Since my teens, I’ve loved reading romance laced with adventure and suspense. Historical, paranormal, contemporary…if a story has great characters I can relate to, a heart-racing quest, and a happily-ever-after, I’ll devour it. My bookshelves are filled, and I carry my e-reader almost everywhere. I also love romance and adventure in film. There are some movies that I have seen so many times, I’ve lost count. What brings me back time and again? My best-loved films have a sense of adventure, a sigh-worthy hero, and a heroine with a mind of her own.
One of my all-time favorites fits those characteristics perfectly: Sherlock Holmes, the 2009 release starring Robert Downey, Jr. and Rachel McAdams. Sherlock Holmes and the alluring female criminal Irene Adler are one of my most memorable cinema couples. It’s such a pleasure to watch Holmes match wits with Irene, a woman who can hold her own with the brilliant Sherlock. Their chemistry is magnetic, and one can only imagine the passion that will erupt between this couple behind closed doors. The verbal interplay, determination, and sensual tension between Sherlock and Irene provided inspiration for the hero and heroine of my new release, When A Lady Deceives.
In addition to Sherlock and Irene Adler, there are many other movie pairings that I could watch again and again—strong, well-matched characters who face danger and adversity while falling in love. Of course, Sherlock and Irene occupy the top spot in my five favorite movie couples. Rounding out the list:
~ Indiana Jones and Marion Ravenwood in Raiders of the Lost Ark — Who could forget the scene when Indy walks back into Marion’s life? She’s a strong, feisty heroine, and there’s never any doubt in my mind as to why Indy (so very sigh-worthy in his own right) loves her. Oh, it goes without saying that Harrison Ford is my ultimate sigh-worthy hero!
~ Han Solo and Princess Leia in The Empire Strikes Back — A rogue and a rebel princess…was there ever any doubt that Han and Leia would fall in love? Of course, Harrison Ford’s portrayal of Han Solo brought the perfect combination of grit, courage, and a twinkle in the eye to the role. Sigh-worthy!
~ Rick O’Connell and Evelyn Carnahan in The Mummy — I adore this movie! The pairing of Brendan Fraser and Rachel Weisz as Mr. O’Connell and Evie was a tremendous factor in the appeal of this movie. From O’Connell’s first bold kiss when he was about to be hanged to their hard-won happily-ever-after, this movie couple was meant to be together. As a former librarian, I especially enjoyed Evie’s proud declaration, “I am a…librarian.”
~ John Clayton III, Lord Greystoke and Jane Porter Clayton in The Legend of Tarzan — The newest addition to my list, Alexander Skarsgård and Margot Robbie made the perfect Tarzan and Jane. I loved that Jane is such a strong, dynamic heroine, while Skarsgård’s Greystoke is a hero-to-die for, both in a refined London setting and while in the jungle. Such a chemistry-filled pairing!
So, there you have it —five of my all-time favorite movie couples. Now you’re your turn—which to-die-for hero and spirited heroine would make up your top five movie pairings?
Award-winning author Tara Kingston writes historical romance laced with intrigue, danger, and adventures of the heart. A Southern-belle-out-of-water in a quaint Pennsylvania town, she lives her own love story with her real-life hero and a pair of deceptively innocent-looking kitties in a cozy Victorian. The mother of two sons, Tara’s a former librarian whose love of books is evident in her popping-at-the-seams bookcases. It goes without saying that Tara’s husband is thankful for the invention of digital books, thereby eliminating the need for yet another set of shelves. When she’s not writing, reading, or burning dinner, Tara enjoys movie nights, cycling, hiking, DIY projects, collecting dolls, and cheering on her favorite football team.