Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly feature created by The Broke and the Bookish.
This is the first time we’ve took part in Top 10 Tuesday. We’ve seen this feature a LOT around the book blogging community and it seemed fun, so we wanted to give it a go! This week’s feature is Top Ten Books I Wish Had (More/Less) X In Them. We’ve decided to pick Top Ten Books we wish had less romance in them. We had a pretty easy time making this list. A lot of these books, we would have loved more if the romance took a back seat, or we felt like the plot or other relationships were pushed to the side for the sake of the romance, which ultimately hindered the book.
1. Assassin’s Heart by Sarah Ahiers
There were two romances in Assassin’s Heart. A sort of love triangle, but not really. One romance was between Val and Lea who were from two different rival assassin families. I would have enjoyed it much more if Val and Lea’s dynamic was explored much more, especially as it had a Romeo and Juliet kind of vibe. But this romance was sort of killed off for the second romance between Lea and her uncle’s apprentice which I didn’t really enjoy; I felt like it was kind of unnecessary.
2. Sword and Verse by Kathy MacMillan
I felt like the romance was unnecessary and cliche and felt very little attachment to the two. Raisa was already in love with him at the beginning of the book, so I felt like we missed a lot of their development.
3. Iron Cast by Destiny Soria
I really enjoyed Iron Cast – I loved the 1920s setting and atmosphere, the magic, and the female empowerment. However, I went into Iron Cast with the idea that it was a book driven by the relationship between the two main girls, Ada and Corinne, and it was supposedly the centre of this book. So I sometimes felt like it was pushed to the side for the sake of the romance with their respective love interests. I would have liked to have seen more of Ada and Corinne’s past and how two girls so different became so close.
4. Starflight by Melissa Landers
Starflight was a fun, action-packed, and engaging space adventure. A lot of people compared it to Firefly – rightly so. There was some really great crew dynamics, the sci-fi aspects were done really well & there were even space pirates! However, the story and the sci-fi atmosphere got really bogged down with the romance in the second half. I enjoyed the romance, but I do think the second half was a little too romance-heavy for me and really did hinder the plot and pace of the novel.
Excellent and engaging sci-fi adventure. However, in both books there is a heavy focus on the romance and we have found both male love interests to be immature and creepy, bordering on stalking – especially in Gemina. The romance was the least enjoyable part of both books.
7. Three Dark Crowns by Kendare Blake
The thing I most enjoyed about Three Dark Crowns, and what I wanted to be explored more, was the relationship between the sisters. However, I found that it was very romance heavy which detracted from both the plot, political intrigue and the dynamics between the sisters.
8. Ever the Hunted by Erin Summerill
Ever the Hunted was not necessarily a bad book, but it was a predictable and unoriginal book. It was full of cliché and stereotypes with everything you expect to find in a typical high fantasy novel – warring kingdoms, a chosen one, a brooding handsome love interest, and magic.The romance bogged down the plot and made it a slow paced book. Cohen, her love interest, lacked any real personality or character development. BUT he was super duper muscular and smelt great even though they’d been traveling rough for days with no bathing!! *eye-roll*.
9. The Shadow Queen by C.J Redwine
Kol’s character, the love interested, could have been phenomenal, yet he was reduced to a 2D cardboard cutout of the most cliché love interest. His chapters were certainly my least favourite, but even worse was the insta-love romance with Lorelai – it was cringe-worthly. It had such a great premise too, but the romance was always at the forefront – it felt rather convenient too.
10. The Crown’s Game by Evelyn Skye
The romance detracted from the plot and I would have preferred more development in terms of the world building, plot, and the game itself.
What about you? Any books you’ve read with romance you thought could have done without?