Valentine’s Day is just around the corner, and whether you’re in a relationship or single, there’s nothing like curling up with a good romantic comedy read this time of the year. Here are 10 romantic comedy books that are sure to make you laugh, swoon, and maybe even cry a little (in a good way).
Things We Never Got Over (Knockemout)
Things We Never Got Over by Lucy Score is a must-read for anyone who loves a good romance novel with a bit of a twist. The story follows the journey of Naomi, a runaway bride who ends up stranded in the small town, and Knox, a barber who prefers to live his life alone. This novel has an engaging and well-crafted plot, with a mix of humor, drama, and unexpected twists.
Pride and Prejudice
Whether you've never read the book or this is your 5th time through it, Pride and Prejudice is the rom-com to beat all rom-coms. This classic book by Jane Austen is set in 18th-century England and revolves around the five Bennett sisters, as they navigate through society, marriage, and love. The romance between Elizabeth Bennett and Mr. Darcy is one of the most iconic and well-known in literature, and their relationship is full of witty banter, pride, and prejudice.
Book Lovers by Emily Henry follows the journey of Nora, a cutthroat literary agent who has a love-hate relationship with Charlie, a brooding editor from back in the city. A series of coincidences keeps them bumping into each other, and they realize that they have a lot more in common than they thought. It's a funny and charming book that fans of slow-burn romance will enjoy. (This book is for adult readers, FYI!)
The Love Hypothesis
Popularized by BookTok, The Love Hypothesis is a fun read for our science nerds out there. Olive, a Ph.D. candidate who is studying the science of love, and Adam, a young hotshot professor, find themselves navigating a fake relationship that ends up turning into something real. It's a slow-burn read that will leave you giggling at the end---perfect for a few nights in.
Love and Other Words
Love and Other Words is a romantic novel about Macy Sorensen, a pediatrics resident who is planning her wedding to a financially secure man. She runs into her first and only love, Elliot Petropoulos, and her carefully constructed life starts to fall apart. This book alternates between the past, when Elliot and Macy were teenagers, and the present, as they reconnect as adults. Elliot will have to understand the truth behind Macy's decade-long silence and overcome the past to revive her faith in the possibility of an all-consuming love.
People We Meet on Vacation
People We Meet on Vacation is about two friends, Poppy and Alex, who have nothing in common but have been taking one week of vacation together every summer for a decade. They stopped talking two years ago after a fight, but Poppy wants to fix their relationship and convinces Alex to take one more vacation together. Throughout the week, they attempt to reconcile and lay everything out on the table, but a big truth that has always stood in the middle of their relationship threatens to ruin everything.
Anyone who has ever felt unlucky in love will appreciate The Unhoneymooners. Olive Torres and Ethan Thomas are sworn enemies, but end up winning a free honeymoon thanks to a bad bout of food poisoning that they alone are spared from. Despite their initial dislike for each other, Olive starts to enjoy the charade and even notices some feelings starting to grow.
Love on the Brain
Love on the Brain follows Bee Königswasser, a woman who is offered the opportunity to lead a project at NASA. But she has to co-lead with Levi Ward, someone who she strongly dislikes due to a complicated history. As Bee struggles with her feelings towards Levi, she notices him becoming more supportive and attentive towards her, and she has to decide whether to act on her growing feelings as well. (This is another book that's best for adult readers.)
Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine: A Novel
Eleanor Oliphant a socially awkward woman who leads a solitary life and struggles with social interaction. But her life changes when she meets Raymond, an IT guy from her office, and they become friends after they save an elderly man together. Raymond's kind-hearted nature helps Eleanor to repair her own damaged heart and she starts to realize the importance of human connection.
The Bodyguard: A Novel
Due to a middle-aged stalker, Hannah Brooks is hired to protect famous actor Jack Stapleton by pretending to be his girlfriend. As the two spend more time together, their feelings begin to grow, and Hannah has to navigate between protecting Jack's life and protecting her own heart. The Bodyguard is a sweet read that explores the themes of love and trust in a fun way.
Valentine’s Day is the perfect time to curl up with a good romantic comedy book. Here are some of our favorites, from slow-burn romances to lighthearted flings.