Six Feel-Good Romantic Comedies to Read Right Now
2020 has officially become the year we only want to read books that make us forget about real life, and 100% have happy endings. We can’t speak for everyone, but give us all the sweet, charming, humor-filled romance.
Luckily, there is no shortage of books that fulfill these requirements: just look for a bright-colored book with a cute cover and whimsical typography for the title, and voila! The only downside of too many romance/rom-com books is knowing where to start. Here are six feel-good romantic comedies that you need to read ASAP.
The Good Luck Charm- Helena Hunting
First of all, this book is not for the faint of heart. Hunting is not afraid to turn the hotness factor up to the highest notch. Be sure to read this in your kitchen because some scenes will make you want to stick your head in the freezer (sexy, right?).
Besides bringing the heat, the book brings a sweet second-chance romance between an NHL hockey player who returns to his hometown and the girl he left behind when his career took off. Ethan and Lilah’s relationship is heartwarming, and I was rooting for them the whole time.
The Hating Game- Sally Thorne
This book is so good that you could read the entire thing in a day. The dialogue was witty, the characters were lovable and relatable, and we both found ourselves laughing out loud a lot.
The Hating Game is about Lucy and Josh, coworkers and sworn enemies who love to hate each other and… hate to love each other? We guess you’ll have to read it to find out. Also, be sure to do so before the movie comes out!
Red White & Royal Blue- Casey McQuiston
We shared this book on our list of 20 Books to Read While Sheltering In Place, but it deserves a spot on here as well.
In the wonderful reality that is Red White and Royal Blue, First Son of the United States Alex Claremont-Diaz and his long-time nemesis Prince Henry of Great Britain are forced to convince the world that they are best friends in the name of international diplomacy. They soon discover that not only can they stand each other, but they might actually have romantic feelings for each other. This book is definitely a breath of fresh air, and oh, how we wish it was real.
While there’s no news about a sequel to RWRB, we look forward to reading everything Casey McQuiston writes in the future (and I definitely wouldn’t mind revisiting my bffs Alex, Henry, June, and Nora.)
My Favorite Half-Night Stand- Christina Lauren
While the dynamic writing duo can do no wrong when it comes to romance, My Favorite Half-Night Stand is a great place to start when looking for a feel-good rom-com.
The story follows Millie Morris, a UC Santa Barbara professor specializing in female serial killers. She just so happens to be in a friend group with four of her male colleagues. In other words, Millie is “just one of the guys,” until she and one of the said guys, Reid Campell, hook up one night.
We love a good friends-to-lovers book, and this one is light, funny, and a quick read to boot.
Fangirl- Rainbow Rowell
While many people probably wouldn’t categorize this book as a feel-good romantic comedy, the combination of escapist fan fiction and the slow-burn romance between Cath and Levi makes this book a perfect choice for a feel-good quarantine romance read.
Read this book, fall in love with Levi, root for Cath, and you’ll finish it with a smile on your face.
The Royal We- Heather Cocks and Jessica Morgan
And finally, the list would not be complete without this royal romance from The Fug Girls. Inspired by Prince William and Kate Middleton (although the American aspect to the story definitely gives us Meghan and Harry vibes), the story follows American college student Bex Porter as she studies abroad in Oxford and just so happens to meet and fall in love with the Prince of Whales.
Like most rom-coms, the premise is nothing new or wholly original, but it just works. The Royal We has all of the drama and intrigue that you’d expect, but it also delivers raw emotion and heartfelt relationships. Because the book spans several years (nearly a decade), it’s easy to fall in love with the characters and become thoroughly invested in their joys, triumphs, and failures.
This is the longest book on the list, so if you’re looking for a book to get lost in for several days, this should be your first pick. The sequel also recently came out, and there’s been talk for a while now about a movie– two more reasons why you should read this book right now.