A couple years (wow has it really been a couple years?!) ago I wrote a post about non-erotic NA romance books and recommended a whole lot of books! Today I’m coming at you, with not specifically NA (though some of them are) low to no sexual content romance books.
For me, reading clean romance books is a personal decision. It doesn’t have to do anything with not being sex positive or thinking books with high sexual content are bad. I think Ashley from What She’s Reading said it best when she said, “the term ‘clean’ is more a descriptor of what the book is than what other books aren’t. However, I can see the point that labeling a book ‘clean’ may imply that the acts of sex, drug/alcohol use, and swearing are ‘unclean’ or ‘dirty’ (which, again, is not how we want patrons to feel).”
It’s just a personal decision. Anyway, what you read is totally up to you, and since a lot of romance does have a lot of sexual content and I have read a lot of romance with very low to little sexual content, I thought I’d share another list, let’s go!
- Ayesha At Last by Uzma Jalaluddin
No sex/kissing at all. Ayesha at Last is a Pride and Prejudice retelling about a small community in Canada and Ayesha, our heroine is lovely and charming and the perfect Lizzie Bennet.
- Jilted by Suzanne Lilah
The sex scenes in this book are very brief and don’t linger on the act, it’s more there to show that they had sex. It’s not a large part of the book and are less than a page or two each. They’re very easy to skip and you can definitely see them coming.
- Bed of Roses by Nora Roberts
To be honest it’s been a really long time since I’ve read this book, but from what I remember the (only?) two sex scenes are not overly descriptive. Most of the book is actually the women of the company planning and running weddings.
- Not Another Family Wedding by Jackie Lau
There are one or two sex scenes in this book and they’re very easy to skip over. You can see them coming from a mile away and you don’t miss anything. I liked this book for a lot of reasons, and there was some of it that I wish had been different, but overall it was a book I was glad I had read especially because it talks about children in a way most romance books don’t.
- Liar’s Guide to True Love by Wendy Chen
I think my favorite part of this romance book is how heavily it focuses on Cassandra’s job. Her job as a wedding planner features strongly in the book. Not to say conflict is absent here, there is a good deal of conflict with Nick, her love interest. But there’s some kissing I think? If there’s sex it’s like a fade to black, easy to miss.
- Unmarriageable by Soniah Kamal
No sex/kissing at all. This is another Pride and Prejudice retelling, but this time it’s about a family living in Pakistan. It’s witty and heavy on social commentary which I love. Definitely a unique and “in its own right” retelling!
- Lies Jane Austen Told Me by Julie Wright and Shadow Mountain Publishing
I want to take a minute and talk about Shadow Mountain Publishing. It’s owned by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and they only publish clean romance. There’s usually a kiss at most, but I can 99.9 percent guarantee there will be no sex scenes in any of the books. I have read Lies Jane Austen Told Me, which was humorous and had no sex scenes (maybe one very small, but I haven’t read a lot of SMP books.
- 99 Percent Mine by Sally Thorne
You might disagree with this a bit, but personally I found Sally Thorne’s sex scenes more descriptive of feelings than describing the actual act. If you are trying to skip it but enjoy Thorne’s hilarious voice, it really is easy to do. It’s like a page? Or two? It’s a very small part of the book.
Do you have any recommendations for me? I’m always looking for more romance books! Let me know in the comments!