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Top Slow Burn Romances by Amalie Howard & Angie Morgan

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Sometimes, the best part of a romance story is the tension. The build-up to when the hero and heroine—whether they’re characters in a book or a movie—kiss for that first time gets our hearts melting all over the place. We have so many favorites, but since we can’t name them all, here are each of our top five favorite slow-burning romance stories!

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Angie’s Top 5 Slow Burn Romance Stories:

image15.) Emma

Emma Woodhouse and Mr. Knightly have romantic sparks right off the bat, and there’s something about the slightly older and protective friend of the family trope that gets me every single time. That and the witty humor and banter between them as Emma attempts to play matchmaker and solve a romantic mystery. Oh, and I definitely prefer the BBC mini-series too!

 

image2 (1)4.) The Age of Innocence

I broke from my usual rule of reading the book first and saw the movie first instead. And even though Daniel Day Lewis makes my Top 5 list twice (see my #1 favorite!), it was Edith Wharton’s novel that hooked my heart. I don’t think anyone does the Slow Burn better than her!

 

image33.) You’ve Got Mail

While I enjoyed Sleepless in Seattle, this was the Meg Ryan and Tom Hanks romantic comedy that I could watch again and again. It could have something to do with the fact that it has a bookstore angle, and the slow building tension between two people who fall in love before they even meet in person—or at least, think they haven’t met before!

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Guest Post: Amalie Howard and Angie Morgan on Writing Dual Timelines

My Darling, My Disaster Amalie Howard and Angie Morgan

When we decided to tackle a dual timeline for My Rogue, My Ruin (MRMR) and My Darling, My Disaster (MDMD), we were so excited for the chance to write about two different couples falling in love under their own sets of circumstances, but over the same course of time. We had no idea what we were signing up for, but the challenge of making each story stand alone and yet having each one thread into the other was equally intriguing. We were especially delighted to write Gray and Lana’s story, and their belowstairs, secret master-servant relationship.

That said, doing a dual timeline story opened up a whole can of worms we did not anticipate. First, we created a document which included all of the days and hours we had to play around with for Gray and Lana to develop their relationship. In other words, if Lana was attending to Brynn as her lady’s maid in MRMR, she couldn’t be canoodling with Gray in MDMD. And since we know that our savvy romance readers would hold us to task, we had to be extremely careful to make sure those timelines were carefully aligned.

The second challenge we encountered were the few overlapping scenes. A couple of these scenes were relevant to both books, so we simply had to include them. While MDMD has a couple scenes drawn straight from MRMR, they’re from a totally different perspective—which was so fun to write. For example, one scene from MRMR shows Gray being a complete jerk. But in MDMD, the scene is shown from Gray’s perspective and the reader is given valuable insight as to why he’s being such a pain in the arse.

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