Favorite Couples: Phedre & Joscelin

Kushiel's DartIn honor of Valentine's Day, I thought I'd talk about one of my favorite literary couples, Phedre and Joscelin from the Kushiel series by Jacqueline Carey.

Phedre is a courtesan and a spy, marked by the god Kushiel to experience pain as pleasure. Joscelin is a warrior priest sworn to celibacy, and is honor bound to protect her even though he can't stand her.

Kushiel's ChosenThe two characters are complete opposites and at first they hate each other. But when they're sold into slavery in a strange country and discover their captors plan to conquer their nation, they are forced to work together to escape and return home. During their escape they develop feelings for each other that they try to deny, but during their adventures they find the only person they can turn to is each other.
Kushiel's Avatar (Kushiel's Legacy Trilogy)
What makes the romance so great is that the characters are so complex. They seem so wrong for each other at first, but together they are unstoppable. Phedre is one of my favorite heroines of all time, and she saves her country three times with her intelligence, wits, charm, and inner strength. Joscelin is the ultimate protector, and struggles between his beliefs with his love for Phedre.

The series starts with Kushiel's Dart, and I'd call the genre dark romantic fantasy. The first trilogy is one of my all time favorite series, and also has one of the best villains, Melisande Shahrizai. Disclaimer: the books are definitely adult and have some sex in them - Phedre isn't the world's most famous courtesan for nothing!

Who is your favorite literary couple? Let me know in the comments below!