I usually hate love triangles. I think they’re a cheap way to create tension in a book when the plot is supposed to be doing that. I hate the back-and-forth, who-will-she-choose, etc. I hate how shallow it makes characters seem.
Sometimes, though, love triangles work. They don’t distract from the story. The romances aren’t the defining characteristics of the three involved. Here are three love triangles that I actually enjoyed reading.
I haven’t read Crown of Midnight yet (though I did just get approved on NetGalley, so I’m totally going to read it next!), but Throne of Glass sets up the kind of triangle I can get behind. Both men realize they have feelings for Celaena at different times. Celaena realizes that she feels something for both in different ways. There are no insta-love declarations. No one is making someone else their sole reason for living. What I think is the best part of this triangle is that both boys are so different. Sometimes the two guys blend together, but Dorian and Chaol are unique with their own motivations and personalities.
I thought I was really going to dislike this love triangle. I’m making a broad and probably grossly inaccurate generalization, but I find that love triangles in paranormal books are the worst of the lot. So basically I’m pre-disinclined to like romantic relationships in paranormal series. The characters in Unearthly really surprised me. I understood why Clara liked both boys. They offer very different things in their relationships with Clara.
Juliette might not be my favorite, but damn gurl can catch herself some fiiiine men. We all know I’m Team Warner, but I see the appeal of Adam. Both boys are smoking hot and are trying their best in this world. This is the weakest triangle of my list because I’m pretty certain of who she’ll end up with, which kind of removes any of the suspense. But I still can’t get enough of these three. Probably because of all the hot make out scenes.