The best romance novels with slow burns you’ll feel for days

Who am I?

I’ve been reading and writing romance for most of my life, and I found the stories I was truly drawn to were the ones where I got to know the characters deeply and personally before they got their hard-earned happily ever after. I want to feel like not only the main characters are my new best friends, but also their friends and families. I want to live beside them as they go through this wild ride called life. So, those are the books I set out to write...stories telling about life’s ups and downs, dreams cast aside and remade, and families found along the way. Achingly heartfelt romance with resilient characters readers will adore.


I wrote...

Branded by a Song: A Small-town, Rock-star Romance

By L.J. Evans,

Book cover of Branded by a Song: A Small-town, Rock-star Romance

What is my book about?

He’s a country-rock legend aching for a real connection. She’s a single mom stuck in the loss of her past. A letter brings them together and flips their worlds forever.

A heartfelt slow-burn about the lyrical, healing power of love with vibrant characters who might leave a permanent mark on your soul.

The books I picked & why

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Dear Aaron

By Mariana Zapata,

Book cover of Dear Aaron

Why this book?

Anything―and I mean anything―by Mariana Zapata is an outstanding slow-burn read. Every book gives you not only a gorgeously written HEA but also laugh-out-loud humor, incredible secondary characters, and stories you’ll physically miss when you’re done. Dear Aaron is a unique read that starts with letters and ends with a heat you’ll feel in your bones.


Making Faces

By Amy Harmon,

Book cover of Making Faces

Why this book?

Amy Harmon is another author who you can read anything and love it! The emotions drip from her pages in the full range of laughter to anger to tears. It’s an incredible journey! Even though I read this book years ago, I still feel like I know these characters personally. They are, quite literally, part of the fabric of my life.


The Air He Breathes (Elements)

By Brittainy C. Cherry,

Book cover of The Air He Breathes (Elements)

Why this book?

If you haven’t figured it out yet, I love emotional books. Books where I can feel every heartbeat and every laugh and every smile. Brittainy Cherry always brings this to her stories. The Air He Breathes was one of my first reads by her, so it has an extra special place in my heart.


The Girl in the Love Song (Lost Boys)

By Emma Scott,

Book cover of The Girl in the Love Song (Lost Boys)

Why this book?

I love Emma Scott stories not only because they are amazeballs, but also because she’s a pretty incredible human being with her own incredible story. But be warned, her words don’t hold back any punches. I often want to scream and tear my hair out as I’m reading, but in the end, I have the largest smile on my face. Emma Scott knows how to find the perfect ending to her stunning stories.


Dear Mr. Brody

By A.M. Johnson,

Book cover of Dear Mr. Brody

Why this book?

Beautifully written words with a lyrical like feel are what I know I’ll always find within the pages of an A.M. Johnson book. The emotions she wrings from me every time are astonishing, and yet I never feel like I’ve been banged over the head with them like you sometimes get in some heartfelt stories. This is a male-male romance, and even if you don’t think this is your sort of thing, I still highly recommend it because it’s just gorgeous.


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