So Friday (7/6) was International Kissing Day or something like that, so I got thinking about the best fictional couples, the ones I adore reading about the most. I feel like this is different from my favorite fictional crushes because there is different criteria for this. For example, when it comes to my crushes, I’m looking for the characteristics that mesh the best with mine. For the couples, I’m looking for the ones whose personality traits mesh well together. I’m looking for couples that balance each other well, the ones that I fight for to stay together through every hardship.
Will there be some overlap? Undoubtedly. But I think it’s going to be enlightening nonetheless.
And if you’re not into series or if you’re looking for a standalone contemporary romance, I made sure to include those on my list as well. Hopefully you can find something you haven’t read before!
Top Ten Best Fictional Couples
1. Henry and Kate, The Goddess Test series by Aimee Carter
So, this is one of my favorites series to reread (in large part because of the Greek mythology, I won’t lie) but also because of the level of emotion I feel from Kate. Kate is sweetness and despair, constantly intertwined. Henry is completely closed off, seemingly emotionless, hopeless all because he lets fear rule his life. I love that Kate never really gives up on him and that he has a lot more depth than he ever shows anyone else. It’s awesome.
2. Rhys and Feyre, A Court of Thorns and Roses series by Sarah J. Maas
Y’all, let’s not even pretend to be surprised that these two are on the list. Besides the fact that Rhys made it onto my swoon-worthy crush list AND I just did that spotlight on Maas books on Friday, it was pretty much certain that these two would show up at some point. These two are the perfect counterpoints to each other. They both have a lot of bravado and snark, but they feel pain deeply. They both strive to protect others until their dying breath and they are utterly vicious toward anyone who wants to hurt them. Their similar personalities also mean that arguments are explosive. It’s delightful fun to watch them fight and make up.
3. Anna and Etienne, Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins
I don’t think I give this book as much credit as it deserves. I adore these two because when I first read this book, it was like they were speaking to me. Anna was me. But what I like about these two together is that they’re encouraging. They see what the other’s hopes and dreams are and they listen and push them to reach it. It’s not an easy beginning to their relationship, but I think it makes them stronger for it.
4. Penryn and Raffe, Angelfall series by Susan Ee
I debated a little with this one. Like, were they actually a couple of epic proportions? But considering the story involves explosions, death, and dismemberment, I’d say it’s pretty epic. We’re talking angels, so everything is on a massive scale. The danger level is high, which means the emotions run that much stronger. They’re both bitter about the life they now lead, but they find someone who understands in each other. And while that maybe doesn’t lead to a perfect life, it does show exactly how far they’ll go to save the other.
5. Scarlet and Robin, Scarlet series by A.C. Gaughen
Ok, this couple right here needs to stop being so freaking adorable. The life Scarlet’s running from is absolutely awful, so awful that she’d rather live dressed as a boy than let anyone even guess who she really is. The fact that she trusts Robin means a lot because she no longer trusts anyone. And Robin, while being understanding and sweet, is undeniably fierce when it comes to protecting her. I really enjoy reading about these two.
6. Kate and Matt, Things I Can’t Forget by Miranda Kenneally
Do you ever have a book that you read and you just can’t get it out of your head, no matter how much time has gone by? That’s this book for me. This couple is different from many other couples. Kate is religious and quiet. Matt is silly and a nerd who grew up into all his delicious glory. It was so much fun to watch these two try to understand each other, to learn from their mistakes, and to finally acknowledge their feelings.
7. Charlie and Braden, On The Fence by Kasie West
I think this is easily my favorite Kasie West book. Charlie is a tomboy. She hangs out with her brothers and plays all the sports. Braden is her neighbor and best friend of her brothers. They’ve known each other forever, so when the feelings start becoming more than that, it runs the risk of making everything awkward. But I loved that Charlie really doesn’t fit the mold of a typical romantic lead and that there is this that friendship between them before it becomes something more. It’s sweet.
8. Christian and Elyse, The Summer of Chasing Mermaids by Sarah Ockler
When we’re talking about two characters that balance each other out, I don’t think there are two better characters than these. Elyse is from the Caribbean, a talented singer who lost her voice in a freak accident. Christian is a rich boy who lives on the coast with his family and is pretty much spoiled. They’re complete opposites in so many ways, but Christian sees Elyse in ways that no one else does. He’s the only one who treats her normally, not like she’s broken. She’s the only one who sees the pressure being piled on Christian’s shoulders. I adored that balance.
9. Ali and Cole, the Alice in Zombieland series by Gena Showalter
Again, this is a couple that balances each other well. When Ali and Cole meet, she’s almost afraid of her shadow because of what happened to her family. Cole is tough as nails and definitely someone Ali should be running from. But he gives her confidence and treats her like a person. And Ali softens his edges. Again, it’s a very cute couple, even though they’re quite terrifying at the same time.
10. Sydney and Adrian, the Bloodlines series by Richelle Mead
I have a very hard time deciding between Sydney and Adrian or Rose and Dimitri, from the companion Richelle Mead series, Vampire Academy. But I ended up going with Sydney and Adrian because of their amazing character development. And it’s not just that Adrian grows up–it’s Sydney too. She finally starts to realize how important other things are in life, starts to question what she’s seeing. But together, these two are magical. There’s just something so compelling about how Adrian can pull out Sydney’s sillier side as well as see her in a way that she doesn’t feel like anyone else has seen her. And there’s something wonderful about the way Sydney saw a spark of promise beneath Adrian’s sarcastic, self-destructive exterior. They understand each other in a way that is simply beautiful.