I am a no-shame RomCom lover and is there a better time to get into a few of these fun, delightful reads than in the midst of a global pandemic? I think not!
Boyfriend Material by Alexis Hall
SO funny. Literally laughing out loud on multiple occasions. It’s cute if a few part of the trope seem a little forced but the force of these characters – Luc and Oliver are so relatable and believable. Top notch read.
The Ex Talk by Rachel Lynn Solomon
What really sells me on a romance novel is when the trope works – like really, really works. The Ex Talk nails it. This spins the “fake relationship” on it’s head by creating a “fake break-up” (like, omg, so cute) and it totally makes sense why these two characters did why they did, why they had to make the choices about the relationship they did – it’s gold. And it’s funny! A true rom com! The transcripts of their radio show had me guffawing.
Take a Hint, Dani Brown by Talia Hibbert
Gold. This one, guys, is GOLD. It’s steamy, it’s hysterical. Zan and Dani are so good. Their dialogue is amazing, their interactions are perfect, and their troubles are real.
Beach Read by Emily Henry
Honestly just so good. Excellent banter, real life issues… you laugh, your cry, and you can 1000% picture this as a Lifetime movie (in all the best ways)
The Bromance Book Club and Undercover Bromance by Lyssa Kay Adams
What do I look for in a romance novel?
2) Spicy scenes that’ll make me squirmy
3) At least a little bit of heart
This series had all of that and then some. What amazing books. I seriously guffawed, numerous times, over the dialogue in both of these books. LOVE them.
The Friend Zone and The Happy Ever After Playlist by Abby Jimenez
Another two-fer! These are both excellent books with vibrant characters who have real problems and lots of love. Plenty of giggle-worthy moments. Highly recommend.
The Roommate by Rosie Danan
If books came with heat-o-meters the way you order food from your favorite Thai place, this would have at least 5 little chili peppers. This book is on FIRE. The voices of Clara and Josh are perfect. Their attraction and sexy-times are out of this world and wholly unique to what you’d find elsewhere. It’s a very dirty novel that is also very much a true Rom Com. Such a fun and unique storyline, I couldn’t get enough. There’s a real plot here, folks, and it’s a good one on top of everything else.
Tweet Cute by Emma Lord
So. aptly. named. The characters are in high school so definitely YA but delightful nonetheless. A+ banter and, well, cuteness.
My (Not So) Perfect Life by Sophie Kinsella
Sophie Kinsella is pretty much my idol. I have adored multiple of her books but this is one of the latest and also one of my favorites. It’s light but also one that will speak to you.
Well Met by Jen DeLuca
Heaaaaarts, rainbowsssss, and sunshine.
That’s what I feel about this book. I adored it. I giggled – a LOT. The characters are delightful, the setting adorable, there’s some very satisfying sexy time and ogling, etc, etc. Basically, it was right up my alley and I highly recommend.
Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins
Okay, so first off, any NaNoWriMo book has a special place in my heart. But on top of this, it’s an adorable YA novel with a great setting and unique circumstances. While not perfect, it’s cute and easy to get into. Bonus – it’s a series and the rest are adorable too!
The UnHoneymooners by Christina Lauren
Is there a better trope than two dissimilar people somehow ending up on a vacation together? I THINK NOT.
Evvie Drake Starts Over by Linda Holmes
This one is a bit deeper than you typical RomCom but I really liked not only the premise but the characters. It felt really authentic and had the main protagonists communicating like I think real humans would actually communicate (shocking!)
Red, White, & Royal Blue by Casey McQuinston
Mainstream LBTQ? Ugh, love it. That being said, this was a little too Disney ending for me but at the end of the day, that’s not a complaint.
The Simple Wild by K.A. Tucker
Confession people – I have RE-READ this one. I knooow! Mostly for one particularly epic scene involving a cabin and a yeti… this book gets delightfully spicy but doesn’t cross into the true “romance” category.
The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion
I really enjoy the new flavor of the main character. He’s not your standard knight in shining armor – it’s endearing and energizing to see a new kind of protagonist, one with a “social handicap” so-to-speak. In that respect this story has some truly deeper ideas about love, how it manifests, as our expectations of ourselves AND others.
Bridget Jones’s Diary by Helen Fielding
An oldie but a goodie. Are there issues here (re: weight concerns that are sooo not concerns, etc)? Yes. But I love the writing style immensely.
What am I missing? What should be my next RomCom read?