…… For all the girls who’s Mom’s used to read Mills & Boon Novels
Hello love bugs, I promised on my most recent Vlog that I would make a list of my top ten must read rom-com books. When I was a little girl I would see my mom reading back to back photo romance novels and photo romance books. If you don’t know what a photo romance book is and you’re a millennial, honey maybe you weren’t raised by book lovers. Let’s with my number one favorite book:
1 The Spanish Love Deception by Elena Armas is a contemporary romance novel that follows the story of Catalina Martín, a woman who concocts a fake relationship to make her ex-boyfriend jealous during a family wedding in Spain. Catalina persuades a stranger, Javier, to pose as her fake boyfriend, and the two embark on a journey filled with unexpected twists, humorous encounters, and, of course, the complexities of love. As their fake relationship unfolds, Catalina and Javier discover the genuine emotions and challenges that come with navigating matters of the heart. Elena Armas’s debut novel explores themes of love, self-discovery, and the unpredictable nature of relationships.
This book is so good that apparently it’s being translated into a bunch of other languages, and I feel like a movie might be on the horizon. Just say I told you so, I give this book a 9/10 and that’s purely because I don’t give anyone 10 out of 10, what if I read something better.
2 Love, Theoretically” by Ali Hazelwood published in June 2023 is a book I stayed up until 4am in the morning reading I loved it. I didn’t know what to expect as I read it and even though we all know how stores like this end and start, we never quite know exactly how they will get to these points. I think Hazelwood did a great job with this book. I love how shocked I was at certain points and when I expected one result I got another outcome, it’s brilliant. I read another review for this book where the reader absolutely hated this book, I will link it here you can check it out if you want. I figure having two points of view is fine, but I honestly feel like, I personally couldn’t get through her entire review, she was a bit too angry for me. For crying out loud it’s just a fucking book calm down and enjoy life.
This book gets a 8/10 from me
3 A Not So Meet Cute by Meghan Quinn, I’m not sure how I came across this book and I’m not sure why but I loved it. Like I said before in my Vlog, if you aren’t subscribed to me on YouTube what are you waiting for – Watch That Vlog Here. This book upon my research I found out was inspired by the movie “Pretty Woman” if you know anything about me you will know that is my favorite movie in the whole world and a movie that changed my life as a child. I first watched it when I was maybe 5. The book is about a rich guy who lied about having a pregnant fiancé and the girl just so happens to need a rich boyfriend to help her get out of her finical crisis. It’s a match made in heaven and soooo funny. If you read it please let me know.
I would give this story a 7.5/10, because I really enjoyed it when he was being mean and when he got sappy I was upset lol.
4 The Long Game by Elena Armas, she strikes again and this time I am just as in love with the characters as I was in the first book I read from her. This book has an unexpected element I’ve never really enjoyed in a rom com, a little girl by the name of Maria. So there is Cameron a retired football player and then there is Adalyn, a heiress whose father almost seems to not really like her, and so he sends her off to the middle of no where and that’s where she meets Cameron who is basically trying to stay low key. I’m not done reading this book, I have about 80 pages left. I love how Armas is able to really develop the relationships by stalling on sex in her books She did the same in her first book. Im one of t hose really lame women who think the best sex is had with someone you know on a deeper level, and you won’t know that after a week or two.
I give this book a wonderful 9.5/10.
5 His Fake GF by Joli Day I listened to this on Audible a while back but it’s still on my Audible so I know I must have enjoyed it The basis of the book are simple, some hot shot guy is trying to take her family company. You know kind of like a hostile takeover if you want to call it that. They come to an agreement, he needs a fake girlfriend for something and she fits the bill. Now you can all guess how this unfolds, but you should really read it. I promise you’ll enjoy it.
I give this one a 7/10, I will have all the books mentioned down below, this one won’t allow it self to be added so here’s the link to purchase this one here
6 Dirty Letters” is a contemporary romance novel written by Vi Keeland and Penelope Ward. Published November 5, 2019.
The story revolves around the characters of Luca and Griffin. Luca is struggling with the recent loss of her mother and is attempting to navigate life after this significant event. During this challenging time, she stumbles upon a series of old love letters in her mother’s belongings. These letters were written to Luca’s mother by a man named Griffin, who was a pen pal from her past.
