One of the highlights of this month’s group read pick — Nightshade by Andrea Cremer — is the fantastic love triangle. Sure, the love triangle is a tried plot point in romance. To the point it can be tired if not done right (or at least uniquely). That’s the beauty of the love push-and-pull in Nightshade, it’s a true triangle. Both options are good. It’s one book where friends will end up on opposite “sides” and wonder “how could you possibly want her with him?”
The protagonist Calla has two strong options in Ren and Shay. One knows her world, has known her forever and wants to take care of her in the way her community (werewolves) expects. But Shay offers her freedom, choice and is supportive. Both are hot guys with tinges of rule-breaker. But neither is a bad guy or the perfect guy. They’re just both good options. (For the record, we’re 100 percent Team Shay because we like a guy who encourages a woman to think for herself, even if that means not choosing him.)
In typical VBC fashion, we put the call out on Twitter for favorite love triangles, and oh did we get responses. Here are the most popular ones (with attributes to the first person to tweet the triangle to us).