Anyway, rant over. I suppose my list is a bit feminist in nature since it mostly focuses on how the women are treated, but, to be fair, the men are also treated well in these books, and there's a couple M-M relationships, too. So without further ado...
Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted at The Broke and the Bookish. This week’s topic is:
Top Ten Books that Would Be on My Syllabus If I Taught Healthy Relationships in Modern Lit 101
10. The Scarlet Dagger by Krystle Jones
The love triangle puts the relationship in this series on a bit of a rocky road when feelings linger, but the love interest proves to be very understanding and mature, and both characters treat each other as equals, gaining their strength from each other in the post-apocalyptic fantasy world.
9. Left Behind by Vi Keeland
This YA romance is a good example of a realistic relationship between teens, both dealing with loss but ultimately there for each other.
8. The Paper Magician by Charlie N. Holmberg
While the relationship that blossoms throughout this historical urban fantasy series has a few things about it that bothers me, it’s still one based on mutual respect and care.
7. Girl on a Wire by Gwenda Bond
This YA Romeo & Juliet retelling features two mature characters who have their ups and downs but ultimately support each others’ passions in life, are there for each other when it matters, work together to accomplish things, and genuinely care about each other.
6. The Usual Apocalypse by Christine Price
This LGBT urban fantasy with a workaholic protagonist highlights a realistic relationship problem when the character’s drive for success in his career drives a wedge between him and his boyfriend, and the way the characters handle the problem and their entire relationship is a great example of healthy.
5. The Bane by Keary Taylor
This post-apocalyptic YA series starts off with a love triangle, but the protagonist makes her choice by the end of the first book, and clearly it’s the right one because, throughout the rest of the series, it’s clear he not only loves her but also appreciates how capable and badass she is, even more capable than him in certain ways, and never tries to hold her back.
4. Betrayal’s Shadow by K.H. LeMoyne
This is another book in which the love interest realizes how capable the female protagonist is and teaches her, trains her, treats her as an equal, and looks to her for help just as she looks to him as they save each other and a dying clan of supernaturals.
3. The Ghost and the Graveyard by Genevieve Jack
This urban fantasy book is great because it has a love triangle, but, in the end, it shows that a woman’s life doesn’t have to revolve around men or her romantic relationships. Not only that, her opinions on the matter are completely respected (I can’t say too much without spoilers), and the relationship that ultimately follows in the series continues to be one with respect.
2. The Faerie Guardian by Rachel Morgan
So technically this doesn’t come until the second book, but I think why I love this relationship can be summarized by this: “So is this the part where you warn me to stay away from your girlfriend?” “Of course not. I wouldn’t insult Violet by suggesting she can’t handle you on her own.”
1. Incubus by Amanda Meuwissen
Last but definitely not least, this M-M urban fantasy contains the epitome of a perfect relationship. Communicative, loving, equal, fun, frisky, understanding–everything you could possibly want, with a few obstacles along the way but obstacles that are always handled with maturity and communication.