Looking for great, humorous, and delightful reads that you can devour in one sitting? Well, what better than the lighthearted genre of romantic comedy books?! With strong female heroines, silly situations, swoon-worthy love interests, and a whole lot of mischief, romantic comedy has grown into a successful genre both for writers and readers alike.
Romantic comedy was somewhat used as a substitute for the sexist and criticized word ‘chick-lit’. Because of the decline of the chick-lit genre and the negative criticism it faced in the 2000s from publishers and critics, many writers labeled their works as romantic comedies. And it suited them too; they were female-oriented romance books dashed with comedy.
The genre is a wildly successful one. Romantic comedy books are easy to read, offer a straightforward storyline filled with twists (ironic, yes), and who can forget the super cute and chic covers?! Let’s dive into the world of romcoms with today’s post!
1. Can You Keep a Secret? By Sophie Kinsella
Sophie Kinsella, the queen of chick-lits and rom-coms’ first stand-alone novel, Can You Keep A Secret? was released in 2003. Famous for her Shopaholic series (2000-2019), her separate novels are no less astounding.
In this, the protagonist Emma Corrigan, a lively talkative girl, spills out all of her fears and deeds to a stranger on a commercial flight. Turns out, he’s her boss. And he knows every little fear and detail about her. What does this mean for her? Read this novel to find out!
2. Red, White & Royal Blue by Casey McQuiston
The enemies-to-lovers trope finds a perfect storyline in Casey’s Red White & Royal Blue. The book follows the life of high-profile Alex, the son of the United States President, and Prince Henry, the Prince of England. After a verbal battle that risks world peace, these opposing public figures are forced to play “nice.”
Playing nice certainly got them somewhere! The longer they spend time together, the more attracted to each other they become, and the more difficult it is to resist temptation. Red White and Royal Blue is a great book to pick up if you’re interested in romantic comedies with queer and LGBTQ elements.
3. The Ex Hex by Erin Sterling
What do witches do when their heart is broken? They cast a spell of course! And that’s what our witch Vivi did in The Ex Hex…but it just involved a little more vodka. Rhys’ curse was supposed to be harmless until he returns to the town, and both are disturbed by unnatural calamities.
Now Vivi and Rhys have to find a cure before the curse disrupts the town. Full of magic, spells, and a talking cat, The Ex Hex is a fun paranormal take on romantic comedy. This new genre mix is loved by many.
4. Good Husband Material by Trisha Ashley
The dilemma of Mr. Right and Mr. Wrong goes a step further in Trisha Ashley’s Good Husband Material (2000). Full of wit, drama, and humor, the story follows Tish who has married the “right” and “stable” guy James. And even with small marital arguments, their relationship is seven years strong.
That is until her first love arrives in town. Fergal is the total opposite of James. He left Tish for his music career, so why does she still feel a deep longing for him? All this drama layers over as Tish tries to make sense of herself and her romantic attachments.
5. The Undomestic Goddess by Sophie Kinsella
Another mention for the queen of romantic comedy books, The Undomestic Goddess is a perfect one-sitting book. Released in 2005, this novel revolves around Samantha Sweeting, a workaholic and successful lawyer who, after one mistake demolishes any chance of partnership, runs out of her London office.
In a panicked state, she arrives in the middle of nowhere, where asking for directions leads to a housekeeper job in a large house. How is she supposed to fulfill her role when she doesn’t even know the “H” of “Housekeeping”? And what will she do when her old life comes calling back?
6. The Flat Share by Beth O’Leary
Tiffy and Leon have a weird setup going on. One that is misunderstood by everyone they know. They share a flat. And a bed. But they haven’t even met one another. Weird, right? Absolutely. They share the same accommodations at different times of the day.
However, crazy exes, demanding clients and their perfectly constructed plans start to fall apart, and they realize that their perfect arrangement needs some reconfiguring. Beth O’Leary’s witty book is adored by readers. The rave reviews on Goodreads speak for themselves.
7. Tweet Cute by Emma Lord
A teenage romance? Check. Romantic comedy? Check. Enemies to Lovers? Check. Family feud? Check! Meet Pepper and Jack in this adorable rom-com. Both are high schoolers who are unknowingly in a tumultuous Twitter feud. But on the same hand, they are also getting to know each other in real life while juggling their respective duties.
Each rant, each counter-attacking tweet, and each task being done together brings them closer. But what will happen when their realities come out in the open? And what when the cause of their feud comes to light? Read this to check out if they become the delicious PepperJack flavor or if they lose themselves in their fight.
With this, we conclude our list of some of the most beloved romantic comedy books. We hope you enjoy them!