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Author: Gail Honeyman
Eleanor Oliphant lacks some social skills and is always on the outspoken side, which is one of the reasons she mostly stays to herself. When she meets Raymond, an IT guy at her office who is her complete opposite, she is automatically attracted to him, and when the two of them save an elderly man who fell on the sidewalk, these three people form a bond that is unbreakable. She also thinks that Raymond’s big heart might be just what she needs to repair her own broken one.
Author: Elin Hilderbrand
The Otis-Winbury wedding is the event of the season, and the groom’s parents are promising the most lavish wedding of the year at their luxurious estate. But, when the unexpected happens – a body is found in the harbor – suddenly everyone becomes a suspect, including the bride’s mystery-writer mother. With beloved quirky characters and a perfect summer-beach setting, the plot thickens as the investigators discover there is no such thing as the perfect couple.
Author Katherine Center
With a story that is both funny and hopeful, this tale centers on Margaret, who is awaiting both her wedding and the start of her dream job. Everything seems perfect until an accident lands her in the hospital. Along the way, she has to deal with her fiancée, who is begging for forgiveness; Ian, a physical therapist who even the nurses claim is too tough on her; and her long-lost sister, Kit. Sometimes, the one thing we fear is the thing we need, and Margaret is about to learn that and much more in this touching novel.
Author Helen Hoang
Stella lives for math, and her job allows her little time for anything that isn’t related to that subject. When she turns 30, she decides to gain some experience in the real world – the dating world. Enter Michael, who has agreed to become her practice kisser and lover. The two of them are enjoying their arrangement until Stella starts to feel more for Michael than she’d planned to, and it makes her realize that there are other things in life besides algorithms.
Author Liane Moriarty
A witty novel with eccentric characters, it tells the story of Sophie, whose ex-boyfriend, Thomas, has suddenly reappeared in her life because she has inherited his aunt’s house, where a famous unsolved mystery occurred. She moves into the estate and becomes part of a quirky family, including a young mother attempting to escape her life and an aunt who is just now trying to make her own decisions. Come along for the ride and learn how sometimes, you have to make your own happy ending.
Author Gabrielle Zevin
A.J. Fikry lives alone, owns a bookstore that is struggling, and has recently experienced the theft of a rare collection of Edgar Allen Poe novels. But, when a mysterious package appears at his bookstore, it possesses the ability for him to start his life anew and see everything differently than he did before. This is a moving and funny novel with twists and turns throughout the entire book, and it is definitely a read you will never forget.
Author Christina Lauren
Josh and Hazel have been friends for years, and his calm demeanor is the perfect complement for her spunky and spontaneous personality. When they start to date – or not – they begin by setting each other up on various blind dates, but the dates never seem to work out for either of them. Is this because they have feelings for one another that neither of them wants to admit? A novel with interesting characters and an even more interesting plot, this is one story you will never forget.
Author Sally Thorne
Lucy and Joshua are assistants to co-CEOs in the same publishing company, and they don’t just dislike one another – they hate each other. Their battles usually center on his seriousness and her bright clothes and personality, and when they find themselves up for the same promotion, the tensions get even worse between them. It finally gets so bad that both of them start to wonder if the emotions they feel for one another are truly hate, or something they’d rather not admit even to themselves.
Author Kirsty Greenwood
A heartwarming, funny, and feel-good novel, it tells the story of Olive, a loner who has a dull life, but likes it that way. When her best friend, Birdie, is in the hospital dying and asks her to track down her first love, Chuck, Olive obliges, even though he is all the way across the country in Manhattan. Along the way she meets a man who is interested in her, making the trip a little more interesting, but she can’t seem to find Chuck anywhere. It’ll take a big leap of faith to accomplish this important goal, but is she up to it?
Author Christina Lauren
Macy and Elliot are childhood sweethearts with a long history, and when they are reunited as adults, the first thing they have to do is confront their past. This includes a night that ended in agony, the time Elliot broke Macy’s heart, and the reasons behind Macy’s decades-long silence about almost everything. They start out as near strangers when they are first reunited, but it isn’t long before they start tackling the issues that have complicated their relationship for so many years.
Author Carolyn Brown
Jennie has returned to her small town in Texas after spending some time in New York City – and failing there. Immediately the rumors start, but Jennie is determined to work hard and get herself back on her feet so that the gossiping can stop. Along the way she meets Rick, a local farmer who has modest dreams, and their relationship blossoms. Both funny and heartbreaking, this is a story of people who defy the odds and will make you believe in love again.
