Will they or won’t they? It’s one of the best hooks for a good romance. Or at least for me. I love a good slow burn.
The “trope” has been around for awhile, though some “will they/won’t they” relationships have been spoiled due to time (for example, Pride & Prejudice. We all know it’s going to happen).
In the end, I think most books that have romance as a driving subplot have a little bit of a will they/won’t they. It isn’t necessarily about whether or not they will fall in love, but instead whether or not the relationship will work out in the end. The following books are some of my favorite will they/won’t theys. Let me know yours in the comments below!
The Fever Series by Karen Marie Moning:
When MacKayla’s sister was murdered, she left a single clue to her death, a cryptic message on Mac’s cell phone. Journeying to Ireland in search of answers, Mac is soon faced with an even greater challenge: staying alive long enough to master a power she had no idea she possessed – a gift that allows her to see beyond the world of man, into the dangerous realm of the Fae.
As Mac delves deeper into the mystery of her sister’s death, her every move is shadowed by the dark, mysterious Jericho…while at the same time, the ruthless V’lane – an alpha Fae who makes sex an addiction for human women – closes in on her. As the boundary between worlds begins to crumble, Mac’s true mission becomes clear: to find the elusive Sinsar Dubh before someone else claims the all-powerful Dark Book – because whoever gets to it first holds nothing less than complete control both worlds in their hands (GoodReads).
Why it made the list: Seriously, I DEVOURED this series simply because of Mac and Barrons chemistry.
Poison Study by Maria V. Snyder
About to be executed for murder, Yelena is offered an extraordinary reprieve. She’ll eat the best meals, have rooms in the palace—and risk assassination by anyone trying to kill the Commander of Ixia.
And so Yelena chooses to become a food taster. But the chief of security, leaving nothing to chance, deliberately feeds her Butterfly’s Dust—and only by appearing for her daily antidote will she delay an agonizing death from the poison.
As Yelena tries to escape her new dilemma, disasters keep mounting. Rebels plot to seize Ixia and Yelena develops magical powers she can’t control. Her life is threatened again and choices must be made. But this time the outcomes aren’t so clear (GoodReads).
Why it made the list: Yelena and Valek had amazing chemistry. Plus they were both such interesting characters (Yelena especially). I definitely tried skipping ahead in this one just to see if their obvious chemistry would result in more.
Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte
Orphaned as a child, Jane has felt an outcast her whole young life. Her courage is tested once again when she arrives at Thornfield Hall, where she has been hired by the brooding, proud Edward Rochester to care for his ward Adèle. Jane finds herself drawn to his troubled yet kind spirit. She falls in love. Hard.
But there is a terrifying secret inside the gloomy, forbidding Thornfield Hall. Is Rochester hiding from Jane? Will Jane be left heartbroken and exiled once again?
Why it made the list: I mean Jane and Mr. Rochester are a classic will they/won’t they. And I love all the gothic elements of the novel.