Sunday, March 17, 2013

Guest Post: Literary Couples by Nazarea Andrews

Nazarea Andrews' Favorite Literary Couples

I write romance. I mix it up with a little dystopia, a little paranormal. But at the heart of things, I write romance. So today, I thought I'd share my five favorite couples in literature and why they rock my socks.

1. Catcher/Annah from The Dark and Hallow Places
Dear gracious, these two are broken. So damn broken it makes my heart hurt. I'll be honest--I love zombies and that's why I started this series years ago. But this was my favorite book because of these two. Annah and Catcher shouldn't work. They're broken in so many ways--she's hung up on Elias, he's got issues too many for this blog post. But together, they're strong. They make each other strong where the other is weak. And his line, when he rescues her:
'This is the woman I love. She is my *life* and when you harm her, you harm me.' Gosh. I still get goosebumps.

2. Mara/Noah from The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer
Noah Shaw says the most inappropriate stuff ever. Mara Dyer kills people with her mind. It's pretty much a match made in heaven. (Sorta).

3. Sorcha/Red from Daughter of the Forest
This is the story that started my love affair with retellings. And good gracious--this love story is amazing. I love the slow build of it, the way Red works to earn Sorcha's trust and defends her against the family that doesn't understand her silence. And when he takes her to the beach? I cried. (Actually, there were several points I cried during this book. It's epic.)

4. Phedre/Joscelin (and Imri/Sidonie) of the Kushiel Legacy
"His love is the dagger by which I set the compass of my heart." Yep. That pretty much sums up these two. Joscelin and Phedre (and my number 1 couple) hit a new level of literary couples. I love things about the other relationships. But I wan a relationship like this. A devotion like Joscelin's to Phedre. Everything he does is for her--every risk. And Phedre's love for him--while a bit unconventional--is breathtaking.
Imri and Sidonie are more traditional and no less amazing for it. (It's not surprising that this is one of my favorite series.)

5. Damon/Janelle of the Black Jewels trilogy
So, Damon had waited forever (no, literally. He's an old soul) for Janelle. The thing is both of them are broken. Both have scars that make it really hard to trust and love someone. And, to me, that is beautiful.

About the Author
Nazarea Andrews is an avid reader and tends to write the stories she wants to read. She loves chocolate and coffee almost as much as she loves books, but not quite as much as she loves her kids. She lives in south Georgia with her husband, daughters, and overgrown dog. Her first book, Edge of the Falls, is available now from Amazon and Barnes and Noble.

Edge of the Falls by Nazarea Andrews
Genre:  YA Dystopian Romance
Nazarea Andrews' website
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Description (taken from the book tour):
Sabah always knew where she belonged—with Berg—and what was expected of her—to care for the other children the Mistress took in.

But when a ban-wolf saves her life, things begin to change.

Arjun isn’t like the other ban-wolves, the savage creatures that are barely human. He’s gentle and furious and as Sabah spends time with him, she can’t seem to get him out of her mind. But in a world of darkness, control, and danger, is there a place for two outcasts?

A romantic retelling of Beauty and the Beast in a dark dystopia.

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