Author Maddie Dawson
Marnie wants a husband, children, and a life in the suburbs. She’s about to get it, too, until her marriage ends after only two weeks. Shortly afterwards, she inherits her husband’s aunt’s brownstone and her matchmaking business. Suddenly, she realizes she’s also inherited a host of quirky friends who all seem to be running from love. It occurs to her that this aunt knows how much she needs to be in charge of this business, and why sometimes, those who push love away are the ones who need it most.
Author Staci Hart
When Val first meets Sam, the first thing she notices is how good he is at playing bass. His fingers roll flawlessly across the strings, but she soon finds out that he plays women just as well as he does the bass. Val is confident and bold, and Sam is just as great on the inside as he is on the outside. When Val decides to let Sam “teach” her things, she is surprised at how his actions make her feel. Soon she is in love with him, but she doesn’t want to be. A funny romantic comedy that everyone will enjoy.
Author Juliet McDaniel
In 1969, Maxine finds herself suddenly divorced and afterwards, she relocates to a town in Arizona and decides to enter the Mrs. American Pie contest. There’s only one problem – she needs a family in order to accomplish this. Salty and sweet, and very funny, the book has a messy, but gorgeous heroine and a story you will never forget. Travel with Maxine while she learns about both the pageant and herself, and see why this book is so popular.
Author Matt Haig
Love across the ages is what this book is all about. Tom is a man who is not supposed to fall in love because of a secret he has. Unbeknownst to everyone around him, he has been alive for centuries, and the society that protects people such as him has one very strict rule – you cannot fall in love. But, Tom has decided to stop living in the past and start to enjoy living in the present, and this bighearted, funny, quirky novel is one you will never be able to put down.
Author Rainbow Rowell
Beth and Jennifer work at a place where all of their emails are monitored, and they know this. They begin to send one another emails about every personal and humorous part of their lives, just to give the email monitors a thrill. Unbeknownst to them, Lincoln is their monitor, and he is thoroughly enjoying their communications with one another. He knows he should turn them in, but by this point he finds himself falling for Beth, and he is unsure what to do next.
Author Lauren Blakely
Campbell is a former rock star who is also the new music teacher for Mackenzie’s son. Before this arrangement, however, the two of them shared a passionate one-night stand and now, the situation is getting a little awkward. Both single parents, Campbell and Mackenzie agree to certain rules when her son’s private lessons begin, but it isn’t long before they end up breaking those rules one at a time. Poignant, funny, and breathtaking.
Author Hendrik Groen
Frank, funny, and heartwarming, this is the story of one Hendrik Groen, who works hard to fill his life with something to look forward to so that he can forget all about the indignities of old age. At 83¼ years old, he’s a curmudgeon who delights in causing trouble at his nursing home, but after a sassy widow moves in next door, Hendrik cleans himself up and makes a move on her. A page-turning novel that will warm your heart and make you laugh, which is a great combination.
Author Helen Simonson
The retired Major Pettigrew is opinionated, but quiet, enjoying his life filled with tea, honor, and great memories. But, when his brother dies, an unexpected friendship develops with a Pakistani shopkeeper living in his village. Because they have both lost spouses, they strike up a friendship that blossoms into something more, but because the town considers him a “townie” and her a permanent outsider, is it possible for their relationship to survive?
Author Kendall Ryan
Cam and Natalie have been friends for many years, but there is only one problem – Cam has been in love with Natalie for a very long time. When he has one drink too many one night and they fall into bed together, Natalie believes it’s a one-time thing and concentrates on forgetting about it, but for Cam it only intensifies his feelings for her. A sexy, funny, friends-to-lovers story with characters you will never forget.
Author Lauren Graham
Franny set a deadline for herself after moving to New York City, which involves getting a job as an actress within three years. It is quickly approaching that deadline, and at this point she’ll take any part she can get. But, with her bank account evaporating and a father begging her to come home, not to mention a colleague in her acting class who is interested in her, she is not sure what to expect next. With entertaining dialog and a realistic view of living in New York, it will have you guessing right up to the end.
Author Jenny Colgan
Funny and heartwarming, this is the story of Flora, who leaves her small cottage in Scotland for the hustle and bustle of London, where she can be anonymous and do as she pleases. But, when fate brings her back to Scotland, she immediately gets caught up in the drama that is her life. However, she soon discovers a small café that is in search of an owner and purchases it. As time goes by, she learns to find herself and come to terms with her past, all with a delightful ending.
