Wednesday, February 13, 2013


This Giveaway Hop is hosted by The Book Hookup & I Am A Reader, Not A Writer
For The Love of Swoon runs February 14 - 21, 2013

Who needs a real Valentine when there are so many charming fictional heroes to sweep you off your feet?

Below are five books and couples that never fail to make my heart flutter, 
and you can WIN one of them. 

1) Favorite Subtle Slow-Burn Romance: Sean and Puck in The Scorpio Races

Sometimes my favorite love stories are the subtle ones. They're not about how much kissing happens or in loud declarations of love. But they're made up of small moments and actions that say big things about how the characters feel about each other. Sean and Puck are that kind of romance. 
"I move through the group, touching elbows and asking after her, thinking all the while that to do so is to shout my feelings about her. No one has seen her. 
The race is tomorrow and I've done my part for Tommy Falk and I should go back to the yard but I feel hollow, knowing that Puck's here somewhere and I haven't found her. I need to find her, and the needing disquiets me." 

2) Favorite couple I NEVER saw coming: Gen and Irene in The King of Attolia

Guys these two would have made my NEVER GETTING TOGETHER list at one point in their relationship. But I think that's what's most amazing about them as a couple. They are so very unconventional that Megan Whalen Turner had to work hard to show her readers (and her other characters) that they are in fact a perfect match. 
"[He] lifted a hand to her cheek and kissed her. It was not a kiss between strangers, not even a kiss between a bride and a groom. It was a kiss between a man and his wife, and when it was over, [he] closed his eyes and rested his forehead against the hollow of [her] shoulder, like a man seeking respite, like a man reaching home at the end of the day."

3) Favorite Love Letter: Phillip to Marianne in Edenbrooke

Edenbrook is a funny, endearing, melt your socks off, historical romance that is appropriate for all ages. Phillip is one dreamy hero, and he's bound and determined to show Marianne how he feels. 
"Open your eyes , Love, and see what is right before you: that I am not merely a friend, but a man deeply, desperately , in love with you."

4) Favorite density of Swoon: The Lumatere Chronicles by Melina Marchetta

Basically this entire series is so amazing it makes me swoon, as does about 10 different couples in these books. One of my favorites is Froi and Quintana, who have not only had to fight for survival their entire lives, but you won't believe what obstacles stand between them. 
And he saw it in her eyes. Still. The belief that there could be someone other than herself. You, he wanted to shout. You. No one but you. Stupid, stupid girl
5) Favorite Couple despite a dreaded Love Triangle: Juliette and Adam from Shatter Me

Remember when Adam did everything in his power to rescue Juliette from evil Warner, including being beaten and tortured? Remember that he's the only person in the world who noticed the beauty of her character when she was a child? Yeah, I haven't forgotten that. For those reasons and many more, I'm not giving up on Adam and Juliette despite insurmountable odds (and a sneaky Warner).
“He whispers, "You have no idea how much I've thought about you. How many times I've dreamt"-he takes a tight breath- "how many times I've dreamt about being this close to you." He moves to run a hand through his hair before he changes his mind. Looks down. Looks up. "God, Juliette, I'd follow you anywhere. You're the only good thing left in this world.” 


Now for the good part:

WIN your choice of ONE of the books mentioned above*
OR if you can convince me that another Young Adult book is even more swoonworthy than my picks, I will buy it for you instead.

Giveaway is for US or Canada residents only
You must be at least 13 years old to enter
See my policies HERE

*The giveaway is for ONE book. If you choose Quintana of Charyn, I will pre-order it for you. But you will have to wait to receive it until the book is released in the US in April. You can pick any one of the released books in The Queen's Thief or Shatter Me series, even though I only mentioned The King of Attolia and Shatter Me in my post. 


  1. I absolutely loved the scorpio races. :) And have the same hopes for Juliette and Adam as you do...but the rest of them are still on my TBR list. The Queen's Thief series is near the very top. :)

  2. AWESOME choices, Lauren! For me, my favorite slow-burn romance is Fire and Brigan from Kristin Cashore's Fire although I think Puck and Sean are easily a close second, along with Sorcha and Red from DotF. My favorite love letter, though, HAS to be the one Captain Wentworth gives Anne Elliot in Persuasion. I just LOVE it. I definitely didn't see Gen and Irene coming and YES, the swoon in Melina Marchetta's books is awesome! Or even the swoon factor in The Sky is Everywhere, although I love the subtly of MM's writing. Wonderful, wonderful list, Lauren, and thanks for the giveaway! :)

  3. I approve of these choices as well! Also, I have too many favorites to name, so I'll just gab about my most recent swoonworthy couple, Marak and Kate from The Hollow Kingdoms...I'm utterly in love. I'm so glad you came around to Gen and Irene, and I'm so excited to finally be reading Lumatere with you!!

