Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by the awesome people at The Broke and the Bookish
This week’s topic is: Top Ten Things I Like/Dislike When It Comes To Romances In Books
This is pretty self explanatory, and we all dislike this, right?
2. Unnatural Smelling Boys
From my Bookish Pet Peeves post a couple years ago:
Example: ‘I leaned in and was instantly engulfed in his natural scent. It was like windswept aspens in Alaska and pure man. It was intoxicating.’
You guys have noticed this, right? It seems to happen most often in supernatural or paranormal books, but I pretty sure I’ve read it in contemps too. I don’t like it. I just really can’t buy into it. Even if he’s a werewolf. When I was a teenager boys smelled like Axe, cigarettes, or sweat. Sometimes all three. The ones that were trying hard smelled like Tommy Hilfiger or CK. They never smelled like the ocean, crisp snow, the forest, vanilla, or dew.
3. The Push and Pull
This is why I’ve never really been into the plain ol’ romance genre. I just can’t stand the ‘I’m so attracted to you but noooo I hate you’ or the ‘I’m enjoying kissing you but nooooo I hate you’. Sometimes this can be done well, but most of the time it just annoys me.
4. Love Triangles
Okay, I’ll admit that I have liked some love triangles in the past (cough:Twilight:cough) but most of them just make me roll my eyes.
I understand that jealousy is a natural emotion and it bound to come up in books, but it just makes me so impatient. Be confident ladies!
6. When they just honestly like each other…
I love when the love interests don’t play games and they’re just honest with each other from the beginning. Love and Other Foreign Words by Erin McCahan is a good example of this.
I love nothing more than book induced swooning. Some great swoon-fests: Lola and the Boy Next Door by Stephanie Perkins, Since You’ve Been Gone by Morgan Morgan Matson, Sean Griswold’s Head by Lindsey Leavitt, and Attachments by Rainbow Rowell.
This is an obvious one! Who doesn’t love kissing?
10. Happy Endings
I’m a sucker for a happy ending!