The following are my top four romances from the books I’ve read, everything from nonfiction history to fiction. They are:
U.S. Grant + Julia Grant
I love the relationship between U.S. Grant and his wife Julia. Their relationship is just so loving and heartfelt. In their letters, you can clearly see the relationship that developed between the two. They depended on each other.
“You can have but little idea of the influence you have over me Julia, even while so far away…and thus it is absent or present I am more or less governed by what I think is your will.”
Captain Wentworth + Anne Elliot
Persuasion by Jane Austen
This relationship is from one Jane Austen’s later novels and so the relationship is more mature than the others. The book starts with the two characters believing that due to their past they will never be able to be close again but they overcome this and *swoon* romance ensues. This romance is all about overcoming the past so that they can see the person that they have developed into.
“I can listen no longer in silence. I must speak to you by such means as are within my reach. You pierce my soul. I am half agony, half hope. Tell me not that I am too late, that such precious feelings are gone for ever. I offer myself to you again with a heart even more your own than when you almost broke it, eight years and a half ago.”
Persuasion by Jane Austen
Sebastian + Hero
After a rough start these two become quite the team in solving the murders in Regency England. As their relationship develops they slowly realize what they mean to each other. Their relationship develops slowly but it’s amazingly sweet.
“Do you think I don’t worry about you?”
“Not the same? Because you are a man and I am a woman?”
“No. Because it’s one thing for me to make the choice to put my own life in danger and something else entirely when my actions endanger someone else.”
She touched her fingers to his lips. “I knew what I was letting myself in for when I married you, Devlin.”
He smiled against her hand. “I’m not sure I did.”
Kate Daniel +Curran Lennart
This duo had me at the beginning with their bantering. Throughout the series, they become partners and learn to face all their challenges together rather than separately. I love this series so much because of these two. They each come to the realization that they can’t protect each other from their threats but they learn to support each other when needed.
“Diplomacy was never my strong suit and my patience had run dry. I crouched and called out, “Here, kitty, kitty, kitty.”
“Kitty, kitty?” asked a level male voice.
“What kind of woman greets the Beast Lord with ‘here, kitty, kitty’?” he asked.
“One of a kind”. I murmured the obvious reply.”
Magic Bites by Ilona Andrews