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: Jan 19th, 2021
Created Feb 18th, 2020
Updated Jan 19th, 2021
CN (4.4)
215 Chapters Every 9.9 Day(s) 6410 Readers 49 Reviews 05-08-2021
Loved it to the moon and back. I believe even a rating of 4.5 makes it underrated. ... more>>
CN (4.7)
186 Chapters Every 8.2 Day(s) 9016 Readers 116 Reviews 05-09-2021
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 29.4 Day(s) 7330 Readers 102 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 (4.7)
50 Chapters Every 27.9 Day(s) 4574 Readers 41 Reviews 04-17-2021
 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 (4.6)
86 Chapters Every 6 Day(s) 2812 Readers 25 Reviews 05-08-2021
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 (4.4)
21 Chapters Every 25.1 Day(s) 2743 Readers 4 Reviews 04-25-2021
THIS BOOK IS SO GOOD! ... more>>
CN (4.7)
113 Chapters Every 15.6 Day(s) 8693 Readers 100 Reviews 04-26-2021
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)
349 Chapters Every 15.3 Day(s) 15118 Readers 552 Reviews 05-01-2021
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 (4.4)
56 Chapters Every 41.5 Day(s) 3634 Readers 20 Reviews 02-15-2021
Manly and super strong Omega x manly and also super strong Alpha; Apocalyptic setting!... more>>
CN (4.1)
68 Chapters Every 12.1 Day(s) 2320 Readers 16 Reviews 04-20-2021
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 (4.3)
19 Chapters Every 10.9 Day(s) 3175 Readers 52 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 (4.4)
200 Chapters Every 6.7 Day(s) 3000 Readers 16 Reviews 04-03-2021
Highly recommended!... more>>
CN (4.5)
2 Chapters Every 365.5 Day(s) 2013 Readers 23 Reviews 05-13-2019
"Very straight." ... more>>
CN (4.2)
231 Chapters Every 13.3 Day(s) 5831 Readers 112 Reviews 11-09-2020
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)
82 Chapters Every 23.7 Day(s) 6394 Readers 102 Reviews 09-22-2020
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)
144 Chapters Every 10.3 Day(s) 4454 Readers 50 Reviews 03-06-2021
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) 3174 Readers 29 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)
68 Chapters Every 33.3 Day(s) 7151 Readers 38 Reviews 04-01-2021
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 36.4 Day(s) 4058 Readers 61 Reviews 12-16-2019
Ahhh, a very cute story. Both the leads are geniuses but pretend to be slackers. LOL ... more>>
CN (4.1)
1 Chapters Every 377 Day(s) 452 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)
78 Chapters Every 7.1 Day(s) 3285 Readers 18 Reviews 04-06-2021
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 (4.4)
80 Chapters Every 25.7 Day(s) 5531 Readers 116 Reviews 05-29-2020
A great read! The rating is very well deserved! The title is a bit tacky but the actual content is great! ... more>>
CN (4.5)
1 Chapters Every 2000 Day(s) 2114 Readers 20 Reviews 01-04-2018
"This is a fairytale filled with things that shouldn’t be described in fairytales."... more>>
CN (4.4)
33 Chapters Every 55.7 Day(s) 4313 Readers 7 Reviews 01-18-2021
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 27.3 Day(s) 5818 Readers 120 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. Bellilelly
    Bellilelly· Feb 15, 2021 05:26 PM
    Three more: since I just realized how long my explanation is trying to highlight the good pts and reason why u should check them out sighsss and since we could only comment Max of 2500 character oh deae

    “Those years in the quest of honors of mine”—> some people compared it to golden stage since they both are historical and have political scheme going on. I just feel it’s quite realistic in the sense of mistrust and vilgilance between the characters. The relationship is slow but understandable, and it’s mainly build from trust before into life and death partner honesty. IMO it’s also pretty heavy theme so I also took a break from reading this  I guess I’m not fit for angsty yet I still want to read them

    How to survive as a villain —> tragedy, drama, comedy. Let’s see there’s angtsy, there’s plot, there’s conflict, and there’s relationship like Romeo and Juliet except mc in denial of his feeling since realistically it can’t work out w his identity and ml’s identity with blood feud from previous gen. The relationship development is nice and fun to see them overcome obstacles. Oi masochistic tendency showing its tentacles again...

