BL with sweet, non-forced relationships

BL with sweet, non-forced relationships
I am so tired of the "I'm not gay/not willing, but it felt so good last night, and he will kill anyone else I might fall in love with, so maybe I don't really mind that much, but I will keep running away because I think I'm addicted to being forced down" protagonists! So I'm creating a list that is completely opposite.

The most important criterion for choosing the novels is how honest and genuine the protagonists are to each other. There is no particular order, new additions are at the top of the list.

Comment to recommend novels. I am still updating the list, but rarely because I'm picky.
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Shadowdrop
Created: Sep 12th, 2019, Updated: Feb 18th, 2024
Created Sep 12th, 2019
Updated Feb 18th, 2024
CN (4.6)
84 Chapters Every 2.2 Day(s) 1324 Readers 11 Reviews 04-29-2024
An emotionless NPC learns to be human, while a childish dragon learns to be mature. I love how protective MC is of his cute little... more>>
CN (4.5)
102 Chapters Every 19 Day(s) 1334 Readers 18 Reviews 08-19-2023
Highly spoiled and free-spirited, but also charming and reliable individual meets a serious and socially clumsy, but also adorable and meticulous blind date partner. Their... more>>
CN (4.5)
15 Chapters Every 73 Day(s) 3409 Readers 39 Reviews 06-27-2021
Short, simple and sweet. It's a story about two very gentle people who love, trust, support and cherish each other. No drama, no angst, just... more>>
CN (4.3)
34 Chapters Every 42.3 Day(s) 1792 Readers 10 Reviews 05-13-2024
This novel is so sweet! Although there is a lot of cruelty, it only comes from the antagonists, who later get what they deserve. The... more>>
CN (4.7)
115 Chapters Every 22.9 Day(s) 6004 Readers 37 Reviews 02-19-2024
This is an amazing novel. The MC is smart, resourceful and fearless, he is a very good leader and helps his teammates not just by... more>>
CN (4.5)
54 Chapters Every 141.7 Day(s) 10223 Readers 149 Reviews 09-20-2018
I really love the daily interactions between MC and ML and how they grow to care about each other. Both give their partner love and... more>>
CN (4.4)
170 Chapters Every 19.3 Day(s) 7474 Readers 42 Reviews 01-07-2024
This ML is the purest puppy in existence  - honest, gentle, hard-working, obedient, shy... And MC pampers him, so sweet.
CN (4.7)
260 Chapters Every 9.7 Day(s) 15380 Readers 193 Reviews 05-14-2024
This novel has a lot of scum gongs and emotional abuse, but both leads of this novel are complete opposite of that.  I love the... more>>
CN (4.5)
27 Chapters Every 115.5 Day(s) 4418 Readers 55 Reviews 05-19-2022
This is a more mature story, I think those who liked Spring Trees and Sunset Clouds & Yeho will also enjoy this novel. Although the... more>>
CN (4.5)
18 Chapters Every 109.3 Day(s) 3599 Readers 52 Reviews 12-20-2019
This novel is a treasure. On this list, it is quite close to "Loneliness" in terms of feelings. I can't even properly write this comment... more>>
CN (4.4)
120 Chapters Every 97.1 Day(s) 8703 Readers 56 Reviews 09-28-2023
This is the first novel where I saw shou spoil and pamper his gong so much. After MC falls in love with ML, he never... more>>
CN (4.2)
96 Chapters Every 96.5 Day(s) 4554 Readers 57 Reviews 09-07-2020
Although MC is pretty reliant on ML, he is not a 'can't do anything' little bottom. He is a newbie and there are many things... more>>
CN (4.3)
393 Chapters Every 59.4 Day(s) 6958 Readers 77 Reviews 05-06-2019
This relationship is very sweet. Plus, the plot is the one I personally like very much. The side characters are all very funny and cute... more>>
KR (4)
#14Yeho
21 Chapters Every 216.9 Day(s) 3774 Readers 36 Reviews 08-05-2015
I can't really explain why I love this novel, there are just too many little things that aren't important by themselves, but when everything comes... more>>
CN (4.6)
30 Chapters Every 128.5 Day(s) 8908 Readers 152 Reviews 03-16-2019
It's funny how ML has a bit of an overbearing CEO temperament, but is clearly too childish and inexperienced to succeed at being one. Also,... more>>
CN (4.5)
186 Chapters Every 76.7 Day(s) 10680 Readers 166 Reviews 04-15-2021
This novel is very good. Although the reason for world-hopping didn't quite convince me, each story was very moving. The love in this novel is... more>>
CN (4.3)
5 Chapters Every 390.2 Day(s) 2935 Readers 29 Reviews 07-12-2019
This one is very short, but also hilarious. Some things were quite exaggerated, but I felt that for a short novel it was quite fitting.
CN (4.1)
30 Chapters Every 112.9 Day(s) 3751 Readers 33 Reviews 10-20-2019
They are very different people and they walk their own paths. Both are strong in their own way and both have vulnerable, soft spots in... more>>
CN (4.1)
112 Chapters Every 26.3 Day(s) 2700 Readers 25 Reviews 08-10-2023
This novel has very complex and interesting relationships, which were slightly marred by some less realistic plot developments (like all three side couples... they were... more>>
CN (4.4)
0 Chapters Every 2197 Day(s) 11769 Readers 101 Reviews 07-15-2018
I wanted to add this a while ago... it's really good! MC had to die once before he realized who is good for him, but... more>>
CN (4.3)
79 Chapters Every 83.9 Day(s) 9233 Readers 141 Reviews 01-22-2021
Overall, extremely fluffy novel. MC's childishly unrestrained infatuation and ML's mature, restrained passion are a very interesting match. This novel has a "you made me... more>>
CN (4.6)
84 Chapters Every 55.5 Day(s) 5323 Readers 84 Reviews 07-19-2022
This one is a school story, and the romance starts rather late in the novel, but the relationship between the two leads is a whole... more>>
CN (4)
56 Chapters Every 102 Day(s) 6535 Readers 40 Reviews 02-08-2024
This novel is hilarious. MC starts out as a very shou-looking white lotus, but soon turns into a OP brainless puppy gong whose head is... more>>
CN (4.3)
90 Chapters Every 3.7 Day(s) 3132 Readers 18 Reviews 03-27-2023
It's a silly and fluffy novel, and even the tense moments are more chuuni than angst. The relationship between MC and ML is adorable, I... more>>
CN (4.2)
97 Chapters Every 18.1 Day(s) 2398 Readers 21 Reviews 09-09-2023
Although the plot is pretty simple, and even cliche in places, I like the way MC and ML discover and face their feelings. Also, the... more>>
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  1. Kazualbrekker
    Kazualbrekker· Oct 11, 2019 12:48 PM

