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The 23 best rom-com books to read for Valentine’s Day, or just because

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  • Romantic comedy books read just like rom-com movies: they’re funny and full of swoon-worthy love. 
  • These picks include award-winning romance novels and exciting new releases.
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“The Love Hypothesis” by Ali Hazelwood is one of the rom-com books we love the most.

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When I think of a romantic comedy movie, I imagine hilarious scenarios, witty banter, and a love story that blooms to a romantic happy ending. When rom-com books started to get more popular a few years ago, I was thrilled that I could find that same happy romantic energy in a book. 

A great romantic comedy is marked by being a fun and enjoyable read. While the characters may face serious challenges, it’s comforting to know that love will win in the end. These recommendations come from bestseller lists, recommendations from reviewers on Goodreads, or are new releases that are quickly gaining popularity. So if you’re looking for a fun love story, here are some of the best romantic comedies to read in 2022. 

The 23 best rom-com books to read in 2022:

“The Unhoneymooners” by Christina Lauren'The Unhoneymooners' by Christina Lauren

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“The Unhoneymooners” by Christina Lauren, available at Amazon and Bookshop, from $8.44

When everyone at Ami’s wedding gets food poisoning except her sister, Olive, and the best man, Ethan, she offers for the two of them to take her all-expense-paid honeymoon in her place. Sworn enemies, Olive and Ethan agree to take the trip but stay far away from each other until a chance run-in with Olive’s new boss entangles them in a lie and the two must pretend to be adoring newlyweds. 

You can find more Christina Lauren books here.

“The Paid Bridesmaid” by Sariah Wilsonthe paid bridesmaid

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“The Paid Bridesmaid” by Sariah Wilson, available at Amazon and Bookshop, from $11.66

Rachel Vinson is a discrete bridesmaid-for-hire whose latest assignment is a destination wedding in Hawaii for an Instagram influencer. Tech entrepreneur Camden Lewis refuses to take his eyes off Rachel, convinced she’s a corporate spy on a mission to end his company, not knowing he’s about to blow her cover for a very different kind of mission. 

“Ties That Tether” by Jane Igharoties that tether

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“Ties That Tether” by Jane Igharo, available at Amazon and Bookshop, from $11.17

At 12 years old, Azere promised her dying father that she would marry a Nigerian man, but when yet another arranged date fails miserably, she finds herself enjoying the company of a handsome white man named Rafael. As their one-night stand evolves into something more serious, Azere finds herself torn between her heritage and the man she loves in this romantic comedy about the balance between identity, happiness, and duty. 

“The Love Hypothesis” by Ali HazelwoodThe Love Hypothesis bookcover with an illustration of two people kissing in a lab

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“The Love Hypothesis” by Ali Hazelwood, available at Amazon and Bookshop, from $11.17

Needing to convince her best friend that she’s happily dating, Ph.D. candidate Olive Smith impulsively kisses her young, hot professor, Adam Carlsen. Agreeing to pretend they’re in a relationship so he can convince the board he isn’t planning to leave soon, Olive and Adam begin to spend more time together to keep up their facade until a big science conference not only changes their relationship forever but threatens Olive’s career.

To find out more about why we love this award-winning rom-com, check out our in-depth review here. 

“Hani and Ishu’s Guide to Fake Dating” by Adiba JaigirdarThe book cover of "Hani and Ishu's guide to Fake dating"

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“Hani and Ishu’s Guide to Fake Dating” by Adiba Jaigirdar, available at Amazon and Bookshop, from $13.99

When Hani comes out to her closest friends as bisexual, they invalidate her identity and tell her that she can’t be bisexual if she’s only dated boys, prompting Hani to blurt out a lie that she’s currently dating Ishu — a girl her friends all hate. Though very different, Ishu agrees to pretend to be Hani’s girlfriend in exchange for a boost in popularity so Ishu can be elected head girl and pad her college resumes. 

“Get a Life, Chloe Brown” by Talia Hibbertget a life chloe brown

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“Get a Life, Chloe Brown” by Talia Hibbert, available at Amazon and Bookshop, from $11.37

Chloe Brown has a step-by-step plan to break out of her comfort zone and “get a life” but turns to sexy, tattooed handyman Red Morgan to help her rebel properly. As she and Red spend more and more time together, Chloe discovers there is far more depth to Red than just his rebellious nature. 

