“Love looks not with the eye, but with the mind, and therefore is winged Cupid painted blind.”


Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme where every Tuesday we look at a particular topic for discussion and use various (or more to the point ten) bookish examples to demonstrate that particular topic.  Top Ten Tuesday (created and hosted by  The Broke and Bookish) is now being hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl and future week’s topics can be found here.  This week’s topic is:

Favorite Couples In Books

I don’t tend to read a lot of books with romance so I could have struggled with this week’s topic.  As it is, I didn’t struggle at all and I’ve tried to come up with a mix of fairly well known couples and some new and lesser known ones.  I’ve come up with nine couples so please tell me your favourites:


Phedre and Joscelin – Jacqueline Carey’s couple who meet up in Kushiel’s Dart.  A list like this couldn’t possibly be complete without these two.  They are fantastic to read about.


Claire and Jamie – Diana Gabaldon’s Outlander series – I haven’t read all of these books but they were very enjoyable and this is a couple that make great reading.  Again, I don’t think this list would be complete without them.


Alastair and Aliza from Elle Katharine White’s Heartstone series – this is a Pride and Prejudice inspired series that takes a classic and injects it with fantasy elements – in particular dragons.  I love this couple and the recently released second book built really well on the strong foundations of the first.  Alastair and Aliza are working on their relationship and finding their own boundaries. I couldn’t resist this series and it’s making great reading so far.


Cassandra and Wrexham. This is a couple from another regency/Austen style series that got off to a great start with Snowspelled and has grown even stronger in the latest in series, Thornbound.  This really is a delightful series and I highly recommend it.  Plus check out these gorgeous covers.


Dru and Greyson – a couple that get together in Laurence MacNaughton’s Dru Jasper series – this is an excellent and fun urban fantasy series with magic and muscle cars – there’s a great collection of characters and constant threats from demons and others and the series has a crazy and hectic feel as the above named and their crazy friends save the world yet again.


Toby and Tybalt – Seanan McGuire’s Toby Daye series – I love this series and Toby and Tybalt practically sizzle.  I need to catch up – soon.  If you’re not reading this – it’s an urban fantasy series with the fae and all their courtly machinations.  It’s a fantastic series that I’m really enjoying and strongly recommend.


Princess Adele and Greyfriar.  People – what can I tell you?  Vampires!  And steampunk.  This is a dark urban fantasy and an alternate history where huge swathes of the world have been taken over by vampires.  I loved this series and the relationship between Adele and Greyfriar.


Mercy and Adam.  Patricia Briggs Mercy Thompson series is another urban fantasy that is packed with fantastic elements and adventure.  Mercy and Adam share a sizzling chemistry and have a great relationship.


The Princess Bride – finally, true love!  William Goldman’s fun fantasy romance.  I love this book and in fact love the film too.  Buttercup and Westley.  Just read this book please.



21 Responses to ““Love looks not with the eye, but with the mind, and therefore is winged Cupid painted blind.””

  1. Tammy

    Great list! Also, you’ve mentioned several series I still need and want to read😁

  2. Lisa (@TenaciousReader)

    Ha! I haven’t read any of these but most of them are on my TBR! (Well I do watch the Outlander TV show and love it, but still need to read the books. Absolutely love Claire and Jamie!),Now I’m a bit more intrigued.

    • @lynnsbooks

      TBH if you’ve watched the outlander series on TV then I don’t think you need to read the books – they’ve been quite well adapted and seem to stay on track with the books – to the point I reached in the series anyway. That being said, the books are good.
      Lynn 😀

  3. maddalena@spaceandsorcery

    A big yes for Cassandra and Wrexham: I like the way they are friends and partners as well as being lovers – that’s the kind of relationship I can believe in. And the same goes (oh, what a big surprise!!!! LOL) for Toby and Tybalt… 😉

    • @lynnsbooks

      Yay – Toby and Tybalt. They absolutely had to be on the list. And, I thought Cassandra and Wrexham were great – I really enjoyed the second book and my review should be up tomorrow.
      Lynn 😀

  4. Mogsy @ BiblioSanctum

    Yes, glad to see Phedre and Joscelin as number 1! Definitely a romance for the ages.

  5. evelynreads1

    There are so many here that I’m not familiar with #shame..
    I really want to read the Toby Daye series!


    • @lynnsbooks

      I love it and need to catch up – I definitely recommend it if you like UF and fae – the first takes it’s time a little bit but after that the series just keeps going from strength to strength.
      Lynn 😀

      • evelynreads1

        Getting excited for it 🙂

  6. Carmen

    I tried before to leave comments and something funky happened. Anyways, here I go again. 🙂 I only know Claire/Jamie and Buttercup/Westley–through the adaptations, of course. You’re right. They are great couples.

    • @lynnsbooks

      Yeah, I’ve noticed a couple of odd things when trying to leave comments on people’s blogs the past few days. Might have to check out my laptop see if something is amiss.
      Lynn 😀

  7. jessicabookworm

    Lynn, sadly the only couple I know off your list is Buttercup and Westley, and that is not from the book but from the brilliant film; which I watched so much growing up that I wore through two videos! However I would definitely like to get to know some of the other couples on your list – In particular the Heartstone and The Hardwood Spellbook series sound my like my kind of thing. 🙂

    • @lynnsbooks

      Jessica – both those series are so up your street that they could have been written with you personally in mind. You should try and check them out.
      Lynn 😀

  8. waytoofantasy

    Fantastic list, I agree with so many of these. Also, I LOVE The Greyfriar! The Vampire Empire series is one of my favorites. ❤

    • @lynnsbooks

      Yeah, I loved that series and read them all in fairly short order.
      Lynn 😀

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