So, I find it hard to believe that I haven’t done a post on romantic comedies. How did that happen? Full disclosure, it’s currently my most favorite and most-read genre. I’ve developed a taste for romcoms in the last few years.
I don’t usually stick to one genre for long but so far romcoms remain at the top of my reading lists. I’m over paranormal romance and horror fiction. I read a lot of those back in the days but now, I don’t read them much. Contemporary romance and chick-lit were never my favorites. I read them now and then but romcom is what I love the most.
These are such feel-good kind of books. I think they’re perfect for the days when you’re feeling blue and the days when all you need is to laugh a little so that you can forget all your worries. That’s what romcoms do for me.
There are so many amazing authors when it comes to romantic comedies. And sometimes the ‘comedy’ part is so brilliantly done that you can’t help but laugh-out-loud many times throughout the book.
Anyhow, in this post, I’ll share some of my most favorite romcoms. To keep it simple, I’m going to focus on my most recent reads because if I gave myself free reighn then this post will never end.
My latest five stars read is Driving Me Wild by Mia Carter. The best thing about this rom-com is the way it starts.
It had my attention right from the opening scene and I thought how adorable both main characters were.
The story is nothing new or unusual for a typical romantic comedy and yet, it’s written so beautifully that you can’t help but fall in love with it.
Chloe is a creative person and has a degree in arts. Unfortunately, she hasn’t been successful in finding a job based on her academic qualifications. For now, she is working freelance and she is also an Uber driver and that’s how she meets Logan.
Logan is a computer genius. He is rich and successful but that comes with its own challenges. He leaves important thumb drive in Chloe’s car and then bribes her so that she will fly halfway across the world to bring him his thumb drive. Which she does.
It’s like they were fated to cross each other’s path. Soon, they won’t be able to deny the attraction between them. But can a rich, genius, and super handsome guy fall in love with a struggling artist? Well, you’ll have to read the book to find that out.
Okay, so here is another great rom-com with an exceptionally good beginning. I love it when the main characters meet in some funny and yet significant kind of way. The book is Catching Her Heart by Jody Holford.
In this case, our hero is an athlete and heroine works for his team. Addison is an executive and right now she is in need of a favor. And what better way to get Sawyer McBain to go along with her plan than to kidnap him. Well, there is no going back so when he asks for a favor in return, she agrees. She just hopes that it’s something doable.
Soon, the two of them are linked through this ridiculous exchange of favors. They’re talking and spending more time together. And it’s more than obvious that there is chemistry between them. But the trouble is that neither of them is ready for falling in love or long-term relationships. As if love will wait for them. They’re definitely in for a surprise. And it’s a treat for readers.
This next book is Young Adult fiction. It’s more of a contemporary romance than a comedy but I’m putting it in this list because it had me laughing on more than one occasion.
Stuck With You by Christina Mandelski is a story about two youngsters who have been friends since childhood. And now that they’re entering adulthood, their entire relationship dynamic is changing. But that’s not all that is changing. Soon, their lives won’t be the same and they must come to terms with it.
Faced with life-altering challenges, both teens have the same idea; take a break and spend some time at the beach house which their families co-own.
Neither of them expected the other to be there. So, that’s how Catie and Caleb stuck with each other at the beach house. Catie’s friends are there too. The girls plan to enjoy to the fullest. It’s their time to have fun without parental supervision. Caleb on the other hand just wants some quiet time. Unfortunately, thanks to their coincidental encounter, neither is going to get his or her way.
It’s a really fun read and I do enjoy a good friends-to-lovers story. It’s quite cute and I loved both the main characters. For me, if I’m able to like or love the main characters, I automatically love the story as well. So, yep, this is one of the good ones.
Another friends-to-lovers story of romance and laughter is The Best Friend problem by Mariah Ankenman. Ooh, and this is the best one yet. I thoroughly enjoyed this book. It’s really good. Especially, the romance side of this story is the best.
The friendship between Pru and Finn is great. They both genuinely care about each other and it shows. They have been friends for a long time. But do they really think of each other as more than friends?
Pru has her life planned out and she hates surprises. Finn is a firefighter and so dealing with uncertainty and difficult situations is a norm for him. In theory, these two are not meant for each other. But does fate have something else in mind or not? Well, that’s a different question altogether. Soon, they’re going to find out and things will never be the same for them again.
Another great thing about this book is that it has some great supporting characters. I really loved all the characters in this story. It’s definitely a must-read if you like contemporary romance.
Okay, finally I want to share my thoughts about My Best Friend’s Ex by Shannyn Schroeder. It’s another swoon-worthy romance that I think all romance lovers will enjoy reading.
This one is more on the emotional side than on the fun side. Still, the dream of happily-ever-after is realized in it so, I say that makes it perfect.
Trevor’s ex-wife dies and now he is left behind to pick up the pieces. He must learn how to take care of his teenage children and he needs to be there for them. He fears that he might not be up for it. Can he be a good parent when his ex-wife was the one who always took care of them? he is grieving too and he feels lost.
And to make things worse for him, it looks like Callie is closer to his kids than he is. She is his ex-wife’s best friend and apparently, a big part of his kids’ lives. Seeing her after all those years is bringing back good memories to the forefront. The time when things were simpler.
Callie wants to help. She thinks that she should take care of Lisa’s children. After all, Trevor might not be the right person to take care of them. But he is their father so he is definitely going to be there for them. Soon, Callie and Trevor are spending time with each other and realizing that there might be something more than friendship between them.
This is an emotional rollercoaster kind of book. But it does have that feel-good vibe that I love in a romance. I’d recommend it if you like stories with more depth to them and characters that are both good and bad at the same time.
So, these are some of my favorite romance novels that I’ve read this year. I enjoyed these stories for different reasons but they did have a few things in common. Also, can I just point out how beautiful all these book covers are? Don’t they make you want to pick these books up and devour them? I’m a sucker for good book covers. They play a vital role in my decision of buying the book. What about you?
And what are your thoughts about romance? I know this genre of fiction is often maligned and frowned upon but guess what? It remains the most read genre of fiction. No surprise there, I’d say.
P.S. I know Halloween is around the corner and I should probably be posting about Halloween themed books but as I said, I’m mostly over horror fiction. Still, I might do a special post for Halloween. Who knows?! It totally depends on my mood and of course, time. In any case, Happy Halloween in advance and I hope you enjoy your time.