Are you looking for a low-heat romance to bring a smile to your face? Try one of the 12 clean romance novels below. Whether you’re in the mood for an Amish romance, an inspirational read, or a sweet contemporary to warm your heart, these books will sweep you off your feet.
Like Cats and Dogs
Animals make any story all the more adorable and heartwarming, and this romance shows why. Published by Hallmark and based on one of their original movies, it’s about two opposites who are stuck together on vacation with their pets in tow: Laura and her beloved dog, Frank, and Spencer and his spoiled cat, Mozart. Like the title implies, the two humans don’t exactly get along, particularly when they're forced to share a beach house. But cooped up under one unfamiliar roof, things have a way of working out among the species. Bonus: the book contains a recipe for s’mores waffles. I repeat: s’mores waffles.
Second Chance Ranch
Western romance and cowboy fans will saddle up for USA Today bestselling author Liz Isaacson’s Three Rivers Ranch Christian romance series, which begins with Second Chance Ranch. Squire Ackerman, a wounded army major, needs to hire single mom Kelly as his accountant to figure out why his cattle ranch is struggling so much. Unfortunately, Kelly was the girl who rejected him in high school, which makes for an emotional second-chance romance full of faith and forgiveness.
Return to Huckleberry Hill
Amish romance fans will delight in Beckstrand’s Return to Huckleberry Hill, part of her Matchmakers of Huckleberry Hill series. The heroine, Fern, is one of my favorite romance characters of late: She’s plucky and delightful, but still manages to put her older brother’s best friend, Reuben, in his place, even though it’s obvious she’s in love with him. You may want to hit Reuben over the head with a frying pan on occasion, but you’ll root for Fern as she helps him shed his pride and realize what’s right under his nose.
If you want a sweet read that's packed with plenty of suspense, Whisper may be the book you need in your life right now. In it, Violet Zendel must work against her twin brother and the havoc he’s trying to cause through their parents’ company—along with a shocking murder that ripples through multiple characters’ lives. Together with strong mystery and faith elements in this story, there’s a surprise romance between longtime friends to sweeten the suspense.
True to You
Written by Carol and Christy Award-winning writer Becky Wade, True to You is the start to her new series about sisters. In this first book, former Navy SEAL John needs the help of bookish Nora to find his biological parents. As a genealogist, Nora’s equipped for the task—but her heart may not be brave enough for a relationship with John, especially since he’s dating someone else. Filled with family and faith, True to You will keep you smiling.
All's Fair in Blog and War
A novella set in Macau, All's Fair in Blog and War is a fun and witty romance between two warring travel bloggers. Five Cuevas is stoked to be invited to Macau, all expenses paid, to blog about the country’s tourism. But when she’s paired with photoblogger Jesse Ruiz, he gets on her nerves big time. Fortunately, that thin line between love and hate—or attraction and irritation—is one that we romance readers crave reading about, especially when it's in service of a HEA.
Until the Stars Fall from the Sky
This Mary Crawford novel packs a powerful emotional punch as two people committed to helping abused kids find each other. Jeff is working as a lifeguard during law school when he spots Kiera, who trained for the Paralympics, rescuing a kid in a swimming pool. He can’t help but fall for her—and fall deeper once he realizes she’s a social worker trying to help kids out of bad situations. But when the unexpected happens, will their love be strong enough? Romance meets social justice in this modern love story between two determined people.
With the real-life royal marriage looming in Britain, this start to Sariah Wilson’s Royals of Monterra series is timely and fun. While on a ski trip, Kat is rescued from a snowy disaster by dashing Prince Nico. He’s interested in her, but she’s been burned before and refuses his advances—although she agrees to let him show her around his country in exchange for being able to write a few tourist articles. Seriously, who can resist a prince? We all know how this ends, but getting there is two-thirds the fun.
A Loyal Heart
This medieval romance will show you why Jody Hedlund is a popular romance writer and Christy Award-winning author. When Lady Olivia and her sister are held captive in their castle, the dashing Sir Aldric is in charge of watching her. But as Aldric’s feelings for Olivia grow, so too does the threat to Olivia’s life when she attempts to steal a relic. In response, Aldric suggests she become betrothed to him—only to keep her safe, of course. Those who love the thrills of a captive story along with the emotions of a fake-relationship-turned-real will adore A Loyal Heart, which even School Library Journal called “heart-stopping.”
Just Look Up
A seriously sweet read, Just Look Up will grab your heart. It follows Lane Kelley, a woman who was bullied about her looks when she was younger, but is now a gorgeous interior designer who’s at least moved away from her memories. When her brother falls into a coma, Lane must return to her hometown. There she runs into Ryan, a former classmate who secretly has a crush on her. But can Lane get over the past to see that Ryan has always been the one for her? This story is in sure hands with author Courtney Walsh, who is not only a New York Times bestselling writer but also a Carol Award finalist.
Bobbins and Boots
A twist on the mail-order bride trope, Bobbins and Boots is a western historical romance that will leave you grinning ear-to-ear. Eager to escape a life of poverty, Allie answers an ad to marry a man in Baker City, Oregon—only to get there and discover her groom-to-be is a ne’er-do-well. Desperate to escape an association with him, Allie asks good-guy cowboy Ben to marry her. He instinctively obliges, but they’re both in for a big surprise when they fall in love. Author Shanna Hatfield gives readers a story that’s not only sweet, but seriously funny.
P.S. I Love You
A time-travel romance by a mother-daughter writing duo, P.S. I Love You will give you a dose of magic along with sweet romance.
At a crossroads, Cora Rey finds her life taking a dramatic turn when she’s transported back to 1850 England. Victorian England isn’t quite what she expects, although it’s there Cora meets Simon, the handsome duke of Hertfordshire. But will their budding love come to a screeching halt once both their secrets are revealed?