I am so excited to be part of 14 Days of Fictional Swoon Blog Hop hosted by Jaime from Fiction Fare and Meg from Swoony Boys Podcast. This is a Valentines Day hop to celebrate the wonderful authors and books that have made us swoon. You’ll be able to visit lots of blogs over 14 days to collect words for a scavenger hunt for the group giveaway as well as enter individual blog giveaways. You can find more details on Swoony Boys Podcast.
I typically prefer my romance tucked away in a fantasy or science fiction setting so you’ll see most of my selections (ok ALL of them) are fantasy books. I think my favorite romantic trope would be those with a slow build up–often the ‘I hate you but grow to love you’ types. I’ll be listing some of my favorite authors and a quote that I thought was rather wonderful. Of course there’s no way I can include all my favorites but these were the first to cross my mind.
I am trying to not add spoilers but if you are highly sensitive you should skip any books you’ve not read because you might see something that tips you off.
Masters of Swoon
Renee Ahdieh for The Wrath & the Dawn
So much yes to this book. I loved the strong main character and there are some beautifully romantic scenes.
How right you are. You are not mine. I am yours.
It’s a fitting punishment for a monster. To want something so much- to hold it in your arms- and know beyond a doubt you will never deserve it.
Marie Rutkoski for The Winner’s Curse and The Winner’s Crime
Marie Rutkoski’s writing is absolutely beautiful-elegant and emotional. Her romantic build-up and tension is probably my favorite type- slow, angst-y and wonderful.
Tentative fingers touched her face. A thumb ran along the wet skin of her cheekbone. She suffered for it, suffered for the misery of knowing that whatever possessed him to do this could be no more than compassion. He valued her that much. But not enough. –page 207 The Winner’s Curse
Susan Ee for Angelfall and World After
The relationship between Ee’s leads, Raffe and Penryn, is so touching and such a slow burn it aches. I absolutely adore their interactions and I really think they might be some of my favorite characters ever written.
His pupils dilate when he sees me. His lips part as he momentarily forgets to marshal his expression, and I could swear he stops breathing for several heartbeats. –page 168 Angelfall
Sarah J. Maas for everything she writes but specifically A Court of Thorns and Roses
Sarah knows how to write swoon…I have shipped so many of her characters…
He plucked a strand of grass from my hair. Heat radiated from my face as his fingers grazed my cheek. “I could make you able to see it, he said. His fingers lingered at the end of my braid, twirling the curl of hair around. “See my world–hear it, smell it.” My breathing became shallow as he sat up. “Taste it. —page 209 A Court of Thorns and Roses
A.G. Howard for Splintered, Unhinged and Ensnared
It’s pretty obvious even if you’ve not read this series that there is a love triangle. I’m not usually a fan but with this series I felt it made complete sense. You’d have to read the series to see why
I wind my hands in my miniskirt as the tinkling little netherlings disappear through the trees again. “You always keep me on my toes.” He surprised me by catching me around my waist. “Then I shall have to amend my strategy. My intent was to sweep you off your feet.” — page 210-211 Ensnared
Below are two giveaways for you to enter (and be sure to visit the other blogs to enter their giveaways too). For the group giveaway my phrase is…
For my giveaway I’m giving away YOUR CHOICE of any of the books I’ve mentioned in this post. If it’s not released it will be a pre-order. This giveaway is international if Book Depository ships to your location.
14 Days of Fictional Swooning Schedule
- February 1st- Fiction Fare
- February 1st- Swoony Boys Podcast
- February 2nd- Literary, etc.
- February 3rd- Adventures in YA Publishing
- February 3rd- A Soul Unsung: Book Gossip for the Soul
- February 4th- Bookish Things & More
- February 5th- Books and Swoons
- February 5th- Love at First Page
- February 6th- Awesome Book Nuts
- February 6th- Mainstream Passionista
- February 6th- The Book Sphere
- February 7th- I Turn the Pages
- February 7th- Andi’s ABCs
- February 8th- Na’s Not So Newsworthy Thoughts
- February 8th- WhoRUBlog
- February 9th- Gun in Act One
- February 9th- We So Nerdy
- February 10th- What Sarah Read
- February 10th- Flutters and Flails
- February 11th- The Book Addict’s Guide
- February 11th- Effortlessly Reading
- February 11th- Lostbraincell’s Bookish Blog
- February 12th- GReads!
- February 12th- Books Equal Awesomeness
- February 13th– My Friends Are Fiction
- February 13th– Lee Kelly: New Write City
- February 14th– Fiction Fare
- February 14th– Swoony Boys Podcast