I heard this song on the radio today while I was driving home from the grocery store.

I reminisced about when I first saw Dirty Dancing and how I felt about Baby and Johnny.  And how I loved the whole forbidden love thing and the bad boy goes good thing. 

Then my mind wandered.  (I concentrated on the road, really.)  I thought about the most recent forbidden lovers that make my heart ache.  CLICK HERE TO SEE WHO I MEAN.  And how badly I want to incorporate that emotion (that heartwrenching need for two characters to kiss and realize their undying love--no matter what stands in their way) and that facet of romance into my newest wip. 

Cassandre Claire took the whole forbidden love thing to a new level.  No spoilers here, but I must say, the obstacle she put in her characters' way threw me for a loop and it took me 6 months before I bought the sequel.  But I did and I loved it and just got the third in the series.  Still rooting for Jace and Clary.  No doubt about that. 

I thought, and am still thinking, about what barriers I can throw in my wip to make it THAT hard for my characters to love each other--guilt-free, fear-free.

I tried to come up with more forbidden lovers, or lovers who are too stubborn or scared to admit their feelings, in fiction today.  These are the kinds of stories I am drawn to and want to write!  (Although, I don't tend to read just straight romance novels.  I need the distraction of other plot twists: mystery, intrigue, danger, to make the sprinklings of forbidden romance that much more intense.)

How about these two?

And I can't leave this pair out.
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And I'm not talking about a love triangle, although a second love interest may be a factor in why the main lovers aren't getting together. 

There have been some great triangles in both recent and distant past novels.  But the romance struggles for these characters don't necessarily make the pages turn as much as other facets of the plot.

Please, add to my list.  Tell me who your FAVORITE forbidden lovers are.  Or even name another love triangle that broke your heart.


  1. I am a fan of forbidden love too. I just started watching Castle too on a blogger's recommendation and enjoy the sexual tension. But like you, I agree there needs to be more to the story.

  2. ahh, I love love lurv a good love triangle. I esp. like the kind where the forbidden part plays into it. Always heightens the tension. Great stuff! :o) <3

  3. These are great but my favorites are Rose and Dimitri from the Vampire Academy series. Best couple ever!

  4. Dirty Dancing is one of my all-time favorite movies!!! I also loved Cassandra Clare's trilogy about Jace and Clary - heart-wrenching! And Twilight and the Hunger Games... Write a good forbidden love story and I'll be first in line to read it :)

  5. Oh that Swayze song reminds me of my first boyfriend--the good memories anyway. The way things turned out with him he should've been labeled Forbidden! Ha ha.


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