Adult Books That Don't Overdo the Romance

Love happens... often while you're doing other things. But how often does it actually dominate you're entire life?

Some of us simply don't enjoy books that have so much romance that it belittles or overruns the rest of the plot (or has no other plot). This list is for adult books (not Young Adult) that tell a great story, with great characters, and without overwhelming, cliche'd romance.
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4.11 avg rating — 856,237 ratings
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3.62 avg rating — 447 ratings
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4.20 avg rating — 207 ratings
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4.55 avg rating — 499,295 ratings
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4.55 avg rating — 791,204 ratings
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4.38 avg rating — 2,613,600 ratings
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4.47 avg rating — 845,286 ratings
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4.28 avg rating — 3,474,566 ratings
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4.07 avg rating — 288,353 ratings
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4.29 avg rating — 264,490 ratings
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4.12 avg rating — 103,310 ratings
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3.30 avg rating — 320,348 ratings
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4.28 avg rating — 225,815 ratings
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4.38 avg rating — 92,841 ratings
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3.98 avg rating — 329,272 ratings
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3.70 avg rating — 273 ratings
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4.20 avg rating — 114 ratings
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3.98 avg rating — 95,147 ratings
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3.71 avg rating — 68 ratings
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3.80 avg rating — 55 ratings
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really liked it 4.00 avg rating — 2,076 ratings
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4.06 avg rating — 30,175 ratings
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4.07 avg rating — 11,654 ratings
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4.29 avg rating — 78,082 ratings
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4.24 avg rating — 130,001 ratings
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4.41 avg rating — 80,714 ratings
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3.85 avg rating — 106,691 ratings
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4.48 avg rating — 104,881 ratings
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4.19 avg rating — 61,767 ratings
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4.64 avg rating — 395,925 ratings
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3.87 avg rating — 115,535 ratings
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4.51 avg rating — 627,545 ratings
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3.94 avg rating — 33 ratings
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3.46 avg rating — 63 ratings
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4.41 avg rating — 39 ratings
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4.03 avg rating — 436,025 ratings
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3.97 avg rating — 36 ratings
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3.89 avg rating — 35 ratings
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4.43 avg rating — 98,407 ratings
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3.87 avg rating — 31 ratings
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4.24 avg rating — 54 ratings
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4.41 avg rating — 988,207 ratings
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3.77 avg rating — 216,398 ratings
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4.31 avg rating — 13 ratings
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3.97 avg rating — 41,981 ratings
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3.94 avg rating — 53,433 ratings
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4.50 avg rating — 10 ratings
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3.99 avg rating — 49,629 ratings
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3.82 avg rating — 8,369 ratings
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4.24 avg rating — 18,813 ratings
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4.07 avg rating — 15 ratings
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4.35 avg rating — 64,840 ratings
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4.03 avg rating — 115,203 ratings
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3.86 avg rating — 59 ratings
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4.26 avg rating — 67,078 ratings
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4.33 avg rating — 68,529 ratings
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3.47 avg rating — 707 ratings
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4.15 avg rating — 50,939 ratings
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4.17 avg rating — 44,817 ratings
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4.09 avg rating — 10,857 ratings
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4.10 avg rating — 82,009 ratings
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4.31 avg rating — 111,607 ratings
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3.95 avg rating — 21,147 ratings
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4.09 avg rating — 57,485 ratings
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4.24 avg rating — 49,383 ratings
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3.87 avg rating — 48,274 ratings
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3.83 avg rating — 34,961 ratings
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4.56 avg rating — 79,293 ratings
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3.49 avg rating — 558 ratings
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4.48 avg rating — 94,495 ratings
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4.15 avg rating — 54,419 ratings
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4.25 avg rating — 92,137 ratings
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3.63 avg rating — 4,722 ratings
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4.50 avg rating — 108,634 ratings
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4.29 avg rating — 129,809 ratings
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4.30 avg rating — 122,647 ratings
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4.41 avg rating — 118,909 ratings
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4.39 avg rating — 114,033 ratings
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4.38 avg rating — 112,710 ratings
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4.04 avg rating — 245,063 ratings
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4.44 avg rating — 102,573 ratings
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3.87 avg rating — 537,708 ratings
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4.27 avg rating — 141,344 ratings
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4.14 avg rating — 154,817 ratings
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3.99 avg rating — 182,161 ratings
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86 books · 41 voters · list created March 18th, 2015 by Julia (votes) .
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Ted 856 books
148 friends
Ivan 480 books
500 friends
Guinevere 924 books
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Louise 553 books
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message 1: by Kim (last edited Sep 12, 2015 09:56AM) (new)

Kim The Lies of Locke Lamora is indeed amazing for this, but fair warning: by book three, there's overdone romance.


message 2: by Julia (new)

Julia I love how this list has grown.
Thank you to all that have contributed. I've marked quite a few as To Read from this list alone.

Thanks again!


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