The list author says: "Romances in which the Hero or Heroine (maybe both) loved the other from afar for a long time. Some may have been since childhood, some may have begun in adulthood but since they met."
"Michael was in love with Francesca since he met her, but had to settle for being her friend since she loved and married his cousin (who he was very close to). When she decides to husband hunt several years after her husband's death, Michael decides to pursue her."
"Miranda has loved Turner since she was an awkward child and he, her friend's older brother, told her she would grow into herself. After his cheating wife dies, Turner is left cynical and bitter, but Miranda, now a young woman, still wants him."
"Win and Merripen have shared an intense bond since her family took him in as a boy after his gypsy tribe left him for dead. He has always resisted thinking he's not good enough for her and then because she was left an invalid after recovering from Scarlett Fever. But now she is healthy and wants a future with him."
"Matthew has loved Daisy Bowman since meeting her as a young employee of her father's company. Romantic Daisy has always disliked this stuffy intellectual who her father so respected. But after several failed years on the marriage mart, her father has decided she will have to marry Matthew if she does not find a blueblood by his deadline."
"Christabel has loved Judd since they were secretly married when she was 16 and he 31 in order to run a ranch that's been in both families for ages. Judd refuses to have a physical relationship and said they would divorce when she's 21, but as that day approaches, it's harder to resist her or let her go."
"Connor has wanted Erin since she was jailbait and he was a young FBI agent under her father. Erin felt the same, but neither knew how the other felt. Now Connor is her self-assigned bodyguard and she doesn't want to let anymore years or opportunities pass."
"Plain and plump Grace has always been overlooked by men, including her employer's grandson Noah. After he catches his fiancee cheating, she agrees to a sex-only affair with the man she's wanted for years."
"Nick and Delaney have been drawn to each other since childhood, but he was the unackowledged biological son of her controlling stepfather. Ten years after leaving town, Delaney is back for her stepfather's funeral and his will requires that Nick & Delaney not have sex or they will lose their inheritances, but it's not easy to resist each other."
"It's actually not the main characters that fit this plot, but the secondary romance between Ethan and Kristy, but it's so good I had to include it. Ethan is the local pastor questioning his calling and Kristy is his long time secretary who has loved him since they were kids. He never noticed plain Kristy until she changes her style to get his attention"
"Gregory falls in love at first sight with Hermoine Watson, only she loves someone else. He enlists Hermoine's best friend Lucy to help him win her over and Lucy falls for Gregory in the process, only she's been promised to another by her uncle."
"The heroine has loved the hero since she was a child, but he believes she betrayed him and her sister preventing their elopement as teens. On her wedding night, he seduces her as revenge and she demands protection from her vengeful husband."
"Luc & Jessie were childhood friends escaping their abusive fathers together, despite their different backgrounds (she was "trailer trash", he heir to a fortune). She loved him, but he fell for her sister breaking her heart. They haven't seen each other since he was acquitted of murdering her stepfather. Now he wants to take his father's company which she received in his will as his widow."
"I'm including this on the list because the background between the main characters fits the plot. As a teen, Georgie loved her bad boy costar, Bram, until a night with him disillusioned her. Over a decade later, Bram and Georgie marry in Vegas after being drugged and decide to use the situation to both their advantages."
"In Lori Foster's "Baby on Board", Anabel has liked Gil for years, but he was sexually involved with her roommate and thought she was too unorthodox. Now she's brought the daughter she raised that he never knew about to him and wants a chance to make them a family."