Healthy Relationship BLs

Healthy Relationship BLs
The title says it all. BLs with a healthy power dynamic (mostly, since those are pretty rare), well-developed leads, great storylines, almost no unhealthy and unrealistic characterisations like yandere MLs or MCs with questionable IQs. Some exceptions are there, though; I've added the novels I liked despite them having somewhat yandere character(s).

I've added all the novels that checked off most of the boxes and noted everything I might have liked/disliked about those novels while reading. 

The rankings on each novel don't really matter (except for the ones at the beginning). Don't forget the ones at the bottom, although they're the ones I personally didn't like much! But you might! 
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Created: Feb 18th, 2020, Updated: Jul 21st, 2020
Created Feb 18th, 2020
Updated Jul 21st, 2020
CN (4.5)
177 Chapters Every 3.6 Day(s) 4884 Readers 38 Reviews 08-13-2020
Loved it to the moon and back. I believe even a rating of 4.5 makes it underrated. ... more>>
CN (4.8)
159 Chapters Every 2.3 Day(s) 6656 Readers 89 Reviews 08-09-2020
One of THE BEST novels on Novel Updates, hands down. There was nothing in this novel that I disliked. Both the leads are well-developed and... more>>
CN (4.3)
294 Chapters Every 0.9 Day(s) 5794 Readers 72 Reviews 03-11-2020
I don't know why but I was putting off reading this one. I must have been INSANE. This is one of my most favorite novels. ... more>>
CN (4.8)
43 Chapters Every 15.3 Day(s) 3344 Readers 28 Reviews 08-01-2020
 A great read. The MC goes back into the past, solves the problems he couldn't back when he was actually a teen, and sets up an amazing future for himself. A healthy relationship which the MC misunderstood to be a temporary one while the ML was literally imagining a wedding (hehehe), it was developed very well. It had a lot to do with the development in China in the 90s and it's easy to follow, it kinda gets interesting as you read on. :)... more>>
CN (4.5)
39 Chapters Every 5 Day(s) 1103 Readers 4 Reviews 08-12-2020
Another gem I loved. I left a long ass review on this novel which says all of the things I liked about it; if you're idle, feel free to read that. ... more>>
CN (4.5)
15 Chapters Every 45.1 Day(s) 1779 Readers 3 Reviews 08-12-2020
THIS BOOK IS SO GOOD! ... more>>
CN (4.7)
97 Chapters Every 8.1 Day(s) 6593 Readers 76 Reviews 08-10-2020
This is by the author of One Useless Rebirth and also a novel I was avoiding. I thought it would be a typical novel (despite the rating) with a naive protagonist who transmigrates into the book, wins over his five brothers with his s*upidity, and has an OP 'cold, aloof, rich, and handsome' big boss ML as a backer. Oh, how wrong I was. ... more>>
CN (4.6)
328 Chapters Every 25.7 Day(s) 12044 Readers 461 Reviews 08-06-2020
Do I even NEED to say anything? This is the first legit BL novel I ever read. This is a classic in the NU BL community; setting standards for system/transmigration novels. ... more>>
CN (4.3)
52 Chapters Every 25.1 Day(s) 2759 Readers 12 Reviews 08-12-2020
Manly and super strong Omega x manly and also super strong Alpha; Apocalyptic setting!... more>>
CN (4.1)
49 Chapters Every 4.9 Day(s) 1474 Readers 10 Reviews 08-05-2020
WARNING: This is a novel with controversial themes such as incest and shotacon (not really). The MC is reborn as a baby prince and is part of a prophacy. The ML is his father, the Emperor. The Emperor KNOWS the MC is not actually his son but an older soul, even older than him. Also, both of them are very possessive of each other. ... more>>
CN (4.4)
19 Chapters Every 10.9 Day(s) 2475 Readers 32 Reviews 08-15-2019
Another one of my favorites. This is a parody of those scum gong x tr*shy (aka doormat) shous prevalent in BL novels. I have never, ever laughed harder in my entire life omg. Stick with this till the end, there's only 19 chapters and IT'S SO DAMN WORTH IT. ... more>>
CN (4.2)
144 Chapters Every 1.3 Day(s) 1624 Readers 5 Reviews 08-12-2020
Highly recommended!... more>>
CN (4.5)
2 Chapters Every 2000 Day(s) 1568 Readers 20 Reviews 05-13-2019
"Very straight." ... more>>
CN (4.3)
143 Chapters Every 1.3 Day(s) 4229 Readers 60 Reviews 08-13-2020
This is not for fluff lovers. It's very well written and the MC is freaking awesome. He's the master of the game, controlling everyone on the tips of his fingers. The ML is a cruel bastard, but the MC doesn't love him, he's playing the tortured victim but he actually isn't one. I wouldn't have added this if it wasn't worth it, I really like this novel. Also, this DOES NOT have any healthy relationships but is still a great read. ... more>>
