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Looking for a romantic story (not necessarily a romance)

tendertouch

I'd prefer minimal relationship angst (hence, not necessarily a romance.) Ideally when they get together they stay together and live happily ever after.

No cheating. NO BDSM elements - zip, zilch, nada. Explicit sex is OK but not required.

Not too concerned about the genders of the partners but I'll say that I have a thing for strong female characters. This doesn't preclude a strong partner but I'm not looking for the alpha male, big he-man stuff (which usually devolves into some sort of dominance BS anyway.)

The relationship doesn't need to be driving force of the story (low angst there means there will most likely need to be another source of conflicts) but it should be a major part of it.

Fantasy, SF, Western, contemporary, etc... - they're all fine. Humor is always a good adjunct.

For examples I've recently enjoyed Oyster50's stories, Heathen57's "A Friend in Need", WTSMan's stories, Renpet's. It would be kind of nice to keep them in the same generation for a change for a while but I'm open to intergenerational as well.

Anyone have anything that they particularly love that fits the bill?

Capt. Zapp

@tendertouch

auguy86's Gaming for Love might fit the bill. It's only one chapter and goes into a bit of detail about Pokemon gaming but is definitely a romance with a strong female.

He's a socially awkward college nerd with no romantic prospects. She's a jilted gamer girl with serious trust issues. No way would they ever find a connection with each other, right? Unless, of course, they managed to bond over their shared love of Pokémon...

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tendertouch

@Capt. Zapp

Thanks for the recommendation. The only reason I didn't take a look at this one when I first saw it is that I was wondering how much reference the reader needs. I've no idea about anything related to Pokémon or much of anything related to online gaming. I'll give it a try.

Argon

@tendertouch

I just noticed that Wes Boyd's "Cattail" is on SOL. Try it.

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tendertouch

I wish more of Wes Boyd's work was still here at SOL. His stuff tends to fit well and I mostly forget about it these days. Thanks for the reminder.

Yeah, the one problem I have with your stories is those crises in the relationships. It always seemed to me that you had plenty of conflict to drive the stories without that. But, hey, they're your stories so you tell them the way you want. I'll take a look at His Lucky Charm on your recommendation.

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tendertouch
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@Argon

It's been a while since I read Cattail so I'll queue that up as well. Maybe do Busted Axle Road again too.

PotomacBob

@tendertouch

It's not a romance story, but "A Fresh Start" may meet your criteria AFTER the marriage, which does not occur very early in the long story.

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LonelyDad

@tendertouch

He has more of his stories on BTFH, which is a free site, and you can read many of his stories on his site but not download them (unless you want to download each chapter by itself and them piece them back together again).

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tendertouch

@LonelyDad

I didn't realize that Wes Boyd was post over at Gina's site. Not that it's easy to go looking for stories on BTFH :(

I probably just need to suck it up and plan on buying the ones that I specially like since I spend a fair bit of time off-line.

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tendertouch

@PotomacBob

I'm part way through it - have been for a while - and it's dragging a bit. Hopefully I'll make it through to parts I enjoy more but I'm not sure when that will be.

JohnBobMead

@tendertouch

I probably just need to suck it up and plan on buying the ones that I specially like since I spend a fair bit of time off-line.


Been there, done that.

Over the last several years I've purchased all of Wes' books. The least expensive option is getting them as RTFs, which has the advantage of allowing you to correct his spelling errors, and reformat to suit your personal taste.

His prices are staggered; the older books cost less. Which makes them an entry drug, as it were.

He generally has a sale of some sort at the end of the year, usually a three book bundle.

He's slowed down his posting, from three times a week to twice weekly.

I understand he has a fair number of completed novels in the pipeline, and arrangements for them to continue posting if he dies before they're done; while he's not getting rich at it, it's enough of a revenue stream to make it worthwhile for his heirs to keep the site going.

helmut_meukel

@tendertouch

For examples I've recently enjoyed Oyster50's stories


How recently? He completed all 3 ongoing stories in December: "Bill 'N' Haley", "Tommy" and "Community Three Sigma".

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helmut_meukel

@helmut_meukel

Clicked post too early.

Did you look into "A Fresh Start" by rlfj? It's a do-over story and the MC changes the path of his life except for love. He intends to meet and marry the same girl again!

HM.

Gauthier

@tendertouch

Girl Friday stories:
https://storiesonline.net/a/girl-friday

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Blakt

@tendertouch

I wish more of Wes Boyd's work was still here at SOL. His stuff tends to fit well and I mostly forget about it these days.

Which of his works that are low on angst would you recommend most? Since they ain't free (if you want them offline atleast) it would be infuriating to buy books that proves to not be what you're looking for. I just finished reading Playing the Game and am really tired of relationship drama, so this thread is just what I need. I've read A Friend in Need and loved it. I've put oyster50s stories on hold for now (I just can't get over how fast relationships move in his stories). Which stories by Renpet would you recommend? WTSmans stories seem to be a little short for my taste, there are good short stories (Finding a Place is a personal favourite), but they always leave me wanting more!

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tendertouch

@Blakt

Two more stories that you might appreciate.

My own Building a Better Past. Not the best written story and the pacing is uneven but the angst level between Trish and Jeff == 0. There's a little of a character feeling unlovable later on but even that never turns to relationship angst.

Also The Night Hawk's Once More With Feelings. The only angst there is caused by external factors and is quickly dealt with.

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Blakt
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@tendertouch

Thanks for your suggestions.

