Bookish Romances that I Love!

So, last year I did something super similar but it was shouting out books where the romance was secondary to the plot as I hadn’t read many romance novels. Well, this year I branched into more comics and manga and this has 100% been the better medium in which I read romance stories. So, I had to change the title of this series of mine!

Today, I have for you, 4 relationships I loved!!!

Hades and Persephone – Lore Olympus by Rachel Smythe

Plot: Witness what the gods do…after dark. The friendships and the lies, the gossip and the wild parties, and of course, forbidden love. Because it turns out, the gods aren’t so different from us after all, especially when it comes to their problems. Stylish and immersive, this is one of mythology’s greatest stories — The Taking of Persephone — as it’s never been told before.

As you probably know by now, I LOVE a greek mythology re-telling. I had heard loads of things about this webcomic so I decided to give it a go and binge read the first season in 3 days. And one of the major factors to my enjoyment of this comic is the romance between Hades and Persephone. This romance is built on understanding, respect, boundaries and communication. They aren’t a perfect couple but I enjoy watching them grow together and watching their story unfold as I know she will become the Queen of the Underworld.

Andreas Marino and Cati Abbot – Miss Abbot and the Doctor by Maripaz Villar

Plot: Doctor Andreas Marino loves his quiet life, filled with work and simple amusements, and when the strange Miss Abbott arrives in his town he decides he doesn’t like her at all. Unfortunatelly she’s funny and quirky, has an uncommon past and seems to enjoy getting him in trouble. 

This was another romance webcomic I had heard loads about and with my success with Lore Olympus I had faith I would enjoy this. I am still reading this series but I am loving. This is such a healthy relationship with open communication, a strong level of understanding and love with a lot of comedy added in for good measure. They are the epitome of opposites attract. They couldn’t be more different but they love that about each other.

Jean Tannen and Ezri Delmastro – Red Seas Under Red Skies by Scott Lynch

Plot: After a brutal battle with the underworld that nearly destroyed him, Locke Lamora and his trusted sidekick, Jean, fled the island city of their birth and landed on the exotic shores of Tal Verrar to nurse their wounds. But even at this westernmost edge of civilization, they can’t rest for long—and they are soon back doing what they do best: stealing from the undeserving rich and pocketing the proceeds for themselves. This time, however, they have targeted the grandest prize of all: the Sinspire, the most exclusive and heavily guarded gambling house in the world. Its nine floors attract the wealthiest clientele – and to rise to the top, one must impress with good credit, amusing behavior…and excruciatingly impeccable play. For there is one cardinal rule, enforced by Requin, the house’s cold-blooded master: it is death to cheat at any game at the Sinspire.Brazenly undeterred, Locke and Jean have orchestrated an elaborate plan to lie, trick, and swindle their way up the nine floors…straight to Requin’s teeming vault. Under the cloak of false identities, they meticulously make their climb – until they are closer to the spoils than ever. But someone in Tal Verrar has uncovered the duo’s secret. Someone from their past who has every intention of making the impudent criminals pay for their sins. Now it will take every ounce of cunning to save their mercenary souls. And even that may not be enough. 

Now, I was expecting to be as invested in this romance as I was. While it’s not the best romance ever written, I thoroughly enjoyed it! I enjoyed all of their scenes together and I felt that the pacing which was normally quite slow always picked up which made me look forward to seeing more of them together. Also, Jean is my favourite character and I love seeing him happy.

Vin and Elend – Mistborn Trilogy by Brandon Sanderson

Plot for Book 1: For a thousand years the ash fell and no flowers bloomed. For a thousand years the Skaa slaved in misery and lived in fear. For a thousand years the Lord Ruler, the “Sliver of Infinity,” reigned with absolute power and ultimate terror, divinely invincible. Then, when hope was so long lost that not even its memory remained, a terribly scarred, heart-broken half-Skaa rediscovered it in the depths of the Lord Ruler’s most hellish prison. Kelsier “snapped” and found in himself the powers of a Mistborn. A brilliant thief and natural leader, he turned his talents to the ultimate caper, with the Lord Ruler himself as the mark. Kelsier recruited the underworld’s elite, the smartest and most trustworthy allomancers, each of whom shares one of his many powers, and all of whom relish a high-stakes challenge. Then Kelsier reveals his ultimate dream, not just the greatest heist in history, but the downfall of the divine despot. But even with the best criminal crew ever assembled, Kel’s plan looks more like the ultimate long shot, until luck brings a ragged girl named Vin into his life. Like him, she’s a half-Skaa orphan, but she’s lived a much harsher life. Vin has learned to expect betrayal from everyone she meets. She will have to learn trust if Kel is to help her master powers of which she never dreamed.

Now I love this couple with my entire being. I wasn’t sure at the beginning of the series whether I liked the idea of them together ultimately I wasn’t sure if I could trust Elend so it made me a bit wary but by Book 2 I was sold. Their relationship is based on trust and believing in each other and each others abilities.

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