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100 Must-Read Romantic Comedies

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Trisha Brown

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Trisha Brown grew up in Washington State and moved to Washington, DC, to work on programs that support vulnerable families. She decided to take a break in 2019, so now she’s traveling around the United States learning about different places and communities. She plans to return to her life in DC eventually, but for now she can be found chatting with people in bars and parks, catching up on sleep, and trying to keep herself from buying more books than her car and budget can handle. Find her on Instagram (@trishahaleybrown) or Twitter (@trishahaleybrwn).

Romantic comedy books get a bad rap.

And I get it. As someone who has watched, read, and (full disclosure) lived a fair number of cringe-worthy-but-not-in-a-funny-way romance moments, I understand peppering a moving love story with humor or infusing a comedy with enough heart to connect with readers or viewers isn’t as easy as Nora Ephron made it look.

But that doesn’t mean there aren’t fantastic romantic comedy books out there. In fact, there are A LOT of them. There are 100 of the best romantic comedy books listed below, and we could double or triple the list with just these authors alone, let alone the authors that aren’t mentioned below. Speaking of which, quick reminder: This is NOT an all-inclusive list. Feel free to expand all of our horizons by adding your favorites in the comments.

With the 100 slots here, I tried to capture a variety of great romantic comedy books in different subgenres featuring different kinds of characters, stories, and types of humor so that there would be something for everyone. Sharp humor, silly humor, subtle humor, broad humor. There are jokes about wallflowers and werewolves, cake-makers and construction workers, dukes and (geo)ducks, the un-dead and the well-hung (a maybe a character or two who is both…).

That the books are comedic doesn’t mean that nothing bad happens in these stories, of course. Comedy isn’t the absence of seriousness or upsetting experiences and circumstances. It’s about finding the humor in the lives we live whether the circumstances are mundane or dramatic or – as is often the case – somewhere in between. The 100 authors below do just that.

100 Must-Read Romantic Comedy Books To Fall In Love With | Book Riot

The best romantic comedy books 

Browse around and find something for your TBR and add a bunch of your personal favorites in the comments. Or on the off chance that you work in Hollywood, take a look and take note: you have so many options beyond My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2.

  1. A Little Bit Naughty by Farrah Rochon**
  2. About That Fling by Tawna Fenske
  3. Absolutely Positively Not by David Larochelle
  4. Act Like It by Lucy Parker
  5. All of Me by Jennifer Bernard*
  6. Almost Like Love by Abigail Strom*
  7. Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins*
  8. Attachments by Rainbow Rowell
  9. Beach Thing by DL White
  10. Beautiful Bastard by Christina Lauren*
  • Becoming Latina in Ten Easy Steps by Lara Rios
  • Bet Me by Jennifer Crusie
  • Between a Rock and a Hot Mess by Phyllis Bourne
  • Boy Meets Boy by David Levithan
  • Brash by Nicola Marsh*
  • Bridget Jones’s Diary by Helen Fielding*
  • Delicious Temptation by Sabrina Sol*
  • Different Tastes by Tina Martin
  • Driven to Temptation by Melia Alexander
  • Duke of My Heart by Kelly Bowen*
  • Elevate Me by AshleyNicole
  • Enticed by Chanta Rand
  • Everywhere and Every Way by Jennifer Probst*
  • First Grave on the Right by Darynda Jones*
  • Flipped by Wendelin Van Draanen
  • Fool For You by Rina Gray
  • Game, Set, Match by Nana Malone
  • Geoducks Are For Lovers by Daisy Prescott
  • Her Perfect Catch by K.L. Brady
  • Hot in Hell Cat Canyon by Julie Anne Long
  • How the Duke Was Won by Lenora Bell*
  • I’ve Got Your Number by Sophie Kinsella
  • It Had to Be You by Susan Elizabeth Phillips*
  • Let’s Pretend by Raine Weaver
  • Level Up by Cathy Yardley
  • Lord and Lady Spy by Shana Galen*
  • Love at First Spite by Alexandra Warren*
  • Love Lessons by Heidi Cullinan*
  • Love, Lies and Spies by Cindy Anstey
  • More Than a Kiss by Layce Gardner & Saxon Bennett
  • Much Ado About Nothing by William Shakespeare
  • Neanderthal Seeks Human by Penny Reid*
  • Nice Girls Don’t Have Fangs by Molly Harper*
  • Noble Intentions by Katie MacAlister*
  • Northanger Abbey by Jane Austen
  • One Man Guy by Michael Barakiva
  • One Night in Santiago by Audra North**
  • P.S. I Like You by Kasie West
  • Pitifully Ugly by Robin Alexander
  • Playing for Keeps by R.L. Mathewson*
  • Playing It Close by Kat Latham**
  • Playing With Fire by Kate Meader**
  • Practice Makes Perfect by Julie James
  • Ready to Fall by Olivia Dade**
  • Rescued Heart by Georgia Beers*
  • Rock Chick by Kristen Ashley*
  • Roman Crazy by Nina Bocci & Alice Clayton
  • Romancing the Duke by Tessa Dare*
  • Romancing the Fashionista by K.M. Jackson
  • Seduction & Snacks by Tara Sivec*
  • Self Preservation by Ethan Day
  • Sleepless in Manhattan by Sarah Morgan**
  • So Sweet by Rebekah Weatherspoon*
  • Sofia Khan is Not Obliged by Ayisha Malik
  • Somebody Killed His Editor by Josh Lanyon*
  • Soulless by Gail Carriger*
  • Steam and Sorcery by Cindy Spencer Pape*
  • Sustained by Emma Chase**
  • Taking the Heat by Victoria Dahl**
  • Tell Me Something Good by Jamie Wesley
  • The Big Girl’s Guide to Buying Lingerie by Amie Stuart**
  • The Billionaire Bachelor by Jessica Lemmon*
  • The Duchess War by Courtney Milan*
  • The Duke and I by Julia Quinn*
  • The Duke’s Guide to Correct Behavior by Megan Frampton*
  • The Guy Next Door by Meg Cabot*
  • The Hating Game by Sally Thorne
  • The Hooker and the Hermit by L.H. Cosway and Penny Reid*
  • The Mane Event by Shelly Laurenston*
  • The Outlaw Viking by Sandra Hill**
  • The Perfect Match by Kristan Higgins**
  • The Pirate Lord by Sabrina Jeffries*
  • The Princess Bride by William Goldman
  • The Rogue and I by Eva Devon*
  • The Rogue Not Taken by Sarah MacLean*
  • The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion*
  • The Royal We by Heather Cocks & Jessica Morgan
  • The Sublime and Spirited Voyage of Original Sin by Colette Moody
  • The Sweetest Thing by Jill Shalvis**
  • The Truth by Christina C. Jones
  • The Wicked Wallflower by Maya Rodale**
  • There’s Something About Werewolves by Thalia Eames*
  • Totally, Sweetly, Irrevocably by Kira Archer**
  • Touched By an Alien by Gini Koch*
  • Try Me On for Size by Stephanie Haefner*
  • Unbuttoning the CEO by Mia Sosa*
  • Undead and Unwed by MaryJanice Davidson*
  • Wallbanger by Alice Clayton*
  • Well Hung by Lauren Blakely
  • Wild Child by Molly O’Keefe*

    * The first book in a series

    ** Part of a series but not the first book (You would do just as well to start with the first book in any of these series, but for one reason or another I have an affinity for the one listed here. Feel free to make the case for another in the comments.)


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