CN (4.8)
81 Chapters Every 3.6 Day(s) 3158 Readers 52 Reviews 07-13-2020
A very good read. The relationship between the leads goes through a lot of development and becomes super sweet. Their relationship becomes full of trust, respect, and care. ... more>>
CN (4.6)
93 Chapters Every 3.6 Day(s) 2701 Readers 18 Reviews 08-12-2020
It's a really good read with supernatural as well scientific stuff mixed in. I don't have anything I dislike about this. Both the leads are rational, down-to earth, super awesome at their jobs! Highly recommended!... more>>
CN (4.2)
79 Chapters Every 0.9 Day(s) 2466 Readers 20 Reviews 09-02-2019
Another cute story. There are two couples in here, the main one (with the system) and another one which develops on it's own. The lead... more>>
CN (4.6)
64 Chapters Every 17.1 Day(s) 5954 Readers 31 Reviews 06-17-2020
I had zero expectations from this novel but it left me pleasantly surprised; believe me when I say this... It's a great read. The rating is very well deserved.... more>>
CN (4.6)
30 Chapters Every 2.1 Day(s) 2455 Readers 30 Reviews 12-16-2019
Ahhh, a very cute story. Both the leads are geniuses but pretend to be slackers. LOL ... more>>
CN (3.8)
1 Chapters Every 2000 Day(s) 267 Readers 0 Reviews 05-01-2020
Smutty fanfiction of Fake Slackers! This is super explicit, intense and full of heat, just loved this! To fully appreciate this goodness, make sure you've... more>>
CN (4.6)
6 Chapters Every 14.7 Day(s) 929 Readers 5 Reviews 05-29-2020
I liked it! The MC is a Grim Reaper who has been assigned to look into the film emperor (ML) and figure out what's up with his repeatedly-meeting-accidents-but-miraculously-surviving situation. He joins an idol training show, charms everyone while figuring out the mysteries! ... more>>
CN (4.5)
80 Chapters Every 2.5 Day(s) 3036 Readers 75 Reviews 05-29-2020
A great read! The rating is very well deserved! The title is a bit tacky but the actual content was great! ... more>>
CN (4.5)
1 Chapters Every 2000 Day(s) 1802 Readers 16 Reviews 01-04-2018
"This is a fairytale filled with things that shouldn’t be described in fairytales."... more>>
CN (4.4)
28 Chapters Every 50.9 Day(s) 3591 Readers 6 Reviews 05-15-2020
A really good read. Because of the synopsis, I was avoiding this thinking it was going to be some sort of a comedy. Definitely not so but it wasn't a heavy read, don't misunderstand. ... more>>
CN (4.7)
120 Chapters Every 1.2 Day(s) 3920 Readers 71 Reviews 04-17-2020
A great read. The MC pretends to be a girl in an online game to avenge his beloved sister who got cheated by a slag... more>>
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  1. Lascie
    Lascie· Feb 21, 2020 03:52 PM
    For healthy relation you should try Death Progress Bar (by the author of one useless rebirth) and Seizing Dream (+  Fei Tian Ye Xiang others novels). The works of the author Priest, and Huai Shang (the author of Undead) also fit the bill. 
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    • IndusEla
      IndusEla· Author · Feb 21, 2020 03:58 PM
      Thanks for the suggestions, I really appreciate it. I'll definitely check them out! 
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  2. eceo
    eceo· Aug 7, 2020 11:55 AM
    I love your list! I see some novels I absolutely love, so I’m sure I’ll love most, if not everything on this list. You have very good taste, I can’t wait to see what else you’ll add to this list. 
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    • IndusEla
      IndusEla· Author · Aug 8, 2020 02:12 PM
      I'm glad you like them! But be sure that I've added some mediocre ones too just in case someone might like them. Read my notes to see if I liked that particular one! :)
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  3. Junksnack
    Junksnack· May 8, 2020 10:56 AM
    You have great taste, thank you for this list and for including your thoughts with each novel! If you havent read any of them before, I enjoy "Spring Trees and Sunset Clouds", "Class Teacher System", and "My Underachieving Seatmate Doesn’t Need Any Comforting" for having particularly sweet relationships!
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    • IndusEla
      IndusEla· Author · May 8, 2020 03:09 PM

