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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.