Top Ten Favorite Romances

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My favorite romances, in no particular order.

“I hold the bottle out into the rain and watch as the steady flow slowly fills it. When there is enough, enough that Beth can clearly see, I close the bottle and hand it to her.
She raises a skeptical eyebrow, but accepts the bottle.
"It's our rain Beth."
Her head barely shakes to show her confusion while I rub the back of my neck and search for my courage. "I told you I loved you in this rain and when you doubt my words, I want you to look at this bottle.” 
“I like you. I. Like. You. I'll admit you're annoying. Sometimes you agitate me to the brink of insanity, but you can throw it back at me like no one else. When you laugh, I want to laugh. When you smile, I want to smile. Hell, I want to be the one to make you smile.”  

“If you’re scared, tell me. If you need to cry and scream, then do it. And you sure as hell don’t walk away from us because you think it would be better for me. Here’s the reality, Echo: I want to be by your side. If you want to go to the mall stark naked so you can show the world your scars, then let me hold your hand. If you want to see your mom, then tell me that too. I may not always understand, but damn, baby, I’ll try.” 
“We’d read about sirens in English this fall; Greek mythology bullshit about women so beautiful, their voices so enchanting, that men did anything for them. Turned out that mythology crap was real because every time I saw her, I lost my mind.”  

"Yeah, it will," said Ron fiercely. "You won't have to do all the work alone this time, Hermione. I'll help." "Oh, Ron!" Hermione flung her arms around Ron's neck and broke down completely. Ron, looking quite terrified, patted her head very awkwardly. 

“For the two of us, home isn't a place. It is a person. And we are finally home.”
“I'm saying I'm in love with you! I've been in love with you this whole bleeding year!”  
“I trail my fingers across his cheek. He stays perfectly still for me. “Please stop apologizing, Étienne.”
“Say my name again,” he whispers.
I close my eyes and lean forward. “Étienne.”
He takes my hands into his.Those perfect hands, that fit mine just so. “Anna?”
Our foreheads touch. “Yes?”
“Will you please tell me you love me? I’m dying here.”
And then we’re laughing. And then I’m in his arms, and we’re kissing.
 So after, when he whispers, "You love me. Real or not real?" I tell him, "Real.”
“I'm coming back into focus when Caesar asks him if he has a girlfriend back home. Peeta hesitates, then gives an unconvincing shake of his head. Handsome lad like you. There must be some special girl. Come on, what’s her name?" says Caesar. Peeta sighs. "Well, there is this one girl. I’ve had a crush on her ever since I can remember. But I’m pretty sure she didn’t know I was alive until the reaping." Sounds of sympathy from the crowd. Unrequited love they can relate to.She have another fellow?" asks Caesar.I don’t know, but a lot of boys like her," says Peeta.So, here’s what you do. You win, you go home. She can’t turn you down then, eh?" says Caesar encouraging-ly.I don’t think it’s going to work out. Winning...won’t help in my case," says Peeta.Why ever not?" says Caesar, mystified.Peeta blushes beet red and stammers out. "Because...because...she came here with me.”

I know which life is my real one now, no matter what happens. It’s the one with you. For some reason, knowing that even one person knows my story makes things different. Maybe it’s like the poem says. Maybe this is my way of not going gentle.I love you.” 
“But if you were Matched," I say softly, "What do you think she'd be like?"
"You," he says, almost before I've finished. "You.”

 “I have something I need to tell you," he says. I run my fingers along the tendons in his hands and look back at him. "I might be in love with you." He smiles a little. "I'm waiting until I'm sure to tell you, though."
“You think giving you a hug would give away too much?" he says.
"You know," I say. "I really don't care."
I stand on my tiptoes and press my lips to his.
It is the best moment of my life.” 

(I know, I wrote Anabelle instead of Annabeth, but I'm too lazy to change it.)
“Despite how serious [Annabeth] was acting, I was happy she wasn’t mad at me anymore. And I kind of liked the fact that she’d broken the rules to come sit next to me.”
With a huge cheer, they carried us down the hill, but they kept us close enough to hold hands. Annabeth was laughing, and I couldn’t help laughing too, even though my face was completely red.
    We held hands right up to the moment they dumped us in the water.
    Afterward, I had the last laugh. I made an air bubble at the bottom of the lake. Our friends kept waiting for us to come up, but hey - when you’re the son of Poseidon, you don’t have to hurry.
    And it was pretty much the best underwater kiss of all time.”

 “Love is like the wind, you can't see it but you can feel it.” 
“Do you love me?' I asked her. She smiled. 'Yes.' 'Do you want me to be happy?' as I asked her this I felt my heart beginning to race. 'Of course I do.' 'Will you do something for me then?' She looked away, sadness crossing her features. 'I don't know if I can anymore.' she said. 'but if you could, would you?' I cannot adequately describe the intensity of what I was feeling at that moment. Love, anger, sadness, hope, and fear, whirling together sharpened by the nervousness I was feeling. Suddenly I knew that I'd never felt as strongly for another person as I did at that moment. As I returned her gaze, this simple realization made me wish for the millionth time that I could make all this go away. Had it been possible, I would have traded my life for hers. I wanted to tell her my thoughts, but the sound of her voice suddenly silenced the emotions inside me. 'yes' she finally said, her voice weak yet somehow still full of promise. 'I would.' Finally getting control of myself I kissed her again. I marveled at the softness of her skin, the gentleness I saw in her eyes. even now she was perfect. My throat began to tighten again, but as I said, I knew what I had to do. Since I had to accept that it was not within my power to cure her, what I wanted to do was give her something that she'd wanted. It was what my heart had been telling me to do all along. I smiled softly, and she returned my affection with a slight squeeze of my hand, as if trusting me in what I was about to do. Encouraged, I leaned closer and took a deep breath. When I exhaled, these were the words that flowed with my breath. 'Will you marry me?” 

