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Top Ten Tuesday (#80) (02/10/15) Top Ten Things I Like/Dislike When It Comes To Romances In Books


Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish.
I actually had to sit and think about what makes a romance work for me, or not work for me.  I looked at some of my favorite romances, to find out what made me love them.  Here are the things I like and I dislike.


1. The full story/The slow burn

Where you get a full idea why the characters love each other, scene after scene of the love growing. 

2. Friends First

Much like the one above, when they are friends first, it's easy to see why they fell in love and it's easy to root for them.

3. Saving each other

This one may be a bit controversial, but I like it when the male and female character come together to help each other get over an issue.

4. Converting the skeptic

I like a romance where the main character, be it male or female doesn't believe in true love, and yet the see maybe there is a chance for them.

5. Opposites attract

There is something great about couples who come together that don't seem like they would be a good fit, but it somehow works.

6. Sugary Sweet

One of my favorites.  I just like a sweet, sweet romance with not a lot of drama.

7.  The Really Hot/Sweet Guy

Who can resist the hot, yet sweet guy?


1.  Instalove

On a rare occasion it works.  But it's really, really rare.

2.  The annoying triangle

Once again, sometimes the triangle works, but usually there is absolutely no point in it. 

3. The control freak

Controlling, stalkery guys make me a little crazy, and not in a good way.


  1. I totally agree with all of these! I've found a great appreciation for books with a good romance in them lately, and for me I love couples who have known each other for a long time, like childhood friends or something, and I reckon the guy most definitely has to be hot and sweet ;)

    The Life of Little Me

  2. yay examples, i really should've included them in mine.

    Hate insta-love!

    Love sweet boys, they're so cute and i just want to take them out of the book and into my pocket they go :]

    My TTT :]

  3. Oh I like these too! I agree! Especially Adrian! I love that we finally got to see his sweeter side!

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  4. Control freak as romantic lead? Nope. Doesn't work for me, either.

    I also like it when romantic couples are friends first. It helps counteract all the insta-love out there in the world of YA. (Why is there so much when people don't even like it?!)

  5. CONTROL FREAKS need to go away. Stalkers. I see you like Sarah Dessen, I do too! All her romance books are great, and has everything I want in a book!