    Can I suggest 'Don’t Pick Up Boyfriends From the tr*sh Bin' the translation is still ongoing but MC's are pretty level headed so I think it could qualify  (also thank you for this list it's truly a blessing,) 

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    • Shadowdrop
      Shadowdrop· Author · Oct 12, 2019 02:48 AM

      I have a bit of a busy month so the list is not updated currently, but I'm very grateful for suggestions, because every suggestion might become my new favourite novel.

      I'm glad you like this list clear.png
      Edit: It really became my new favourite novel, thank you so much for suggestion!

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  2. Reader227
    Reader227· May 29, 2023 01:24 PM
    Thank you, I have been annoyed with the lack of kindness in BL.this list has been a great find and I appreciate the work you've done here.clear.png
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    • Shadowdrop
      Shadowdrop· Author · Feb 18, 2024 12:54 PM
      I'm glad I could introduce these wonderful novels to people who will enjoy them clear.png
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  3. richarddixonriddle
    richarddixonriddle· Jun 28, 2020 05:29 AM
    Thanks! You should check out rebirth of the supreme celestial being... In his past life there was dub/non-con... but in the present life the Seme protagonist (yay... not another uke-only perspective) is like the perfect seme... 400+ chapters in and not ONCE have I felt like the Uke is being disrespected. Thanks for this list.... I'm SO OVER it... I read In Love with An Idiot until the end hoping it'd get better and it's plagued me for like 6 months... so. aw. ful.
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    • Shadowdrop
      Shadowdrop· Author · Jul 6, 2020 09:53 AM
      Thanks, I'm glad my list was helpful. And thank you for suggestion. I did read 80-ish chapters of Supreme Celestial Being some time ago, but I dropped it. If I remember correctly, it was because the shou was a bit of a 'little tail' that followed MC without taking initiative, even when they were doing something for his sake (unless it was another very similar story and I remembered wrong - it's been a while). I know it's kind of nitpick-y, but I don't want to recommend novels that I didn't enjoy personally.
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  4. Serefina
    Serefina· Jan 8, 2020 06:55 AM
    oh? if you are still updating i also have a list kinda like this (but it's all romance genre not just BL) if you are looking for some to read https://www.novelupdates.com/viewlist/3619/
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    • Shadowdrop
      Shadowdrop· Author · Jan 12, 2020 01:26 PM

      Yup, I am still updating. I do not have the goal of making a complete list, I just add a novel whenever I find a good one. This list has only 2 novels that I 'liked but didn't love', the rest are my absolute favourites.

      Your list is good, I tried to make one for BG too, but gave up because equality is harder to find in BG stories. Usually, it's either a spoiled little wife and an overbearing husband or henpecked husband and Mary Sue(ish) wife. Or maybe I'm just bad at finding the novels I like.

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  5. lteye
    lteye· Oct 17, 2019 01:03 AM

    Film emperor’s adorable wife from ancient times. 

    It’s still being translated but the mtl is pretty readable

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    • Shadowdrop
      Shadowdrop· Author · Oct 17, 2019 11:32 AM
      I'm trying to avoid the 'possessive husband and his little wife' types of novel for this list, so the synopsis is a red flag, but I'll check it out.
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  6. Shizukani
    Shizukani· Oct 16, 2019 11:11 PM
    Rebirth of the supermodel? 
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    • Shadowdrop
      Shadowdrop· Author · Oct 17, 2019 11:25 AM
      I love this novel, but it's not suitable for this list.
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  7. Weylin
    Weylin· Sep 25, 2019 02:22 AM

    I Just Want to Be in a Relationship

    Seizing Dreams

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    • Shadowdrop
      Shadowdrop· Author · Sep 26, 2019 11:43 AM
      First one doesn't really suit this list IMO. I'll read the other one and see if it fits.
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  8. thypsychotic
    thypsychotic· Sep 20, 2019 12:18 PM

    - Blooming Romance

    - Ghosts Know What I Experienced

    - The Wife is First

    There's some referenced non-con on the first chapter of that last one, but after that the ML was pretty respectful and not very pushy. 

    These three novels all have pretty sweet, earnest ML and they actually know how to respect their love interests. I have a mighty need for these types, yeah. 

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    • Shadowdrop
      Shadowdrop· Author · Sep 26, 2019 11:50 AM

      Thanks, I'll check them out and add if they fit.

      [Edit: Ghosts Know and Wife is First are in my 'favorite' list now, but I'm not sure if Wife is First suits this list. I completely forgot to check Blooming Romance out, will do that sometime soon]

      [Edit 2: I absolutely love all 3 novels! I am still waiting for more chapters of Wife is First to come out, but it looks like it will suit this list after all. Huge thanks for these suggestions, I really enjoyed reading them]

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