- The forbidden love
- The love triangle
- The best friend who you had no idea loved you
- The guy is such a jerk to me 75% of the time but hello other 25%
- The I'm a vampire, werewolf, demon, ghost, angel or any other supernatural creature and I want to kill you half of the time
- The I am stuck working with this idiot but wait, he's kind of good looking.
I am guilty. Go on, raise your hand if you are like me. I see you in the back there.
That being said, have you ever noticed the difference between love relationships and interests written by men and by women? I am not lumping everyone into this, but it's a majority. Women delve into the relationship, chapters about sweet kisses and thoughtful embraces. But men? Not so much.
Great examples are now coming.
We will start with one of my faves - Neal Shusterman's Unwind - Connor and Risa develop a relationship but half way through the book, I wasn't sure if they were interested in each other. It was subtle, and then at the end, they share this really romantic moment. PS They never kiss and I love it still. Super pumped for the relationship in the sequel
And then you have the fab Cassandra Clare's Mortal Instrument series. - Jace and Clary share fiery kiss after fiery kiss. Like I find myself swooning and I am not being kissed. This relationship is super intense and begins forming from the beginning and continues along wonderfully.
So guys, what's the deal?
Can you pick your favorite romantic couples - one has to be a boy author and the other has to be a girl author.