11 romance books that are about more than sex

Feb 29, 2016 at 4:00 p.m. ET
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A man who keeps a clean house and does the laundry is more than sexy — he's hot! I think that's why I've been reading more books in the clean romance genre lately. It's a welcome change from books that make you laugh with all the creative ways the author can describe a man's genitals but are seriously lacking when it comes to a plot. I love a book with in-depth characters, passionate plots and a few twists and turns, and that's exactly what I'm finding with clean romance novels. So if you're looking for a wholesome book with a good old-fashioned love story, you'll enjoy the one listed below.

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1. Unraveled

by Heidi McCahan

Unraveled by Heidi McCahan
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Unraveled is the story of a girl trying to find her place (literally) in the world. Is it in Seattle with her fiancé, or is it in Alaska with her family — and perhaps an old flame? The Alaskan backdrop gives this story an adventurous twist.

2. Covering Home

by Heidi McCahan

Covering Home by Heidi McCahan
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Covering Home is about baseball: a star pitcher with a mysterious background and a single sports reporter looking for her big break. Set in Japan, the story puts two unlikely individuals together for an interesting time of bonding while maintaining a sense of professionalism.

3. Love Flies In

by Heidi McCahan

Love Flies In by Heidi McCahan
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Love Flies In tells the story of a story of a sea pilot and a kayaking guide living in Alaska who are each set on purchasing the same cabin. Can they strike a compromise, or will their arguing lead to something more?

4. A Season to Love

by Nicole Deese

A Season to Love by Nicole Deese
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A Season to Love is a story about timid single mom, Wila, who meets adventurous young doctor Patrick in a small town in Oregon. While Wila gradually pushes back her fears and tries to become more like Patrick, she learns he is moving on to his next adventure. Will the thrill ride end, or is there another adventure around the bend?

5. You're the One That I Want

by Susan May Warren

You're the One that I want by Susan May Warren
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You're The One That I Want is about Owen, an injured NHL star with a shady past and police woman Elise, aka "Scotty," who doesn't believe in happy endings. Are the consequences that bring Owen and Scotty together enough for a fresh start? Are they brave enough for new beginnings?

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6. The Goodbye Bride

by Denise Hunter

The Goodbye Bride by Denise Hunter
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The Goodbye Bride tells the story of Lucy, a girl engaged to be married to Zac, but somewhere along the way she loses her memory — and her fiancé. Lucy then meets another man and becomes engaged, only to have it unravel again. This time she goes back to Zac to try and piece together her memory. But while he's happy she is back, he wonders if she'll leave again when her memory returns.

7. A Love Like Ours

by Becky Wade

A Love Like Ours by Becky Wade
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A Love Like Ours follows former Marine Jake, who battles PTSD symptoms and leads a solitary life until his childhood friend Lyndie moves back to town. Lyndie starts exercising Jake's Thoroughbreds and brings her happy disposition to his ranch. Can she heal Jake's heart? And can he love again?

8. How to Catch a Prince

by Rachel Hauck

How to Catch A Prince by Rachel Hauck
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How to Catch a Prince centers on American heiress Cornina and Prince Stephen, whose romance became clouded during a long war in Afghanistan. New evidence comes to light that might bring the two back together. Can the two dignitaries salvage their love?

9. Paper Hearts

by Courtney Walsh

Paper Hearts by Courtney Walsh
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Paper Hearts is a mix of paper hearts, love notes and a difficult yet handsome landlord. Can love notes change a person's perspective on relationships? Can a difficult man become a suitable suitor?

10. Falling for Texas

by Jill Lynn

Falling for Texas by Jill Lynn
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Falling for Texas is the tale of Cash, a Texas rancher trying his best to raise his orphaned sister. To help with his sister's grades and attitude, Cash asks a new teacher, Olivia, for help, but Cash finds himself falling for Olivia while trying to maintain a professional relationship and his promise not to date while caring for his sister. Will he stay true to his promise or his heart?

11. Sway

by Amy Matayo

Sway by Amy Matayo
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Sway takes readers into the complex relationship of Caleb and Kate, who quickly started an intense relationship that suddenly fizzled. No matter how hard they try to stay apart, they keep running into each other. Which makes them wonder why the wrong person could be so right?

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