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Title: Love Starved
Author: Kate Fierro
Publisher: Interlude Press
Cover Artist: Artwork by Valerie Schroedl, cover design by BuckeyeGrrl Designs
Genre/Sub-Genre: Contemporary, M/M Romance, New Adult
Micah Geller considers himself lucky: at 27, he has more money than he needs, a job he loves, a debut book coming out, and a brilliant career in information security before him. What he doesn’t have is a partner to share it with—a fact that’s never bothered him much.
But the romantic in him isn’t entirely dead. When a moment of weakness finds him with a contact to a high-class escort specializing in fulfilling fantasies, Micah asks for only one thing.
Show me what it’s like to feel loved.
10 favorite literary couples
This list is going to be a little weird, which is quite fitting, because my reading habits have always been chaotic and all over the place. Some of the couples I chose have been a favorite for years and decades; some remain favorites even though I haven’t revisited those books in a very long time. It doesn’t matter – there are characters and relationships that you read once and they remain in your heart forever. I admit that even just creating this list made me yearn to re-read most of these stories.
Here we go, chronologically.
Anne Shirley and Gilbert Blythe from L.M.M. Montgomery’s Anne of Green Gables. They were the earliest couple I remember taking over my tween heart. I loved Anne’s independence and stubbornness, I adored Gilbert’s persistent devotion, and I re-read the dramatic moments of their relationship over and over. It probably says something about early reading influences that my heart still flutters whenever I read a character realizing their feelings when the other has a near-death experience.
Aragorn and Arwen from J.R.R. Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings, and Geralt and Yennefer from The Witcher series by the Polish author Andrzej Sapkowski. I’m grouping these two couples (only one of which will probably be known to most of the people reading this list) because they have quite a lot in common: the combination of strength and magic, two people from very different worlds colliding, love against all odds. They are lovers who seem to be doomed, kept apart by the forces of their world, and who love each other regardless, living their separate lives and stealing rare, precious moments together.
The prince and his rose from The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry. They aren’t really a couple in the traditional sense. But the love of the little price to his rose is legendary, and they have a warm little place in my heart.
Anna and Vronsky from Leo Tolstoy’s Anna Karenina. Their story doesn’t have a happy ending. It’s love built on unfaithfulness and passion, a tragic relationship that gets unhealthy by the end, but it’s certainly memorable. Even years after reading the book, when I think of epic lovers, this is one of the couples that come to mind.
Jack and Mirabelle from Last Lovers by William Wharton. This unconventional, unexpected love story between a middle-aged man looking for a new beginning and a much older blind woman has stayed with me for well over a decade since I read it. Despite how bleak the novel was, the couple found true, tender, healing love in the most unlikely circumstances.
Idgie and Ruth from Fannie Flagg’s Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Café. This was the first lesbian couple I’ve ever read. Not that their sexuality was spelled out, really, but the love and devotion between them was clear, and the way they raised a son together felt like the most natural, beautiful thing in the world.
Vianne and Roux from Joanne Harris’ Chocolate. I was enchanted by the magic of that book and the author’s poetic style. I loved Vianne as a character and the free, convention-defying relationship between her and the red-headed gypsy stroke a chord in me; still does.
Lincoln Rhyme and Amelia Sachs from Jeffery Deaver’s thriller series. I said my reading habits are all over the place, didn’t I? And I still seem to root for unusual couples. This is a love story that’s hardly a focus in any of the books – rather, the relationship between the brilliant quadriplegic detective and his beautiful young protégée-turned-associate is drawn in little gestures and background moments, but it’s real and warm and nothing like one would expect given the circumstances. It continues to move me whenever I reach for the next book.
Ren and Cole from A.J. DeWall’s Forever Man. Best friends. Years of longing, of settling, of building lives without each other, of being with – and loving – other men. The perfect heartache and the sweet, helpless giving in to the love for each other when the right time and place occur. This story never fails to give me goose bumps.
Angel’s shoulders were broad and strong; his hands kept a warm, steady pressure on Micah’s back, holding him so close that he could feel the movement of Angel’s chest with every breath he took. They stayed near the edge of the impromptu dance floor, swaying with the music. Micah felt safely surrounded, contained—in the familiar song, in the arms that felt as if they were made to hold him, in the magic of this evening. He turned his head, just to glance at Angel’s face, and couldn’t turn away, mesmerized by the look in his eyes. They held the world within—the world of affection, of caring. Of desire. It made something stir in Micah’s belly, a long-banished want.
Angel’s eyes flickered down to Micah’s mouth, and then back up. He bit his plump lower lip.
Around them, people were dancing, music was enveloping them in its sweet enchantment, and night air cooled Micah’s cheeks. Inside, he had suddenly only one desire. And he could have it. He’d been told to take what he wanted tonight.
About the Author:
Kate Fierro spent ten years translating, editing, and reviewing other people’s words before making an impulse decision to write down some of her own. She hasn’t been able to stop ever since. Kate lives in Europe and is bilingual, with more love for her adopted language than her native one.
With nearly a million words under her belt, Love Starved is Kate’s debut novel.
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