Top Ten Tuesday – Likes & Dislikes in Book Romances

Top Ten Tuesday

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by the Broke and the Bookish. Today’s theme was:

Top Ten Things I Like/Dislike When It Comes To Romances In Books (can do a full list or split it up in likes/dislikes or even things you want to see MORE of in romances in fiction)

This one’s a little hard to write because I tend to not seek out books that are strictly romances, but I do read books with romances in them, so here are five of the things I like and five of the things I don’t like when it comes to romance in books.


1. Swoony men – Obviously. But not swoony in a typical way. For example, I much prefer Cricket in Lola and the Boy Next Door to St. Clair in Anna and the French Kiss. St. Clair knows he’s swoony and that’s not my thing.

2. Beautifully written dialogue between the characters – The way Sam talks about Grace in the Wolves of Mercy Falls series.

3. Imperfect / flawed love interests – I know no one is perfect, but sometimes it’s like authors forget this. Give me someone who has a backstory or is struggling with something.

4. Slow to build relationships – Take your time. Let the characters get to know one another, please and thank you.

5. Witty banter – But not if that’s ALL there is between them. I like humor and word play.


1. Instalove – We all knew this was going to be on my list. Blah.

2. Love triangles (unless they’re done well) – Unless it’s a love triangle like in Throne of Glass, I probably won’t like it.

3. Clichés / formulas – Did Girl just realize she’s been in love with Best Friend the whole time? Was there a Huge Misunderstanding? Are one or both of them Hiding Something? Can you say cliché rom com plots?

4. Dangerous / volatile relationships – No, no, no, no. Don’t do it.

5. Unnecessary romances – If your book can go from beginning to end with no romance and still be a wonderful book, WHY must you shove a romance in there? Not every book was meant to have a romance. Kthanksbye!

Alright, there you have it. What do YOU like or not like when it comes to romance in the books  you read?