So I'm starting to become one of those people who hate love triangles. Not just love triangles, but also relationships of convenience. This happens a lot in the YA stories I read. The MC gets thrown into a location, forced into a group of kids her age, only to become interested in not one but two of the people with her. It always irks my nerves for some reason. Partly because it seems these characters were written into the story only to be part of the love triangle (meaning they offer very little substance if the love triangle didn't exist), and partly because it seems unrealistic. If I'm stuck in a group with five people, the chances of me being interested in both guys in that group are slim to none. One, sure. But both? I don't think so. But alas... My novel has developed a love triangle. My MC Seren is a ruler of sorts and her Guardian (like a soldier tasked with protecting her from harm), Caius, starts to fall for her, but she doesn't return his affection. Later in the book, she meets charming Prince Levon, and indeed starts to fall for him. He, however, does return her affection and begins traveling with her group of merry men to be nearer to her. This, as you can imagine, throws Caius into a fit of jealousy and hinders his ability to protect Seren properly. Now, for me, this not only feels natural (meaning I couldn't change this even if I wanted to -- it's part of the story now), but it also feels different than the traditional love triangle (minus the jealous guy left behind) because Seren isn't falling for the first guy she sees. So for the rest of you (especially those of you who hate love triangles or relationships of convenience like I do)... What do you think? Does it seem like it can work or does it feel forced? Is their relationship (dare I say it) too cliche? Any opinions appreciated.