!) I'll have to check out this dynamic duo!

Carrie Butler said...

Absolutely! :) Thanks, Empress King!

Leslie S. Rose said...

Corlath and Harry in The Blue Sword. Cricket and Lola in Lola and the Boy Next Door. Oh, and sign me up for Elizabeth and Darcy as well. So many swoonworthy pairings.

Carrie Butler said...

Oo, nice choices, Leslie! :D

Kelley Lynn said...

Four and Tris are way up there for me. I also like Amy and Elder from Across the Universe. I have a thing for couples in action too I guess :)

Rena and Wallace are pretty yummy too!

Carrie Butler said...

Let's not forget Rydan and Akara! <3