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Please note when it comes to the examples this is just my opinion. Also, these are mostly books I read last year/ since I started reviewing. (Since I have a bad memory for these things)

I planned to do five of each, but I got a little carried away with the things I don’t like…

Things I like When it Comes to Romance

(All covers lead to Goodreads)

generationv2graceling1princessofthorns1Angelfall11. Banter

My favorite part of a romance is when they can banter with each other. (There’s a difference between banter and bickering too.) So many romances stop the banter when they get together, but there’s no need to. A couple can banter just as much as a budding romance.

“I never kid about my warrior demigod status.”
“Oh. My. God.” I lower my voice, having forgotten to whisper. “You are nothing but a bird with an attitude. Okay, so you have a few muscles, I’ll grant you that. But you know, a bird is nothing but a barely evolved lizard. That’s what you are.” -Angelfall


between1matched1storm-siren1Unhappening-of-Genesis-Lee12. Slow realistic relationships

No instant love here. They get to know each other and gradually develop real feelings for each other.

“Our time together feels like a storm, like wild wind and rain, like something too big to handle but too powerful to escape. It blows around me and tangles my hair, leaves water on my face, makes me know that I am alive, alive, alive. There are moments of calm and pause as there are in every storm, and moments when our words fork lightening, at least for each other.” –Matched

clockworkprincess2cinder1snowlikeashes23. Nice love interests

Why do so many girls go for the bad boy? What’s wrong with picking the nice guy?

 “I need a book that says ‘Here’s how to defeat Spring and and while you’re at it, here’s how to prove you matter when no one else thinks you do—”

I stop. I’m staring at the bookshelves and not at Theron. He crawls up onto his knees and moves into my line of sight, his forehead wrinkled and his eyes darting over mine like he’s trying to figure me out the same way he figured out that passage. After a moment of silence, he grimaces.

“You matter,” is all he says. –Snow Like Ashes

daughterofsmokeandbone1cress24. Chemistry – Feeling the connection between them

Sometimes I just don’t feel it. They say they’re in love but they don’t have that spark, that chemistry between the characters. I need to feel it!

“She’s my alpha,” he murmured, with a haunting sadness in his voice.

Cress leaned forward, propping her elbows on her knees, “Like the star?”

“What star?”

She stiffened, instantly embarrassed, and scooted back from him again. “Oh. Um. In a constellation, the brightest star is called the alpha. I thought maybe you meant that she’s…like…your brightest star.” Looking away, she knotted her hands in her lap, aware that she was blushing furiously now and this beast of a man was about to realize what an over-romantic sap she was.

But instead of sneering or laughing, Wolf sighed, “Yes,” he said, his gaze climbing up to the full moon that had emerged in the blue evening sky. “Exactly like that.” – Cress

5losthero2. Friends who turn into romantic interestsstormfront

I love this because it’s the ultimate slow romance. They know each other for a long time first and already care about each other before something romantic happens between them.

“What if it lines up like it did in the Trojan War … Athena versus Poseidon?”
“I don’t know. But I just know that I’ll be fighting next to you.”
“Because you’re my friend, Seaweed Brain. Any more stupid questions?” – The Lightning Thief

Things I Do NOT Like When it Comes to Romance

1. Instant lovex-defaultafterworlds1

The love at first sight, I just met you but I’m in love with you love.

2. All consuming loveperfection1

Once they meet their love interest that’s all they think about, all they care about. They go on and on about how much they mean to each other. It takes over the book with over the top can’t be separated from each other love.

3. Loving a Jerk / Being a Jerk to a love interestskulduggery-pleasant1shadowandbone

When the guy is only mean to her, but she still loves him anyway. OR when she’s only mean to her love interest.

4. They fight all the timeharrypotter7

(Yes I mean Hermione and Ron)

Though they might be in love or friendly enough, but they fight way too much and constantly bicker.

5. Too much happens to pull them apartmaximumride

Enough already! There are too many stupid obstacles engineered just to keep these two apart. If they don’t get together soon I won’t care anymore!

angelbound16.sabriel1 We miss the time they spent learning about each other.

The author glazes over it and we don’t actually get to see them falling in love. We’re just supposed to trust that they talked and now they love each other.

7. Perfect Man Syndromex-default

It’s obvious the author created the ideal man. This guy has no flaws.

8. The shivers went down my spine, I got hot when he touched me Romancecityofashes2Demonsatdeadnight1

I can see being happy when he touches you, but this style of writing always just strikes me as over the top and usually it goes on way too long.

What do you think is the Best / Worst thing about bookish romance?