Author Jill Shalvis
In the untamed wilderness of California, T.J. decides to follow Harley on her quest to study a rare coyote. The two have known each other for years, and have a type of sexual tension that seems to be obvious to everyone, but themselves. As their adventure progresses, they try their best not to give into their temptations, but it is proving to be a much more difficult task than either of them imagined. A touching, lighthearted story with characters you are certain to love.
Author Nick Hornby
Rob owns a pop music store and has a girlfriend who just left him for another man. He starts concentrating on his quirky clerks’ lives and loves for an extra hobby, but when his ex-girlfriend returns, he is surprised at his feelings toward her. He’s always wanted to sleep with someone who has a recording contract, but when he sees Laura again, he thinks that a traditional life with a wife, kids, and soft-rock music might not be that bad after all.
Author Jaci Burton
Josie is an English teacher in Hope, Oklahoma, and Zach is an ex-football player and new coach at the same high school where she teaches. Zach is a little irritated that she keeps benching his players because of their poor grades, but he also can’t help but wonder what it would be like to be with her. He also knows that Josie’s heart is closed off because of past hurts, but he is bound and determined to change all that.
Author Victoria Schade
Cory has a successful dog-training business and is happy that her pit bull is the only man in her life. When she meets a client named Charlie, she is immediately attracted to him, but unfortunately Charlie is taken. However, things start to heat up between them, as well as between her and her friend Eli, making it necessary for her to decide what she wants. Charming and witty, read Cory’s story as she tries to figure things out before her life goes to the dogs.
Author Helena Hunting
Sexy and fun, this story revolves around Lilah and Ethan, who were a couple once, but then broke up. When Ethan returns years later, Lilah is convinced it will never work. But, Ethan wants both her and his hockey career back in his life, and he is convinced that both are necessary for his happiness. Lilah feels his interest has ulterior motives, but he is determined to prove her wrong.
Author Christina Lauren
Holland has a crush on a street musician, but is too shy to approach him. When Calvin saves her from a would-be mugger, they are finally introduced to one another. To speed up their relationship, Holland arranges for Calvin to get an audition with her uncle, who is a Broadway producer, but then she learns Calvin’s secret – he is in the country illegally. Holland agrees to marry Calvin so he can stay in the country and accept the role he just got offered, and things flow along perfectly until they both realize that their marriage has become more than just for convenience.
Author Amy E. Reichert
Food can bring people together. Just ask Lou and Al. Lou owns a French restaurant in Milwaukee, and Al is a food critic who arrives at her restaurant on a very bad day. When Al writes a scathing review of Lou’s restaurant, the restaurant starts to flounder, while his column thrives. When they meet in person and Al asks Lou to show him around Milwaukee, he is not aware of who she is, and the two start falling in love. Once the truth comes out, however, how will this secret affect their relationship?
Author Julia Sonneorn
Anne is a professor whose ex-fiancée just became the new president of the college where she teaches. But, never mind, because she has a book to write, a father to take care of, and a new love interest on the horizon. The problem is, everywhere she turns she sees Adam, and she can’t help but realize that her attraction to him is not completely gone. A smart and funny story that shows us that some of our demons from the past are not that bad after all.
Author Heather Cocks
With a lot of love and humor, this is the story of Bex, an American who is studying in England, and her relationship with one of the heirs to the British throne, Nick. With the tabloids tracking his every move and Bex trying not to fall in love, their relationship develops and grows anyway and soon, they seem to be headed to the altar. The story tracks their relationship in a poignant and humorous way, causing the reader to fall in love with the characters as soon as the novel begins.
Author Jill Mansell
Essie is in a bind. She rants about her boss in an email and suddenly, it accidently gets sent to everyone in her address book. After it goes viral, she decides her only solution is to move and get a new job, but it isn’t long before she realizes that doing this is easier said than done. This is a story that will make you laugh, cry, and wish for the story to never end.
Author Carolyn Brown
When a city girl, a hard-core rancher, and several underprivileged kids get together, the result is a funny, quirky, and adorable story that will steal your heart. Cade opens his ranch to these children every summer, and when he hires a counselor named Retta, it isn’t long before their relationship starts to thrive. Add in some elderly folks who are trying to play matchmaker, and you get a unique love story that you’ll never forget.
