Top Ten Tuesday: Favourite “Awww” Moments

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together.

I need to read more books with “awww” moments. I feel like a lot of what I read is fairly dark – though even dark books can have those moments now and then, this definitely feels like something more fitting towards slightly lighter books! Also, any excuse for me to try and read more Romance, of course. Some of these it has been a while since I read, so my memory might be a little foggy.

Top Seven Favourite “Aww” Moments In Books

Becoming Human by Holly Gray

There are a lot of wonderful awww moments in this paranormal romance as Jack and Marin grow closer during their road-trip, but there’s a few ‘penny drop’ moments for Jack particularly, where she starts to really put things together. And we slowly see her fall in love with her travelling companion. Marin’s sunshine and sweetness attitude keeps things interesting – for “aww” moments, there’s plenty to choose from. I (and my foggy memory!) am struggling to pinpoint one single one, but my favourite group of moments in this are definitely when Marin is doing something particularly, well, Marin-y, and Jack is just watching, gradually realising how important Marin is to the world.

Review of Becoming Human

A Lady for a Duke by Alexis Hall

From the moment these two characters are put in a room together, you can feel the love and tenderness radiating off them. There are beautiful moments throughout this Historical Romance, but one that stands out is Viola and the duke standing at the top of a tower, not quite recognising their feelings for each other yet, but getting there, and the way they both circle around their own pride and help each other. If you’re looking for a book packed with aww moments this one is definitely worth it.

Review of A Lady for a Duke

False Colours by Georgette Heyer

Ah, yes, warm and fuzzies indeed in Heyer’s Regency Romances. Here, my favourite moment is when Kit discovers Cressy does, in fact, know he is not his brother (if my memory serves correct, anyway!). It’s a wonderful moment with two lovely characters, and cements the idea of them as a couple.

Review of False Colours

Half a Soul by Olivia Atwater

There’s a moment when the Lord Sorcier, frustrated and angry at the way his ‘fellows’ ignore the problems around them, storms out of a dinner party. Dora follows, and it’s one of those moments I absolutely love in all Romances, when one character realises something deeper about another, and you can almost see them step on the path to love. Beautiful.

Review of Half a Soul

Regency Buck by Georgette Heyer

Deep contended sigh. Regency Buck is a wonderful novel that, like False Colours, takes light-hearted jabs at ‘polite society’ while keeping things moving at a fairly fast pace. There’s stronger elements of darkness in this, too, that come in towards the end, but a favourite “aww” moment is when Judith gradually realises exactly what her guardian has been up to. Again, it’s one of those seeing deeper moments and has you really cheering these two on.

Review of Regency Buck

Humbug by Amanda Radley

Do me a favour – if you like those warm and fuzzy feelings, pick up Humbug to read over Christmas this year. It was my favourite of my Christmas reads last year, and I loved the relationship between Ellie and Rosalind. Favourite awww moment: Rosalind seeking out Ellie at the Christmas party, and pretty much leaving when she realises Ellie isn’t there. This is a wonderful, sweet romance and I thoroughly loved every second.

Review of Humbug

# The Leftover Bride by Elodie Nowodazkij

Another wonderful Christmas book full of lovely moments to pick from. Ryan is a great hero here, very much Roy Kent if you like Ted Lasso. The moment I’d pick for this one though is when the pair are in the animal shelter with the cats. It’s a really sweet scene. This is a couple I loved reading, purely because they constantly find ways to help each other out.

Review of # The Leftover Bride

Only seven this week as I am a little pressed for time, but definitely worth mentioning three other books with fantastic “awww” moments if you’re looking to add any more to your TBR – The Ex Hex (review), That Could Be Enough (review) and The Meeting Point (review). As always, I’d love to hear your favourite “awww” moments too.


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