“The Boyfriend Project” by Farrah Rochonthe boyfriend project

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“The Boyfriend Project” by Farrah Rochon, available at Amazon and Bookshop, from $10.19

When a terrible date leads Samiah to realize she’s been catfished, she decides to invest in herself and finally develop the app she’s been dreaming of for years. At the same time, she meets the stunning Daniel at her work and must decide if he’s truly boyfriend material in this smart and sexy rom-com that’s just as much about female friendships as it is about swoon-worthy love. 

“A Cuban Girl’s Guide to Tea and Tomorrow” by Laura Taylor NameyA Cuban Girl's Guide to Tea and Tomorrow book cover with Reese's Book Club sticker

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“A Cuban Girl’s Guide to Tea and Tomorrow” by Laura Taylor Namey, available at Amazon and Bookshop, from $11.49

This Reese’s YA Book Club pick is about Lila Reyes, whose whole life and carefully laid plans are turned completely upside down, leading her to spend three months in a small town in England. Though initially not thrilled to be away from the sun of Miami, Lila begins to find happiness when she meets Orion in a tea shop, who dedicates himself as her personal tour guide to make her trip magical and memorable in more ways than one. 

“Red, White & Royal Blue” by Casey McQuiston'Red, White, and Royal Blue' by Casey McQuiston

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“Red, White & Royal Blue” by Casey McQuiston, available at Amazon and Bookshop, from $9.97

This award-winning romance is about First Son Alex Claremont-Diaz and his lifelong nemesis Prince Henry, who are caught in a confrontation by the tabloids. To curb the threat of damaged public relations between America and Britain, their teams come up with a PR stunt to stage a fake friendship between the boys, which quickly turns into a real friendship and the potential to bloom into something more. 

“Ramón and Julieta” by Alana Quintana Albertsonramon and julieta

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“Ramón and Julieta” by Alana Quintana Albertson, available at Amazon and Bookshop, from $14.40

When fate and tacos bring Ramón and Julieta together over a heated kiss on Día de los Muertos, they soon discover their families and businesses are at odds. As tensions grow with the rising threat of gentrification, the two must face these challenges together, in this romance inspired by “Romeo and Juliet”. 

“Pride, Prejudice, and Other Flavors” by Sonali DevPride, Prejudice, and Other Flavors

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“Pride, Prejudice, and Other Flavors” by Sonali Dev, available at Amazon and Bookshop, from $10.98

“Pride, Prejudice, and Other Flavors” is the first in a rom-com series retelling the classics with modern twists. In this romance, Trisha Raje is an acclaimed neurosurgeon whose first meeting with DJ Caine leaves them both with a terrible first impression until they discover that Trisha is the only surgeon who can save his sister’s life. 

“The Charm Offensive” by Alison CochrunThe Charm Offensive book cover with a person under a spotlight

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“The Charm Offensive” by Alison Cochrun, available at Amazon and Bookshop, from $13.30

Dev Deshpande has believed in fairy tale romance since he was young and now works on the set of the popular, Bachelor-style dating show “Ever After.” When tech millionaire Charlie Winshaw becomes the next contestant, he struggles to connect with the women and contain his anxiety on set so Dev makes it his personal mission to help Charlie through the season in this wonderful, queer romantic comedy that also addresses serious mental health challenges. 

“The Ex Hex” by Erin SterlingThe Ex Hex book cover with a magical scene including of two people on a broom in front of the moon

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“The Ex Hex” by Erin Sterling, available at Amazon and Bookshop, from $12.79

Nine years ago, Vivi Jones put what she thought was a harmless heartbreak-fueled spell on her ex. Now, Rhys has returned and when disaster after disaster seems to follow him and threaten the town, Rhys and Vivi must put their feelings aside and work together to break the hex and save their community. 

“The Right Swipe” by Alisha Raithe right swipe

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“The Right Swipe” by Alisha Rai, available at Amazon and Bookshop, from $9.59

Rhiannon Hunter is a dating app creator who has strict rules for her own dating life, including cutting anyone out who stands you up. When Rhiannon matches with former pro-football player Samon Lima, he ghosts her just to reappear months later in business with her greatest rival and wants a second chance. 

