Top Ten Tuesdays: Love is in the air!

Top Ten Tuesday book meme

Top Ten Tuesday is held over at That Artsy Reader Girl, where every week bloggers list their top 10 being asked about. This week’s post is about the Love! Specifically anything to do with love. These are books with love stories that work and some that don’t.

Bonfire 

This is the one that got me thinking about this topic. I still can’t see why the love story was even needed, the rest of it was sooooo good. And that’s what frustrates me — love stories can make a story so much better, but man, sometimes authors need to not go there in the first place because their stories are just fine as is.

Max Wolfe series 

One of the best things about this series is that Parsons focuses on Wolfe’s character and his relationship with his daughter and romance with a woman is relegated to a female character he might be interested in for the length of the book. However, as of the last book Wolfe seems focused on his partner, and his feelings for her that have been in the background since this series started. What I am looking forward to is seeing this particular female character becomes part of his life, instead of a will-they-or-won’t they dance. Because that’s old and it’s been done over and over.

Harry Potter

Harry + Hermoine FOREVER.

That is all.

When Dimple Met Rishi

This is an example of when one character is far too perfect in pursuit of a love story. Rishi is boring because he is never able to be anything but perfect in this story. Dimple is the one who is complex, flawed, loud and so many things any reader can relate to. And Rishi is sort of just there. I half think this started as Dimple’s story before something changed and the romance seemed to become the focus of it.

Tell the Truth, Shame the Devil

This one… man. This romance just got me in the end because it’s so simple, with a gradual build-up that makes you think something must be happening, but at the same time, it’s impossible for something to happen — especially if you’re talking about a cop and a prisoner. But it all comes down to an exchange of letters and it’s filled with such hope and possibility where by all rights there should be none… and it just breaks my heart and makes me love it all the more.

The Tannie Maria series 

You guys! This series! Well two books thus far. It’s just makes me smile thinking about how the author develops a mystery, and all the while giving Maria such depth that she unveils bit by bit until you realise exactly what she’s all about — and by extension her romance with Henk is just all the richer and more wonderful.

And that’s all she wrote for today I think. Romance is a hard one to pin down in the books I read. I didn’t put any domestic noir on this list because well, relationships are complicated when it comes to that genre to say the least!

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