Top Ten Tuesday: Least Favorite Romances

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Happy Valentine’s Day!

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. This week’s theme is top ten favorite romance tropes/types. Instead, I’ve decided to list some of my least favorite romances from books and explain why.

1.) The Row by J.R. Johansson

The Row

I actually mentioned this book on a recent Top Ten Tuesday because I wish this book had less romance. The romanced in this book was extremely clichéd and underdeveloped. Furthermore, it took too much time away from the real action of the book.

2.) How to Keep a Boy from Kissing You by Tara Eglington

How to Keep a Boy from Kissing You (Aurora Skye #1)

This book featured a hate-to-love romance. The main character, Aurora, was extremely annoying and shallow. Her love interest fell into many typical YA romance tropes and always came across as too perfect. The most annoying part of this relationship was the “hate” aspect. Instead of tension, readers are given toddler temper tantrums from the main character.

3.) Stealing Snow by Danielle Paige

Stealing Snow (Stealing Snow, #1)

There were three love interests in this book and I didn’t like any of them. One was extremely underdeveloped and was only briefly featured in the beginning of the book to appear randomly at the end. Another, while more developed, fell into the tropes of a typical love interest. The main love interest, Bale, was the worst of the three. I swear his name was mentioned at least five times on every page, but none of the times he was mentioned made me root for him.

4.) Girl Online by Zoe Sugg

Girl Online (Girl Online, #1)

While this book consisted mainly of cute moments between the main character and her love interest, I never really bought the romance. A lot of the moments in this book have been done before, and in combination with cardboard cut-out main characters, the romance fell completely flat.

5.) Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard

Red Queen (Red Queen, #1)

Once again, I felt like this book tried too hard on the romance. A lot of the larger plot was sacrificed for lackluster “cute” moments between members of yet another love triangle.

6.) Stealing Heaven by Elizabeth Scott

Stealing Heaven

I read this book at the beach one summer and was underwhelmed by the romance. I think the love interest or the romance as a whole ever captured my attention.

7.) 13 Blue Little Envelopes by Maureen Johnson

13 Little Blue Envelopes (Little Blue Envelope, #1)

I read this book awhile, so I can’t remember exactly why I disliked the love interest in this book. I’m glad I read the other book in this series, however, because I liked the love interest in that back WAY more.

8.) Little Miss Red by Robin Palmer

Little Miss Red

There are many books by Robin Palmer where I find myself disliking the love interests. I really did not like the romance in this book at all. The love interest possessed zero redeeming qualities and lacked any chemistry with the main character.

9.) Queen of Babble by Meg Cabot

Queen of Babble (Queen of Babble, #1)

I think this book focused too much on the main character’s first love interest than the love interest who should have been the main focus of the story. The first love interest possesses zero redeeming qualities, but you are forced to read about him for at least half of the book even though it mentions their breakup on the back cover. As a result, the main romance suffers. In addition, the true romance in the story is very stereotypical and too rushed.

10.) Isla and the Happily Ever After by Stephanie Perkins

Isla and the Happily Ever After (Anna and the French Kiss, #3)

It’s not like I hated the romance in this book, but I didn’t like it as much as the first two books in the series. I was so excited for this book’s release and when I actually read it, I remember being disappointed that I didn’t like this couple as much as the first two.


What are your least favorite romance?


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