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Recs and looking for conventional romance focused stories

moredrowsy
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What are some conventional romance stories with romance as the main driving force that you'd recommend? By conventional, I mean monogamous, fidelity focused, no bs triangle/harem, swinging and etc. BDSM is okay as long as it's romance focused and not sex focused. Also prefer something realistic and not clean romance as in it needs to have some sex in the story, even if it's a background fade out scene.

Some that I enjoy and recommend are:

Overboard! by Handyman

A Bettered Life by Michael Lindgren

Doing it all Over by Al Steiner

Perhaps Love by ShadowWriter

Bobby's Good Deeds by Lubrican

Bewitched! by Lubrican (and many of his stories too)

I like some of oyster's stories



Second request:

Incest (or fake incest like step siblings) and conventional romance stories?

I haven't encountered any with that criteria except Abandoned by Jessy19. Lubrican has some stories that's close to this but it's more sex focused than romance.



Commercial recs are welcome if this site allows it.

sunkuwan

http://storiesonline.net/s/40258/dance-of-a-lifetime By Don Lockwood
http://storiesonline.net/series/1055/hook-pick-and-lens by Ryan Sylander
http://storiesonline.net/s/68384/a-fresh-start by rlfjs

"She is the one" by Jashley13 on another site

Anf if FF is ok, I can recommend some stories from another site

Ernest Bywater

To what level do you mean romance? Like a lot of people I tend to think of the Romance type story to be about a long courting ritual type story. However, if you mean like a normal boy meets girl and they get married after awhile, then stories like Dual Writer's Recluse and Ghost may apply, and so may many other stories where the main focus is on something else, but a oen to one courtship happens during the story.

ustourist

@moredrowsy

The majority of stories by those below probably fall into the romance with a plot type story:
Coaster2
SW MO Hermit
Denham Forrest
Woodmanone
Wes Boyd
and
The Wanderer

I would also suggest one that is underrated, Klutz, by Misguided Child, plus his 'Wizard' series, as that has a strong romantic thread.

sharkjcw

@moredrowsy

Most of Mattwatt stories

http://storiesonline.net/a/mattwatt

GITW
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I think Argon's Clearwater universe might interest you.

http://storiesonline.net/universe/773/clearwater

docholladay

I have found that romance is a part of most stories even when its not the main focus of the story. Most well rounded story plots have romance sub-plots in them.

LonelyDad

@moredrowsy

Incest (or fake incest like step siblings) and conventional romance stories?

'Never Up - Never In' by Richard King is another good one. 'Conductor' and 'Life and Times' also feature sibling incest, but take it a little further than I find interesting.

blacksash

A good ongoing sibling story with romance and plot.
http://storiesonline.net/s/15872/art-project

moredrowsy
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@sunkuwan

FF is okay and would love recs, even if it's on another site.

@Ernest Bywater

I think what I mean by that is that the romance is not the subplot. A lot of times there's an overarching plot with romance focused early on but then the romance takes a backstage and becomes obsolete. As an example, and not a bad critique is A Fresh Start by rlfjs. The main plot is the main character reaching his goals (romance, military, financials and then politics toward the end). However, after the first arc, the romance takes back stage and it feels like his gf/wife doesn't really matter if she cheats, goes away, dies, and etc because after the romance arc, the main driver is always what the male main character achieves/fails and his wife plays a pitifully small role. So, I'm looking for romance as the driving plot, where the other partner makes a real difference with his/her presence...with her/his decisions, actions, and etc.

Replies:   Ernest Bywater  sunkuwan
Ernest Bywater

@moredrowsy

I think what I mean by that is that the romance is not the subplot.


I've a few stories where the main plot is not what I see as a romance, but there is interaction between the main character and his significant other and she has an impact on his life and the story. Mallard Heir is one such story. If you've read it, can you say if that is sufficient for what you seek or not, because I do have a few others where there is a similar level of interaction.

http://storiesonline.net/s/14392/mallard-heir

Replies:   moredrowsy
moredrowsy

@Ernest Bywater

That's a fast response. There's no sex but I'll try it out. Thanks

sunkuwan

@moredrowsy

I just realized that FF could either mean Fanfiction or F/F femslash. I did mean femslash though.

Charon Docks At Daylight by ZoeReed Words: 419,691
It's six years after an infection turned a majority of the population into ferocious, zombie-like creatures that hunt during the day, forcing the living into a nocturnal state of existence. Survival is a continuous struggle when it's hide or fight, and the creatures aren't the only threat in a wasted America. Sometimes fighting is the only answer.

This is my favorite F/F tragic romance story. Genevieve and "Echo" were classmates until the zombie apocalypse. Echo had a little crush on Genevieve. While Genevieve found help with the remnants of the military and is a Lieutenant when the story starts, geeky/shy "Echo" fell in with her cousin and learned to be a Raider. And the first time her cousins group raided another camp was the camp from Genevieve while the military was away, killing most civilians while letting the zombies in, Genevieves brother was one of the victims.

richardshagrin

@moredrowsy

conventional romance stories


Not many stories take place at Conventions.

