Looking for a love story, not a lust story
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What are your favorite love stories? I'm looking to read something where the two main characters actually fall in love, not lust (big difference). Any recommendations would be much appreciated.
I think you might like the Bedwyn series, starting with Slightly Married by Mary Balogh as well. You meet some of the characters in A Summer to Remember.
I also always liked Catherine Cookson and Susan Howatch. They are older books but you can find them. Nice stories where the characters fall in love.
Dee Henderson also writes great love stories. No sex. Christian Romance. Great love stories.
I like Mary Balogh's older books - The First Snowdrop immediately comes to mind. Also The Temporary Wife, Beyond the Sunrise, The Secret Pearl, Tangled, Truly, Heartless, Indiscreet, etc. Her newer ones have been disappointing to me because I feel that they have less character development and historical accuracy.
I have loved Georgette Heyer's romances since I was in high school and re-read them periodically. I'd second VeraMarie's The Talisman Ring but don't like April Lady as much as Devil's Cub, These Old Shades, Lady of Quality, Regency Buck, and even Faro's Daughter.
Mary Jo Putney wrote some good ones - The Shattered Rose comes to mind.
I'm also a fan of Jude Devereaux's A Knight in Shining Armor - time travel, wonderful love story.
I have lots of romances - look at my tag 'romance'. I haven't tagged all my Regency's, but some are tagged.
I enjoy reading Debbie Macomber, she has some really great series books mostly about love, one good example is her Blossom Street series, The Shop of Blossom Street or the latest in the series Twenty Wishes are both really good, there may be some sex in it but Debbie writes more feelings than actions.
Polly, if you like historicals, especially Regencies, than I'd recommend searching out some older Signet titles by Jane Ashford. These rarely have much beyond kissing (and even that generally comes late in the story) but they're excellent character-driven romances. My favorite is A Radical Arrangement. The Marchington Scandal is very good too. While The Bargain does contain a bit of sex, that's not what drives the plot and it comes quite late in the story.
As others have already mentioned, Carla Kelly's work is great too and mostly love rather than lust-driven. One Good Turn in particular is a truly wonderful and heart-wrenching love story. You might also like The Wedding Journey where the reader is aware of the hero's deep love for the heroine from the very first page.
These are interesting love stories. Does anyone know of one where the heroine just doesn't believe in love? The hero proves to her it exists in the world. Just curious.
A lovely clean love story w/o sex that I just read is A Countess Below Stairs by Eva Ibbotson. She's written others, too, but I haven't read them. Yet.
I guess it depends on your views. If you don't mind Christian stories, the Inspirational series has no sex that I know of. Otherwise, Jude Deveraux's older stories, like The Duchess, are lighter and fluffier, in my estimate. The MacGregor series by Nora Roberts has characters of various occupations and multiple books. Not sure on the lust rating, but even Roberts older characters, I'm thinking from the 80s, include self sufficient women with brains.
I know this is a rather old topic and has fallen dead, but I would like to bring up a point.
In the majority of books that I have read, the characters always fall into lust before they fall into love. It is a natural human occurrence, one needs to know that they are not just mentally and emotionally compatible with their chosen mate, but also physically compatible as well.
I recommend Julia Quinn and Karen Hawkins, even if they aren't particularly along the lines of what you might be looking for, they really are fantastic authors.
Yeah I really enjoyed it. What a twist to reading. I want to add my pick to this awesome collection on how to kiss and be a great kisser. I am sure it will add piles to your reading entertainment.
"Tall, Dark, and Hungry" by Lynsay Sands. Except for the fact that the hero and his family are vampires - (a fact the heroine doesn't find out until the end) - this is a very funny, conventional love story. The characters are funny, friendly, and you actually care about them. There is a little sex, but not much. It's pretty much a traditional boy meets girl, romances her, they have a lot in common & get to know each other......with a funny paranormal twist - good stuff. And I echo all the other people who suggested Mary Balogh.
I just finished The Time Traveler's Wife and thought it was one of the most moving love stories I've read in a long time.
From your description, I think you'd love THE OCEAN BETWEEN. Excerpts and reviews at www.lyndacoker.com
If your looking for a love story without too much lust in it, you couldn't do any better than "Cross Stitch" by Diana Gabaldon (The Outlander series if you are outside the UK) this is a series of books about the same pair "Jamie and Claire Frazer" who meet when Claire walks through some Standing stones in Scotland and goes back in time from 1960s to 1743. They are forced to marry but fall in love, they have a riot of adventures on their travels. Well worth reading.
I love Outlander and I think the whole series is a wonderfully romantic love story, not a just a lust story, but there is plenty of overt lust going on in these books, so anyone looking for something not too explicit ought to know that ahead of time.
The other issue that one may have with the Outlander series is the level of violence in the story. It's a cruel and unforgiving time, and Gabaldon doesn't shy away from graphic descriptions of rape, assaults, warfare and murder. It's not for the faint of heart.
I second aviddiva's recommendation of The Countess Below Stairs. It's very sweet and funny; but it does include in its plot one of the uglier sides of post-WWI Europe - specifically, eugenics. Granted, it's treated as it should be - a madman's vision of a world of perfect humans - but just having it in the story made me quite nervous. I think this would be a great story for a teenage girl's book club. Its use of the historical background makes one want to read more about the period.
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