Happy Valentine’s Day!
I am so excited to be here today! I have followed the Magical Musings ladies for over a year and really enjoy their posts and getting to know them through the blog. When they asked me to blog as a reader for them I was both excited and scared but very honored that they asked. Although to find out my first post was going to be on Valentine’s Day? Well, that sort of freaked me out because hello…romance writers and one of the most romantic days of the year? Um, no pressure or anything.
Valentine’s Day is a couples holiday, right? Most of the time I think about new couples when I think about Valentine’s Day, yet some of my favorite couples in books are those that have been together for a long time, especially married couples. Just like romantic comedies in Hollywood, most romance books are about boy meets girl. There is just something about that new love people like to watch unfold. But what happens to that new love years down the road?
While I do enjoy reading books and watching movies about new love, I find there is just something special, a sense of familiarity and comfort that you get form watching couples who have been together for a long time. Marriage is not void of conflict, so some great stories can come out of it. One of my favorite movies is Date Night. As you can see from the movie trailer below, married couples have plenty of obstacles to overcome.
In romance novels, two of my favorite married couples that never cease to find conflict include Roarke and Eve Dallas from JD Robb’s In Death Series and Trevor and Cassandra Bauer from Chris Almeida and Cecilia Aubrey’s Countermeasure Series. In each of these series we meet the main characters before they are married so we get to watch the “new love” part with them but we also get to watch their marriage grow over time through additional books.
Both Roake & Eve and Trevor & Cassandra show us through their stories that while marriage isn’t always easy and is a lot of work sometimes, it can still be insanely romantic and just as hot and passionate as that new love. What stands out to me about these couples is that they are a team. It isn’t a “me” so much as a “we” when battling through conflict regardless if it is an outside danger or a small relationship issue. It is that comfort in knowing they will work through it together and find a solution. It mimics real life in a way and gives us readers hope in long lasting relationships.
So, readers, what do you think? Do you like to read books or a series where the main characters have been together for a long time or do you prefer the new love romance books? Who are some of your favorite married (or long lasting) couples in romance?