Joe Long

@moredrowsy

Bashfulscribe's "Being More Social" is on this site. I'll second the plug for jashley13's "She Is the One" on another site. I hope it's not a violation of any rules to mention my own story, but "One Thousand Apologies", posted here, is about everything you describe - a realistic, monogamous romance between first cousins with an appropriate amount of sex

EzzyB
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@moredrowsy

Have your read my stories? At the very least Rebecca Danced would be considered primarily a romance story. There is plenty in the others as well.

http://storiesonline.net/library/author.php?id=4116

Ernest Bywater

@EzzyB

Have your read my stories? At the very least Rebecca Danced would be considered primarily a romance story.


Now that you say that, I'd have to agree - but until you said that I never thought of it that way, despite it being one of my favourite stories.

moredrowsy
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@EzzyB

I came upon your stories over a year go and marked it in my long list of to-read shelf but never got around to it ever since I got really tire of triangle/harems. And from the intro summary of Rebecca Danced, it seems like it's a set up for a triangle/harem romance. Perhaps I've just misinterpreted it. I'll give it a try. Thanks!

@jplong

Looks interesting too!

Replies:   Joe Long  EzzyB
Joe Long

@moredrowsy

Thanks!

Here's the link to my story (still in progress, midway through Act 2)
http://storiesonline.net/s/13545/one-thousand-apologies

and Being More Social (the finale, Chapter 20, isn't posted here yet)
http://storiesonline.net/s/11041/being-more-social

oyster50

Part of me is pained at the idea of self-promotion, but ALL my stories are basically romantic. Only one of them evolves into a triangle.

Replies:   samuelmichaels
samuelmichaels

@oyster50

Part of me is pained at the idea of self-promotion, but ALL my stories are basically romantic. Only one of them evolves into a triangle.

A hearty endorsement for the romance in Oyster50 and EzzyB stories!

moredrowsy
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@oyster50

"I like some of oyster's stories"

I did mention that in the OP. Your stories are very well written with a strong romantic drive but most of your stories are Ma/ft formula and that isn't my favorite tag to read all the time.

I did enjoy Melodic Redemption (Ma/Fa) a lot.

EzzyB
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@moredrowsy

I got really tire of triangle/harems.


No it's about as far from either as you can get. The thing I tried to do with the stories is eliminate several things that plague many SOL stories.

All of them conspire to get the hero, (normally), as much different and varied sex and sexual partners as possible. Triangle is the simplest, two partners instead of one. Harem is easier and much more often used. Both suffer the same problems of suspension of disbelief for anyone who has any dealings at all with women. There is no jelousy, and/or all the women in the hero's 9 woman harem are bisexual (though prefer the male), etc. etc....

Another was, I believe, first defined by Al Steiner as "serial monogomy". This is where the character is true to one woman and only one until he finds a reason to go to the next, and the next, and the next, always devoted to only one at a time (with the occaisonal threesome or orgy thrown in.) This always goes too far and makes the author invent ridiculous reasons why the hero loses the fourteenth girl, and the fifteenth, and ....

Replies:   Joe Long
Joe Long

@EzzyB

I'm going for realism. The only excuse for serial monogamy is if the last girl kicked him out (Conflict!)

So it takes him awhile to find out if she's interested. Two steps forward, one step back. There's misunderstandings & disagreements. After he finally gets a girl then meets another, he tells her he's taken, but that doesn't mean the love interest still can't get jealous. And then I torture them (Emotionally, of course) There will be crying even if it's Happily For Now - because, realism.

Replies:   EzzyB
EzzyB
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@Joe Long

I'd certainly agree that serial monogomy is the most realistic approach. It's just that when most authors write sex stories, and more importantly sex-serials they tend to feel forced to move the MC on to new girls and new experiences. Often the breakups feel forced just to accomplish that.

The OP is looking for romance and, while it was glossed over, there is no doubt that my MC, Tony, was a serial monogamist. Then he meets 'the' girl (very literally at the first moment of the story).

So romance. :p The conflicts arise outside of the relationship (though that does intrude into it a bit in book 3). Tony is a hero, who saves the little girls, while sticking to his girl and not making conquests of the others. And yes, you can throw in a bit of sexual tension there without the actual sex with those other girls. It's quite fun to do (Ahem, Anita).

Replies:   Joe Long
Joe Long

@EzzyB

I agree with your comments about most stories which is why I'm taking my WIP seriously, trying to craft authentic situations & dialogue.

I started reading the Chaos series and am now a chapter or two into Book Two - so I don't know who Anita is yet!

I read it, I liked it, it's a fun romance, but if I must say I found it a little too perfect. It took until the second book for Tony to do anything wrong other than rush Rebecca out of the school (and really, that wasn't his fault.) Everybody was nice. They didn't have fights. Rebecca didn't spitefully refuse Tony after he fingered her to orgasm. All that kind of stuff. Conflict!

Joe's smart but is a little lazy and takes things for granted, so he doesn't get as good of grades as he should and would rather play baseball than find a job, which causes his dad to ride him. Once Joe finds his girl, he does stick to her, but damn that new girl has such fine tits. So Joe honestly feels bad about picturing that new girl while making love to his girl.

A good guy, but still human and flawed who has to endure a lot of shit along the way.

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