Sunday, July 22, 2012

Everyone likes to be clean once in a while...

I recently reviewed two books that would fall into the "clean romance" category. Yes clean! As in no sex! It's something we're seeing less and less of in the YA world and almost never in adult and new adult books. And to answer your next question...Yes, I do read clean romances and even enjoy them. Not all books need sex! WAIT!?!?! Control-print-screen because I did just say that. Passion can be present without sex and it's the direct reflection of an author's talent if they are able to portray passion without physical intimacy. Now I'm not saying an author who writes physical intimacy is not talented. In fact, some of my most favorite authors include graphic content in their books and are more than just talented. I'm saying there's room for these amazing "clean romances" on our shelves too. I'll also admit, there are some books where I was disappointed in the lack of physical contact between the characters. Books I even rated lower because of that fact. Because without it, there was no passion. Passion is the key to intimacy whether it has sex or not. I'm usually one of the first people to grab a book that has sexy dripping from between the pages especially in light of the Fifty Shades of EVERYTHING phenomenon, but with the literary world being driven in that direction I'm just saying lets not leave some of these amazing books behind. 

Saving Grace Twisted

Some Really Great "Clean Romances"

Unlovable (Port Fare, #1)  Heart On A Chain  Geek Girl


  1. As a writer of clean romance, I really appreciate you putting the spotlight on them!

  2. Thank you yet again!!! Y'all are awesome...Y'all implies more that one so don't know the southern word for one...U'ens or is that too back woodies?? Yup, shutting up now! Thanks!

  3. Thanks for the shout out! I agree that not all books need sex to be good. In fact, many of my own faves are clean as well. And considering the number of emails I get thanking me for writing clean YA, it's apparent that there's a desire and need for more clean reads.

    Sherry: Got a lesson on y'all from my Texas friends this past weekend. Y'all is singular. All y'all is more than one. :o)

  4. Cindy is correct!!! Y'all can be use to describe just about anything and NO...using it every other sentence is NOT too much ;-)