Romantic comedies and swoon-worthy contemporary romance is all the rage right now! Like the follower that I am, I can’t resist a good trend, especially in the summertime when I crave those easy, breezy, read-in-a-day type books. The five books I’ve listed here have come highly recommended by readers like me who almost never read romance. (No clinch-covered Harlequin mass markets for me, please!) I’m hoping that a brief dive into these cute (and possibly steamy!) modern love stories will be exactly what I need to get out of my reading slump.
The Kiss Quotient by Helen Hoang
The Kiss Quotient is an #OwnVoices read featuring a young woman with Asperger’s; I’ve seen this book buzzing around for a quite a while, but it wasn’t until I heard about the Asperger’s representation that I felt inclined to read it. It follows thirty-year old Stella who hires escort Michael to help her gain some traction in the dating world, and then–you guessed it–they begin to develop *feelings* for one another.
The Proposal by Jasmine Guillory
Y’all know how much I love Reese Witherspoon’s book club! This was Reese’s February pick, and it sounds just as cute as can be. After a proposal gone wrong, Carlos comes to Nik’s rescue in a stadium full of disappointed fans, and an epic rebound ensues. A lot of reviewers I trust have fallen in love with The Proposal, so I’m curious to see what it’s all about!
One Day in December by Josie Silver
One Day in December is another of Reese’s selections, this one from December (duh!). I absolutely love the premise: love at first sight! Christmastime!! London!!! Laurie and Jack spot one another from a distance and know it’s meant to be… but they don’t see each other again until Jack is knee-deep in a relationship with Laurie’s best friend Sarah. It sounds cute and complicated, everything a rom-com should be!
Red, White & Royal Blue by Casey McQuiston
This book and its gorgeous millennial pink cover has been Everywhere this summer and so obviously I must pick it up. Red, White & Royal Blue follows First Son Alex as he falls in love with Prince Henry of Wales despite a staged friendship amidst his mother’s re-election campaign. It was a big read during pride month, and I’ve seen nothing but positive reviews from a plethora of readers.
The Hating Game by Sally Thorne
Sally Thorne’s The Hating Game is considered the book that started it all, with its charming illustrated cover tricking readers into picking it up despite its place in the romance category. It follows Lucy and Josh as their companies merge and they must compete against each other for the same promotion. Naturally, they each despise the other until… suddenly they don’t. The Hating Game is a love-it-or-hate-it book for a lot of readers, but hopefully I’m of the former party!
Have you taken part in the current rom-com book trend? What books would you recommend to me? Let’s chat!