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Holly Black's Curseworks trilogy has a male protagonist and a fair amount of adventure, while still having a strong romantic current.
Looking for Alaska by John Green might be a good (almost) fit for your requirements, but it has been heavily challenged in public schools.
Wuthering Heights works once you sell them on it, but first you have to convince them it's a deeply twisted ghost story.
Likewise, Great Expectations has the romance, and enough dysfunction to keep your audience interested, but first you have to convince them it's fun, not homework.
The Ghost and the Goth by Stacey Kade might work too. It's romance, but your primary protagonist is the dude, and he mostly isn't a putz.