Top Ten Tuesday #96


Hey everyone! Happy Tuesday (or Valentines Day for those of you who celebrate. Personally not a huge fan. My friends and I are simply celebrating Galentines Day a day late with movies and a huge amount of junk food, much more my scene!). It was my three year blogiversary yesterday and I know I didn’t do anything huge like a giveaway for it (sorry guys, broke student!) but I’d just like to thank everyone who has followed my little blog over the years for all your support, I would not still be doing this now without you guys. It’s hard to believe that this blog started as just a bunch of tumblr posts and has now grown to what it is now. Sure, I may still cringe at how bad some of my early posts are, but I’m really proud of what my blog has become. Here’s to the next few years!

Anyway, back to the topic at hand, this week is a romance themed freebie for Valentines’ Day, so at the risk of sharing in the love and not letting this day pass in a blur of cynicism and lots of ice cream as I usually do, I’m going to be sharing my Top Ten Favourite Slow Burn Romances. I’m sure all you guys are aware that I have very lukewarm feelings towards romances by now, but the few romances I do like are definitely the slow burn ones. So here are ten of my favourites:

  1. Percy and Annabeth-PJO, HOO, TOA-Rick Riordan

AH PERCABETH! They started as rivals, gained grudging respect, became friends, developed feelings and then finally got together over the course of the first five books and now they’re adorably in love and even helped each other through the depths of Tartarus. Definitely the most shippable ship in the Percy Jackson universe and I can’t wait for more adorable scenes for them in his upcoming books!

2. Callum and Sephy-Noughts and Crosses Series-Malorie Blackman

This was a romance years in the making, literally, Callum and Sephy are friends from childhood and it’s years before anything romantic happens between them. Sadly their romance just wasn’t mean to be, but it’s definitely a brilliant slow burn.

3. Β Amani and Jin-Rebel of The Sands-Alwyn Hamilton

This is a gorgeous slow burning romance, you can sense the chemistry between Amani and Jin from the moment that Jin first appears on the page, but it’s not instant, they have great banter, they get to know each other slowly and when the romance finally does happen, it’s a great payoff!

4. Scarlett and Julian-Caraval-Stephanie Garber

This is a relatively new one, but was an instant favourite! Scarlett and Julian’s romance is not at the forefront of the story, it’s just there, bubbling under the surface throughout the book as they slowly get to know and trust each other.

5. Β Connor and Risa-Unwind Dystology-Neal Shusterman

I love Connor and Risa’s relationship! They meet under strange circumstances when both are on the run from Unwinding, and they’re not instant friends, neither one really trusts the other at first, but then they slowly get to know each other, become friends and romance blossoms from there. Their romance is nice and subtly developed over the course of the series, it’s always there, but not at the forefront, just the way I like my romances!

6. Rachel and Mycroft-Every Breath-Ellie Marney

I only just read this book this year, but the romance was actually my favourite part of it, which is very strange for me! The chemistry between these two just leaps off the page, I spent practically the entire book screaming at them “JUST KISS ALREADY!. But the author plays the slow burn and it’s totally worth it because by the time these two friends realise that they want to be more than that, the pay off is excellent!

7. Danny and Colton-Timekeeper-Tara Sim

THESE TWO! They are sooooooo adorable and must be protected at all costs! This starts as a simple crush, but over the course of the books, it develops into something more. It just felt like such a genuine and lovely blossoming young love romance and it was so lovely to see an LGBT romance in fantasy as there are very few fantasy books that have them.

8. Blue and Gansey-The Raven Cycle-Maggie Stiefvater

I’m not the biggest Bluesy shipper, I like them but I prefer Pynch, but as a slow burn romance, Bluesy is incredible. They’re friends first, the romance develops slowly, and although the physical intimacy between them is limited, due to Blue’s curse, the chemistry between them is always palpable and I think it takes a very skilled writer to do that! So whilst they may not be my favourite couple ever, I can appreciate the slow burn of their romance.

9. Lila and Kell-Shades of Magic-Victoria Schwab

I don’t even know if these two are ever going to become a thing, but I love their relationship. They’re friends, but they clearly want more and everyone can see that they like each other and are saying “you guys need to get together” but they are frustratingly and wonderfully stubborn about it! They have great chemistry, both as friends and as potentially something more and I’d be interested to see if this relationship actually becomes a thing in the last book.

10. Alex and Will-The Glory-Lauren St John

These two! They have such chemistry from the moment they meet, but they don’t act on until right at the very end, and we just get to see them getting to know each other, looking out for each other over the course of the race and when they finally do get together, they’re just so damn adorable!