“The spell. Victor said you had to want me... to care about me... for it to work." When he didn't say anything, I tried to grip his shirt, but my fingers were too weak. "Did you? Did you want me?"
His words came out thickly. "Yes, Roza. I did want you. I still do. I wish... we could be together."
"Then why did you lie to me?"
We reached the clinic, and he managed to open the door while still holding me. As soon as he stepped inside, he began yelling for help.
"Why did you lie?" I murmured again.
Still holding me in his arms, he looked down at me. I could hear voices and footsteps getting closer.
"Because we can't be together."
"Because of the age thing, right?" I asked. "Because you're my mentor?"
His fingertip gently wiped away a tear that had escaped down my cheek. "That's part of it," he said. "But also... well, you and I will both be Lissa's gaurdians someday. I need to protect her at all cost. If a pack of Strogoi come, I need to throw my body between them and her."
I know that. Of course that's what you have to do." The black sparkles were dancing in front of my eyes again. I was fading out.
"No. If I let myself love you, I won't throw myself in front of her. I'll throw myself in front of you.”

 Hazel and Agustus, The Fault in Our Stars by John Green
Anne and Gilbert, Anne of Green Gables by LM Montgomery
America and Prince Maxon, the Selection by Kiera Cass

How about you, what are your favorite romances? Be sure to leave your links in the comment box so I can visit them later on. :D

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37 thoughts

  1. Great list. I like how you included quotes. One of my favourite moments of 'Vampire Academy' :)

  2. Oooh excited to see the new Katie McGarry on your list -- definitely will be checking that one out once it's published!

    1. You should! It was the most amazing book I read so far this year :D

  3. ahh ! alot of great picks! cassia and ky are awesome, of course tobias and tris.. i almost put petta and katniss because he loved her sooo much i just wish she had those same feelings for him the whole time too.. im glad i at least got it in the end! great picks! thanks for checking out my list too! - Katie @ Inkk

    1. Yeah, I wish that too! But their love story did make my heart flutter, especially at the interview :)

  4. Oo good call with Jamie and Landon from a Walk to Remember. I didn't even think to go beyond the books I read within the past year. And I would have picked Tris and Tobias if it wasn't for Tris in Insurgent (she got on my nerves) but Tobias was perfect. Great list!

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    1. I almost didnt put it there. It wasa great thing that I remembered, since they're really one of my favorites :D Aw men, now I'm afraid to read Insurgent :(

  5. I'm not sure why half of these aren't on our list! Tris and Tobias... OH GOD!
    Great list!
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    Beth @ YA Vixens
    Vixen's Top Ten!

  6. Ooooh, I love how you did this with quotes! So clever.

    Also, I am jealous that you've read Dare You To already! ;) So glad it's good!

    Hermione and Ron! Dawwwww. I love how you can go back to book one and see the first hints of their mutual unrealized crush on one another. :)

    1. Thanks!

      Yup, you should really read it as soon as it comes out :D

  7. Great choices! I can't believe I didn't think of some of these. Though, I have to be honest: I have never been a fan of Ron and Hermione (or Harry and Ginny for that matter... clearly I didn't read the Harry Potter books for their romantic subplots, haha).

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  8. Yes to so many of these! I love Echo and Noah so much. And Anna and St. Claire. And Tris and Tobias. There are so many good romances in YA.

  9. I love the quotes! Such a great idea. I wish I had thought to do that. The romance is sizzling off your top ten list! Thanks for stopping by my blog.

    Nikki @ Imaginative Adventure

  10. YES to Hermione + Ron and Anna + St. Clair! Perfect couples. :D

  11. Aaah! LOOOVE so many of these!! Anna & Etienne, Rose & Dimitri, Tris & Four! <333 :D

  12. Awww I forgot Annabelle and Percy! <3 I love your list, and how you gave quotes for each one. :-)

    1. Aw, how could you forget anneth and percy? :((

  13. Definitely agree with so many of these! I love Etienne and Anna and Ron and Hermione. <3
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    Halee @ Confessions of a Book Addict

    My Top Ten

  14. I can't WAIT to read Dare You To. I agree with many of your favorite romances. Great list!

    Thanks for stopping by!

    Annie :)

    1. Thanks and no problem! Dare You To is a real great read :D

  15. You've just made me want to read Dare You To even more than I did before! I love how you did you list with the quotes.

    1. Hihihi :))It's the most amazing and perfect book! :D

  16. I love meeting other Hermione-Ron-shippers!!!! I love your V-day post man, such a good list too!

  17. Amazing picks!

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  18. So based on this post I think I love your blog. LOL

  19. Hey my friend and I are hosting a blogfest for "sweets" (clean romances). I'd love it if you checked it out.

  20. What a great list! I totally could have included Ron & Hermione, Tris & Tobias, Etienne & Anna and Rose & Dmitri on mine. And I'm so mad at myself for forgetting Katniss & Peeta. I LOVE THEM! How could I leave them off?! And I love Anne & Gilbert so I'm glad they made yours, too, even if it was as a runner-up :)


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