We all crave it, whether we want to admit it or not. We crave it in many forms. We give it in many forms. We give it to many people, and crave it from all kinds of life forms.
Some days we hate it, loathe it even. Behind the hate and sorrow, always lies a longing though. No matter your gender, age, or preference, we all have that void to fill.
And fill it we do, in many ways: steady relationships, one-night-stands, friendships, family, chocolate, pizza, whiskey, books, movies… you name it, somebody’s probably tried it.
Since I cannot really fill all of those needs, lets focus on media applications, shall we? So, should you find yourself in search of love this week, these may be some good places to look first.
The Adult variety:
Ultimate series by Lori Foster: I’m a little in love with this series. More than I probably should be. I’m not saying its of literary quality, or the best story in the world, but I really love the characters and the setting. So, if you’re a sports fan and okay with knowing the dirty details, this is a great place to look. They also work as fantastic stand-alone books, if you aren’t looking for long-term commitment.
Kingmaker Chronicles by Amanda Boucher: This series fell into my lap accidentally, and boy am I glad it did. This is a fantasy romance series. The main character is in her mid-twenties, and running from something (though the reader takes some time to figure out what). While “running”, she is caught and kidnapped by a handsome warlord. He’d rather pay her for her magical capabilities, but she’s so focused on running she doesn’t want to settle anywhere — so he forces her to go with him. Somewhere along that journey, the tension of escape becomes a different kind of tension. I couldn’t put the book down, and immeditatly rented the second book. The third installment hasn’t been released yet, but I’m eager to get my hands on it.
Janet Evanovich’s Stephanie Plum series, Fox and O’Hare series, or Lizzie and Diesel series. Janet Evanovich’s characters are real and relate-able, witty and charming. Any one of these series are enjoyable to read, but they are longer than the past two series listed. Stephanie Plum just released the 24th book!
Adult Fiction without the “Adult Content”
The Princess Bride by William Goldman. The movie came pretty close to the novelization, but of course the book is better. She’s a little helpless for my “you go girl” taste, but its a fantastic adventure romance all the same and I love it.
Young Adult “Love stories”:
Shatter Me series by Tahereh Mafi — This one is a little more graphic than the typical Young Adult novel, but I wouldn’t put it at the same level as the “adult variety” books. Because I am who I am, this is yet another fantasy dystopian series. The romance story isn’t as straight of a line as I expected, and I LOVE that about it. To put a cherry on top, the story telling is quite fantastic, and the author includes some realistic details (like the pressure, stress, and depression that can sometimes come with the main character’s lifestyle)
A Court of Thorns and Roses series, and the Throne of Glass series by Sarah Maas — Okay, so i haven’t read them yet. These are really popular series right now, though, and they’re on my TBR list.
The Girl of Fire and Thorns series by Rachel Carson — I’d describe this as a Young Adult, not adult-content, version of the King Maker Chronicles. The main character is a princess who, being the younger of two siblings, is married of for a political move. After arriving at her new husband’s estate, she is abducted for her magic. This is a fantastic feminist story of a young woman who saves herself over and over again, and how she “grows up” because of it.
Vampire Academy series by Richelle Mead — if you are more of the “supernatural” reading genre type, this set is for you. The main character is not a vampire. Neither is the love interest. She is a butt-kicking badass, though. Her best friend is a vampire, and together they are a force to be reckoned with.
50 First Dates
The Princess Bride
This Means War
How to Steal a Million
An Affair to Remember
Gentlemen Prefer Blondes
To Catch a Thief
Not so Classic, still romance
Sleepless in Seattle
Not strictly “chick-flick”:
Thor: The Dark World
Captain America: The First Avenger
Mr. and Mrs. Smith
The Mask of Zorro
Scott Pilgrim Vs. the World