These Rom-Com Novels Will Keep You Swooning 'Til The End

Before we start, a few questions: Do you take any opportunity to re-watch Julia Roberts and Meg Ryan rom-coms from the '90s, because they never get old to you? Have you been anxiously waiting for Netflix to continue its string of contemporary rom-coms? Do you love love?

If you answered yes to any of the above, then we have good news. While romantic comedy movies eventually run out, there are practically limitless romantic comedy books. Just as the rom-com is seeing a resurgence on screen, it's also becoming more popular in print.


These books take a similarly jocular approach to unspooling a love story. The authors linger in characters' banter, in building moments of fondness that culminate contribute to sexual tension. Essentially, they give equal attention to humor and love. We've rounded up some rom-com classics and the best of the latest boom in the genre. That said, this is far from a complete list – keep your eyes peeled for new additions.

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Get a Life, Chloe Brown, Talia Hibbert (2019)

Only 23, Talia Hibbert has already written 12 books. Get a Life, Chloe Brown is her first book to be traditionally published – and it's poised to be a hit. This book distinguishes itself from the many other smart and sexy rom-coms of late by weaving in a discussion about chronic illness. Hibbert's fibromyalgia informed Chloe, who struggles with the same diagnosis. Chloe is a 30-year-old computer geek who's just moved out on her own. She has a crush on her handyman, Red, who might hate her — or just might be scared of her.
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Love at First Like, Hannah Orenstein (2019)

And now, for a fun romp abut love (and the performance of love) in the age of Instagram. Eliza Roth owns a flourishing jewelry business that caters fashionable millennials. Is there anything more fashionable than a well-placed wedding ring post? Not when it's an accident. After making her 100k followers think she's engaged, Eliza decides to follow through with the ruse. Blake, a fellow entrepreneur, will be her stand-in boyfriend.
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Fix Her Up, Tessa Bailey (2019)

Phew, Fix Her Up is one of the hottest rom-coms that has come across our shelves. 23-year-old Georgie Castle is tired of being treated like the baby of the family. She's ready to grow up. One prong of the plan? Getting over her childhood crush to Travis Ford, a baseball star who'd moved back to their Long Island town after an injury. But to Travis, who has a reputation for being a massive player, Georgie's no kid anymore — his best friend's sister is stunning. Travis and Georgie think they can accomplish their goals by pretending to date. Just wait!
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Red, White & Royal Blue, Casey McQuiston (2019)

Imagine a world in which the first son of the United States fell in love with the equally telegenic (and sweet AF) Prince of England. Now imagine you get to watch the secret romance unfold, in all its sexy glory. Clear out the weekend. After beginning this utterly delectable romance about two young men falling for each other, you will not want to do anything else.
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The Flatshare, Beth O’Leary (2019)

The Flatshare is the novel equivalent of a cup of hot tea. It’ll warm you up — and heal you if you’re hurting. After finally ending her tumultuous relationship with Justin, Tiffy moves into an unconventional living situation: She has dominion over a one-bedroom apartment during the nights and weekends, and a man named Leon has it during the day. As Tiffy works through the trauma of her emotionally abusive ex, she also becomes close to Leon through the shared Post-Its they leave around the house. Then, they meet accidentally. You can guess what comes next. The Flatshare is a great romance, but an equally good story about working through trauma.
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Crashing the A-List, Summer Heacock (2019)

Raise your hand if you've ever had a crush on a celebrity. Crashing the A-List is the story of what happens when a recently laid-off book editor stumbles upon a British actor's career-shattering secret, and he comes running to make sure the secret never gets out. The actor in question is definitely based on Benedict Cumberbatch, if that's even more of a draw.
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The Right Swipe, Alisha Rai (2019)

The Right Swipe proves that the meet-cute is alive in the era of online dating. Rhiannon Hunter is the CEO of a Bumble-type dating app. While she's based her career off others' pursuit of love, she's jaded about her own love life. On their one night together, Samson Lima, a former football player whom she met on her app, broke through her walls — and then he promptly disappeared. Samson emerges months later, working for her rival. Which way will Rhiannon swipe now? In addition to boasting some seriously sexy sequences (like, woof!), Rhiannon is such an inspiring protagonist.
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Can You Keep a Secret? Sophie Kinsella (2003)