  4. I definitely approve of EUGENIDES AND ATTOLIA (I just can't call her Irene). They're one of my favorite couples ever and I love that quote so much. I really do need to read Destroy Me and Unravel Me, but I have a feeling I'll end up being on your side of that love triangle. Can't wait to find out! And Sean and Puck! So many good relationships, Lauren!

    1. And one of my favorite swoonworthy couples is definitely Mel...and someone...from Crown Duel/Court Duel by Sherwood Smith. :)

  5. Oh, can you guess it??? Joe and Lennie, of course:))

  6. There are so many books that I think are swoon worthy. Seeing you have Melina Marchetta mentioned. On Jellicoe Road- So swoony!!

  7. Celaena and Chaol from Throne of Glass. LOVE them

  8. Thanks for the giveaway! My favorite romance is Die For Me by Amy Plum!
    -Cali W.

  9. My favorite is Pride and Prejudice. Thanks for the giveaway!

  10. Angelfall is one of them. Also Obsidian! <3

  11. I'm going to go with North & South.

  12. Katsa and Po in Graceling. thanks for the giveaway.

  13. Rose and Dimitri from Vampire Academy series and Kate and Curran from Kate Daniels series. Thanks for the chance!

  14. Beautiful Disaster by Jamie McGuire!
    Lacey T

  15. I loved Delirium (Alex & Lena), Vampire Academy (Rose & Dmitri) & Anna and the French Kiss (Anna & Etienne). <3

  16. For me it's Beautiful Disaster.

    Thanks for the giveaway.

  17. Sydney and Adrian from Bloodlines! ♥

  18. Thanks for the giveaway! I think TFiOS is pretty swoony :D

  19. Thanks for the giveaway! I love to read books about absolutely swoony male heroes. My favorite swoon-worthy book is probably "Beautiful Disaster" featuring Travis!! Travis is complex, moody, passionate, beautifully physical and completely and totally swoon-worthy.
    Happy V-Day!

    mestith at gmail dot com

  20. James and Claire in Outlander.

    -Jen Haile

  21. Anything from Mary Balogh (I'm a big historical romance reader)

  22. Love the Shatter Me and Delirium series! Thanks!

  23. Pushing the Limits is one of my favorites from this month. But I love romance books so my list could go on for ever

    Thanks for the giveaway

  24. Probably Anna and the French Kiss.

  25. I'm going to go with Buttercup and Westley from The Princess Bride. I mean:

    "Death cannot stop true love. It can only delay it a little while."

    What could possibly be more swoon-worthy?

  26. My favorite romance is The Dark Queen :)

  27. Scarlet and Tristan from the Archers of Avalon trilogy. <3


    Seriously. Gen and Irene. Best couple of all time. Hands down.

  29. The Outlander Series hands down!! Now this story has a swoon worthy romance ever!! Jamie and Clare have this unconditional love that I want more than anything!!
    Thank you for a chance to win and for being a part of this fun and awesome blog hop!!

  30. Favorite - probably Adam and Juliette in the Shatter Me series!

    Lindsey G

  31. Seize the Night by Sherrilyn Kenyon

  32. Rhine and Gabriel in the Chemical Garden series by Lauren DeStefano! Thanks for this amazing giveaway - I would love to win!

    Suz Reads

  33. I love Outlander by Diana Gabaldon, but that's not YA.

    For YA, I'd have to say Rhine & Gabriel in Wither by Lauren DeStefano!

  34. Currently it is Pushing the Limits because I am reading it and totally swooning over it

  35. Pretty much any Maya Banks book and The Lux series.

  36. Love The Covenant series by Jennifer Armentrout!!!

  37. Lol Warner and Juliette from Shatter Me are the best, don't shoot! Thanks for the giveaway :)

  38. This is hard. I have read so many swoonworthy romance books. I would have to go with the Twilight books. They started my addiction to reading and I absolutely love them.
    Thanks for this great giveaway!
    -Maritza R

  39. I liked Pushing the Limits :)
    oddball2003 at hotmail dot com

  40. Going Too Far by Jennifer Echols

    Jolene A


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