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Almost Couples

Posted by on January 28, 2015

Valentine’s Day is just around the corner. I don’t know what it’s like where you all are from, but here in the states, the stores have exploded in reds and pinks and chocolates and stuffed animals, all trying to woo us into purchasing said merchandise to show our affection to our friends, families, and special someones in our lives.

Can you tell I’m thrilled?

So, I thought it would be fun to explore some of our favorite couples in speculative fiction in the upcoming weeks. But we couldn’t really dig in without sharing about our favorite almost couples. You know the ones, whether in movies or books, we are rooting for and it just doesn’t happen…or hasn’t happened yet…or they die!!! Oh, the heartache! Course, the swordfights, explosions, and possible-end-of-the-world-as-we-know-it helps to balance that out. (Because there’s just no way you’re going to get me to read a story with all that heartache without something to ease the pain. Ha!)

So without further ado:

My favorite almost couples.

The first couple that jumps to my mind is:

Nym and Eogan.

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Oh. My. Goodness. She can command elements of weather and create storms like you’ve never seen, and he can calm her. These two almost couple just might have a chance if what I am thinking is true, hoping is true in regards to THAT ending of Storm Siren. I shall defy logic until I’ve read book two.

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If you’ve read any of the Tales of Goldstone Wood novels, you might have noticed a certain almost-couple that might be, could be if they could just get their act together, or quit acting altogether, ha! Yes, I am talking about Eanrin and Imraldera. At the moment, their non-couple-ish is in the background and that particular storyline has been left hanging thus, far. We shall see! (On a side note, I am currently reading Golden Daughter, so I am unaware any further development on their relationship…yet.)



Another almost-couple pair is Lore and Rowen in Daughter of Light by Morgan L. Busse. These two are strong characters that stand for honor, integrity, and loyalty. And they’re not too bad with a sword either. I mean she is a guard for a lady while he’s the captain of the guard, how cool is that? Makes the hint of romance just tastier, in my opinion. Of course, that also means they can’t just “get together” like “normal” people do, you know. If you’ve read the second book, Son of Truth, please don’t ruin it for me! Unless, of course, they do get together–no just kidding! I plan to read the sequel this year. Or maybe I’ll have to wait for the Heir of Hope to come out before I know. Gulp!




And then there’s Jude and Parvin in A Time to Die by Nadine Brandes. I…um…can’t say too much without spoiling the story. Let’s just say…I might be holding onto some false hope because of what a certain someone said. BUT if that’s not the case….perhaps another spark of hope instead? One can only hope right? Of course, not all stories have a bit of romance thrown into the mix, but it sure is nice. 🙂

So what say you? Who is your favorite almost-couple?

20 Responses to Almost Couples

  1. L. E. Carmichael

    My favourite almost couple is Wesley and Fred from the TV show Angel. I still haven’t forgiven Joss Whedon for the way that worked out!

    • J.L. Mbewe

      I’ve only caught a few episodes of Angel, I was more familiar with Buffy after Angel had already left, so I don’t remember any characters from that show. Thanks for stopping by!

  2. sparksofember

    Okay, I have to know what you’re thinking about the ending of Storm Siren. Cause what I’ve been thinking has me flipping back and forth between !!!!! (freakout-good) and !!!!! (freakout-bad). lol

    Hmm, almost-couples. Alright, I’ll confess I’m Team Jacob (Twilight). I knew there was no way it was going to end up that way but I preferred him 100%. Also Jem & Tessa from The Infernal Devices series. I spent most of Finding Angel hoping for Angel & Kalek to end up together so the sequel Seeking Unseen threw me for a loop but I eventually got on board with the dangling carrot at the end between Kalek and Melinda.

    • J.L. Mbewe

      Well, not wanting to give anything away. But. I think it is safe to say that the “vision” has me holding out hope. I have my theory on what transpired after they think certain characters were dead or not dead. If it’s the (freakout-bad) I don’t know if I could continue…. ha!

      I have not seen the movies or read the books, but I’ve gathered that many people preferred Jacob over Edward. Ha!

      Thanks for sharing!

  3. Emerald Barnes

    Definitely Lore and Rowen! Oh my gosh! I cannot wait for book three! lol

  4. Kessie

    Speaking of doomed love, how about Lionheart and Rose? She has a bad habit of leaving characters in perpetual dating purgatory.

    One of my favorites is Harry Dresden and Karren Murphy. He’s the wizard detective, she’s the spunky cop who doesn’t take crap from anybody, least of all Harry. And they never manage to get together–fifteen books and fans are still waiting! ARRGH.

    • J.L. Mbewe

      Waiting for something to happen across 15 books, that would be hard!

      Oh, Lionheart and Rose…yeah, that relationship is definitely an almost couple. I am curious to see what happens in the future for those two.

      Thanks for stopping by!

  5. sparksofember

    Yes, the vision gives me hope. Though I’m wondering if it really might be the (freakout-bad) but someone’s special talent ends up being their salvation. Arg – is it June yet so we can read the next volume?? 😉

    • J.L. Mbewe

      Right?! Not to mention, from the back cover blurb, it sounds like she loses her ability to control storms and such. Interesting… I’m thinking we will be taken on one heck of a journey before we see much resolution. Ha!

  6. Bethany A. Jennings

    I love the concept for this post! What a fun list. But I confess I can’t think of any characters I rooted for that didn’t quite get together… I guess I’m not much of a “shipper,” and I actually kind of like it when a story defies expectations and doesn’t put two characters together romantically. 😀

    • J.L. Mbewe

      Thanks! I admit, although I am not big into romance novels, I do like a hint of it when the characters are off saving the world and all. Thanks for stopping by!

  7. Allison Ruvidich

    Haha, this is so hard! Let’s see if I can think of any… Obviously, Imraldera and Eanrin, but that goes without saying. = P How about… Ayianna and Kael? Just saying… ; D

    • J.L. Mbewe

      heehee! That may or may not be remedied in Darkened Hope. Bwahahaha! *cough* I mean… 😉

      Thanks for stopping by Allison! 🙂

  8. BlondeRJ

    My favorite almost-couple is Samantha Carter and O’Neill from Stargate.

    • J.L. Mbewe

      I’m thinking you are referring to the tv show, right? I loved the movie, but I can’t recall O’Neill having a romantic interest in the movie, although it’s been a long time since I’ve seen it. Thanks for stopping by!

      • BlondeRJ

        Definitely the TV show. And that show is amazing. 🙂

        • J.L. Mbewe

          I will have to check it out! Thanks!

          • sparksofember

            Stargate & the spinoff Stargate: Atlantis are very good. They have a handful of episodes that go too far (as most all shows do, unfortunately) but otherwise they are excellently done. And I agree, also, that Sam & O’Neill are an awesome almost-couple. 🙂

          • J.L. Mbewe

            I have only seen Stargate the movie, so it is hard for me to picture O’Neill in an almost-couple relationship. Maybe one of these days I will watch the show. Thanks for stopping by!

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