Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly feature at The Broke and the Bookish. This week's theme: All About Romance Tropes!
Happy Valentine's Day! I just see this as the perfect opportunity to talk about romance in books, and this week's Top Ten Tuesday prompt made it even better. I love love stories where the characters are friends first, so these are some of my favorite books where that happens!
Wing and Aaron from THE HEARTBEATS OF WING JONES by Katherine Webber: I'm currently in the middle of reading this book for the second time in the span of a week, which should show you how much I love it. And WOW, does this book give a whole new meaning to slow-burn romance! It's a little infuriating, but so satisfying.
Charlie and Braden from ON THE FENCE by Kasie West: Every Kasie West couple is perfect - this is just the one that happens to fall into this trope category.
Paige and Max from THE START OF ME AND YOU by Emery Lord: Paige and Max are one of my favorite fictional couples ever, so of course they had to be on this list! They're just so perfect for each other!
Leah and Jefferson from WALK ON EARTH A STRANGER by Rae Carson: These two will be the death of me someday. I can't even begin to count the number of times that I had to stop reading for a minute and internally squeal about what was going on!
Ron and Hermione from HARRY POTTER by J.K. Rowling: This might be the ship that started my love for this trope. (Basically, everything in my reading life traces back to Harry Potter in one way or another.) And I just reread the series in December, so I got a refresher on exactly how perfect these two are for each other!
Kyle and Gideon from BEEN HERE ALL ALONG by Sandy Hall: This made me realize that there aren't nearly enough queer friendship-to-dating books! But this one is definitely adorable. And I loved that we got to see things from both perspectives!
Winter and Jacin from WINTER by Marissa Meyer: I'll admit that when I first read this book, these two characters definitely weren't my favorites. I'd loved the other main characters for so long that I never really gave these two a chance! But STARS ABOVE really changed my mind on that.
Anne and Gilbert from the ANNE OF GREEN GABLES series by L.M. Montgomery: Not just friends-to-dating - enemies-to-friends-to-dating! So you really get a good picture of how these two characters fit together throughout the series. They complement each other so well!
Anna and Étienne from ANNA AND THE FRENCH KISS by Stephanie Perkins: I don't think this one is quite as great in this aspect because I really like when the two characters have been friends longer, but it's still pretty wonderful.
Fanny and Edmund from MANSFIELD PARK by Jane Austen: I just read Mansfield Park a couple of months ago, and these characters have already worked their way into my heart! Sure, their obliviousness can be infuriating sometimes, but I really loved their relationship.
What's your favorite romance trope? Do you like friendship-to-dating stories as much as I do? Tell me in the comments, and link me to your TTT posts!