Top Ten Tuesday: Slow-Burn Romances

Top Ten Tuesday is a meme hosted by The Artsy Reader Girl. Each week I will make a list of 10 books, authors or other bookish things surrounding a certain topic. Today, I chose to talk about some of my favorite slow-burn romances. Slow burn relationships are some of my absolute favorite ones, because it makes the relationship more adorable to me. Sort of like a best friends to lovers, you know? Yes, please.

Simon & Meg // The Others by Anne Bishop // These are the first two that come to mind when I thought of this topic. In a way, they may have inspired it actually. I just adore these two so much. How considerate they are of each other, how careful with boundaries, how adorable… I only wish they knew how to communicate a tad better -and faster. 

Percy & Monty // The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue by Mackenzi Lee // LOVE these two. I know that this is only one book, but I still think it fits the topic because they have been best friends for years. We may not have been present for their entire journey of the relationship but that doesn’t mean it wasn’t present. 

Achilles & Patroclus // The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller // Childhood friends to lovers. I mention this book so often, I really don’t think I have anything else to say.

Magnus & Alex // Magnus Chase by Rick Riordan // A recent addition! I love these two, they’re absolutely adorable. Magnus always gets so shy around Alex. They’re also quite considerate of the other and not afraid to speak up. Adore them.

Sorcha & Hugh // Daughter of the Forest by Juliet Marillier // I don’t talk about this book often, but everyone should read it. These two are just… wonderful. Sorcha is going through so much, all while being unable to speak. Hugh gives her time and space to heal, while growing to care for the little, silent woman full of determination. 

Simon & Baz // Carry On by Rainbow Rowell // I need to re-read this book. I just bought my own physical copy which means it’s time. I fell in love with these two when I first read this book. Enemies to lovers? Yes. I usually hate the word ‘lover’ but somehow it seems fitting when talking about romance tropes. 

Blue & Gansey // The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater // I live for Gansey and Blue. There’s so much angst and longing with these two. Usually, I’m not a fan of angst because it mostly comes from miscommunication but that’s not the case here. Apparently, I can actually love angst!

Gwen & Royce // The Riyria Chronicles by Michael J. Sullivan // Honestly, I adore Royce and Gwen. I adore how they truly know each other, both the good and terrible. The love and acceptance between them is so wonderful. I love how Gwen is basically a goddess in Royce’s eyes, and how Gwen is the kindest and most patient person who is always ready to help people others look down on. 

Arya & Eragon // The Inheritance Cycle by Christopher Paolini // I’m still kind of upset about this one. If you’ve read the books, talk to me! I want to talk about these two!

Oree & Shiny // The Broken Kingdoms (Inheritance #2) by N.K. Jemisin // While these two wouldn’t necessarily feature on my favorite romances ever list, I do love them together. And I love the fact that Oree nicknamed him Shiny. 

That’s it: 10 of my favorite slow-burn romances. Do you like slow romances? Which ones are your favorite?



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25 thoughts on “Top Ten Tuesday: Slow-Burn Romances”

  1. Monty and Percy, Simon and Baz, and Blue and Gansey all made my list and I love them all so much! They are all wonderfully slow burn romances that I loved reading – great list!


  2. The slow-burn romance in The Raven Boys is just amazing ❤ I looove the interesting relationship between Blue and Gansey and how it evolves throughout the books.


  3. Love me some slow burn romances! I already adored The Gentleman’s Guide, The Song of Achilles, Carry On and The Raven Boys, and now I have again a reminder to just start The Others already 🙂


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