There’s something about forbidden romance that’s just so swoony. If characters can end up in love even when the whole world is against them, then there is hope for us all. Though Shakespeare may have originated the term in Romeo and Juliet, star-crossed lovers are everywhere! Today, we’re taking a look at five of our favorites. Read on to find your next favorite ship.
1. Will and Nora from Love at First by Kate Clayborn
When Will and Nora were young, they had an unforgettable encounter and then parted ways. Now, years later, fate has brought them back to the same location. Will may threaten Nora’s carefully built community, but she can’t deny the pull she feels towards him. Kate Clayborn is back with another heartfelt, swoony story that will reaffirm your faith in love! Wherefore art thou, Love at First?
2. Eleanor and Chidi from The Good Place
Star-crossed lovers fall for each other under the worst of circumstances. What could be worse than being sent to hell? Throughout the four seasons of The Good Place, Eleanor and Chidi face demons, memory wipes, supernatural forces and more. Watching them come out on top is a truly satisfying experience, and gives hope to anyone whose love is up against the ropes!
3. Izzy and Casey from Atypical
Private school girl and public school girl: a tale as old as time. When Casey moves to a new school to join their track team, she immediately butts heads with “it girl” Izzy. However, that animosity quickly melts away to friendship and, eventually, to more. Different backgrounds and extenuating circumstances can’t keep these two lovebirds apart.
4. Marco and Celia from The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern
Two words: Rival magicians. Celia and Marco have been trained since birth to compete to create the best exhibits at the magical night circus. Despite their rivalry, and their mentors’ animosity, they can’t seem to stay away from each other. Come for the magic, stay for the slow burn, and then read it all over again.
5. Juliette and Roma from These Violent Delights by Chloe Gong
We couldn’t let this list end without one more Romeo and Juliet retelling! In Gong’s debut, 1920s Shanghai is where we lay our scene. Can Juliette and Roma put their lovers-turned-enemies relationship aside and defeat the great evil among them? Vanish into the pages of These Violent Delights and find out!
Star-Crossed Lovers come in all forms. If this trope is your jam, we hope that one of these becomes your new favorite! And don’t forget to pick up a copy of Love at First from your favorite bookstore.