Intrigued and seeking solace, Luca decides to respond to one of Griffin’s old letters. This sets off a unique and unexpected exchange between Luca and Griffin through written correspondence. As they share their thoughts, feelings, and experiences, a deep and emotional connection develops between them.
I found it to be interesting and I also think I might be developing some sort of illness too as I haven’t left my house in four days and actually dread going outside to be around people. I give this book a 7/10.
7 Same Time Next Year by Tessa Bailey, no I have not read this book yet but I have read some of her work so Im assuming it better be good. This is what the Amazon summary has to say about this book:
Adored by all, Britta is an ambitious waitress working at Sluggers. The popular bar holds a special place in her heart and is a regular hangout for the Bridgeport Bandits, the local hockey club. With a half brother on the team, Britta has a strict no-dating policy for hockey boys. But she does have a soft spot for one particular player.
A beast on the ice, Sumner Mayfield is on the brink of breaking into the NHL. But time’s running out. With his work visa about to expire, Sumner’s only chance to stay in Bridgeport is to marry an American—and get a green card. Otherwise, it’s back to Canada for the defenseman.
On New Year’s Eve, the team begs Britta to marry Sumner that very night. Sum is embarrassed yet hopeful—he’s desperately in love. But Britta balks at first. Until something about Sumner’s soulful brown eyes and ripped physique makes her reconsider.
8 The Hating Game by Sally Thorne – The story centers around Lucy Hutton and Joshua Templeman, co-workers at a publishing house. Lucy is the assistant to the co-CEO, while Joshua works in the same office as the other co-CEO. The two share an office wall and an intense professional rivalry. Their dynamic is characterized by a playful yet competitive banter and a mutual dislike for each other, leading to the title “The Hating Game.”
As they navigate the ups and downs of office life, the lines between love and hate begin to blur. The story explores themes of competition, workplace dynamics, and the complexities of romantic feelings. The sharp and humorous writing style, along with the slow-burning romance, has resonated with readers and made “The Hating Game” a beloved contemporary romance novel.
I loved this book and then it became a movie on Netflix, I watched it thinking I would hate it but I loved it. I think I give this one a 9/10 too.
9 Stuck-Up Suit is a contemporary romance novel co-authored by Vi Keeland and Penelope Ward. Published in 2016, the story follows the main characters, Graham Morgan and Soraya Venedetta, through a chance encounter that changes their lives.
The narrative kicks off when Soraya finds an expensive suit left on a subway and decides to track down its owner, Graham. As they navigate this unusual situation, their lives become intertwined, leading to a compelling mix of romance, humor, and personal growth.
The novel is praised for its engaging storytelling, well-developed characters, and a balance of steamy romance and emotional depth. “Stuck-Up Suit” has resonated with readers who enjoy contemporary romance novels with a blend of humor, chemistry, and a touch of unexpected adventure.
I read this one a long time ago, if you haven’t guess by now I have a type when it comes to books, Grab this book here
10 The Cactus by Sarah Haywood is one of my favorite books, not completely a rom-com type book. The story revolves around Susan Green, a middle-aged woman who is both independent and set in her ways. Susan’s life takes an unexpected turn when she discovers that she is pregnant.
The novel explores Susan’s journey as she navigates the challenges of impending motherhood, delving into themes of family dynamics, personal growth, and unexpected connections. Susan’s character is complex and endearing, and the narrative unfolds as she learns to reassess her beliefs, confront her past, and embrace the changes that come with impending motherhood.
“The Cactus” has been praised for its humor, wit, and the nuanced portrayal of its main character. The novel addresses themes of love, loss, and the unpredictability of life. Readers who enjoy character-driven stories with a mix of humor and emotional depth may find “The Cactus” to be a compelling and heartwarming read.
I give this one a 9/10 I think I read this during lock down and I would definitely read it again.
Hope you all enjoyed my little book list, have you read any of these and do you have any recommendations you might want to add? Comment it down below. Grab this title Here