Hey there! I have a science-fantasy romance you might enjoy. It explores heavier, mature themes and moral questioning.
It does have one character try for sex in non-explicit ways (pushing them against a cabinet, beginning to untie pants) but nothing goes beyond those (pants don’t fall down/character stops them) and isn’t depicted as good by any means. It has some arousal and a fade to black, but no explicit sex.
If these would trigger you due to your past, I understand. I do handle it in a very PG-13 way and, otherwise, I think handles some adult issues you may enjoy!
Behind His Weary Eyes
Dumped for her high ideals, Asa sets out to continue her medical career in the Eulian Outskirts. Though only a few hundred years old, the empire is known for their stunning health. She is determined to take their knowledge to not just treat but to eradicate all chronic illnesses.
Her plans change when she stumbles upon a patient, Renvir, who holds a deep sorrow inside. An unorthodox love blooms between the two, but the secret he carries forces her to question the perfect world she’s imagined.
She must ask herself if her quest is worth the lives sacrificed.
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I also have a science-fantasy adventure of sorts. It’s mature themes are a bit more subtle than the other. Same universe as Behind His Weary Eyes but 300 years later. It has adult (alien) characters and explores what it means to lead, political/specism tensions, etc.
There are sexual references, but it’s much tamer than Behind His Weary Eyes, being more jokes and mentions than anything and very occasional.
Following the murder of his species’ ruler, riots make blood and suffering become Vishnear’s daily life. He desires nothing more than peace for his people. The priest’s life takes a turn, however, when the primordial deities elect him to be the next leader.
They grant him godlike powers, and his people expect him to use them. The problem is he can’t summon them—not without complications. Fearing failure, he elicits help from a god, Sytrix, who promises to reveal his true potential. But he finds more questions than answers when a fiesty Wikev is captured.
Yet, through everything, what Vishnear fears the most is not the threat of war, the awakening of the lost deities, or the budding, forbidden attraction between him and the female Wikev.
It’s the secret hiding beneath his skin.
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I hope you enjoy and find some great reads!