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My Favorite Clean Romances!

February is one of my favorite times to read romance books (November is another one for some reason) and I thought it was a great time to share some of my favorite romances! I don't like to read books with sex scenes, so these books are clean but fun romances!


These are my top ten favorite romance books!


Hello Stranger by Katherine Center


I love Katherine Center's romcoms! They are all closed door with characters I love. While they are heavy on the romance, they also focus on other issues the characters are facing. At the end of this book, the author talks about how she tries to share hope, even in the face of hard problems, with each of her books and for me, she succeeds.


This is my favorite by Katherine Center (so far!), but a close second is What You Wish For.








The Enemy by Sarah Adams


Sarah Adams has a lot of romcoms and some regency romance. Her earlier romcoms are "clean but steamy". This was her second romcom and is my favorite! I love the way she did the hate-to-love in it and of course, donuts! I also love the mom and daughter relationship in it.


I found her first four or five books to be the "cleanest", and then while they stayed fade-to-black, I felt they were quite a bit steamier than her earlier books. It didn't surprise me when she announced that her newest book (The Rule Book) would be open door (meaning a sex scene). But all of her books written previous to that (The Match, The Enemy, The Temporary Roomie, The Off Limits Rule, The Cheat Sheet, Practice Makes Perfect, When in Rome, and her regency romances) are all closed door or fade-to-black.




Call Me Maybe by Cara Bastone


This is a short (and cute) Audible original (meaning they only have an audio version of it). I loved the characters and the premise of the book, I listened to it in one sitting.


*There is more language in this than most rom coms and has a chapter where the f word is said quite a few times













The Roommate Situation by Katie Bailey


I absolutely loved this romcom and its sequel (The Neighbor War)! I loved the sibling relationships in this one and how awkward but cute the main character is. The romance is also very fun!

















27 Ways to Find a Boyfriend by Shari L Tapscott


This is a light-hearted romance, exactly what you would expect from a romcom. I especially loved the friendship between the love interests and all the hilarious scenes that come from her list.


The sequel (27 Ways to Mend His Broken Heart) and the Christmas novella (10 Ways to Survive Christmas with your Ex) were just as enjoyable!










Promised by Leah Garriott


I've read quite a few regency romances and this remains one of my all time favorites! I really loved the main characters (which is very important in a romance) and the chemistry they had with each other. I was rooting for them throughout the entire book. The plotline felt unique, which was nice in a regency, and I flew through the book.













The Kiss of a Stranger by Sarah M. Eden


Sarah M. Eden is one of my favorite regency romance authors and this has been my favorite book by her so far! I loved watching the relationship unfold after they are already married and the character growth of the main characters.














What the Wind Knows by Amy Harmon


This is an historical romance with some time travel magic in it. The romance is beautiful, the history taught me a lot, the atmosphere is Celtic, and the relationship between the grandfather and granddaughter brought me to tears.














Lady of Milkweed Manor by Julie Klassen


This is an historical romance following a lady who is pregnant out of wedlock and becomes a wetnurse afterward. The romance is cute and I loved the sections on nursing. It does talk about relations out of wedlock, but doesn't have any scenes describing it.














A Face in the Shadows by Susan Evans McCloud


This is a historical romance that follows a girl attending BYU, with two different love interests and a traumatic past following WWII. I love the depth of characters and the way the love triangle pays out in this one!














To All the Boys I've Loved Before by Jenny Han


This is a super popular YA romance and for good reason! It has such a fun premise--Laura Jean writes a goodbye letter after each crush that they'll never see, but then they accidentally get mailed. It also has fun hate-to-love and fake dating tropes and is a fun, clean read!













Tweet Cute by Emma Lord


This is another really popular YA romance that lived up to the hype for me. It has some "You've Got Mail" vibes, which is my favorite hate-to-love trope and there is a really fun girl friendship as well.


There is some language, including the f word.














Love, Life, and the List by Kasie West


Kasie West is a great go-to if you love sweet, clean YA romance. I've enjoyed every book I've read by her. This one, aside from a focus on the romance, has some great friendship relationships (including one with her Grandpa) and the main character has fun character growth.













Bookish and the Beast by Ashley Poston


This is technically the third in the "series", but you can read them as stand alones. This one was fun because it had a lot of parallels to Beauty and the Beast and the bookish aspect of that is always fun!


Ashley Poston does tend to use more language in her books.













The Kiss of Deception by Mary E. Pearson


This is a fantasy romance. It has a really fun love triangle with a bit of a mystery to it. There are two men that show up and like Lia, but then we also get a viewpoint from an assassin who is there to kill who and we don't know which of the love triangle is the assassin. It's a fun twist on the love triangle and I loved the journey of it.













Angels Don't Knock by Dan Yates


Angels Don't Knock is a cheesy book, but also just a fun experience. Samantha is engaged when an angel only she can see enters her life claiming to be her soulmate. Due to an accident, he was born a hundred years early and died before his time, so now he's trying to make it right. The romance is great, the characters' interactions are funny, and the world building around the angels is fun to see.










Book of a Thousand Days by Shannon Hale


Shannon Hale has several books that I really love (including the Goose Girl and Princess Academy), but this is my favorite by her and also such a great romance. It has a fantasy feel to it and is YA but doesn't have as strong of a YA-feel to it. The characters in it, especially the main character, are so strong and feel very real.













Ella Enchanted by Gail Carson Levine


Ella Enchanted has been one of my favorite books since I first read it when I was 8 and one of the biggest reasons is because of the romance between Ella and Char. They are so sweet together and it is fun to see their relationship grow throughout the book.












I love a good romance in a book! Let me know your favorite romances in the comments below!






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