I love reading romantic comedies. They offer me a place of solace when I’m tired or stressed, and can be a welcome escape from the harsh reality, or the everyday mundanities, of life.
So I’ve decided to make a post about my favourite romantic-comedies and cute fluffy reads. The list will contain a mix of young adult, new adult and good old fashioned adult light fiction (I don’t like the term chick-lit. I find it demeaning to women with how it is marketed and also exclusionary of men or non-binary people who like to read it).
We Were on a Break by Lindsey Kelk
I think everyone knows by now that Lindsey Kelk is one of my favourite authors. The books she writes are always super hilarious, filled with great characters and have brilliant romantic plotlines running through them. And ‘We Were on a Break’ is no exception.
BLURB: Is it a break? Or is it a blip?
‘You’ve just had a holiday,’ I pointed out, trying not to yawn. ‘Wasn’t that enough of a break?’
‘I don’t mean that kind of break.’
There’s nothing worse than the last day of holiday.
Oh wait, there is. When what should have been a proposal turns into a break, Liv and Adam find themselves on opposite sides of the life they had mapped out. Friends and family all think they’re crazy; Liv throws herself into work – animals are so much simpler than humans – and Adam tries to get himself out of the hole he’s dug.
But as the short break becomes a chasm, can they find a way back to each other? Most importantly, do they want to?
Get a Life, Chloe Brown by Talia Hibbert
Hello effortless inclusivity, diversity and exceptional chronic pain representation all bundled up in a super steamy rom-com package. This is the steamiest book on my list but it’s well worth the read even for those of us who experience a little second hand embarrassment when we read the *naughty bits* lol!
BLURB: Chloe Brown is a chronically ill computer geek with a goal, a plan, and a list. After almost—but not quite—dying, she’s come up with seven directives to help her “Get a Life”, and she’s already completed the first: finally moving out of her glamorous family’s mansion. The next items?
• Enjoy a drunken night out.
• Ride a motorcycle.
• Go camping.
• Have meaningless but thoroughly enjoyable sex.
• Travel the world with nothing but hand luggage.
• And… do something bad.
But it’s not easy being bad, even when you’ve written step-by-step guidelines on how to do it correctly. What Chloe needs is a teacher, and she knows just the man for the job.
Redford ‘Red’ Morgan is a handyman with tattoos, a motorcycle, and more sex appeal than ten-thousand Hollywood heartthrobs. He’s also an artist who paints at night and hides his work in the light of day, which Chloe knows because she spies on him occasionally. Just the teeniest, tiniest bit.
But when she enlists Red in her mission to rebel, she learns things about him that no spy session could teach her. Like why he clearly resents Chloe’s wealthy background. And why he never shows his art to anyone. And what really lies beneath his rough exterior…
To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han
If you haven’t read this yet then what are you waiting for? It is the cutest and fluffiest and most adorable YA ever.
BLURB: Lara Jean’s love life is about to go from imaginary to out of control.
Lara Jean keeps her love letters in a hatbox her mother gave her – one for every boy she’s ever loved. She can say anything she wants, because the letters are for her eyes only. Until the day they’re sent out …
Sofia Khan is Not Obliged by Ayisha Malik
Hilarious. This is simply an hilarious book. I laughed my butt off reading it and I really enjoyed the own voices Muslim representation.
BLURB: “Brilliant idea! Excellent! Muslim dating? Well, I had no idea you were allowed to date.’ Then he leaned towards me and looked at me sympathetically. ‘Are your parents quite disappointed?’
Unlucky in love once again after her possible-marriage-partner-to-be proves a little too close to his parents, Sofia Khan is ready to renounce men for good. Or at least she was, until her boss persuades her to write a tell-all expose about the Muslim dating scene.
As her woes become her work, Sofia must lean on the support of her brilliant friends, baffled colleagues and baffling parents as she goes in search of stories for her book. In amongst the marriage-crazy relatives, racist tube passengers and decidedly odd online daters, could there be a a lingering possibility that she might just be falling in love…?
Walk of Shame by Lauren Layne
I know this book is technically fourth in a series but to the best of my knowledge they are all standalones and I read this one without reading the three prior books and felt I did not miss out on anything.