    100k volts electrocute you to death—> cute story w actions. The buildup and their chemistry is not bad and fun to read. The story is interesting hmm I’m being vague but I don’t want to spoil too much since I realize I kinda did w my few other recs smh ... but it’s also a relationship that started out from trust then to life and death partner. And it’s also one of my fav that I always keep checking for updates

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    • IndusEla
      IndusEla· Author · Mar 10, 2021 04:56 AM

      Sorry for the late reply. 

      I am very, very thankful for your recommendations and as surprising as it may be, I've only read one from all your recommendations lol so it is indeed of help to me. Thanks~ clear.png

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  3. Bellilelly
    Bellilelly· Feb 15, 2021 05:15 PM

    Heyy I’m back w more novel rec tho idk if they fall under your “healthy relationship” category and if u like them

    Anywyas starting off one of my fav

    Heroic death system —> I say it’s one of my fav QT and I have my personal fav arcs my bias since I find their relationship sweet and ml pampering. Tho that doesn’t change the fact I did find mc getting HE in the latter half story repetitive(idk these kind of qt might have uncover some sm tendency that makes me not want them to have HE...AHEM)and also a few arc that I really don’t like, so I just skip around reading the arcs that I like more, it’s still really enjoyable and I find the chemistry nice in the beginning. The last arc is the worst smh but love the first few arcs

    Fight the landlord, fall in love —-> same author as Golden Stage, this is like an au of it? It say it’s adapted from it on NU and we find a side cp from golden stage in this modern setting. It’s a really short read 41 chapters so I guess that y their relationship, interested in each other and falling all happened within the first 10 chapters. Still baffles me how quickly they gain interest in each other but ml isn’t forceful or anything and respects mc quite a lot. They both childish but mature and that somehow complement each other. Their relationship reminds of of “Your distance” I guess because of the ml’s profession loll but ofc the two novel are really different except the vibe of mature stable and calm relationship 

    Another MXTX high profile work and gained quite a bit of recognition

    Heaven official blessing (same author of founder of diabolism)—> characters are all endearing with their own flaw yet the relationship buildup is really nice —> but this novel for me is really hard to read under one sitting since there’s a lot plot going on so I stopped around c50. I think other people are the same, taking breaks while reading this since my heart can’t take it


     At some point when I was reading QWTFOD I think someone commented that QWTFOD, heaven official blessing, founder of diabolism and maybe something else I forgot the name is the four bible of cn bl community loll

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  4. Lilyjae
    Lilyjae· Jan 18, 2021 08:14 PM

    A few novel recommendations if you haven't read these yet: 

    1) Assistant Architect

    2) Film Emperor’s Adorable Wife From Ancient Times 

    3) The Film Emperor Asks for Divorce Every Day 

    4) I Ship My Adversary X Me

    Three of these got really tacky titles but the stories are interesting and the relationships between the main characters are balanced and full of respect if you want to check it out!! 

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    • IndusEla
      IndusEla· Author · Jan 19, 2021 02:48 PM

      Thanks for the recommendations! Number 3 has been on the list for a long time, still, thank you for mentioning it. I read number 1 a long time ago and completely overlooked it, so thanks for the reminder. clear.png

      I'll check out both number 2 and 4. clear.png

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  5. Comeheretocommentonly
    Comeheretocommentonly· Oct 28, 2020 02:54 PM

    Hello, honestly I've been a long time faithful follower from your list recomendation but I'm too shy to come out and greet you in person.

    First of all, I wanna thank you for being so kind and empowering making me realized that there are people who actually shared same passion as me.

    I'm still reading some tr*shy novels as of now, but truly, your list is the one I always kept looking forward. 

    I've read some of the books mentioned before I go through this list. But also there are some gems that I truly like from your list such as Your Distance, Fake Slakers and Tattoo. Of course there are many more but I already imposed too long on this building.

    At the end I just wanna say hi and hope we could one day chat regarding these books and sharing a few books that maybe we already read.

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    • IndusEla
      IndusEla· Author · Nov 3, 2020 11:05 AM
      Aw, thanks for liking my list! And i would love to talk~ clear.png
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  6. lost_talez
    lost_talez· Aug 13, 2020 10:10 PM

    thank you so much for this list <3 clear.png 

    im so sick of overbearing possessive yandere MLs and poor innocent MCs who gets taken advantage of. It doesn't make me root for the relationship AT ALL and I just end up dropping it (or continue reading in some fruitless hope that the MC will somehow one-up the ML at least once.. which of course never happens). either that or we get pampering ML in a one-sided relationship with an MC who only knows how to throw tantrums and argue. -.- 

    Now i just need someone to make a similar list for female protagonist novels.

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  7. 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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  8. 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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  9. 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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  10. 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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