These romantic novels are all light, fun, sweet and have just a touch of drama in them. While there might be no exotic locations or even exotic names (I've read countless Mills and Boons with characters named after complicated inter galactic trade routes), the characters are relatable and, more often than not, pretty amazing!
Here's a list of 11 novels that you should totally read if you love romantic-comedies:
1) Ain't She Sweet by Susan Elizabeth Phillips
This one is, by far, one of my favourite book in this genre.
The characters are well sketched out, the dialogue is sharp and witty, and the emotional drama is not very heavy.
Here's a little description:
Sugar Beth Carey, the one-time "wild child" of Parrish, Mississippi, returns home to face a slew of old enemies lining up to get even. Worst of all is Colin Byrne, the man whose career Sugar Beth destroyed. Now he's a famous novelist living in Sugar Beth's old mansion, and he's using his writer's imagination to figure out how to bring the town's former princess to her knees. (courtesy: Goodreads)
Colin is the perfect romantic hero. he is brooding, sensitive, hot (obviously!) and BRITISH!
I rest my case.
2) Once Smitten Twice Shy by Lori Wilde
What do you get when you're a wedding videographer and you're hired for the wedding of your ex-husband, who is marrying the DAUGHTER OF THE PRESIDENT OF AMERICA??
A funny, romantic and awesome novel, that's what.
When her dream job of recording the first daughter's wedding appears out of the blue, Tish knows it's her only shot to get out of the red. Just one teensy glitch: Shane (her ex husband- what!) is the groom. From the moment they see each other, she knows nothing's changed, the same old black magic is still between them, as irresistible and potent as ever. But he's promised to another and Tish has been burned before. (courtesy: Goodreads)
It's a well written and engaging novel, highly entertaining and has a little bit of adventure thrown in to counter the sweetness.
Read it. Now.
3) Simply Irresistible by Rachel Gibson
My obsession with Rachel Gibson began later than I'd like to admit, because she's one of the best.
This one is the first in her Chinooks hockey players series, and even though all of them are precious, this one has Georgeanne, who is in my top ten list of bad**s female literary characters of all times.
She starts off as a ditzy, Southern debutante and goes onto become a strong, independent woman, who doesn't need a man to be happy.
Georgeanne Howard leaves her fiancé at the altar when she realizes she can't marry a man old enough to be her grandfather, no matter how rich he is. Hockey superstar John Kowalsky unknowingly helps her escape, and only when it's too late does he realize that he's absconded with his boss's bride. This bad boy isn't looking to be anybody's savior but his own. Still, a long night stretches ahead of them—a night too sultry to resist temptation.(courtesy: Goodreads)
I'm not going to give away more, as it might spoil the plot a little bit. You NEED to read this one asap!
4)Happily Ever After by Harriet Evans
I happened to stumble upon this one by accident, but now I feel it was destiny that led me to it.
Too dramatic? Thought so.
This was the first Harriet Evans that I read, so I wasn't very familiar with her style of writing. It started off a little slow, but soon I found myself immersed in the plot, so much so that I finsihed this one in half a day!
At twenty-two, Eleanor Bee is sure about three things: she wants to move to London and become a literary superstar; she wants to be able to afford to buy a coffee and croissant every morning; and after seeing what divorce did to her parents—especially her mum—she doesn't believe in happy endings. Elle moves to London. She gets a job at Bluebird Books, a charmingly old-fashioned publisher.
She falls out of bars, wears too-short skirts, makes lots of mistakes, and feels like she's learning nothing and everything at the same time. And then, out of the blue, she falls in love, and that's when she realizes just how much growing up she has to do. (courtesy: Goodreads)
The one thing that makes this book so likable is probably the fact that Eleanor is all of us twenty something people who haven't got their life quiet figured out and are stumbling and learning along the way.
5) The Bride Quartet by Nora Roberts
To say that The Bride Quartet is amazing would be a gross understatement. It's like the Harry Potter of romantic novels.
It is. It's well written, the main characters are strong, independent and know what they want and they create weddings!
Set in the fun, fabulous and sometimes hectic world of wedding planning, follow the story of four friends and their struggles with life, love and family as they build their wedding planning company, VOWS.
Mac is the photographer, Emma is the florist, Laurel takes care of the catering and Parker is the brains behind everything.
It's beautiful, it's romantic and it will make you cry from the sheer sweetness of it all.
Bonus: WEDDING CAKES! So many wedding cakes!
6) Tangled Up in You by Rachel Gibson
Another Rachel Gibson that you absolutely can't give a miss, this one actually brought me to tears (but I cry at almost all book endings, so that's probably not helpful)
This is one of the four part Writer series, and is the best one of the lot.
Maddie Dupree isn't in Truly, Idaho, looking for a husband, a boyfriend, or anything in between.Maddie is determined to uncover the untold story about the town's sordid past--her past. As a child, Maddie lost everything, and now she's back at the scene of the scandal--a local establishment that's always belonged to the Hennessys--determined to uncover the truth, and nothing is going to stand in her way. Especially not a black-haired, blue-eyed Hennessy.
Everyone in Truly knows that the Hennessy men are irresistible, and the current owner, Mick, is no exception. His late father was a skirt-chasing heartbreaker who ended up causing disaster for two families. So far, Mick's managed to keep the ladies in line, but when he claps eyes on Maddie, with her luscious curves and tempting lips, he can't resist getting tangled up with her.But Maddie is keeping secrets, not the least of which is her true reason for being in town. And when Mick discovers what`s really going on, there is going to be a whole lot of trouble in Truly. (courtesy: Goodreads)
Bonus: An adorable, bucktoothed pet kitten who is a little furball of happiness.
