Is there a word more FEELS inducing than OTP? A word that can make you burst out laughing in happiness as easily — and quickly — as it can drown you in your own tears of agony? Yea, I didn’t think so.
So, in celebration of Valentine’s Day and linking with today’s Top Ten Tuesday, I present you ten romances that almost certainly will make you swoon. And possibly drool. (Because, duh, what else could I possibly do on this romantic holiday if not scream about my OTPs? Sure, I scream about them all the time, but today I have an actual excuse. Who am I not to seize this opportunity.)
Warning for possible minor spoilers in form of quotes. I did my best to avoid, but… Just in case.
10. Adrian and Sydney from Bloodlines series
In Vampire Academy, Adrian Ivashkov stole many, many hearts of readers. Mine included. But he did not get the girl he wanted. Which, turns out, may not have been such a bad thing. Enter Sydney Sage, his opposite in every way and an active hater of his entire race. VA left them both in a terrible place, on many levels. Then landed them in a terribly sunny place and tasked them with babysitting, of all things. Together, surrounded by their own little group of supernatural weirdos and kick-asses, they make it work. With sparks. And so much sass. And a pet dragon.
But when I’m around you, I want to be better because… well, because it feels right. Because I want to. You make me want to become something greater than myself. I want to excel. You inspire me in every act, every word, every glance. I look at you, and you’re like… like light made into flesh.
Add on Goodreads | Young Adult, Urban Fantasy, Vampires
9. Zack and Cammie from Gallagher Girls series
Spies are cool. Spy boyfriends? Doubly so. Especially when they have the cutest smile and wrap you in their jacket. (Which is, let’s face it, one of the sexiest things a man can do.) And if everything about them screams secrets and trouble, well… It’s a good thing Cammie is a spy too. Because their love story is filled with danger, mysteries, terrorists and explosions, the literal kind.
“Zach,” I said as I lay there “Where did you go? When you were looking for me?”
I shifted in his arms, looked into his eyes.
“Crazy.” His voice was a whisper against my skin. “I went crazy.”
Add on Goodreads | Young Adult, Contemporary, Boarding School, Spies
8. Qhuinn and Blay from Black Dagger Brotherhood series
Some love stories only need one book. Some need an entire series. Qhuinn and Blay’s took many, many books… that weren’t theirs. Somehow, from the background of all other BDB couples, they managed to be the most heartbreaking and tear-jerking one. Best friends with so much shared history, lovers that seemingly were simply not meant to be, missed chances and roads not taken, a family that you cannot escape because family is a forever kind of thing… No, Qhuinn and Blay’s love story is not a simple one. And might require some Kleenex and chocolate. In massive amounts.
“You’ve always had me … and my heart. My soul. Everything. I wish it hadn’t taken this long for me to man up.”
7. Ronan and Adam from The Raven Cycle series
Pining can be a glorious, wonderful thing, with just the right hint of angst and a whole bunch of emotions that tug at the stoniest of hearts. The kind of pining that is present in The Raven Cycle. Where it’s not about the destination and the happy ever after, but, rather, the journey of getting there. And what a journey it is, for both Ronan and Adam! How they grow individually and together, how they change, how they make themselves fit. It’s magical, just like they are.
“His feelings for Adam were an oil spill; he’d let them overflow and now there wasn’t a damn place in the ocean that wouldn’t catch fire if he dropped a match.”
Add on Goodreads | Young Adult, Fantasy, Magic
6. Rowan and Aelin from Throne of Glass series
When a heroine is Queen in every sense of the word, she needs a partner to match. Because queens are terrifying and independent and not easy to handle. Especially if they also happen to have a bottomless pit of fiery magic inside them. Aelin’s previous relationships prove just how not easy it is. But then, Rowan. Equal to her in many ways, but content to stand on the sidelines, endlessly supporting and loving and, okay, full of territorial fae nonsense that we all find sexy and endearing. Aelin included. These two? They are made for each other and they will rattle those stars. And maybe start the world anew.
“You make me want to live, Rowan. Not survive; not exist. Live.”
5. Rhysand and Feyre from A Court of Thorns and Roses series
I kind of have no words for this one, and not just because of spoilers. They’re just so… Good for each other. Perfect, even. Similar in many ways, yet also different and as such, completing each other. They help each other heal and fight the bad days because they are both broken but damn if they will let those days win. Their relationship is an emotional rollercoaster riding on such immense personal growth. Also, well. Rhysand. #totallybiasedandnotashamed
“He thinks he’ll be remembered as the villain in the story. But I forgot to tell him that the villain is usually the person who locks up the maiden and throws away the key. He was the one who let me out.”
4. Andrew and Neil from All For The Game trilogy
That one couple that always, always makes you cry when you think about how far they’ve come and that happy place they have carved for themselves with their nails and teeth because they deserve it, dammit? This one’s mine. I honestly weep when I think about them as two old men with cats. Andrew and Neil are… problematic. Difficult. Violent. Nothing about them is easy or simple. Nothing about them is fairy tale happy ever after. But everything about them is based on mutual trust and slow, painful understanding. They leave me speechless and in tears.
“Don’t look at me like that. I am not your answer, and you sure as fuck aren’t mine.”
Add on Goodreads | New Adult, Contemporary, Sports, College, Mature
3. Curran and Kate from Kate Daniels series
And the title of Most Kickass Couple goes to Curran Lennart and Kate Daniels. Also, Couple That Ends Up in Hospitals Most Often. And probably Couple That Always Gets Stuck In Supernatural Messes. Then there’s the snark. And crazy friends. Some sexy territorial nonsense. General awesomeness. And a whole bunch of love that took books to develop and grow and conquer. Pity those who stand in the way of their happiness.
“I can’t give you the white picket fence, and if I did, you’d set it on fire.”
Add on Goodreads | Adult, Urban Fantasy, Shapeshifters, Vampires, Witches
2. Adam and Mercy from Mercy Thompson series
I am pretty sure I have said this many times but it needs to be repeated: Adam Hauptman is The Perfect Husband material. So it figures he would choose someone who is far from the perfect ideal of a housewife: a Volkswagen mechanic of Native American heritage with an uncanny ability to get every supernatural in the city try to kill her for one reason or another. Also, single dad. A very hot single dad. Who just happens to be a werewolf. A very Alpha one. But that just makes him more perfect, right?
“I’d walk barefoot over hot coals for you.”
1. Barrons and Mac from Fever series
There is only one word that I can use to describe the love story of Barrons and Mac: epic. And not in a traditional melodramatic way because I despise melodrama. These two are as different as they come and the gravitational pull of them is out of this world. Yet they’re also fiercely independent. Each has their own orbit. Then they collide. Barrons and Mac are not a traditional let’s marry and have kids kind of couple. They are something else entirely. They are epic.
“Some people bring out the worst in you, others bring out the best, and then there are those remarkably rare, addictive ones who just bring out the most. Of everything.
They make you feel so alive that you’d follow them straight into hell, just to keep getting your fix.”
What are some of your most loved OTPs for whom you will fight the world because dammit, they deserve to be happy? And what do you love most about their romance?