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Subject: books like The Season by Sarah MacClean?
Date Posted: 7/4/2013 3:04 PM ET
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Does anyone have any recommendations for any books like The Season by Sarah MacClean.

I took my girls to see Safe Haven a few months ago and made a comment that the romance novels I read are a lot like that movie, two people meet, fall in love, there's a conflict and a HEA. Now my  oldest(just turned 15) wants to start reading "mom's books"

"mom's books" are a little too risque for her I feel, so I got her The Season, now she wants more, so are there any other "tame" romance novels out there that aren't "Christian romance"

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Date Posted: 7/4/2013 6:42 PM ET
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I cant say if they are like The Season but here are a few that I don't think are too risque



The Princess Brideby William Goldman   -- & then you can watch the movie again both are wonderful

Beauty: A Retelling of the Story of Beauty and the Beastby Robin McKinley  --  I really liked this one, i read it a long time ago & i don't remember anything risque (do steer clear of deerskin if you look for others by this author)

A Civil Campaignby Lois McMaster Bujold  -  this is in a rather large science fiction series.  I think it can stand alone but is better when you have known the characters from the other books.  the other books are not really romances, tho.

A Matter of Classby Mary Balogh  - this is a historical romance, there was some sex in it but not much

Pride and Prejudiceby Jane Austen  -  the classic.  & then you can watch the mini series

Date Posted: 7/5/2013 12:23 AM ET
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I can't really think of any adult romance novels that are tame off the top of my head.  I do know that The Season is not an adult book though it was written for YA.  Also Sarah plans to write more YA soon according to her website (historical and contemporary YA Romance).  You should probably ask this question in the Young Adult forum as they sometime know books that crossover between Adult and YA.  Also if you take the question over there you might want to be more specific on what your daughter likes to read.  Does she like Historical, Contemproary, Paranorma, Fantasy?  Knowing that might help them find some authors for you.     

Here are some suggestions that I have: 

I don't know what other books your daughter has read though but has she read Sarah Dessen?  Someone bought I think Along for the Ride for my 10 yr old niece (Listed as age 9 and Up).  Her mom shot it over to me and I read it quickly.  I deemed it not appropriate for her yet as she's a little immature but it would be good for a 15 yr old.  She has a lot of other romance books for teens, and there are a some available to order on here.

I also read a Jennifer Echols book that was cute I'm pretty sure it was Love story.  She writes mostly for YA older Teens. 

There was also some books by Melanie Dickerson looked like retellings.  I have the The Healer's Apprentice by Melanie.  I started it a while ago and had to stop to read a swap book and just haven't gotten around to picking my kindle back up.  What I read of it was pretty good though.

The Dark Unwinding by Sharon Cameron was a YA Steam Punkish book but was really cute.  The characters in this one were a little older more late teens early twenties.  But its YA so its tame.  It will also be a series so their will be more in the future.     

Here are some I've not read but might be similar to The Season:

Anna Godbersen's Luxe Series

Y.S Lee's Agency Series if she likes a little mystery too

Marissa Doyle has a couple historicals but they also have some magic mixed in.  

Cayla Kluver's Legacy Trilogy 

Darker Still (Magic Most Foul #1) by Leanna Renee Hieber

You should check out Harlequin's Teen line, mostly they do paranormal but they have a few historical like Cayla Kluver's Legacy Trilogy and some contemporary romance books too like Katie McGarry's books.  I hate to say this since you were looking for tame adult romance's but there really are a lot of good books being written by Young Adult writters right now.  Its a great time to be a teen reader as the market really did open up.  Oh and if she's wanting something that might be a little more adult you could try finding books by authors who write both YA and Adult fiction like P.C Cast they are guaranteed to have some make out scenes in them.   

ETA: OK I remembered some adult romances I'd read that were pretty tame by Betty Neels. I've only read 7 of here books so I don't know if they were all this way but they ususally agree to marry or have recently gotten married for some unconventional reason and by the end of the book they always find out they are in love.  In the ones I read there was no sex at all.  My favorite one was Roses and Champagne.  Oh and these are not Christian fiction that I know of. 

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Date Posted: 7/7/2013 9:06 PM ET
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Thanks for the imput ; )

Date Posted: 7/8/2013 8:48 AM ET
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seems like Curtiss Ann Matlock's weren't spicy - there's sex but don't recall it being graphic and overly descriptive - there were 2 about sisters - driving lessons I think was one and maybe open highways then the same town/setting had a trilogy that started with cold tea on a hot day..seems like she added a couple more that Ihaven't read but I've debated re-reading the entire series if I find it at the library on ebook or audio...I remember enjoying those - esp the cold tea on a hot day - I actually read the 3rd book in that 'trilogy' not realizing I'd missed the first 2 and it had a teen-ish aged girl in it- the main character had a special needs son and ended up with the girl because the girl's mom was having 'difficulties' and seems like custody issues arise - overall I remember really liking the book enough that I got the first 2 then found the other 2 that happened earlier in the town.

eta: think this is the order - Lost Highways, Driving Lessons (these 2 are sisters and occur about the same time),  Cold Tea on a Hot Day, At the Corner of Love and Heartache, Recipes for Easy Living, then seems like these 2 were added but connected to the series - Sweet Dreams at the Goodnight Motel, hmm not seeing the other title so maybe it was a standalone.  anyways there was sex but I don't remember it being all that graphic or all that frequent.


eta again! think it's Chin Up, Honey!..saw it on amazon.

not familiar with sarah maclean but will check it out. I'll read just about anything including christian romance but I dont' like preachy and I want a good storyline or at least something in the book to be interesting. when I was a teen I had nothing to read except school assigned - there was anew teen line out from silhouette but I only found a couple I found interesting and ended up discovering danielle steele's thurston house then other without the 'racy' covers but belive me 2 I found I wish I hadn't because they were worse than the bodice rippers in content :-(

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Date Posted: 7/8/2013 7:10 PM ET
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The Once Upon a Time series may be something she would like. The list below are the ones by Cameron Dokey ,but there are more in the series.


Once Upon a Time
The Storyteller's Daughter (2002)
Beauty Sleep (2002)
Sunlight and Shadow (2004)
Golden (2006)
Before Midnight (2007)
Belle (2008)
The Wild Orchid (2009)
Winter's Child (2009)
The World Above (2010)
Once: Before Midnight / Golden / Wild Orchid (omnibus) (2012)
Kissed: Belle / Sunlight and Shadow / Winter's Child (omnibus) (2013