Emma Corrigan thinks that revealing all of her deepest secrets to the stranger sitting next to her on the plane is a safe bet. When else would she see Jack Harper again? Turns out, very soon: Jack is the CEO of her new company. Can You Keep a Secret? was Kinsella's first standalone novel after starting her Confessions of a Shopaholic Series; her backlist is a trove of rom-coms.
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Bet Me, Jennifer Crusie (2004)

When it comes to romantic comedy novels, Bet Me is a bit of a cult classic. Calvin Morrissey has a reputation as a ladies’ man. When he sees Minerva Dobbs, a plain and slightly overweight woman sitting alone in the bar, his friends bet him to prove his mettle and get dinner with her. So, they do — and neither of them like each other much. Then, Calvin and Min run into each other again, and their impressions change. Since this book was written in 2004, its slight datedness gives you a similar warm, nostalgic sensation as watching a rom-com from the same era.
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The Corset Diaries, Katie MacAlister (2004)

Katie MacAlister’s novels are as laugh-out-loud funny as they are sexy — and considering how sexy they are, that’s really saying something. Tessa is surprised to receive a position on a reality TV show, and even more surprised when she accepts. She finds herself in A Month in the Life of a Victorian Duke, in which real people recreate life on an English estate in 1879. Naturally, she falls for the Duke.
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The Not So Secret Emails of Coco Pinchard, Robert Bryndza (2012)

As we’ve argued before, emails are the most romantic form of communication. This clever romantic comedy proves it. In her 40th year, Coco Pinchard’s life changes drastically. For one, she gets an iPhone. And for another, her husband cheats on her. Now a single woman armed with the ability to document everything, Coco’s life (and romantic adventures) unspool with a paper trail.
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The Royal We, Heather Cocks and Jessica Morgan (2016)

If you woke up at five in the morning to watch Meghan Markle marry Prince Harry, then you need The Royal We in your life. The women behind the celebrity fashion blog Go Fug Yourself bring us a collision of British aristocracy and American brashness. In the book, Bex Porter falls for her dashing Oxford classmate before realizing he comes with some serious baggage: He's next in line to the throne. By staying with him, Bex inherits a world — and a lot of responsibility.
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The Hating Game, Sally Thorne (2016)

Sally Thorne’s explosively popular novel is often praised as one of the key originators of the recent rom-com boom. Lucy Hutton and Josh Templeman are coworkers at a publishing company. Polar opposites, the vibrant Lucy and uptight Josh can’t stand each other. What happens when one kind of tension turns into another?
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Anything You Can Do, R.S. Grey (2017)

In Anything You Can Do, R.S. Grey makes the old "enemies to lovers" trope come alive with witty banter and serious sexual tension. Daisy and Lucas, neighbors and sworn enemies, go on a familiar but enjoyable journey toward their eventual coming together.
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The Kiss Quotient, Helen Hoang (2018)

Stella Lane is brilliant, beautiful, and an extremely successful econometrician. But Stella’s Asperger’s Syndrome, and the accompanying discomfort with touch and small talk, makes dating really difficult for her. Stella decides to “learn” to date by hiring Michael Phan, a male escort. Their arrangement begins as a cut-and-dry business proposition, but doesn’t stay that way. Helen Hoang, who has Asperger's Syndrome herself, infuses Stella's first-person narration with the reality of being a neurodiverse individual. After reading, it’s easy to understand why this book was such a runaway hit.
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When Katie Met Cassidy, Camille Perri (2018)

Katie’s the kind of girl who plays by the books. She has her life in order: corporate law job, buttoned-up boyfriend. At the start of Camille Perri’s novel, it all comes crashing down. Not long after she and her boyfriend break up, a raggedy Katie comes to a tense meeting with Cassidy Price, a lawyer from another firm. She’s instantly drawn to Cassidy, despite never having been with a woman before. Perri molds the rom-com tropes to a queer love story.
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The Bucket List, Georgia Clark (2018)