      This comment made me really happy. I'm glad to know you liked reading my thoughts on all these novels. If you liked my list then you have a great taste as well. ;)

      I have read Class Tracher System but haven't added it to this list yet, thanks for the reminder. As for the other two, I haven't checked them out. My Underachieving Classmate seems to have an unfair power dynamic, though, along with the MC's dubious intelligence which is why I haven't tried reading it yet. I will give it a chance, though. Thanks for the recommendations. :)

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    • Dooka
      Dooka· Jun 23, 2020 02:18 PM
      Ta for the list clear.png
      My underachieving classmate starts unbalanced but gets better as it is actually about rebuilding confidence and overcoming severe trauma. He isn’t really dumb, either, I can’t explain why he is like he is without spoiling it. But read it, it just ended and I still haven’t recovered. And it’s a comedy of errors, completely hilarious (when you aren’t crying), I love these boys.

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    • IndusEla
      IndusEla· Author · Jun 23, 2020 04:40 PM
      @Dooka Such high praise, looks like I'll have to add it to my reading list. Thanks for the suggestion. clear.png
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  4. ponkansuits
    ponkansuits· May 2, 2020 01:31 PM
    My, My, My.. What a tasty list! fufufu~ Thanks :>
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    • IndusEla
      IndusEla· Author · May 5, 2020 07:36 AM
      You're welcome :)
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  5. DelinquentAngel
    DelinquentAngel· Mar 24, 2020 12:44 PM

    Regarding I Just Want To Be In A Relationship, I checked it out. I was confused. In the raws, was it only really 96 plus extras? The translators already translated around 220 chapters.

    By the way, thanks for creating this reading list. I have been following this since you created it. Right now, I'm being broken by Strategy to Capture the Scum Gong (my eyes are now so swollen because of it). 

    I'm now starting to be busy. So, hehe, if you don't mind, may you recommend the best complete stories you read in ascending order? Arigatouuu~

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    • IndusEla
      IndusEla· Author · Mar 25, 2020 02:51 PM

      The translator most probably split the chapters of I Just Want To Be In A Relationship to make it easier to stick to schedule which made the number of chapters a lot more than the raws. It's understandable since the raws reach close to 10,000 characters sometimes. 

      As for Strategy To Capture That Scum Gong, what's life without a dash of good angst? It hurts but the subtle craving is satisfied so well~ amirite?

      The best completed stories? That'd be really hard cause my ranking wouldn't do justice to them and almost every novel on this list has been completely read by me so all of them are complete to me. You can just read the ones marked 'completed' on this list and voila, you'll have the list you desire. All the ones here are my favourites and mostly arranged in the order I thought was appropriate. 

      And thanks for following my list, I'm glad I could contribute to your reading journey! clear.png

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    • DelinquentAngel
      DelinquentAngel· Apr 13, 2020 06:37 AM

      @DarkAngel268 I just finished FOD last week. So satisfying. Most of the things I was looking for in a novel was there...

      Now, my studying schedule has been completely ruined yet I'm still looking for the next read. Haha. I'll browse again here for a short completed one... 

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  6. Renuka1
    Renuka1· Mar 20, 2020 02:23 PM
    Thank you for this list. It includes some of my favorite novels and some new ones that i am surely gonna read . (=^▽^=)
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  7. Shybreeze
    Shybreeze· Apr 7, 2020 09:10 AM

    Thanks god for this list!!

    Many novels on your list sounds good but they're still ongoing and I have impatient heart and few brain cells left for MTL... But seems like you're actually already finished many of them? You can read chinese? I'm so envious!!

    Tell me, I want to read Your Distance. Is it easy MTL?

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    • IndusEla
      IndusEla· Author · Apr 7, 2020 01:40 PM
      Unfortunately, I can't read chinese. I've finished most of the novels in this list. 
      As far as I can remember, Your Distance was easy enough to MTL. Not perfect but good enough to understand. 
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  8. Bellilelly
    Bellilelly· Mar 4, 2020 12:07 AM


    I also think “I have a secret” might be something w good healthy relationship just cuz idk it’s not like love at first sight or anything.... maybe.... but u should totally check it out!!!! Tho for now it only have one arc. This is one is almost like “Card room” except it’s only the hearts room..... we’ll you’ll get it! If you live mystery and being detective this is the one!!!

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    • IndusEla
      IndusEla· Author · Mar 4, 2020 12:32 AM
      Thank you so much for the recommendation. I've added that to my reading list, heard it's really nice. If it's like the Heart Room, it's bound to be interesting! 
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  9. izzy n immy
    izzy n immy· Feb 21, 2020 08:30 AM
    Thanks for this amazing list. But if you can please give me some solid reasons to read one useless  rebirth. I cannot bring myself to read.
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    • IndusEla
      IndusEla· Author · Feb 21, 2020 11:35 AM

      Thanks, I'm glad you liked it. What's the reason for you to not want to start reading it, if I may ask? I just loved the development between the leads like I mentioned. The death of the ML in their previous life is a mystery and both of them, along with well-thought out side characters, solve the drama/crimes, the MC helps a lot with this. 

      Another thing to like about this was how neither of the characters adhered to the standard Chinese character template of either being cool/aloof or as dumb as bricks with cuteness. They were amazingly done with character development and growth scattered throughout the novel. The ending would forever remain one of my favorites, it brought me to tears. Their relationship is one of the sweetest ones I have ever read in my life - the trust, the care, the love - beautiful. 

      I was also hesitant to read it but when I started, I stopped after completing all the translated chapters which totalled up to 250. I hope you like it as much as I did! clear.png

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