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Best Slow Burn Romance Books

Ignite a gradual and intense romantic blaze with these top slow burn romance novels, each selected based on their prominence in reputable articles and reader reviews.

Recommendations from 19 articles, Taylor Swift, Maria Shriver, Tim O’Reilly and 8 others.
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Mariana Zapata - 2015-03-20
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A former soccer fan girl finds herself repulsed when she meets the man she adored as a child, now her coach. Sal Casillas quickly realizes the international soccer star is not the man she thought he was. Reiner Kulti is a shell of his former self, but something about him stirs in Sal an unanticipated attraction.
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Hating Game
Sally Thorne - 2016-08-09
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In "Hating Game," Lucy Hutton is engaged in a bitter rivalry with her coworker Joshua Templeman, who has been nothing but hostile since day one. As they compete for a big promotion, Lucy is determined to come out on top and take down her nemesis once and for all. From staring contests to HR battles, their rivalry becomes addictive, and the real game has just begun. Will Lucy win and become Joshua's boss, or will she have to resign? Get ready for a page-turning battle of wills in this addictive romance novel.
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The Wall of Winnipeg and Me
Mariana Zapata - 2016-02-28
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This touching romance novel features Vanessa Mazur, a former assistant to a top football player, who is determined to move on with her life. But when her former employer, Aiden Graves, shows up unexpectedly, Vanessa is shocked to learn he wants her back. A story of love, growth, and second chances, this book explores the complexities of relationships and the power of forgiveness.
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Wait For It
Mariana Zapata - 2016-12-07
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This book follows Diana Casillas, a woman trying to navigate adulthood while raising two kids she inherited, managing a new house, a job she loves, and a giant dog. Despite having everything else, she yearns for a partner, but is it worth the trouble?
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From Lukov with Love
Mariana Zapata - 2018-02-01
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This captivating book follows figure skater Jasmine Santos, who is coming to terms with the end of her skating career. However, when an unexpected opportunity arises from someone she never thought she would work with - Ivan Lukov - Jasmine is forced to reevaluate her life choices. Full of drama and romance, "From Lukov with Love" is a heartfelt and engaging read.
A poignant story of love, loss, and friendship in a small town where five young men go off to war and only one comes back. Making Faces explores the themes of individual and collective loss, heroism, and the beauty and beast within us all. Follow the love story of a broken boy and an unremarkable girl as they navigate heartache and find courage in unexpected places.
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The Deal
Elle Kennedy - 2015-02-24
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A confident Hannah believes she has it all together, except when it comes to sex and seduction. To get her crush's attention, she's willing to step out of her comfort zone and tutor the arrogant captain of the hockey team for a pretend date. As their relationship progresses, they both realize that "pretend" isn't going to cut it. Will Hannah take the risk and go for what she truly wants?
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Archer's Voice
Mia Sheridan - 2016-11-01 (first published in 2014)
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A young woman seeks solace in a small Maine town after surviving a traumatic event, but everything changes when she meets Archer Hale. With haunting whiskey-colored eyes and a mysterious silence, Archer is the explosive center of his secretive town. Despite their painful pasts, a passionate connection develops between them, and they may just find the healing they need in each other. This emotional romance is a standalone novel inspired by Sagittarius.
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Marriage For One
Ella Maise - 2019-05-08
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A woman reeling from a recent heartbreak finds herself getting proposed to by a stranger on the first day they meet. Despite knowing how crazy the situation is, she says yes and they get married shortly after. But their relationship is far from what she imagined it to be, and she blames him for it. However, as time goes on, she starts to see him in a new light and realizes that maybe they have a chance at real love.
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Pride and Prejudice
Jane Austen - 2000-10-10 (first published in 1813)
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This beloved classic novel follows the dynamic protagonist, Elizabeth Bennet, as she learns the impact of hasty judgments and the importance of genuine goodness. Set in Regency-era Great Britain, the story satirizes societal expectations and the pressure to marry for financial gain. With witty humor and memorable characters, Pride and Prejudice has become one of the most popular and widely adapted novels in English literature.
Binding 13 by Chloe Walsh
The Wrong Heart by Jennifer Hartmann
The Simple Wild by K. A. Tucker
Melt for You by J. T. Geissinger
Lead by Kylie Scott
Managed by Kristen Callihan
Kiss an Angel by Susan Elizabeth Phillips
On the Island by Tracey Garvis Graves
Burn for You by J.T. Geissinger
Wrecking Ball by P. Dangelico
Sex and Other Shiny Objects by Lauren Blakely
Fold by Ashley Jade
The Flatshare by Beth O'Leary
Radiance by Grace Draven
The Rival Roomies by Piper Rayne
The Soulmate Equation by Christina Lauren
What Happens at the Lake by Vi Keeland
Wallbanger by Alice Clayton
Hook, Line, and Sinker by Tessa Bailey
The V Girl by Mya Robarts
The Unhoneymooners by Christina Lauren
Dear Aaron by Mariana Zapata
Bully by Penelope Douglas
The Spanish Love Deception by Elena Armas
The Duke I Tempted by Scarlett Peckham
Empire of Desire by Rina Kent
The Beautiful and Damned by F. Scott Fitzgerald
Red, White & Royal Blue by Casey McQuiston
In a New York Minute by Kate Spencer
Outlander by Diana Gabaldon
Midnight Ruin by Katee Robert
Magic Bites by Ilona Andrews
The Very Secret Society of Irregular Witches by Sangu Mandanna
The Cruel Prince by Holly Black
Verity by Colleen Hoover