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There are always these little details or things in books that make you instantly like them or make you want to read them, and today I wanted to talk about some of my bookish turn-ons.
Since I’m a romance junkie, I’ve read about all sorts of romances (best friends, forbidden romances, enemies turned lovers, etc.) and there are some things I prefer over others (even if most of the time, it really just depends on the author’s execution):
1. When the two characters become friends before lovers. (Preferably best friends.)
YOU SAW THIS COMING, GUYS. I don’t even know how many times I’ve mentioned how much of a best-friend romance fan I am. They just make me really giddy inside since there’s obvious closeness and chemistry, plus it isn’t that awkward or fast. It’s (usually) just at this perfect and adorable pace.
Examples: Percy & Annabeth from Percy Jackson and the Olympians (DUH PEOPLE), Joss and Matt from When Joss Met Matt (this book also showed how they met and all, which was super cute), Jordan & Henry from Catching Jordan (and they have the same interests which makes them extra adorable!)
2. When the two characters are already together at the beginning of the story.
Because this way, you avoid insta-love. And it’s cute since you already know that they’re comfortable with each other and with the fact that they’re together. It’s flailing over their ship minus the pre-dating drama, right?
3. The adorable hero with a crush on the heroine. (Or vice-versa.)
CUTENESS OVERLOAD, PEOPLE. That pining from a far thing is freaking annoying, but it’s really adorable when the guy (or girl) actually APPROACHES his/her crush. It’s lovely seeing them make a (sometimes funny) effort to win the guy or girl over. These characters are usually the humorous and/or endearing kind.
Examples: Zak who had a crush on Ana from The Improbable Theory of Ana and Zak (at the beginning of the book, Zak tried to flirt with Ana and it was HILARIOUS), Juli who had a crush on Bryce from Flipped (she was annoyingly clingy, but then after a while her clingy-ness became an awkward kind of cute!)
4. The supportive hero.
Honestly, we probably all like this kind of guy. We want guys who push the heroines to be stronger, and to follow their dreams, because he believes in her and he trusts her. That kind of relationship is absolutely solid, and I respect the guys for doing what they do.
Examples: Bodee from Faking Normal (Alexi had a very serious issue, and Bodee was always there for her, like an adorable pillar of support. Much love for these two), “Drill” from Rites of Passage (despite how everyone else pushes Sam down, Drill believed in her and helped her support herself in every step of the way)
5. The emotional couple.
Believe it or not, I actually like crying when I read. It feels nice to know that a book seriously invaded my heart and bombarded me with so much feels that I cry. Emotional couples (whether because of a family problem or maybe just little angsty moments) make me ship them so much harder. It makes me want to support them as they grow and develop together.
So those were five of my bookish turn ons in romance. Next up is probably bookish turn ons in fantasy!
Agree with my choices? What are your romance turn-ons? Any recommendations from the categories I picked?
Aimee loves being a little bookworm (okay–she doesn’t like being little). She also loves chocolates and sweets but is freaked out by the thought of possibly getting diabetes.