I’m going to stop there because I could probably talk about slow burn romances forever and I do need to actually finish this post at some point! Have you read any of these books? Do you like me, love any of these couples? What other great books with slow burn romances have you read (I need all the recs guys!)? Let me know in the comments!

I will be back next week with another Top Ten Tuesday, the topic is Ten Books I Loved More/Less Than I Thought I Would. I don’t know which direction I’ll go in with that (probably the negative one, I love a good ranty post) but we’ll all see next week I guess! Once again, in honour of my third blogiversary yesterday, I’d like to thank all my followers, old and new for being with me on this journey of blogging and I hope you guys all stick with me and keep enjoying reading my posts as much as I enjoy writing them.

Anyway, that new TTT post is next week, but in the meantime, I will have a new book review, of my latest read, The Crown’s Game up soon, hopefully tomorrow, so stay tuned for that!



50 thoughts on “Top Ten Tuesday #96

  1. anovelglimpse 14/02/2017 / 3:52 pm

    Aw, Blue and Gansey. Love those two! Great picks and Happy Valentine’s Day!
    My TTT.

  2. Holly 14/02/2017 / 4:11 pm

    Completely agree with Blue and Gansey!! (There is also another couple that I really like later on in that series, but I do not want to give away too many spoilers in case someone hasnΒ΄t read it yet). Happy ValentineΒ΄s Day!

    • iloveheartlandx 14/02/2017 / 7:31 pm

      I know the couple you are talking about and I love them too! Thanks, you too πŸ™‚

  3. Louise 15/02/2017 / 10:04 pm

    I love Percy/Annabeth! It was so well paced out and believable.

    • iloveheartlandx 15/02/2017 / 10:06 pm

      Same! That’s exactly why I love them, their romance was nicely paced and you can totally believe those two characters would fall in love.

  4. willbakeforbooks 15/02/2017 / 10:15 pm

    I have been meaning and meaning to read both the Percy Jackson books and The Raven Cycle. Great list! Hope you had a great Valentine’s Day. πŸ™‚

    • iloveheartlandx 15/02/2017 / 10:18 pm

      They’re both great, I hope you enjoy them! Thanks πŸ™‚ Yeah it was good, just me and my two friends watching movies and pigging out on ice-cream ie the perfect singles Valentines’ Day.

      • willbakeforbooks 15/02/2017 / 10:50 pm

        I’m glad they’re good! Sounds perfect. πŸ™‚

  5. FishThatReads 15/02/2017 / 10:47 pm

    I loved Callum and Sephy from Naughts and Crosses. I didn’t get to reading the other books in the series. Just the first.

    • iloveheartlandx 16/02/2017 / 12:37 am

      Me too! Oh you should, the rest of the series is just as good πŸ™‚

  6. Amy Shaw 16/02/2017 / 1:07 am

    I just had my blogversary too! Happy Blogversary! Also can’t wait to read Caraval; it’s next on my TBR list. Happy to hear it has a good slow-burn romance! πŸ™‚

    • iloveheartlandx 16/02/2017 / 10:46 am

      Oh cool! Happy Blogversary to you too! Oh it’s so good, I hope you enjoy it πŸ™‚

  7. Amanda 16/02/2017 / 1:24 am

    Great list! I adored Percy & Annabeth. I haven’t read much of the others but I’m gonna have to check them out now! Specially The Raven Cycle. I hear so mamy great things! Again great list idea! Who doesn’t like a slow burn romance! Seems a bit more realistic.
    -Amanda @ Hearts Stories

    • iloveheartlandx 16/02/2017 / 10:46 am

      Thanks! Me too, I think the PJ fandom may be one of the very few fandoms with a fandom wide adored ship! You definitely should, The Raven Cycle is so good. I feel like everyone prefers a slow burn romance, for exactly that reason!

  8. Gabrielle 16/02/2017 / 3:38 am

    … I cannot BELIEVE I forgot Percabeth for my list. Brb. need to kick myself.
    Also, Happy Blogversary!

  9. emilymbird 16/02/2017 / 6:53 am

    Great post! I am also a big fan of slow burn relationships. Shades of Magic sounds like my kind of stubborn couple. I’ll have to check it out!

    • iloveheartlandx 16/02/2017 / 10:44 am

      Thanks! Yes, they’re the best aren’t they? Oh you definitely should, they’re such great books πŸ™‚

  10. Annemieke 16/02/2017 / 9:08 am

    Danny and Colton are so cute. ❀

  11. Catherine 16/02/2017 / 9:09 am

    I love Callum and Sephy’s, although it’s sometimes hard to read about. Have you heard they’re making a series of Nought’s and Crosses? Probably won’t be out for years yet, but can’t wait!

