**Today's Question: What Constitutes Swoony to You?**
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This post was inspired by Lillian @ Mom With a Reading Problem. She is celebrating Merry Mondays for the month of July and this week's topic is Swoon-worthy moments in honor of her 10th Wedding Anniversary. I will be linking this post up to hers.
I'm not sure that my definition of swoony is quite the same as most people's. I recognize what it means, and have a couple of typical examples below; but I have always liked relationships that aren't all illogical emotion and physical attraction.
Notes: I didn't name this "Top Ten," because these are simply the first 10 I thought of that I have access to for pulling quotes. I have chosen to hide the quotes & my comments behind spoiler tags, so that no one accidentally reads something unwanted.
Science Fiction & Fantasy
The Assassins of Altis (The Pillars of Reality #3) by Jack Campbell - My Review
The Setup: Mari was taken from her parents at age 8, and never received any further communication from them. Her fears that she might turn out like them have kept her from committing to marriage and a family of her own with the man she has fallen in love with.
Atone (The Fairytale Trilogy #2) by Jessica Grey
The Setup: Nicholas has been turned into a beast by a fae curse. Becca, who is part fae, has endangered herself trying to break the curse.
Firefight (The Reckoners #2) by Brandon Sanderson
Since the setup includes spoilers for Book #1, it is inside the hidden area.
The Interrogation of Ashala Wolf (The Tribe trilogy #1) by Ambelin Kwaymullina - My Review
The Setup: You really don't want to read this one if you haven't read the book, so no setup will be included.
The Practice Effect by David Brin - My Review
The Setup: Both Dennis & the Princess are being held prisoner. Dennis has been in the dungeon.(show spoiler)
An Angel for the Earl by Barbara Metzger [Regency]
The Setup: Lucy is a spirit who has been helping Kerry turn his life around.
The Blue Castle by LM Montgomery
The Setup: Valancy asked Barney, who she loved, to marry her (at a time when women didn't do that) since she believed she had nothing to lose and she couldn't bear to go back to her oppressive family. (Remember when reading this that it was written 90 years ago.)
Did You Say…Wife? by Judith McWilliams (Silhouette Romance #1681)
The Setup: Lucas and his brother Bill have never gotten along, and Bill is trying to steal Lucas's company. Lucas has been suspicious because Jocelyn is acting very strange.
Finding Hope by Brenda Coulter [Christian Romance]
The Setup: Dr. Charles Winston Hartman III has always prided himself on being "heartless," until he met Hope and she turned his world upside down.
Killer Spirit (The Squad #2) by Jennifer Lynn Barnes
The Setup: Toby was recruited to a top secret teen espionage group whose "cover" is as cheerleaders, which is very contrary to her nature. All indicators are that Toby will be winning the vote to be homecoming queen, which she sees as a fate worse than death.
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