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QUESTION OF THE WEEK: Series couples…

Boys in our Books Friday Question of the Week!

Each week we’ll ask a question about your reading experience. Our review team will give our answers and we encourage you to join in and comment with your answers as well!  Let’s talk about BOOKS! :)

QUESTION:

Which do you prefer: a series that has a different couple per book or a series that explores a couple for multiple volumes?

Rachel: 

A series that explores the same couple – ICoS, The Administration, Captive Prince, Channeling Morpheus, etc. I like my series like my relationships – monogamous.

Sheri:  

I prefer series that stick with the same couple. I love tagging along as their relationship deepens and grows. I get soo attached, I actually have a hard time letting go!

Ami:

Hmmm, it’s a tough one. If a series stick with the same couple, it really needs to get REALLY strong, in terms of issues that they have to face and I prefer it has some sort of time limit on the books. Because most often then not, I get bored and think that it’s ‘too much’. I mean, if the author can actually have a strong arc and idea about what the couple will progress, I’m good with same couple. Or maybe if it’s paranormal/urban fantasy where there are external issues too. But if it’s contemporary, I prefer to go with different couple. Because I can’t see myself going with same couple for so many books!!

Susan:

I love a series about the same couple…I love the JOURNEY and watching them grow deeper in love. Just having them pop by for drinks in some new couple’s book is not enough for me!!!!

Tracy:

If the couple has great chemistry, then I love reading multiple books with the same pairing. That’s definitely my preference over many pairings over a series. There are a few series, like JL Langley’s Sci-Regency or Charlie Cochet’s THIRDS where I’m looking forward to later books that focus on couples that were previously in development or in the background, but overall, multi-book series with one couple are my fave.

Sara:

Either or is good for me. I tend to get bored with series, even if I like that couple, so mixing it up is nice. I adore the special gifts of previous characters showing up in other books/series though. With the same author or even when a favorite couple from *cough* Cut & Run *cough* showed up in The Flesh Cartel.

HOW ABOUT YOU?

 

10 comments on “QUESTION OF THE WEEK: Series couples…

  1. Susana
    February 6, 2015

    I like both, but if it is series with different couples, I love when the previous ones show… I like to keep track of my favourite couples ;)

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  2. aelnova
    February 6, 2015

    I love to follow the same couple, for example, Josh Lanyon’s Adrien English series or LB Gregg’s Romano & Albright books.

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  3. Carolyn
    February 6, 2015

    I’ve absolutely adored series that cover a different couple each book, but my great love is watching the same characters grow, individually and together, over several books.

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  4. Kelly Jensen
    February 6, 2015

    Oh, great question. I think that generally, I prefer a series to follow the same couple. I’m the sort of reader that could dwell in the mundane just to spend more time with characters I love, meaning I’d probably read a book about their shopping trip to Wal-Mart. That being said, I love series that explore new angles in existing relationships, and I like to watch a couple grow together.

    I do like series that jump from one couple to another, particularly if the next couple is introduced in the previous book–delicately enough that they don’t overshadow the main couple, but with enough of a hook to make me care. In that situation, I love it if the previous couple(s) appear in subsequent books so we can check in on them!

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  5. suze294
    February 6, 2015

    Tricky! Immediate answer is same couple through the series, but I do think then that the series has to be shorter as keeping the momentum is hard. So, series that interweave a number of couples that are linked and reappear are my current favourites

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  6. Victoria
    February 6, 2015

    I love to follow the same couple, otherwise it should be a spin-off. When I’m reading a series and get emotionally attached the the MC’s, I never want it to end. It’s all about the journey.

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  7. H.B.
    February 7, 2015

    Both, I guess it really just comes down to how much I like the characters and how much some of the other supporting characters are more interesting. I love Zane and Ty (Cut & Run) and Jory and Sam (A Matter of Time) but then there are series like Mary Calmes Warden series that just needs to rotate through other characters or those Siren publishing books.

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  8. kveta
    February 8, 2015

    I prefer to read series with different couple in every book. I get bored very easily. But if I like author’s writing style very much I’ll probably try one more story with the same couple.

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  9. Karen H
    February 9, 2015

    Either works well for me. I really enjoy watching a couple go from the beginnings of a romance to a established couple but I also like a series where we get to meet an new couple every book or so while still getting a peek at what’s happening with couples from previous books.

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  10. Jbst
    February 10, 2015

    I like both types of series, but I do prefer where the main couple gets more than one book so their relationship can be developed.

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