Georgia Clark writes seriously entertaining novels — even when they’re about difficult topics, like in the case of The Bucket List. Lacey Whitman is 25 years old when she’s diagnosed with the BRCA1 gene mutation, which puts her at a much higher risk for breast cancer. During the countdown to her double mastectomy, Lacey decides to set forth on a boob "bucket list." So begins a year of sexual exploration. While The Bucket List certainly has rom-com strands, it’s also a fascinating exploration of sexuality, medicine, and evolving senses of selves as we change.
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A Lady’s Guide to Selling Out, Sally Franson (2018)

Sally Franson’s wildly witty novel is an inheritor to movies like The Devil Wears Prada and The Intern — works that explore women in the workplace, and throw in a dash of romantic intrigue. Casey, the singular narrator in A Ladies’ Guide to Selling Out, straddles the line between hero and antihero. She uses her English degree for a stellar career in PR, spinning iffy companies’ stories. Most recently, Casey is assigned to do damage control for one of the world’s biggest book festivals. She ends up falling for one of the authors and seeing a path towards a life she likes more.
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Josh and Hazel’s Guide to Not Dating, Christina Lauren (2018)

Let’s make this much clear: Josh and Hazel are not dating. No matter how attracted they are to one another. No matter how often they end up sleeping together. Hazel Bradford is a lot, in the best way. After meeting Hazel in college (through a memorable vomiting incident), Josh Im can’t forget her. But does he want to be with her? Christina Lauren, the pen name of Christina Hobbs and Lauren Billings, take us through the detours of two people denying the inevitable.
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One Day in December, Josie Silver (2018)

Josie Silver’s debut novel, chosen to be part of Reese Witherspoon’s Hello Sunshine book club, will have you mentally debating the existence of love at first sight. While on a bus on a snowy day, Laurie locks eyes with a man. Though she can't explain why, she instantly knows he’s the one. Then, the inevitable happens: The bus drives away. Some time later, Laurie meets the man again. Laurie’s best friend, Sarah, introduces Jack as her new boyfriend. What follows is ten years of emotional twists and tuns in the trio’s lives.
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The Proposal, Jasmine Guillory (2018)

Jasmine Guillory is creating a rom-com universe. The Proposal features characters from her first novel, The Wedding Date. While at a baseball game, Nik is proposed to on the JumboTron by a boyfriend she’s not crazy about. When she rejects him, the crowd turns. Dr. Carlos Ibarra and his sister, sitting a row ahead of Nik, help escort her out. Carlos and Nik have tremendous sexual tension, but they’re just as interesting on their own. The Proposal is a charming romance about grown-up love.
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Intercepted, Alexa Martin (2018)

Marlee Harper gave ten years of her life to her NFL-star boyfriend, Chris, before realizing he’d been cheating all along. After that, she swears off dating athletes — understandably. Then Gavin Pope, a former flame and NFL quarterback, struts into her life, and she has to rethink her rule.
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The Matchmaker’s List, Sonya Lalli (2018)

At 29, Raina Anand has managed to secure a good life for herself. She has a thriving job in finance, a plush apartment, and independence — a far cry from her own mother’s wandering lifestyle. Raina’s traditional grandmother, however, is upset she’s single. Exasperated, Raina finally agrees to let her grandma set her up with eligible bachelors. Among this list of “good Indian boys,” will Raina find her match? Not if she's still hung up on Dev, her boyfriend from London who's just arrived to Toronto.
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Crashing Into Her, Mia Sosa (2019)

Eva Montgomery has a relatable conundrum. After a string of bad relationships with emotionally manipulative men, Eva has sworn off dating entirely. Like Eva, Anthony also has no interest in relationships. They have a one-night stand and go back to their lives. But when Eva moves to Los Angeles and happens to work near Anthony, they have a chance to unspool their past trauma, as well as fall in love. It’s a funny story about healing through love.
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