Taking It Slow: 6 Romances Featuring Reluctant Couples
Romances that burn hot from page one can be exciting to read, but there’s something really sweet ad engaging about the protagonists that don’t necessarily acknowledge their destiny as a couple right away—and something downright cheer-worthy about watching that couple finally, slowly grow closer and closer.
As the pairs in these six books show, reluctance doesn’t necessarily mean that it’s not love at first sight or that a HEA is not in the cards. For some, history, circumstances and a host of other scenarios can make someone tread cautiously into love—but sometimes it’s the slow burn that runs the hottest.
American Fairytale (Dreamers) by Adriana Herrera
When the enthralling stranger who blew his mind at a black-tie gala reappears, billionaire Tom’s more than ready to be Milo’s Prince Charming. But the only thing Milo wants is Tom. A fairy tale ending for Milo means learning to let someone take care of him. And for Tom, it’s figuring out that real love is the one thing you can’t buy.
Falling for Her Italian Billionaire (London Heroes) by Annie Claydon
Protecting Dr. Gabriel DeMarco from a threat against his family is bodyguard Clara Holt’s most challenging assignment yet. Clara vowed never again to risk mixing her career with romance. But while she’s busy protecting him, Gabriel’s busy breaking down the walls around her heart.
Reining in Trouble (Winding Road Redemption) by Tyler Anne Snell
Detective Caleb Nash’s childhood kidnapper has never been caught, and his scars have never really healed. Then he meets Nina Drake. Damaged by her own past, Nina tries to keep her distance from the cowboy lawman. But when she’s the target of mysterious attacks, only Caleb can keep her safe.
The Austen Playbook (London Celebrities) by Lucy Parker
Actress Freddy Carlton knows she should be focusing on The Austen Playbook, a live-action TV event, but she’s distracted by hard-hitting critic James “Griff” Ford-Griffin, who is now running the show. Griff can hardly focus when Freddy looks at him like that, but his only concern right now should be the production that might save his family home from the banks.
Home on the Ranch: Colorado Cowboy (Home to Covenant Falls) by Patricia Potter
Life as a traveling physical therapist suits Ross Taylor. Two weeks in Covenant Falls, Colorado, helping out at an equine therapy program won’t change his desire for freedom. So why can’t he stop thinking about Susan Wall, the beautiful innkeeper? For Susan, Covenant Falls is a safe place. Falling for a wandering man is a bad idea, no matter how much she’s drawn to him.
For Their Child’s Sake (Return to Stonerock) by Jules Bennett
Two years ago, Sam Bailey lost the two people who mattered most. Now his daughter needs him. Despite their still-powerful attraction, Tara isn’t ready to trust her estranged husband again. But Sam sees a chance to fight for their future, to redeem himself in Tara’s eyes. He needs them to be a family again—even better and stronger than before.
Are you a fan of the slow-burning romance? Let us know which of these you consider a hot new read!