Author Crystal Kaswell
When you decide to have a relationship with your brother’s best friend, you never know what the final result will be. This is Emma’s dilemma, but when Hunter can’t stop thinking about her, he finds it more and more difficult not to touch her. Or kiss her. Or work hard to make her all his. A story of love and redemption, forgiveness and sacrifice, told in a unique and funny way that will cause you to remember the characters for a long time to come.
Author Alexander McCall Smith
Paul is a well known food writer whose girlfriend leaves him. To take his mind off of things, his editor sends him to Tuscany to finish his latest cookbook, but when his car breaks down, a new friend suggests he start using a bulldozer instead. Oddly enough, this isn’t the quirkiest thing that happens to him while in Italy, and the charming romance between him and an American he meets there is one of the many reasons he starts to feel like things will be alright.
Author Wataru Watari
A very fun and relatable tale, it tells the story of Hachiman, whose school always has a culture festival that he decides to ignore every year because he loves being a loner. But, while he is skipping class and avoiding as many people as possible, he ends up being chosen for the committee that plans the festival. What ensues is funny and introspective, and it teaches us a lot about teenage life and being an outcast.
Author Mary Kay Andrews
A woman sets out to get back at her ex-fiancée and renovate an old plantation at the same time. She also wishes to concentrate on the plantation owner, a slightly odd, but very handsome local businessman. If you like a story with plenty of Southern charm, humor, and a few surprises, this story is for you, and it is definitely filled with characters you will never forget.
Author Jeanette Winterson
A seductive and interesting novel, this book is about the affair between the narrator and a complex and confused married woman. Although the narrator reveals neither name nor gender, the relationship is based on more than just sex, and part of the intrigue is knowing so little about the characteristics of the narrator. The book is both moving and funny, and it is a story you will want to read over and over again.
Author Wendy Wax
After their reality show goes off the air, five ladies move into a beach house and share their lives together. Maddie is dating a rock star, Nikki is the mother of twins at 47, Kyra is working hard to protect her son from Hollywood’s influence, Avery struggles with commitment issues, and Bitsy is out for revenge. Their lives are intertwined in the most intriguing ways, and the reader will enjoy each and every story that is told in this book.
Author Antoine Laurain
This is the story of a bookseller who finds an empty purse in the middle of the street in Paris. There is nothing inside the purse to indicate who the owner is, but there are some interesting items nonetheless, including a red notebook with the owner’s writings. Determined to find out who the owner is, the bookseller puts together the few clues he has in order to find a needle in a haystack, with results that are both heartwarming and humorous.
Author Christina Lauren
The story between a British playboy and a woman who has finally decided to live her own life after dumping her cheating fiancée. Their relationship is instantly steamy and grows quickly. There’s only one problem – Sara is in it only for the sex, and Max is starting to fall for the woman he is in a relationship with. A colorful story that you will not soon forget.
Author Jojo Moyes
A laugh-and-cry novel, this is the story of Jess and her dysfunctional life and the geeky millionaire whose home she cleans. When her math whiz daughter gets an opportunity that she can’t pay for, Ed decides to share his money by providing her with the opportunity to make her daughter happy. Ed has a life that’s a little challenging himself, and the relationship they develop with one another offers each side something they need.
Author Sophie Kinsella
Stephanie is an attorney whose mistake could cost her firm its reputation, so she gets on a train and lands in the middle of nowhere. When she asks for directions at a large house, she gets mistaken for an interviewee and much to her surprise, she then gets hired as a housekeeper. They have no idea she’s a lawyer, and she has no idea how to work an oven or clean a house. An interesting novel filled with surprises to the very end, and one whose characters you will never forget.
Author Marilyn Simon Rothstein
A story that is both heartwarming and hilarious, it centers on the character of Marcy, who is planning her daughter’s wedding at the same time she is planning her own divorce. Things get sticky very quickly, as wedding plans often do, but Marcy goes about it in her own unique way, and in the end she finds out she has to choose between something old and something new.
Author J. Daniels
A baker who is sassy and bold. A nasty accountant who steals panties. And the bathroom quickie that changes both of their lives. Dylan and Reese are planning their wedding and end up dealing with overbearing mothers, lots of crazy friends, bachelor and bachelorette parties that will have everyone talking for a very long time, and last-minute preparations that are stealing their sanity. This is a funny and heartwarming story about the wedding everyone dreams of and the time that must be put into it for the event to turn out just right.
