5 Books For Lovers of Star Wars Romance
By: Heather Goldman
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We all know Star Wars is full of action and adventure, but when people aren’t fighting to the death, love reigns supreme.
If you are more on the romantic side, here are some novels to enable your inner Calrissian.
Lost Stars by Claudia Gray
Lost Stars is, without a doubt, the most intense Star Wars romance novel out there to date.
The book focuses on Thane and Ciena, a dynamic couple from Jelucan who share a love of flying. The people of Jelucan were defined and separated by their financial status and seniority of citizenship on the planet, creating groups of humble yet poor “First Waver” natives and credit-reliant “Second Waver” cityfolk. Thane’s family was of the rich population while Ciena grew up with the hard-working natives.
But that Romeo and Juliet getup wasn’t going to keep them apart.
They first met as little kids when they both stumbled upon a Lambda-class Imperial shuttle during a visit by Governor Tarkin, and their fascination with each other grew exponentially since that moment. You could say that they knew each other on a deeper level through their flying styles alone.
They enrolled in the Imperial Academy in the hopes that they would spend the rest of their lives together by doing what they love most. That is, until their opposing views on the galaxy began to taint the foundation of their relationship.
The story of Thane and Ciena will play with your heart as you see the doubt and passion within themselves clash with each other and ultimately leave you with an experience you’ll never forget.
Dark Disciple by Christie Golden
Dark Disciple pairs the two characters you would never imagine being together and makes it appear as though it was their destiny to meet. Who would have thought that Asaaj Ventress and Quinlan Vos would form such an exotic bond?
Yes, that Quinlan Vos. He’s the free-spirited Jedi with a “surfer dude” accent who appeared in season three, episode nine of The Clone Wars to join Obi Wan on a mission to search for Ziro the Hutt.
And yes, I’m talking about the same Asaaj Ventress who was Count Dooku’s personal assassin and strong with the dark side of the Force. The pair sounds uncanny, but it totally works.
Taking place between The Clone Wars and Revenge of the Sith, Quinlan is given a task by the Jedi Council to team up with Ventress in an attempt to kill Count Dooku and end the war for good. Asaaj agrees to help him since she’s had a history of failed attempts on Dooku’s life after he suddenly fired her and left her for dead.
Quinlan and Ventress show one another their personal views of the Force as they plan out their strategy and, despite their best efforts, sparks begin to fly along the way. This intimacy is inevitable as they make themselves vulnerable to each other in a true test of trustworthiness and companionship.
A New Dawn by John Jackson Miller
Everyone who has seen Star Wars: Rebels knows of the amorous tension between Kanan and Hera, but did you know that the beginnings of their relationship sparked long before the events that happen in the animated show? A New Dawn gives more depth to the couple we already know, along with an appreciation for how they end up working together for the Rebellion.
After the tragedy of Order 66, Kanan Jarrus hid his Jedi abilities and blended into a mining world to live a life of simple hard labor and drinking. Then, strange quakes began to occur as the Empire was making its presence known through their intrusive regulations.
In the midst of all the chaos, a hooded figure appeared before Kanan.
He couldn’t see her face, but her voice was beautiful and mesmerizing. He couldn’t resist her charm, so he decided to put aside his boring life to learn more about this mysterious woman who would later reveal herself to be Hera Syndulla. Since the attack on the Jedi temple, Kanan had made it a point to leave the tragedy behind and dwell in his loneliness, but after meeting Hera, he realizes that there is still a reason to stand up and fight.
Even if that reason is her.
Leia: Princess of Alderaan by Claudia Gray
This novel takes place when Leia was barely sixteen years old, paving the way for imminent teen romance. It is that time in her life when she must prove to her parents that she is ready to take on the responsibilities of her home planet.
During her mission to secure her title as heir to the throne of Alderaan, she shares a class with an eccentric lady known as Amilyn Holdo (the Admiral Holdo we see in The Last Jedi) and a young man named Kier Domadi. Kier is a native of Alderaan as well, and he shares Leia’s desire to help the oppressed.
Unlike her future relationship with Han, she immediately falls in love with Kier for having similar ideals. The lack of friction between them makes it even easier for Leia to admire him, and because of that ease, we get to see the passion of the first crush course through our favorite future Rebellion leader.
But of course, the possibility of a life with her first love proves too good to be true as Leia faces an inevitable heartbreak that truly opens her eyes to the extremities of war. This novel shows us the young and determined Leia we all imagined her to be, and cements her place in our hearts as the strong-willed woman who will go through great lengths to help those in need.
The Courtship of Princess Leia by Dave Wolverton
Ok, so maybe you don’t like the idea of seeing Leia with anyone other than Han.
Well then I have a Fabio-esque novel for you! Even the cover of this book looks like it was made to be in a middle-aged housewife’s nightstand drawer. I give you...The Courtship of Princess Leia.
After the events of the Battle of Endor, Leia becomes the head of the New Republic. She’s had many guests since acquiring this title, one particular visit being from delegates of the Hapes Cluster who offer her the hand of their ruler, Prince Isolder.
Han witnesses the display and becomes furious with jealousy. So what is the logical “Han” move in this situation? Kidnap her, of course! He drags Leia across the galaxy in an attempt to get away from the prince, and she can’t help but fall in love with the crazy smuggler during the chase.
The Star Wars universe is full of romance, if you know where to look. One (or all) of these novels is guaranteed to tug at your heartstrings.
Works every time!
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