    • iloveheartlandx 16/02/2017 / 10:41 am

      Yes, not always the easiest relationship to read, but still one of my favourites! Yes, I’m so excited, even though I know it’s probably years away!

  12. Lori 16/02/2017 / 12:48 pm

    There’s so many books I want to read on your list! I’m happy to hear they have slow burns. πŸ™‚

    • iloveheartlandx 16/02/2017 / 11:21 pm

      That’s great! I hope you enjoy them when you get to them πŸ™‚

  13. Beth (Reading Every Night) 16/02/2017 / 5:10 pm

    Great picks for this week. Lila and Kell are one of my all-time favourite OTP’s but you mentioned some other favourites of mine as well. I love Percy and Annabeth. I only read the Percy Jackson series last year and it very quickly became one of my favourites, and it’s the same with Amani and Jin, and Scarlett and Julian.

  14. Jane @ Greenish Bookshelf 16/02/2017 / 5:54 pm

    I like how you narrowed in on slow burning romances. That would have helped me keep my list shorter πŸ˜‰ I love Percy and Annabeth! Otherwise, I need to read more of these books! Thanks for stopping by my TTT earlier πŸ™‚

    • iloveheartlandx 16/02/2017 / 11:14 pm

      Ha ha thanks! Oh me too, I think they’re my favourite YA couple ever! You definitely should. No problem πŸ™‚

  15. alicerosesimmons 16/02/2017 / 6:00 pm

    I can’t believe I forgot Sephy and Callum! I’m also currently halfway through both the Percy Jackson series and the Raven Cycle so I can’t wait to see these slow burn romances play out πŸ™‚

    • iloveheartlandx 16/02/2017 / 11:13 pm

      There’s always one we forget! Ah awesome, I hope you enjoy the conclusions to those romances as much as I did πŸ™‚

  16. Alicia @ A Kernel of Nonsense 17/02/2017 / 1:07 am

    So many good ones! I love Kell and Lila, Blue and Gansey, and can’t wait for Percy and Annabeth to develop (I need to finish this series). Great list!

    • iloveheartlandx 17/02/2017 / 9:09 pm

      Thanks! Yes, they are great right. Oh you are in for a treat!

  17. Helia @ Rose Quartz Reads 17/02/2017 / 11:03 pm

    I love Percabeth and ADORE Bluesy (Pynch too!). I’m not certain how I feel about Kell and Lila as a romance. I love them as friends but I need a reread of AGOS and ACOL in my hands before I can decide if they’re an OTP or a BROTP :’D

    • iloveheartlandx 17/02/2017 / 11:10 pm

      Percabeth are the best! Oh yes, I love Pynch, just thought Bluesy worked better for this topic. I definitely love them as friends, but it certainly seems like there’s something more there. I’ll honestly be happy with either!

  18. Reg @ She Latitude 18/02/2017 / 8:01 am

    I really love Pynch too! But my favourite Raven boy is Gansey and hence I had to go with Blue/Gansey, haha. And Kell/Lila… you’re right, the chemistry is AMAZING. I dunno if I want them to be an ‘official couple’, though – it feels great kind of just like this. πŸ˜›

    • iloveheartlandx 18/02/2017 / 3:12 pm

      Fair enough! I won’t really mind either way, I feel like they are heading to be an official couple, but if they just remain flirty friends, that will be fine for me! Like you said, it does feel great as it is at the moment.

  19. jessicabookworm 18/02/2017 / 10:27 am

    Aw I forgot about Percy and Annabeth – they are a lovely choice πŸ™‚

  20. thesassygeek 20/02/2017 / 5:35 pm

    Awesome list! I have so many of these on my TBR as well such as Caraval and Rebel of the Sands! I loved Percy and Annabeth, Lila and Kell, Blue and Gansy, & Danny and Colton! Seriously you listed so many of my favorites! πŸ™‚

    • iloveheartlandx 21/02/2017 / 2:55 pm

      Thanks! I hope you enjoy them. Great minds clearly think alike πŸ™‚

  21. Jenny Duffy 22/02/2017 / 11:39 am

    Great list! And happy blog birthday πŸ˜€ I MUST read Rebel of the Sands soon, I’ve heard great things!

  22. Becca 25/02/2017 / 1:01 am

    I actually haven’t read any of these books, I will have to look them up, your descriptions are great!

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