Author Laurie Colwin
This is the story of two cousins and best friends, who each find the woman of their dreams. Guido meets Holly in a museum and is instantly attracted to her, while Vincent meets Misty at work and decides he’s the one for her. Follow four intelligent people who are determined to find love in spite of themselves, and find out how jealousy, courtship, humor, and even boredom all play a big part in the end results. A sweet, funny, and intelligent story about four characters you will never forget.
Author Bella Andre
Harry and Molly once had a relationship, until Harry put everything on hold to take care of his siblings. Now that those siblings are all grown up, Harry hopes he can find Molly again and rekindle their relationship. But, after so many years, he wonders if that is even possible, until Molly’s teenage daughter brings them together again, making them both think that fate has stepped in to help them. But, for this relationship to work, they both have to forgive themselves for past mistakes, and they both hope that this time, their relationship will be permanent.
Author Kerry Fisher
A feel-good comedy about the challenges of parenthood, it tells the story of Maia, who is enjoying her new life as a wealthy person and looks to one of the teachers at her kids’ exclusive school to help them all fit into their new lifestyle. A Cinderella-style story with a twist, it will be enjoyed by anyone who’s ever wondered how to survive playground politics and the goings on at their children’s school. In a high-class world, Maia finds out she doesn’t have to be perfect just to fit in and enjoy her life to the fullest.
Author Eva Woods
If you like laughing through your tears, this book is for you. It tells the story of Annie and Polly, friends who decide to break out of their boring lives and start enjoying themselves. Annie is the serious one and Polly is the eccentric one who shows Annie the ropes about having fun. Because of the recent events in her life, Polly knows that life is short and should be lived to the fullest, and both women experience life, love, and relationships they never thought they would.
Author Cristina Alger
Funny, uplifting, and bittersweet, the story centers on Charlie, a widower who loses his lawyer job and ends up at home spending time with his small son. All about fatherhood, love, and family, the story gives you a great example of what work-family balance is like, and the struggles so many people face when they are trying to have a love life, a family life, and a career.
Reasons to Read Funny Romance Books
Another crowd favorite among avid readers is novels in the contemporary romance genre. Sometimes, the plot involves executive assistants engaging in steamy romance, smart women outsmarting snarky males, or a narrative inspired by actual life events. Nevertheless, humor and stories about love are always a great combination.
Funny romance books combine characteristics of two types of novels. First, there is the beauty of Pride and Prejudice types of plots from classic literature. Second, you will find the beauty of narrative from modern romance that spans relationships between men and women.
What makes for binge-worthy romance tales are those that also draw laughter among followers. Stories are not too dramatic and not too light to be taken for granted.
Below are reasons you should try out funny romance books – if you haven’t already.
1. Character Journey
The journey of characters in funny romance books is thrilling to anticipate. Usually, you have the main character and the love interest.
As you read along, several factors follow, which lead to the protagonist deciding who to pursue. In between, some conflicts require solutions, such as the opinions of best friends or one’s beloved family. It doesn’t help if a crazy-rich family is involved in the budding relationship of people who belong to various social classes.
This journey mirrors so much of daily life. When an author also successfully writes about comedic and severe situations simultaneously, it places a lot of lessons on patience and sacrifices. That is, amid all the comic relief.
2. Compelling Characters
Interesting tropes abound in funny romance books, which make for compelling characters. Humorous romance novels involve characters that are not only attracted to each other but also have similar goals.
These tropes mean that readers get to anticipate what will happen for them to be together or not. However, wrestling with personal goals and responsibilities also occurs simultaneously.
3. Contemporary Women
Part of the reason funny romance books are a hit nowadays is their portrayal of contemporary women.
Women in these books are no longer damsels in distress that need rescuing. Instead, recent characters in the genre involve modern women. These women can shell out their own money for their wedding dresses, deal with their in-laws well, and be on top of the corporate ladder.
4. Comfort Reads
Lastly, are we not attracted to funny romance books because we want to seek comfort and laugh aloud at the end of each read? Funny romance books guarantee the swooning and the laughter needed by any reader.
With several plots that involve witty banter, light hilarity, unexpected romance, grumpy meets extrovert, etc., one is in for a comfort blanket anytime and anywhere.
We hope that those reasons inspire you to pick up a funny romance book or two. Who knows, you might need the unsolicited love advice you’ve been seeking out for years or even the closure you never thought existed through humor.
The fights between friends and couples, plans that go haywire that need solving, and other comedic but romantic situations are all waiting for you. These gems we call romantic comedy novels are here for you to enjoy.