5 Fantastic Romantic Comedies To Read
Looking for something light, with sparkling dialogue to life the winter blahs? Why not try romantic comedies? Enjoy a fast read with a guaranteed happy ending.
You Had Me at Hola
My first romantic comedy pick is You Had Me at Hola by Alexis Daria. After a messy public breakup, soap opera darling Jasmine Lin Rodriguez finds her face splashed across the tabloids. When she returns to her hometown of New York City to film the starring role in a bilingual romantic comedy for the number one streaming service in the country, Jasmine figures her new ‘Leading Lady Plan’ should be easy enough to follow–until a casting shake-up pairs her with telenovela hunk Ashton Suárez.
The Marriage Game
My next recommendation is The Marriage Game by Sara Desai. Layla Santos is the child of first-generation immigrants from India. Her parents run a Michelin-starred Indian restaurant in San Francisco and are very traditional in their ways, including a firm belief in the benefit of arranged marriages. Her father, thinking he knows best, signs Layla up for IndianGirlMatch.com and sets up a series of dates without telling her…
Sam Mehta is the self-made CEO of a corporate consultancy specializing in downsizing. Also the child of first-generation immigrants with traditional beliefs, his family treated him like a prince and saw him as a symbol of their social and economic strength. But his sister’s marital experience has taught him that parents don’t always know what’s best for their children, and arranged marriages don’t always end in a happily ever after.
When life throws Layla and Sam into close quarters, Sam finds himself unexpectedly chaperoning Layla on her dates. But neither can deny the chemistry building between them, and they wonder if perhaps they should make an arrangement of their own.
Paris Is Always a Good Idea
My next suggestion is Paris Is Always a Good Idea by Jenn McKinlay who also writes cozy mysteries. A thirty-year-old woman retraces her gap year through Ireland, France, and Italy to find love-and herself-in this hilarious and heartfelt novel. It’s been seven years since Chelsea Martin embarked on her yearlong post-college European adventure.
Since then, she’s lost her mother to cancer and watched her sister marry twice, while Chelsea’s thrown herself into work, becoming one of the most talented fundraisers for the American Cancer Coalition, and with the exception of one annoyingly competent coworker,Jason Knightley, her status as most talented fundraiser is unquestioned.
When her introverted mathematician father announces he’s getting remarried, Chelsea is forced to acknowledge that her life stopped after her mother died and that the last time she can remember being happy, in love, or enjoying her life was on her year abroad. Inspired to retrace her steps-to find Colin in Ireland, Jean Claude in France, and Marcelino in Italy-Chelsea hopes that one of these three men who stole her heart so many years ago, can help her find it again. From the start of her journey, nothing goes as planned, but as Chelsea reconnects with her old self, she also finds love in the very last place she expected.
My final romantic comedy suggestion is Spoiler Alert by Olivia Dade. Marcus Caster-Rupp has a secret. The world may know him as Aeneas, star of the biggest show on television, but fanfiction readers call him something else: Book!AeneasWouldNever. Marcus gets out his frustrations with the show through anonymous stories about the internet’s favorite couple, Aeneas and Lavinia. But if anyone discovered his online persona, he’d be finished in Hollywood.
April Whittier has secrets of her own. A hardcore Lavinia fan, she’s long hidden her fanfic and cosplay hobbies from her “real life.” But not anymore. When she dares to post her latest costume creation on Twitter, her plus-size take goes viral. And when Marcus asks her out, truth officially becomes stranger than fanfiction. On their date, Marcus quickly realizes he wants more from April than a one-time publicity stunt. Then he discovers she’s Unapologetic Lavinia Stan, his closest fandom friend.
With love and Marcus’s career on the line, can the two of them stop hiding once and for all? Or will a match made in fandom end up prematurely canceled?
Written in the Stars
My last suggested romantic comedy is Written in the Stars by Alexandria Bellefleur. After a disastrous blind date, Darcy Lowell is desperate to stop her well-meaning brother from playing matchmaker ever again. Love–and the inevitable heartbreak–is the last thing she wants. So she fibs and says her latest set up was a success.
Elle Jones, one of the astrologers behind the popular Twitter account, Oh My Stars, dreams of finding her soul mate. But she knows that’s not Darcy… a no-nonsense stick-in-the-mud.
When Darcy’s brother–and Elle’s new business partner–expresses how happy he is that they hit it off, Elle is baffled. Was Darcy on the same date’ Because… awkward. When Darcy begs Elle to play along, she agrees to pretend they’re dating to save face.
But with a few conditions: Darcy must help Elle navigate her own overbearing family during the holidays and their arrangement expires on New Year’s Eve. The last thing they expect is to develop real feelings during a fake relationship.
Banish the winter blahs by reading a romantic comedy! They’re fast-paced and you’re guaranteed a happy ending.