What is slow-burn romance?
Ahh, the slow-burn romance. I absolutely adore stories where the main characters don’t just fall into bed together but get to know each other and become friends first. Where the tension is allowed to build, there’s no immediate gratification, and it’s the opposite of insta-love. You’re able to become invested in the relationship and the couple’s happiness–one slow step at a time. Slow burns are my all-time favorite type of love story!
Here are five romances that build the love slowly. They had me feeling every emotion and practically begging for the characters to finally get together.
1. Kulti by Mariana Zapata
Kulti may be the ultimate in simmering, long-game romance. The main characters start out as indifferent to each other, which leads to several funny moments between them. The heat seems non-existent at first, but then you start to feel it simmering under the surface. It takes most of the book to get to the payoff, but it is totally worth it. Trust me, Mariana Zapata is good at what she does and slow-burn is her game.
2. Flat-Out Celeste by Jessica Park
Flat-Out Celeste is the second book in the Flat-Out series. Both of the books are slow-burning, but Celeste’s story is my favorite. I love both her character and her journey to self-acceptance. She is so different, but also charming and sweet. Justin is just the person to help Celeste see who she is supposed to be. If you haven’t read this series yet, I can’t recommend it enough.
3. Dark Wild Night by Christina Lauren
The Wild Seasons series is a definite favorite of mine. In book one, Lola and Oliver are married in Vegas on a whim, but divorce quickly afterward. They remain close friends and slowly, ever so slowly, become more. I love both the tension that builds between them until they finally get together, as well as the emotions that almost keep them apart.
By the way, I listened to the Audible version of this and it is fantastic! (Oliver is from Australia, so the accent is yummy)
4. Kiss the Sky by Krista & Becca Ritchie
Kiss the Sky is a part of the Addicted/Calloway Sisters series. It features my favorite couple, Rose and Connor. I love them because they are competitive and intellectual, yet sweet and playful with each other. They may be obscenely rich, but they are still human and deal with real-life problems and setbacks. Their relationship grows throughout several books, starting as rivals in school and then moving on to romance. While they may have been dating before this book, finally, FINALLY seeing Rose and Connor together (in every sense) made my heart so happy. If you haven’t read the Addicted series, this is a great book to start with.
5. Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
I don’t think any slow-burn romance list would be complete without my favorite novel, Pride and Prejudice. I mean, it’s a classic for a reason.
Elizabeth and Darcy take their sweet time realizing that they are meant to be together, with drama and angst at every turn. Seeing them together at the end just makes my heart melt every time I read it.