Top Ten Tuesday: Favourite Romances in Fantasy Novels

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I am picking last weeks topic. I don’t read pure romance novels and I get annoyed very easily when a romance in a novel takes over the whole story. I don’t like love-triangles or insta-love. I hate half-arsed sex scenes just as much as I hate a book that seems to consist only of sexy times. I like a good slow-burn romance. I like it, when a romance develops in the background and doesn’t take away from the story. I like explicit sex scenes, that don’t make me cringe.

So here is my list of novels that had love stories I enjoyed. I will only give you the books though and not the actual pairings, because I don’t want to give anything away.

Demon Child Trilogy / Jennifer Fallon –> Slow burn. Doesn’t really happen until the last book but the characters met in the first book and interacted a lot. They didn’t even like each other in the start and then had a teacher/student relationship going, which I was a big fan of. My only complaint: Not enough scenes together, I want more!

Kushiel’s Legacy / Jacqueline Carey –> Also kinda slow burn and lots and lots of Drama, because the characters couldn’t be more different. Their whole ideologies clash but they still find a way to be together. With lots of heartbreak. This is one of the more dominant love stories I enjoyed.

Daughter of the Forest & Son of the Shadows / Juliet Marillier –> You can see it coming, but it’s still a slow burn and I love how the relationships develop. When I want lots of romancing and heartbreak, I will always go back to Juliet Marillier.

Liveship Traders / Robin Hobb –> Slow burn! But I was shipping since book 1 and was so happy it happened! Wasn’t too dominant either.

Paper Magician Trilogy / Charlie N. Holmberg –> Slow burn & Teacher/student relationship. Very tame though.

Uprooted / Naomi Novik –> Teacher & student. Didn’t HAVE to be there, but I loved the characters and their interactions. Was a great book in general.

Wax & Wayne Series / Brandon Sanderson –> Slow, slow burn and I was so invested! I hated her with a passion at first but in the end she turned out to be my favourite. Could have had some explicit scenes.

Black Magician Trilogy / Trudi Canavan –> Slow burn. I was shipping since the first book but it only happened in the last. It was a great buildup but was disappointing when they finally were together. That waterfall scene…. I guess it was more YA but this was a moment where a sex scene could have made it SO much better..

Nightrunner Series / Lynn Flewelling –> Still one of my favourite pairings, I love reading about them together.

The Immortals / Tamora Pierce –> Slow burn & Teacher/student relationship. Doesn’t happen until the last book and I didn’t expect it at all but I loved it! Very tame as those are books for kids.

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  1. I read the first Liveship Traders book years ago but I’m not sure who the pairing would be- I guess I don’t remember enough of the book. I did like her Fitz though… slow burn is always good, the Kushiel series and Marillier’s both look like they’d be good too.

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  2. I am so happy to see Daughter of the Forest on this list. I loved them. I think they are possibly one of the best couples ever written. If they hadn’t ended up together after all that build up I think I would have broken something because it was so real it really could have gone either way for awhile there. Red is a dream ❤

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  3. Love me some Tamora Pierce, but didn’t like the romance in Wild Magic much. I much preferred Alanna and George in Song of the Lioness.
    As for Hobbs’s Liveship Traders, I’m currently reading Mad Ship and I highly suspect Althea and Brashen ending up together….that’s who you’re referring to right? Do we learn more about the Elderling in this book or the last book? I’m so curious.

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    1. Hi!
      Ha, that’s funny – I am the exact opposite 🙂 I loved the Alanna books and the characters, but the romance did nothing for me.

      Regarding the Liveship Traders.. You might be onto me 😉 You definitely learn more about the Elderlings in this one, I remember some pretty cool revelations.

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