I've got your story and The Best of Both Worlds bookmarked since earlier, so it might be a good time to check them out.

I did enjoy the first book in Celtic Cowboys When Dreams Come True immensely, though I thought that it suffered a quality drop when too many characters were introduced and it felt like rather than to progress the main characters story, it just added more and more side characters. Maybe some people like that, it was the same reason I stopped reading Arlene & Jeff, it felt like the main characters took a backseat in the story while every single side character needed a love interest of their own. I much prefer to read about the main characters that you've gotten to know further their relationships and stories than reading about how some side characters cousin that's barely related to the main plot found love. Anyhow, I did like the first book, so I might check out The Hummingbird. If I've understood it correctly, it features some characters from When Dreams Come True so it might be fun.

I stopped reading The Defenceman because of the angst, so I've avoided Cold Creek since then, but other than the relationship drama in The Defenceman, I liked it, so I'll add The Occasional Mind Reader to the list aswell.

I haven't checked out Janna Leonard or EzzyB yet, I'll look them up.

I've read Once More With Feelings and liked it well enough.

Have you read Kelly by the same author? I've been on the fence about it since it has a great score but the story description is kind of lacking and from what little there is "Boy meets girl, girl meets boy's partner" it sounds like the setup for some kind of love triangle so I have been hesitant to pick it up yet.

Again, thanks for your recommendations, I've got a little backlog now!

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LonelyDad

@Blakt

I think you will like Kelly. Yes, there is a triangle, but that is not the emphasis of the story. It just provides the base that the rest of the story line builds upon.

tendertouch

@Blakt

- The Best of Both Worlds is fun - good humor throughout.
- In Building a Better Past you may feel that the relationship locks in too early but, well, there's more to it than that.
- Janna's best stories are solidly lesbian but with good relations with males. Romantic, though!
- To me The Hummingbird is a better story than When Dreams Come True. It's the introduction for Scott, Angie and Jack. The Phillips crew doesn't show up in it.
- I gave up on The Defenceman for much the same reason. The Occasional Mind Reader has some tension there but none of the angst, and I do like a good, strong female lead.
- Nope, never read Kelly and for much the same reason - the synopsis didn't draw me at all seeming like any other triangle story.

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Blakt
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@tendertouch


- In Building a Better Past you may feel that the relationship locks in too early but, well, there's more to it than that.


I should clarify, I don't mind early relationship, and I usually like the "love at first sight" stories. What I meant when I said that I thought oyster50s relationships moved too fast for me, it was specific for the "older man and a teen" situation. I just feel that in taboo subjects like a teen with an older man, incest etc does better with a build up. You know, have a seduction over time or a big event that push them together to overcome the wall in their relationship, instead of meeting up, older man thinks that she's a bit young for about a day, and the next day plan their wedding.

So if your stories relationship locks in early, I don't mind it, as long as it makes sense.

moredrowsy

A Bettered Life by Michael Lindgren

Grant
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@tendertouch

NO BDSM elements - zip, zilch, nada.

That's a shame, because Old Softy's "The Collar Around the Heart" is an excellent story, that has a bit of some of those elements.

It's one of the best stories on this site.

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Have you ever felt like it was all going a little bit fast, as if the train had missed your stop, and you were not sure where it was going now? I think I was heading for the buffers and there was no sign of a driver in the cab.

Very well written.

Girl_Friday

@Gauthier

*blush* Thank you! I've been writing a storm and should be posting something new next week.

tendertouch
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@Capt. Zapp

auguy86's Gaming for Love might fit the bill.


I finally got around to reading this one.
Strong female. Check.
Sweet romance. Check.
Low relationship drama. Check.
Well written. Check.

Thanks for a great recommendation!

oyster50

Anything I've got posted here fits that criterion. Try my Smart Girls universe. Start with Cindy or Christina or Nikki or whatever...

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tendertouch

@oyster50

Try my Smart Girls universe. Start with Cindy or Christina or Nikki or whatever...


Yep. Actually I mentioned your stories when I started this thread. Unusually for me I'm actually reading 'Community Four(Ever) as it posts - I almost never read in progress stories these days after the number that have become inactive. 'Gaming for Love' is a little different from your stories (it's not told in 1st person to start with), though it's still set at Auburn.

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oyster50

@tendertouch

I'm flattered whenever I hear that somebody ooks at my stories and moves a little bit out of their normal modes.

I'm writing as fast as I and my muse will allow.

Vlad_Inhaler
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@tendertouch

Unusually for me I'm actually reading 'Community Four(Ever) as it posts - I almost never read in progress stories these days after the number that have become inactive.

Well, given that the whole series is an ongoing saga with artificial (calendar year) breaks between the various threads, you basically have two options.
1 - read.
2 - don't read.
Waiting for completion would have been option three.

tendertouch

@oyster50

I'm writing as fast as I and my muse will allow.


I'm not complaining that it's not already done. The only reason I decided to follow along with this one was to follow the saga of Terri & Jerry and I knew that it wouldn't be done in a couple of weeks.

richardshagrin

@oyster50

somebody ooks at my stories

I ook at your stories and like community four(ever) even though I have to look up how to spell it. I left off the capital letters, probably in error.

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tendertouch

@richardshagrin

Is that how to tell somenone is a Pratchett (or at least Discworld) fan - they ook?

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oyster50

@tendertouch

Ook!

-The Librarian

(He probably didn't type well either)

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