“Dial A for Aunties” by Jesse Q. Sutanto'Dial A for Aunties' by Jesse Q. Sutanto

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“Dial A for Aunties” by Jesse Q. Sutanto, available at Amazon and Bookshop, from $10

“Dial A for Aunties” is a fun mix of romantic comedy and cozy mystery as four meddling aunties intervene to help hide a dead body when Meddelin Chan accidentally kills her blind date. When disposing of the body turns into a huge, hilarious disaster on a wedding weekend, Meddelin’s greatest past love returns to amp up the chaos and the family aims to avoid a murder charge, help Meddelin fall in love, and keep their family wedding business afloat. 

“When Katie Met Cassidy” by Camille Perri"When Katie Met Cassidy" by Camille Perri

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“When Katie Met Cassidy” by Camille Perri, available at Amazon and Bookshop, from $12.68

When Katie’s nearly perfect life is shattered upon the breakup with her fiancé, she agrees to have a drink with Cassidy Price, a fascinating and sexually promiscuous woman she met at work. In this sweet and cute romance, Katie and Cassidy explore identity, sexuality, and love amidst steamy scenes and a magical romance.  

“The Kiss Quotient” by Helen HoangThe Kiss Quotient by Helen Hoang

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“The Kiss Quotient” by Helen Hoang, available at Amazon and Bookshop, from $14.40

Stella Lane uses math and logic to solve all problems. As someone with Asperger’s, kissing kind of grosses Stella out, but she’s determined to work through her lack of dating experience by practicing everything from foreplay to complex positions with Michael Phan, a hired escort. When real chemistry develops between them, Stella is left wondering if algorithms can truly answer every question. 

“When Dimple Met Rishi” by Sandhya Menonwhen dimple met rishi

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“When Dimple Met Rishi” by Sandhya Menon, available at Amazon and Bookshop, from $10.69

“When Dimple Met Rishi” is an adorable summer rom-com about Dimple and Rishi, two aspiring web developers whose parents are ready to suggest an arranged marriage between them when they “by chance” meet at a summer program after graduation. Though they have different opinions on arranged marriages, Dimple and Rishi explore their relationship in this cute and hilarious read. 

“The Spanish Love Deception” by Elena Armas

“The Spanish Love Deception” by Elena Armas, available at Amazon and Bookshop, from $16.19

Catalina Martin has only four short weeks to find a date to her sister’s wedding in Spain after spurting a panic-induced lie to her family that she would be bringing her new boyfriend. With few options, Catalina finds herself stuck with her dreadfully aggravating colleague, Aaron Blackford, in this heated enemies-to-lovers romance. 

“The Donut Trap” by Julie Tieuthe donut trap

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“The Donut Trap” by Julie Tieu, available at Amazon and Bookshop, from $12.15

Jasmine has recently graduated from college and is struggling to find her passion in life while working at her parent’s donut shop. When a hike in rent threatens the family business, Jasmine must find new and creative ways to boost sales as a handsome college crush re-enters her life. 

“The Happy Ever After Playlist” by Abby JimenezThe Happy Ever After Playlist by Abbi Jimenez

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“The Happy Ever After Playlist” by Abby Jimenez, available at Amazon and Bookshop, from $13.77

When Sloan finds a lost dog, it takes his owner, Jason, weeks to reply to her texts, as he’s on tour in Australia. Not ready to give up her new furry companion, Sloan and Jason’s flirty texts turn to long calls until the two can’t wait to meet in person and test their ever-growing connection. 

“For All Time” by Shanna Milesfor all time book cover

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“For All Time” by Shanna Miles, available at Amazon and Bookshop, from $12.99

In this genre-bending romance, Tamar and Fayard’s love story has crossed continents and centuries, unraveling in strange dreams and always ending in tragedy. As they realize this cycle, they must do whatever it takes to break it so their present love story can find a better ending. 

“To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before” by Jenny Hanto all the boys ive loved before

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“To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before” by Jenny Han, available at Amazon and Bookshop, from $6.56

Lara Jean has kept all of her crushes a secret, though she’s written each one a letter and hid them in a box under her bed. When all her past crushes- from her first kiss to her sister’s ex- begin to confront her, she realizes that all her secret letters have been mailed in this famously fun young adult romantic comedy. 

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