I've got two camps for my favourite couples: Those who I grew to love over a lengthy series and those who stole my heart in a single book (or two).
In most cases, I can't put them in order of who I love most but Kate and Curran definitely top the list with Rachel and Trent at second... Or maybe it's the other way around? I don't know... It doesn't matter. Those two couples top the list for me.
The others are in no particular order.
Kate & Curran from Kate Daniels series by Ilona Andrews
These two were made for each other. They're all in, there for each other through thick or thin, willing to do anything, give up everything for each other. It wasn't insta-love. Their relationship starts off rocky and grows slowly through the series.
They're funny, they're loyal, fierce and just perfect.
They are a couple who worked for it, fought for it and continue to put the time in every single day to stay strong and be there for each other.
These two are relationship goals. Well, minus the always having to kill things but even that this pair make like a good sport.
Rachel & Trent - The Hollows Series - Kim Harrison
Oh, Rachel and Trent... I shipped this pair from the very first book where Rachel was out to get him and Trent retaliated by locking her in a cage while she was transformed into a rodent and kept her for a while before putting her into a rat fight.
They really did start out as enemies.
Then they became very reluctant allies/partners when the situation called for it.
Then they became friendly, but not friends.
Then their relationship went backwards.
Then they slowly built back up to friends.
But through it all there was an ignored attraction that built until the friends became more.
They changed each other for the better.
They fell in love and studiously ignored it because how could they possibly work?
They eventually gave in and it was perfect even though Trent lost everything as Rachel predicted.
He thought she was worth it - sobs - and she would have given up the love of her life so he didn't have to lose everything.
How perfect are they?!
In the end, they live happily ever after.
I live happily ever afters!
Rose & Dimitri from Vampire Academy series by Richelle Mead
Rose and Dimitri Belikov had me from their first meeting.
The banter, the chemistry, the forbidden elements... Cat nip.
The twist at the end of Shadow Kiss broke my heart (if you've read the series you know what I mean), Blood Promise killed me, Spirit Bound should have made everything better but just broke me some more and Last Sacrfice was the best ending ever.
Cassie & Pritkin - Cassandra Palmer Series - Karen Chance
This series is nuts. It moves at a pace where no matter how carefully you read it, it can be hard to follow. There's always attacks, always running, fighting, timeshifting... And right in the middle of all of it is the hapless Cassie who would be dead a hundred times over if not for her warrior mage Pritkin.
Interestingly, he hated her and tried to kill her himself in the beginning but somehow he went from there to defending her out of duty to defending her because no one is going to harm her as long as he breathes and, more amusingly, Cassie feels the same for her messy haired mage.
For, oh about 8 books, Pritkin's curse made it impossible for them to be more than just friends - despite some 'emergency' situations 😉 - but now he's free of it so the remainder of this series is going to rock!
They've both realised what they are to each other, they're now able to be together except for the interference for a vile master vampire - yeah I hate Mircea, sue me! - so I can't wait for these two lobsters to live all happy... Once they've defeated one more god or whatever.
Valerius & Tabitha - Seize The Night - Sherrilyn Kenyon
Sherrilyn Kenyon's Dark-Hunters used to be my favourites. Strong, sexy, wounded men and the woman who make them live again... Quite literally returning their souls!
None of them have stayed so prominent in my memory as Valerius and Tabitha.
Tabitha is weird, quirky and loves hunting vampires.
Valerius, a despised roman Dark-Hunter, who is the arch nemesis of Tabitha's brother-in-law.
Oh how he broke my heart and how I loved him.
To be honest, no matter how much I liked Tabitha, she wasn't good enough for my sweet Val because no one is... But I suppose they make an awesome couple and she brought him peace and all that jazz so she'll do.
Ivan & Jasmine - From Lukov With Love by Mariana Zapata
Enemies to lovers to a backdrop of ice-dancing/figure skating.
Ivan and Jasmine made me laugh and made me cry.
Peel away years of rivalry and caustic banter and you have two people who were made for each other and the one thing you can't understand throughout the entire book is all the wasted years where they should have been skating together!
Shy & Tabitha - Own The Wind - Kristen Ashley
Another pair that is just perfect.
This book, this couple, broke my heart a million times over but was so freaking beautiful.
Tabby sparked a change in Shy that changed his life and Shy is the guy strong enough to stand by Tabby's side without crushing her or dimming her shine.
They didn't have an easy beginning but they are one of those couples who you know will have a wonderful life and a love that is one-in-a-million.
My romance loving heart could hardly take it.
Caroline and West - Deeper - Rebecca York
Caroline and West. Oh... How to descibe Caroline and West?
When you first see Caroline and West togther its like BAM!! Instant curiosity and need to know more. Your "ooh yummy" radar goes absolutely haywire and the most amazing part is that you don't even know what West looks like! He could look like a bridge troll and it wouldn't matter because your reaction to him is caused by the way Caroline reacts to him, it draws you to him and the way that he reacts to her? That makes you sit up and say hello.
They were addictive.
On paper the are complete opposites but they are made for each other.
Their relationship is beautiful. It's not perfect but all the imperfections just made it more beautiful for me. They make each other better people and together they grow into something more than either could have been on their own.
It's gorgeous to read and it shines a spotlight on the issue of revenge porn which more people need to educate themselves on.
Lucas and Jacqueline - Easy - Tammara Webber
Lucas!! I love me some Lucas!!
I love how he loves Jacqueline.
Oh man, I could ramble incoherently for hours on Lucas... He is perfect. He has issues, he has secrets but he is wonderful. Protective without ever being a caveman ass, smart, sexy... He is exactly what Jacqueline needs. He gives her what she wants, what she needs, makes her strong and able to stand on her own while being someone she can lean on. He is someone who will always put her first, will give her everything and she loves him back just as fiercely.
Their relationship is one that is believable and the book isn't fluffy with the way it tackles the issue of rape on college campuses in a sympathetic and realistic way.
Jimmy and Lena - Stage Dive Series - Kylie Scott