These 8 Slowburn Romance Books Will Capture Your Heart
We all love a good slow-burn!
Slow-Burn Romances You'll Love
Some people prefer stories of insta-love or love at first sight, but I'm always a sucker for a good slow-burn romance novel. There's just something about people falling in love over time, experiencing ups and downs and a lot of angst along the way.
So what exactly is a slow-burn? Kerri Jarema over a Bustle defines a slow-burn romance as something that "focuses on a character-driven story where [a] relationship takes some time to develop. There has to be a significant amount of development both for the individuals and for the pair throughout the novel, with romantic tension that builds and builds." Perfect!
For me, slow-burn romances are the most fun to read because you, the reader, get to read about the characters in-depth, understanding their actions on a deeper level. It makes it all the sweeter when they finally fall in love, delayed satisfaction and all that.
If you're interested in reading some slow-burn books, we've found eight that are sure to be right up your alley. Check them out!
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1. Pretending He's Mine by Mia Sosa
Pretending He's Mine is the second book in Mia Sosa's Love on Cue series and follows Julian Hart, best friend and agent for the star Carter Williamson. Carter's younger sister Ashley has become the star of Julian's recent fantasies, though he knows he could never be with his BFF's little sister. Then Ashley, needing a place to stay, shows up on Julian's door, and he can't turn her down. Living with her is excruciating because of the crush he's developed. It turns out the feeling is mutual. A fake relationship with Julian is sure to curb her family's disapproval of her at Carter's wedding may just be the thing that ultimately brings them together.
2. Falling into Place by Sheryn Munir
Sheryn Munir's Falling into Place is the story of Tara, a woman who disavows love after a college fling gone wrong. Besides, she doesn't think there's much of a future for a lesbian living in India. But then she meets the lovely Sameen on a rainy night, changing things for Tara forever. Sameen has to be straight, right? One by one, she manages to bring down the walls Tara has built around her heart, opening Tara's mind to the possibility of love.
3. The Lawrence Browne Affair by Cat Sebastian
The Lawrence Browne Affair is the second novel in Cat Sebastian's historical Turner series. The slow-burn romance is about the Earl of Radnor, Lawrence Brown, a reclusive man who has locked himself up in his family's now crumbling estate. Then Georgie Turner turns up at his door, claiming to be Lawrence's new secretary. In truth, Georgie is a con man who, after a crisis of conscience, changes his identity, escapes to Cornwall, and hitches himself to a duke. The two men initially bump heads, but that eventually transforms into lust for one another. Will a man convinced he's losing his mind and another hiding who he truly is stand a chance at love?
4. Hate to Want You by Alisha Rai
Once a year, Nicholas Chandler and Livvy Kane share a heated rendezvous in Hate to Want You by Alisha Rai, the first book in the Forbidden Hearts series. It's the only night they allow themselves to escape their families' Capulet and Montague-esque loathing for each other. One year, however, Livvy doesn't show and, knowing he has an empire to run, Nicholas vows to move on. Then Livvy reappears. She may not have come back to town for Nicholas, but it doesn't damper the passion they feel for each other, though the scandal between their families could despite both Livvy and Nicholas wanting otherwise.
5. The Flatshare by Beth O'Leary
After Tiffy endures a bad breakup, she needs a new place to live ASAP. But decent apartments in her area are out of her budget. She checks ads and discovers Leon, a man looking for someone to share his apartment. He works nights while Tiffy works days, meaning she can have the apartment on nights and weekends. Despite living with each other, they've never met and begin writing notes to each other, first about mundane apartment tasks that quickly turn into friendly ones. Tiffy knows its weird to fall for your roommate you've never met, but here she is.
6. Casting Lacey by Elle Spencer
Actress Quinn Kincaid wants to live her life openly for the first time, so she and her publicist concoct a plan to get her a fake girlfriend that will ease the world into Quinn's sexuality. Enter Lacey Matthews, a soap star who recently got fired for coming out as gay and dumped because she lost her job. Out of work and needing the money, Lacey agrees to the scheme despite the fact she and Quinn do not like each other. But an accident and Lacey's new job on Quinn's hit TV show bring them together in a love for the ages.
7. The Duchess Deal: Girl Meets Duke by Tessa Dare
Tessa Dare's novel is about George Pembrooke (but call him Ash), the Duke of Ashbury. After returning home from war, he needs to produce an heir. But first, he must find a wife to have an heir with. Enter Emma Gladstone, daughter of a vicar. Emma's a seamstress and, after Ash sees her in a wedding gown, he hatches a plan that Emma agrees to. They'll marry, but only be husband and wife by night. There will be no kissing or asking him about his battle scars and, once she's pregnant, they won't have to sleep together again. But Emma wants dinners together and conversation. I'm sure you can guess what happens next: feelings.
8. A Duke by Default by Alyssa Cole
Portia Hobbs is a New York socialite who is something of a hot mess. She's also an apprentice swordmaker in Scotland, working under Tavish McKenzie, a grumpy, gruff man. Tavish isn't too keen on teaching a "rich, spoiled American" his art, especially when she tries to help him out with his armory, but that doesn't prevent him from being attracted to her. She happens upon the secret that he's actually the secret child of a duke and, well, decides to help him out with the whole son of a duke thing. Love ensues.
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