Adult Romances That Won't Make You Blush

By Skokie Staff Advisory Services

Enjoy these romance titles that are full of charm and intimacy, without graphic details.

  • The Romantic Agenda

    2022 by Kann, Claire

    This contemporary romance features a strong, likable heroine who is discovering herself and navigating her own insecurities. There is also an adorably grumpy hero. The plot is complex and layered, making for a slow-burn friends-to-lovers romance that you might have a hard time putting down. Suggested by Rummanah.

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  • A Lady's Guide to Fortune-Hunting

    2022 by Irwin, Sophie

    If you are looking for a classic romance that has echoes of Jane Austen and Georgette Heyer, you might enjoy this charming and witty debut about an entirely unconventional heroine who throws herself into the London Season to find a wealthy husband, but doesn't expect to find love in the process. Suggested by Rummanah.

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  • So We Meet Again

    2021 by Park, Suzanne

    Kirkus Reviews describes this book as "a charming contemporary romance with heart, humor, and home cooking." Suggested by Rummanah.

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  • Meet Me in the Margins

    2022 by Ferguson, Melissa

    A sweet closed-door romance between an assistant acquisitions editor at Nashville’s stately Pennington Publishing House (who is writing her own first manuscript) and her mysterious editor. Suggested by Rummanah.

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  • Never Been Kissed

    2022 by Janovsky, Timothy

    Although this book uses adult language, all adult situations happen off the page, leaving readers with a sweet, cozy romance where a kiss is more than just a kiss. Add a drive-in movie theater and plenty of humor and you have a delightful romance for folks who prefer the cerebral to the physical. Suggested by Becca.

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  • Hana Khan Carries On

    2021 by Jalaluddin, Uzma

    This romance not only has a large cast of great characters, loving and strong family ties, a satisfying enemies-to-lovers trope, and head-on discussion of real-life issues, it also provides a mirror for those looking for positive Muslim representation and a window for others who want to learn more. Suggested by Rummanah.

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  • Digging up Love

    2022 by Blumberg, Chandra

    This book features hot and playful chemistry between the leads, but the characters never go beyond a kiss. Dinosaurs, baked goods, and wacky relatives combine in this fun tale. There is lots of fun banter, no games, and a wonderful cast of supporting characters. Suggested by Lynnanne.

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  • Sadie on a Plate

    2022 by Elliot, Amanda

    Although this book has adult language, the intimate scenes take place off the page. A very sweet story with delicious descriptions of food set against a Top Chef-like competition show. Sadie is a likable heroine who uses her Jewish recipes to create her dishes. Suggested by Rummanah.

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  • Love, Lists, and Fancy Ships

    2021 by Ruiz, Sarah Grunder

    This sweet contemporary romance is about taking risks, second chances, and exploring the various ways people grieve. There’s a nice balance between the serious aspects of the book with humor and a romance filled with all the feels but no visuals. Suggested by Rummanah.

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  • By the Book

    2022 by Guillory, Jasmine

    The second book in the Meant to Be series can be read independently. This sweet contemporary romance is inspired by Beauty and the Beast and is set in the publishing industry. Suggested by Rummanah.

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  • Plot Twist

    2021 by Turner, Bethany

    Olivia Ross is a greeting card writer who wants to be a screenplay writer. Spanning a decade, the story checks in every February 4, and we learn what is going on with Olivia, her friends, her longstanding crush on a man she met at a café who keeps turning up one way or another through the years, and her unfinished screenplay. Like the title suggests, it all twists out to a satisfying (and perhaps surprising) conclusion. Suggested by Sharon.

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  • The Matchmaker's Lonely Heart

    2021 by Allen, Nancy Campbell

    This chaste Victorian romance will appeal to romance and historical mystery readers alike. Suggested by Rummanah.

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  • If the Shoe Fits: A Meant to Be Novel

    2021 by Murphy, Julie

    The first in a new series of romance novels based loosely around Disney favorites kicks off with this delightful book based on Cinderella . . . if she went on a show like The Bachelor. There is just enough of the story of the famous princess to be charming, with enough new content to keep you engaged and surprised. Suggested by Becca.

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  • To Sir, with Love

    2021 by Layne, Lauren

    A modern You've Got Mail that would make Nora Ephron proud. Booklist says, "Sweet and full of humor, this romance is low on steam but high on charm, and readers will be rooting for Gracie to find her Prince Charming." Suggested by Rummanah.

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  • All Stirred Up

    2020 by Moore, Brianne

    This second-chance romance is inspired by Jane Austen's Persuasion. Publishers Weekly raves "this chaste love story, peppered with just the right amount of family drama, foodie descriptions, and rom-com hijinks, is a treat." Suggested by Rummanah.

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  • Very Sincerely Yours

    2021 by Winfrey, Kerry

    A lovely mix of You've Got Mail and Mr. Rogers' Neighborhood. Delightful, charming, and heart-warming, without intimacy details or foul language. And the story is set in a toy store--how cool is that? Suggested by Mary.

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