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Subject: Clean Romances
Date Posted: 6/4/2009 1:01 AM ET
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Looking for clean romances without any sex scenes that aren't Christian fiction novels.  Time period and genre doesn't matter (be it historical, contemporary or fantasy) as long as it's clean.  A few examples would be Georgette Heyer as a historical romance or Juliet Marillier for fantasy.

I don't mind is sex is subtly alluded to or the main characters retreat to a bedroom or something - so long as the reader doesn't go into the bedroom with them!


Date Posted: 6/4/2009 1:41 AM ET
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Destiny Unleashed by Sherryl Woods was very very low-sex and the one scene I remember wasnt' descriptive.

these have some sex but dont' recall it being overly descriptive (maybe others can remember better)- Curtiss Ann Matlock, most of Debbie Macomber (morning comes softly probably had the most in it out of all her hers I've read - some are more women's fiction I think and not sure if the Cedar Cove books have sex or not-don't recall anything descriptive if they did...) I've read a few contemps by Susan Wiggs - Summer at Willow Lake and Just Breathe and they're kinda like women's fiction with a touch of romance and I dont' recally anything overly graphic in either one of them..think both had maybe 1 scene each.

there have been a couple other threads with similar criteria though some had Christian authors mixed in as well.

here's a link you may find some useful info in(though the Virgin River books do have some sex (these were suggested in this thread)but the stories are really good and you could skip that part and not miss the main storyline..


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Date Posted: 6/4/2009 5:01 AM ET
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I just finished an older Silhouette Romance, HER MAN FRIDAY by Marie Ferrarella.  While there is some kissing and mild touching, it's a cute little story with no sex scenes. She's an auto-buy author for me and I've been reading her for years.


Date Posted: 6/4/2009 7:18 AM ET
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Date Posted: 6/4/2009 8:17 AM ET
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All of Lynn Kurland's are closed door romance.   I think most of Debbie Macomber too?

Date Posted: 6/4/2009 9:26 AM ET
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Dorothy Garlock's books have very little sex.  Good stories though.

Date Posted: 6/4/2009 9:54 AM ET
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Be careful of Dorothy Garlock.  Some of her older ones have more sex in them.  In fact I just pulled out my copy of Lonesome River and there's at least one fairly detailed sex scene in it.  I think that's the only one in the book though.  It's been a while since I read it cover to cover. So you might want to avoid any of her earlier books that originally came out with a Bodice Ripper cover.

I read an Edith Layton book one time and I don't remember it having sex in it. 

The Rules of Gentility has no sex in either.  They talk about it but there's no described sex scene. 

Date Posted: 6/4/2009 10:51 AM ET
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Robyn Carr's Grace Valley series has little if any actual sex in it, and it's a great series.  However, the series that follows it, Virgin River, has quite a bit more, so you might not want to get into that one.  I second the recommendation of Susan Wiggs for contemporaries- the Lakeside Chronicles is good, and very little actual sex, though it is alluded to.

Date Posted: 6/4/2009 4:35 PM ET
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All books by Madeleine Brent.  They are romantic suspense and there is nothing grapic.

Date Posted: 6/4/2009 6:02 PM ET
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Later Edith Layton does have some sex, but most of her work doesn't. Her early traditional Regencies are a safe bet.

  Indiscretion by Jude Morgan would be right up your alley, I think. Somewhat Heyer-like.

Helen Brooks writes no-sex Harlequin Presents and is quite good, a notch above the usual for quality of writing.

I often tag books "kisses only" and I think others tag with ratings like "pg" or "r" - you might want to browse tags.

Date Posted: 6/4/2009 7:24 PM ET
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Harlequin Romances and Silhouette Romances (those specific lines) should be fairly tame in terms of sex scenes.  Harlequin Intrigues are more mystery than romance so the romance is pretty tame in them, if you like some mystery thrown in with your romance.

Date Posted: 6/4/2009 8:58 PM ET
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You might try Margaret Way or Betty Neels. Betty Neels books are usually about dutch doctors and english nurses, they are mostly reprints now since she past away some years ago.  Margaret Way writes mostly about Australia.  They are most always tender reads.

