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9 Slow-Burn Contemporary Why Choose Book Recommendations

Last updated on June 14, 2021

Everyone’s definition of “slow burn” is different, but most would agree that the relationships simmer over time, building and building, and sex usually isn’t on the menu in the first book of the series. Or at least, not in the first half of the book. Our female main character’s harem may take several books to fully form

The romantic tension in these 8 reverse harem (and 1 ménage) books will keep you reading all night long! 

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American Queen
By Sierra Simone

Complete trilogy!
This is a ménage, modern retelling of the Arthurian / Camelot legend. Greer serves the President of the United States, but she knew him before, as a soldier she once kissed. She hasn’t forgotten his broken promises and forbidden desires. A contemporary reimagining of the legend of King Arthur, Guinevere, and Lancelot–elegant, carnal, and unforgettable. M/M/F. Cliffhanger warning. 

Trigger warnings: sexual assault, BDSM, sadism, other woman

Lost Boys
By Eva Ashwood

Complete series!
High school bully romance. Our FMC accepts a bargain from three gorgeous, dangerous devils—the ones everyone calls the Lost Boys. And now they own her.

Trigger warnings: bullying, sexual coercion, sexual assault

Now or Never
By Lucy Smoke

Four mysterious men show up on my doorstep. The leader. The suit. The tech guru. The quiet enigma. Who do they work for and why do they need my help to track down a dangerous thief?

Smile Like You Mean It
By Willow Hadley

Super sweet, super slow burn. FMC is 16 and ends up in juvie. Five boys help put her heart back together again.

The Trouble With Luck
By  Ali D. Jensen, Elizabeth Knight, Letty Frame, Sinclair Kelly

Four friends who are like sisters set out for a fun St. Patty’s day and find themselves in a whole heap of trouble with dangerous, sexy men.

A Sky So Dark
By E. M. Moore

A shining light in the bleakness around her, three boys irrevocably change her fate. Can she allow the sun to shine through? Or will Macie give up before giving them a chance?

By Kelly A Walker

Three very different, very exceptional, very handsome men, will teach me that it is okay to let go the dreams of a little girl, and grab hold the desires of a grown woman. They have no idea what they’re getting themselves into. Bless their hearts.

Must-Buy Slow-Burn Reverse Harem Books

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Lads & Lattes
By A.J. Macey

Emma just wants to survive her senior year of high school. But with a sudden move to a new school, she finds herself surrounded by three cute guys… Reid, the clown of the group; Kingston, the laidback, go with the flow kind of guy; and Jesse, the closed off one.

Trigger warnings: PTSD, sexual assault recollections, abuse, underage drinking, and other themes that some readers may find triggering

Love Is Not Lost
By Nikki Bolvair

The first day I met the McGuire brothers, Lincoln hit me with a football. Second day, Tyler vowed to break down the walls I had around me. A week later, Kayden made his move. Sometimes it takes more than just one guy to keep your walls down. To gain your trust. To help you love again.

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Published inContemporary Romance