A Manhattan party princess meets a smart, stuffy lawyer.
They kinda sorta hate each other….
But not really…
Cue banter, breakfast doughnuts, protein smoothies, tight abs, an unabashed love of the Disney film Enchanted and a whole lotta flirting… it is soooooo good!!!
BLURB: Pampered heiress Georgiana Watkins has a party-girl image to maintain, but all the shopping and clubbing is starting to feel a little bit hollow – and a whole lot lonely. Though Georgie would never admit it, the highlights of her week are the mornings when she comes home at the same time as her uptight, workaholic neighbor is leaving to hit the gym and put in a long day at the office. Teasing him is the most fun Georgie’s had in years – and the fuel for all her naughtiest daydreams.
Celebrity divorce attorney Andrew Mulroney doesn’t have much time for women, especially spoiled tabloid princesses who spend more time on Page Six than at an actual job. Although Georgie’s drop-dead gorgeous, she’s also everything Andrew resents: the type of girl who inherited her penthouse instead of earning it. But after Andrew caps one of their predawn sparring sessions with a surprise kiss-a kiss that’s caught on camera-all of Manhattan is gossiping about whether they’re a real couple. And nobody’s more surprised than Andrew to find that the answer just might be yes.
Opposite of Always by Justin Reynolds
I adored this YA romantic comedy that shares more than a few similarities with the film Groundhog Day…. the MC in both get stuck in a repetitive time loop. This one made me smile so much and ahhhh, it was just so freaking sweet!
BLURB: When Jack and Kate meet at a party, bonding until sunrise over their mutual love of Froot Loops and their favorite flicks, Jack knows he’s falling—hard. Soon she’s meeting his best friends, Jillian and Franny, and Kate wins them over as easily as she did Jack.
But then Kate dies. And their story should end there.
Yet Kate’s death sends Jack back to the beginning, the moment they first meet, and Kate’s there again. Healthy, happy, and charming as ever. Jack isn’t sure if he’s losing his mind.
Still, if he has a chance to prevent Kate’s death, he’ll take it. Even if that means believing in time travel. However, Jack will learn that his actions are not without consequences. And when one choice turns deadly for someone else close to him, he has to figure out what he’s willing to do to save the people he loves.
Swipe Right by Stephie Chapman
Swipe Right is somewhat of an homage to the AWESOME When Harry Met Sally in that it’s a rom com with an emphasis on the friends to lovers trope with minor obstacles getting in the way until the couple realise they are meant to be…. Oh how I loved it. Totally transported me to a world of sweetness and light which is exactly what I wanted.
BLURB: When Fran meets Ollie, it’s eye roll at first sight. Who does he think he is – with his Ray-Bans, piss taking and artfully styled hair? Forced into working together at Viral Hive, the trendy media content agency, at first they butt heads, but soon realise that they could be BFFs. Fran’s happily settled with boyfriend Lucas, while Ollie is fully committed to girlfriend Lou.
But when Fran’s relationship crumbles, and Ollie sets off with Lou for a round-the-world trip, she decides to start an anonymous dating column, detailing all the perils of dating online – from the bloke who angrily demanded she share the bill when she refused his clumsy advances, to the one that ended their date by weeping into her cleavage – even if it seems that all the good (or even normal?) men are hiding. Maybe there aren’t plenty more fish in the sea?
But, on her dating journey of discovery, Fran’s about to learn that sometimes love can be where you least expect it… you just have to put down your phone.
Love Virtually by Daniel Glattauer
This book was sooo good that it pulled me out of a super long reading slump. Can’t recommend it more than that really!
BLURB: It begins by chance: Leo receives emails in error from an unknown woman called Emmi. Being polite he replies, and Emmi writes back. A few brief exchanges are all it takes to spark a mutual interest in each other, and soon Emmi and Leo are sharing their innermost secrets and longings. The erotic tension simmers, and it seems only a matter of time before they will meet in person. But they keep putting off the moment – the prospect both unsettles and excites them.
Will their feelings for each other survive the test of a real-life encounter?
And that’s it for part one of my list of recommended romantic-comedy reads. Part two will be coming up on my blog really soon.
If you have any recs for me please drop them in the comments below.