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Which romance in a YA have you read recently that shot your swoon-level up higher than July temperatures in Virginia? (And let me just tell you, July in Virginia is HAWT.)
Cambria: Ruby and Liam from The Darkest Minds by Alexandra Bracken! This book hasn't been released yet but WHOA BOY. Wait until y'all get your grubby little hands on this gem. I loved how this relationship was slow to build. You really got a sense of who they were individually before they became a couple. And then it was the the kind of love you'd want for yourself -- authentic, sweet, balanced, happy, sad. The obvious chemistry on the page didn't hurt either. :)
Alexandra: Maryah and Nathan from Grasping at Eternity! Eternal soul mates ripped apart by a dangerous mystery? Maryah without memories and Nathan with a shattered heart? The heat of the romance is the deep burning love that runs beneath the hardship they face.
Katy: I know I've been raving about this book all over the Internet lately, but BITTERBLUE... *sigh* Not only were Katsa and Prince Po back in all their angsty glory, but Bitterblue, older and wiser, found romance with adorable thief, Saf. Their intense hot-and-cold interactions were so much fun to read, and so completely swoonworthy.
Jessica: Anna and Bennett in Time Between Us by Tamara Ireland Stone...I ADORED these two, and I loved their chemistry. I can't wait until everyone else reads this book and falls in love with this couple, too.
Copil: Captain Naphi's affection for her "philosophy" in China Meiville's Railsea. Okay, okay, I know a woman's obsession with the giant sand mole she's hunting over the dust-caked expanses of the Railsea is not what some would call a traditional love affair. Still, if you can't open your mind, how will you ever open your heart, I say.
Karen: Adam and Mia from IF I STAY and WHERE SHE WENT. That poor, passionate, couple. I love them so much. My heart broke for them in both books, but reading from Adam's POV in WHERE SHE WENT made me fall mega hard for him.
Matt: I don't read romance, and when I do suffer myself to read books with romantic subplots, I don't swoon.
Alison: FIFTY SHADES OF GREY!!! That book’s not July in Virginia HAWT, it’s August Arizona HAWT!
Oh wait, you said YA. And I think I just let the world know that I’m reading Fifty Shades. And you said swoon-level, not STEAM-level. *hides head in sand*
To be honest, I haven’t read a lot of published YA lately that shot my swoon-o-meter off the chain. The last one that caused serious heart palpitations was Jellicoe Road (*cough* Jonah Griggs). The romance-y stuff doesn’t happen often, but hoo boy—I had to go back and reread certain passages just to ingest the HAWT, explosive, shocking effects.