7) She Went All The Way by Meg Cabot
So I read this one right after I finished the Princess Diaries series by Meg Cabot, and so I was a little taken aback by the change in the tone of the characters and the plot. But once I got over my trauma (I was 14 that time!), I was completely won over by She went All The Way!
You can't not like Lou. She is a bad**s scriptwriter and takes no nonsense from anyone, especially actors! Plus, she loves TV almost as much as yours truly, so that is a strike in her favour.
Success hasn't spoiled screenwriter Lou Calabrese—it's just given her a taste for luxury. And it's put her in some bizarre situations—like in a helicopter en route to the wilds of Alaska, sharing too-close quarters with the last man she wants to be with: Jack Townsend! Once a sexy nobody whom Lou helped make a somebody, Jack's just been dumped by a high-profile Hollywood airhead—who's eloped with Lou's longtime love! So what else could go wrong?
Well... Their pilot could try to shoot the most adored man in America. They could crash land in the icy, mountainous middle of nowhere. And at the worst possible moment, when survival should be their only consideration, Jack could start wondering if maybe he wasn't a wee bit too hasty for not giving this sexy screenwriter a second look—while Lou could start noticing how superstar Jack is kind of hot after all ...(courtesy: Goodreads)
The love-hate relationship between the two characters is immensely enjoyable and by the the time you finish the book, you'll be a melted puddle of gooyey-ness and happiness.
Totally unrelated side note: I have just had a lot of sugar in my system.
8) Natural Born Charmer by Susan Elizabeth Phillips
So Susan Elizabeth Phillips repeats on this list, mainly because she is awesome, and also because this is another novel of hers that is worth mentioning in this list.
Quarterback Dean Robillard takes to the road during the off season and finds Blue walking along in a beaver costume. Blue is cautious when it comes to love, but her defenses are no match for a determined competitor like Dean. (courtesy: Goodreads)
Seriously. A hot shot sports celeb and a headless beaver.
It can't get any better than this.
The characters have depth. Even though they are funny and joke and fight all the time, they have well etched personalities which give their characters depth. All in all, it's a pretty fun read!
9) The Boy Next Door by Meg Cabot
Meg cabot is treasure when it comes to writing romantic fiction for adults. She's funny, intelligent and thorough when it comes to characters.
The Boy series are told in emails, IMs, and brief journal entries, these loosely connected (but each also stands alone) romantic comedies will keep you laughing and falling in love with the characters more and more every time you read them.
The series consists of three novels: The Boy Next Door, Boy Meets Girl and Every Boy's Got One.
Even though all three are amazing, The Boy Next Door is a little bit better than the rest:
Gossip columnist and single New York City girl Mel lives in the most exciting place in the world, yet she's bored with her love-life. But things get interesting fast when the old lady next door is nearly murdered.Mel starts paying closer attention to her neighbors—what exactly is going on with the cute boy next door?Has Mel found the love of her life—or a killer? (courtesy: Goodreads)
The writing style is interesting and keeps the plot fresh and exciting.
10) Undomestic Goddess by Sophie Kinsella
While she is more popular for her 'Confessions of a Shopaholic' series, I like Sophie Kinsella's stand alone novels much better. This one is a good example of one.
Aisde from having a LOT of Harry Potter references, the plot is engaging and the entire transformation of Samantha from the workaholic attorney to, well, the 'Undomestic Goddess' is entertaining as hell.
Workaholic attorney Samantha Sweeting has just done the unthinkable. She's made a mistake so huge, it'll wreck any chance of a partnership. Going into utter meltdown, she walks out of her London office, gets on a train, and ends up in the middle of nowhere. Asking for directions at a big, beautiful house, she's mistaken for an interviewee and finds herself being offered a job as housekeeper.
Her employers have no idea they've hired a lawyer–and Samantha has no idea how to work the oven. She can't sew on a button, bake a potato, or get the #@%# ironing board to open. How she takes a deep breath and begins to cope–and finds love–is a story as delicious as the bread she learns to bake. But will her old life ever catch up with her? And if it does…will she want it back?
It's one of those novels which leave you smiling at the end.
11) True Love and Other Disasters by Rachel Gibson
Another one in the Hockey series by the author, this is right at the top with 'Tangled Up in You' (read no 6).
What I loved most about this one was the fact that Faith was so unapologetic about her past as a stripper and the fact that she was Playboy's playmate of the month! She is strong, no-nonsense, and owns a hockey team. A HOCKEY TEAM.
Hard knocks and hunger taught Faith Duffy not to believe in love. Still, when she married her very wealthy --- and very old --- husband, she became the perfect wife. And then he went to that big bank in the sky, leaving Faith with lonely nights, a pile of money, and a total mess of a pro hockey team. Heck, Faith doesn't even watch hockey!
But most of America and half of Canada is watching Ty Savage. His lethal sex appeal and deadly right hook make him the favorite of fans. For most of Ty's life, he's dreamed of winning the Stanley Cup. The last thing he needs is a bimbo messing up his plans.
Faith loathes Ty on sight, but she can't stop thinking about him all day ... and night. Then a moment of temptation ends with Faith in Ty's bed, and she begins to see there's more to him than sex appeal. Ty discovers there's far more to Faith than beauty and billions. But a relationship with Faith is impossible, and falling in love --- that would be a disaster.
So this was the round up of my favourite romantic novels that are hilarious, sweet and awesome!