1. Max and Liz, Roswell High (Melinda Metz)
2. Horatio and Barbara, Captain Horatio Hornblower (C.S. Forester)
"What are we to do?" he asked feebly.
"Do?" she replied. "We are lovers, and the world is ours. We do as we will." (Beat to Quarters, C.S. Forester)
As soon as these two appeared on deck together, I wanted their spouses to disappear so they could be together. I felt kinda bad about that when their universe of war and disease obliged me.
3. Jean-Luc and Beverly, Death in Winter (Michael Jan Friedman)
"I find you extremely....extremely...-- of course, we haven't time for that sort of thing!"
"What sort of thing?"
"Oh, god, would I love to show you."
For seven years and four movies, these two denied what was bleeding obvious to everyone else. Picard finally realizing that he's getting a bit too long in the teeth to keep his feelings at a distance is the highlight of the book for me.
4. Heinrich and Ludmila, WorldWar (Harry Turtledove)
In 1942, Heinrich Jaeger is a German tank officer doing his best to acquire Russia for the Fatherland. Ludmila is a diehard daughter of the Bolshevik revolution. By all rights, they should hate each other: their countries are at war, and their nations' ideologies are fundamentally hostile to the other. And yet, when space lizards interrupt the human-on-human bloodshed, these two become an unlikely pair of comrades, friends, and later lover-commandos. Aside from Sam Yeager, they were my favorite characters in the series.
5. Sidney Carton, Lucie, and...another; A Far Better Rest (Susanne Alleyn)
6. Sam and Caroline, Redcoat (Bernard Cornwell)
7. Romeo and Juliet, "The Tragedy" thereof. (William Shakespeare)
8. Kathyrn and Chakotay, Full Circle and Unworthy. (Kirsten Beyer)
9. Jacob and Rachel, Hebrew scriptures
Now, seeing as this guy has already proven himself an untrustworthy cheat, there are a great many things I might be tempted to do to him -- but taking him at his word and working seven more years isn't one of them. But apparently Jacob thought Rachel was worth it -- worth the work, worth the humiliation of having been cheated, worth the lack of satisfaction he may have gotten from kicking daddy dear in the hind quarters.
Later on Leah mocked her sister for not being able to have kids. That gal is a real prize. No wonder daddy had to lie to get her married.
10. Rudy and Kelly, The Rainmaker. (John Grisham)