We all love romance. That’s why we’re here, right? I like to think of the most romantic couples I’ve read/seen/heard over the years. I’ve narrowed them down to the top five. Even though these are romantic couples, they don’t all have their HEA, which we romance writers make sure they do.
- First and foremost of any list of romantic couples must be Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet. Young love, overbearing parents, family feud, the story has it all. As well as a tragic end.
- We must include Rhett Butler and Scarlett O’Hara. Enemies to lovers, unrequited love, war, death, destruction. Wow. This couple goes through it all. I would love to say their love survived at the end, but we all know that that worked out . . . .
- Another not exactly sad ending, but certainly not uplifting (unless you enjoy crying) are lovers Noah and Allie from The Notebook. Again overbearing parents, societal differences, and reunited lovers works well for this story.
- Of course, Miss Elizabeth Bennett and Mr. Darcy must make this list. Oh, how they dislike each other at the start. Watching their love grow despite their prejudices makes them truly a romantic couple.
- Last, but not least are Baby and Johnny from Dirty Dancing. Disapproving parents again. It seems a lot of romantic couples must deal with that. Other-side-of-the-tracks also plays into this one.
- I know I said five, but I really, really can’t leave out Rose and Jack from Titanic. Another class difference story as well as forbidden love. Also disaster plays into this one, which ultimately separates the lovers forever when Jack slips into the ice cold water. Why didn’t she move over and let him on the door with her? The unanswered question of all movie fans.
As you can see famous, romantic couples must overcome great odds to be together. In my upcoming release, Wagering for Miss Blake, we have overbearing parents (of course) and a wager (no surprise there, given the title), and forbidden love. I think Suzanna Blake and Giles Templeton are a romantic couple, and I hope you think so, too.
Here is the blurb for the story:
Mr. Giles Templeton, third son of the Earl of Wexford, is a rake of the highest order and a confirmed bachelor. Yet, marriage-minded-mamas continue to drag their daughters to his attention. He’s everything a young lady of the ton could want—handsome, wealthy, charming, and kind. For Miss Suzanna Blake, though, Giles is missing the one thing her parents require in a potential son-in-law—a title.
Giles has a golden touch—investments, horses, connections but when he falls…hard for Suzanna, she turns him away, despite the passion sparking between them. At wit’s end, Giles wagers her that not only will she marry him but he’ll make her fall in love with him. If Suzanna wins, she gains a sizable fortune for her favorite charity but she faces a loveless marriage to a titled man. Though her heart yearns for a true love-match with Giles, she has never gone against her parent’s wishes. All bets are off when happiness lies in losing a wager.
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Four years ago, Alex, a second son, had planned a life together with Lady Patience. However, when Patience was betrothed to his brother, the heir, Alex left his family’s estate and joined the military.
Alex returns to assume the title Duke of Bedford when his brother unexpectedly dies. He is unprepared for both his new responsibilities and the reunion with Patience. The horrors of war are a heavy burden, and when he learns that Patience never married his brother, he is stunned.
Patience withstood the bullying of her fiancé and her father for four long years. She refuses to marry Alex just because he’s the duke, especially if he no longer loves her. How would that be better than what she has already endured? Promises made in their youth are not enough to overcome the changes life has wrought for them but love can grow and transform, if only Patience could believe that.
Callie Hutton, USA Today bestselling author writes both Western Historical and Regency romance with “historic elements and sensory details” (The Romance Reviews). Callie lives in Oklahoma with several rescue dogs, two adult children, a daughter-in-law, twin grandsons and her top cheerleader husband (although thankfully not all in the same home!). Living in the Midwest provides plenty of opportunities for Callie do pursue her interests: researching history, meeting readers, spending time with her adorable two year old twin grandsons, and discovering new adventures. Callie loves to hear from readers and welcomes the opportunity to become friends, both in person or virtually.