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Subject: Clean Romance Books???
Date Posted: 2/3/2011 10:15 AM ET
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OK group I am always in need of some help finding great romance books that are clean. I don’t mind kissing and showing their love that way, I just don’t want porn books. Not putting anyone down if you like this sort of book, but it seems that most of the romance books today have way too much sex in them. I would just like to have books like they were back in the 60dys, where there was some gentle kissing and that was about it. They were really good reads and I loved having to not worry about coming upon any sex seen’s I had to skip over.  I have found books like love inspired, which are great, but I would like more romance books that are horse related, or regency type books with the heroine being in love with horses is my favorite kind of book. Please help me out here anyone know of some great reads, oh by the way Back to the ranch series was great, just the right amount of romance with out the sex. Wish Harlequin would do more books like those, now those are the kind of books I am looking for. Thanks for any help you can be, God bless. 

Date Posted: 2/3/2011 12:43 PM ET
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I don't know if you're Christian or not but I had a friend who is and loved Christian themed romance novels and the Amish ones. Those and traditional Regencies and the classic authors like Georgette Heyer are all I can think of.

Date Posted: 2/3/2011 12:50 PM ET
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Debbie Macomber's books are usually pretty tame as far as sex goes.  Lynn Kurland's books are very romantic and the sex is all "behind closed doors" where you don't read about it... but her books usually involve time travel so if that's not your thing, you won't want to read them.  I love them, though! 

Let's see... I'm having to really dig because I'm on the opposite end of the spectrum - I like my books to have a little (or a lot of) heat!  lol

I'm sure you'll get a bunch of good suggestions from other ladies here.

Deborah Smith maybe?  She's one of my favorite authors, but it's been a while since I've read one of her books so I can't remember how much (or little) sex is in them.

Carla Kelly is a new to me author and her books are relatively clean, too.  The ones I've read have had a couple of sex scenes, but nothing graphic and nothing that goes on & on... the romance (and not the sex) is definitely the main focus of the book.


Date Posted: 2/3/2011 1:36 PM ET
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I would look for older books. I love Georgette Heyer and Elizabeth Gaskell. Also try YA books they make them a lot better now!

Date Posted: 2/3/2011 1:54 PM ET
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the cleanest I know outside the christian market are Debbie Macomber(and some of hers are cleaner than others) and curtiss ann matlock.

in the love inspired line the western authors I've read are Debra Clopton(read mule hollow in order) and Brenda Minton..one each for Audra Harders and Tina Radcliffe. longer christian books - Christine Lynxwiler and Sharon Gillenwater might suffice though none have the heroine in love with the horse but seems like they take place on ranches and such so horses are there in the story.

there's another author someone on a christian board said was clean - I've read a couple of hers and one was set on a ranch - the author is mormon I think but there's nothing religious in them - just kissing scenes and no sex  - Marcia McClure I think is her name - dusty britches is one of the titles I read - they're not as easy to find though - I had to go interlibrary loan iwth my library.

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Date Posted: 2/3/2011 2:37 PM ET
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Over on GoodReads there is a discussion group dedicated to clean romance. They currently have over 500 books on their shelves that aren't inspirational but should fit what you're looking for. You might want to check it out.


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Date Posted: 2/3/2011 3:19 PM ET
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There are many christian romances being offered free as e-books.  http://blog.booksontheknob.org/  she usually notes in the 1st paragraph if it is a romance from a christian publisher and give a couple paragraphs description of book.

Date Posted: 2/3/2011 4:24 PM ET
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Janette Oke, Mary Connealy, Lyn Kurland, Linda Ford, Lori Copeland, Tamera Alexander

Date Posted: 2/3/2011 7:19 PM ET
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Robyn Carr! Her Grace Valley series were clean, and her Virgin River series are pretty clean, and just really great books! Plus, there was a recent Virgin River series book (#11?), Promise Canyon, that had horses in it...it had some love scenes too, but it was still pretty good and the love scene are not too much or too graphic. Highly recommend!

Date Posted: 2/4/2011 2:31 PM ET
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Madeleine Brent is one of my favorite authors for good clean romance...

Date Posted: 2/4/2011 8:19 PM ET
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I can recommend Lori Copeland and Mary Connealy very highly.  I find Mary Connealy books to also have great humor.

Date Posted: 2/14/2011 10:46 AM ET
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Oh, I just read two delightful stories by Carla Kelly.  She was a new author to me and I will be looking for more books by  her.

Mrs. Drew Plays Her Hand and Miss Grimsley's Oxford Career (Signet Regency Romance)

Date Posted: 2/14/2011 9:05 PM ET
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All About Romance rates their reviews by their "Sensuality" Index.  So you can go to the recent reviews and look for "kisses" or "subtle".

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Date Posted: 2/15/2011 10:54 AM ET
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Debbie Macomber- Country Brides

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Date Posted: 3/30/2011 11:15 AM ET
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Airs Above the Ground by Mary Stewart. A wonderful romantic suspense with no sex centering around the Lipizzaner stallions of Vienna.

Date Posted: 3/30/2011 7:56 PM ET
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Heads up - Carla Kelly has some pretty steamy scenes in some of her books imo. Of course thats quite alright with me:-) You might try some of Lavyrle Spencer's - one of my favorites, Morning Glory is very subtle as is Hummingbird.

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Date Posted: 3/30/2011 9:25 PM ET
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Just finished listening to Witness by Dee Henderson.. my second one of hers --- My second of hers and both you'd consider clean -- both are romantic suspense more than just romance.

Date Posted: 4/20/2011 4:53 AM ET
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How are Janet Dailey, Danielle Steele, and some of the others who have been around a while?

I'm actually ok with "love" scenes, just want to avoid graphic descriptions, and *any* hint of violence (like the old Kathleen Woodiwiss types.)

Date Posted: 4/20/2011 6:42 AM ET
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Also, there's the brand new Harlequin "Heartwarming" line which I just discovered at Walmart last weekend. Not inspirational but no sex in them as far as I could tell. I requested a few here as Cheryl Reavis is one of my favorite authors, and I wanted to see how they go.

I love the sexy books but I also love Debbie Macomber and the like, a time and place for everything.


Date Posted: 4/20/2011 4:29 PM ET
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Robin Lee Hatcher writes such mild stuff I think of it as YA.

Date Posted: 4/20/2011 10:11 PM ET
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Just finished reading Truly, Madly by Heather Webber. No sex, nice and clean while still being modern. 

Date Posted: 5/3/2011 10:09 PM ET
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Katherine Greyle- -Rules for a lady.  

Historical Romance

No sex.  decent read. 

Date Posted: 5/4/2011 5:35 AM ET
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I read Laura Abbot's BELLEPORTE SUMMER - oops sorry about that. The message somehow went through incomplete.

BELLEPORTE SUMMER was a very heartwarming, family-oriented story. It's the 2nd Harlequin Heartwarming book I read in the past week and both were very nice. I think that's the focus of the series - they're reissues of earlier Harlequin romances (these 2 were Superromances).

I think I'll be reading a few more of them for a change of pace.


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