50 Romantic Novels for People Who Hate Romance Novels

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These are not your mother’s Harlequins (or any Harlequins for that matter). A suggested add — Philip Roth’s The Professor of Desire — there’s some romance in there somewhere.

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Here’s the thing: sometimes, you just want to read a good love story. Or at least, something with a little sex, a little passion, a few dramatic swoons. But a romance novel, per se? Nothing so gaudy or slapdash for you! You need real literature. Well, person who I’ve just made up (though I know you’re out there), here’s the answer: a selection of romantic books that will rev your motor (emotional or otherwise) but don’t fall into that taboo category of cheap paper and cheaper storylines. After the jump, 50 romantic novels for people who hate romance novels — a list that could be mightily expanded, if you care to offer your own choices in the comments.

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