[Note from Frolic: Today, we welcome author Liselle Sambury to the site. She has some amazing book recs for you. Take it away, Liselle!]
If you want a romance that drags you through hell and back just to get the slightest brush of fingers or, if they’re being generous, a single kiss, this is for you. A slow burn fan is one who isn’t afraid to wait for a couple to figure things out, in fact, the waiting, pining, and agony are part of the appeal. This is why I made things as difficult as possible for my characters in Blood Like Magic, coming out on June 15th, in which sixteen-year-old Voya is given a horrifying task—kill her first love or lose her family’s magic forever. Now enjoy the sweet torture of these slow burn romances in fantasy books.
A Dark and Hollow Star by Ashley Shuttleworth
Get ready to spend the length of the book desperate for everyone to just kiss already. This story follows four queer teens connected to the world of faerie and each with their own stake in investigating a series of murders. Here you get double trouble with two different slow burn romances. Enjoy the angst of love that can’t happen for secret reasons, a bodyguard and their charge couple, all the do-or-don’t they like me and do I like them confusing feels, and more in this wonderful urban fantasy.
The Year of the Witching by Alexis Henderson
In this adult fantasy, Emmanuelle discovers the secrets behind her mother’s connections to witchcraft and begins to question the religious teachings and institutions that she’s grown up with. And lucky us, she has to team up with the head of the church’s son to figure things out. If you love a popular guy and quiet unpopular girl pairing, this is definitely the one for you. Enjoy the exquisite torture of waiting for these two to get the part of their investigation where they discover that they like each other.
A Song of Wraiths and Ruin by Roseanne Brown
Nothing quenches the passion of love like remembering that you may have to kill that person. This is what Crown Princess Karina struggles with when she decides to use an ancient magic to resurrect her mother, a spell that demands the heart of a King. Karina realizes she can use the Solstasia festival competition and offer her hand in marriage as a prize, and who should enter but Malik, a sweet boy determined to save his sister at any cost—which in his case, means killing the princess. This is the wonderful slow burn of people who like each other circling about lies and secrets, and wrestling with their feelings and their duties.
Sweet & Bitter Magic by Adrienne Tooley
Somehow, this witchy fantasy has a kiss upfront and still manages to be a slow burn. Tasmin is an exiled witch cursed to live without love and Wren is a dutiful daughter, determined to save her father—the two are bound in a pact to stop the plague that threatens their world. This is the most wonderful pairing of grumpy sourpuss and sweet summer child, in which both girls’ insistence on not liking each other makes the slow burn oh so magical.
And if you’re looking for more slow burn to swoon over, be sure to check out Blood Like Magic on shelves on June 15th, a story about a family of Black witches living in a near future Toronto and the one witch given the impossible task of killing her first love or losing her family’s magic forever.
About the Author:
Liselle Sambury is a Toronto-based Trinidadian Canadian author. Her brand of writing can be described as “messy Black girls in fantasy situations.” She works in social media and spends her free time embroiled in reality tv because when you write messy characters you tend to enjoy that sort of drama. She also shares helpful tips for upcoming writers and details of her publishing journey through a YouTube channel dedicated to helping demystify the sometimes complicated business of being an author.
Blood Like Magic by Liselle Sambury, out June 15!
A rich, dark urban fantasy debut following a teen witch who is given a horrifying task: sacrificing her first love to save her family’s magic. The problem is, she’s never been in love—she’ll have to find the perfect guy before she can kill him.
After years of waiting for her Calling—a trial every witch must pass in order to come into their powers—the one thing Voya Thomas didn’t expect was to fail. When Voya’s ancestor gives her an unprecedented second chance to complete her Calling, she agrees—and then is horrified when her task is to kill her first love. And this time, failure means every Thomas witch will be stripped of their magic.
Voya is determined to save her family’s magic no matter the cost. The problem is, Voya has never been in love, so for her to succeed, she’ll first have to find the perfect guy—and fast. Fortunately, a genetic matchmaking program has just hit the market. Her plan is to join the program, fall in love, and complete her task before the deadline. What she doesn’t count on is being paired with the infuriating Luc—how can she fall in love with a guy who seemingly wants nothing to do with her?
With mounting pressure from her family, Voya is caught between her morality and her duty to her bloodline. If she wants to save their heritage and Luc, she’ll have to find something her ancestor wants more than blood. And in witchcraft, blood is everything.