Date Posted: 6/5/2009 2:33 AM ET
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I agree with Nancy about a Harlequin NASCAR eBook I read. I think the sex was purposely toned down to appeal to a younger & wider audience.

You can download Speed Dating, by Nancy Warren for free. It's an eBook in PDF format, which you can read right off your computer: www.eharlequin.com/store.html?cid=1357&cmpid=PADSHAR200904010002&KEY=756832-670768&EDID=SQIX73-T1U0E-75WNZJ-XHHI2R-N6PQF-v1 

Or you candownload it in one of the other eBook formats if you have an eReading device.

There's nothing to sign up for, just click the appropriate button for the format you want.


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Date Posted: 6/5/2009 7:45 AM ET
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Susan Wiggs and most LaVyrle Spencer books.

Date Posted: 6/5/2009 9:11 AM ET
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I to don't like the graphic sex scenes either. I mostly read Nicholas Sparks and they aren't bad. Can anyone suggest any books? He's my favorite author and I have a hard time finding anything else to read. Please Help!!!


Date Posted: 6/5/2009 9:35 AM ET
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Mary Stewart has some romantic suspense written in the 60's that are devoid of sex and the stories are great. Some titles are Madam Will You Talk? (my favorite), Nine Coaches Waiting, This Rough Magic, The Moonspinners, Wildfire at Midnight.

Date Posted: 6/5/2009 7:00 PM ET
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http://www.paperbackswap.com/forum/topic.php?t=167434  try this thread about Avalon books..someone posted asking what they're like and the reply went to their website and sounds like what you may be looking for.

Date Posted: 6/5/2009 7:16 PM ET
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Really good historical mysteries with no overt sex scenes at all? (Note: any romantic action is done with the sort of "fade out". Also, warning that there is a lesbian character, but no romantic action at all there either.) The Lady Julia Grey series by Deanna Raybourn: Silent in the Grave, Silent in the Sanctuary, and Silent in the Moor. Very romantic, mysterious books and a pleasure to read.
Date Posted: 6/5/2009 8:34 PM ET
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I've started reading Jodi Thomas and she doesn't have many sex scenes in the books I've read.  If there is, it's usually a paragraph or two.  There are some heavy petting scenes, but nothing major.


Date Posted: 6/5/2009 11:18 PM ET
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Here's a link to AAR's special title listing for "One Foot On The Floor" romance.  I'd copy & paste, but there are tons:P


Date Posted: 6/10/2009 6:39 PM ET
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Mary Stewart's romantic suspense novels don't have any sex in them, nor do Mary Westmacott's (she was actually Agatha Christie). Ditto M. M. Kaye's "Death" series (Death in Kashmir, etc.), which were mysteries but generally contained romances as well; I can't remember if her longer historical fiction (the most famous being The Far Pavilions) did or not.

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Date Posted: 6/10/2009 7:17 PM ET
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Christie's Mary Westmacott novels aren't romances though - though they are quite interesting and well worth reading.

Date Posted: 6/10/2009 7:20 PM ET
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I think, though am not positive, that Susan Spencer Paul's paranormals are sex free. I read a historical by her and it did have some, though considerably lighter than many.

I saw a recommendation for Susan Wiggs - perhaps there's no sex in her contemporaries, but there definitely is in her historicals.

Date Posted: 6/10/2009 11:21 PM ET
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Thanks for all the suggestions so far! 

Just reading over some of them - I'd definitely have to agree with those that suggested Mary Stewart and Deanna Raybourn along with Lynn Kurland.  I read Nine Coaches Waiting by Stewart and fell absolutely in love (the same way I did when I first met Nicholas Brisbane in Raybourn's Lady Julia Grey series).  I read The Ivy Tree by Stewart, as well, but can't say I particularly enjoyed it as much.  It was still good, but didn't totally entrance me the same way that Nine Coaches Waiting did. 

Date Posted: 6/11/2009 1:54 AM ET
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Oh, I just remembered Elizabeth Peters/Barbara Michaels. I like her Michaels books best.