Highly anticipated giggle-worthy romantic comedies
The only thing I like better than sighing over a romance novel is laughing over one. So it’s probably no surprise that romantic comedies—often called rom-coms—are among my favorites. And thank goodness that 2021’s crop of new rom-coms is already promising to provide a lot of laughs along with the swoony feelings.
Here are seven rom-coms from the first months of the year that are at the top of our to-be-read piles, plus a sneak peek at five hilarious love stories reaching shelves in the summer.
This Jacqueline Susann-esque cover immediately grabbed my attention, but the plot is what really wooed me: Annika Dev created an app that helps couples repair their relationships. Hudson Craft created an app that helps couples break up. By coincidence, Hudson has just moved into the office next to Annika. But opposites attract, don’t they…? This new rom-com is fully modern and 100% fun. (February 2)
In her newest novel, the always marvelous Alisha Rai uses another of my favorite romance tropes: the fake relationship. A catfisher uses the name of soap opera star Dev Dixit to attract the attention of online influencer Jia Ahmed. But when Dev and Jia finally meet, and Jia learns their conversations have been a sham, they realize that starting a fake romance might be the perfect way to increase their star power among their fans. Until, of course, feelings get in the way of a perfectly good “fauxmance.” (February 16)
This book’s cover makes me feel like summer has come already. Anna decides to take the Caribbean sailing trip she and her now-dead fiancé had planned, but rough seas cause her to hire a professional sailor to co-sail with her. As anyone who’s ever been in a boat (rowboat, kayak, canoe, or sailboat) knows, boats can be tough on relationships. (Lots of mishaps and yelling...or is that just me?) But boats can also forge a simple relationship into something much stronger. This book steers closer to heartwarming than hilarious, but it’s already grabbing a lot of early praise. (March 2)
If you want to make sure your shelves are fully stocked in the summer, go ahead and preorder People We Meet on Vacation (May 11), the new novel from Beach Read author Emily Henry; One Last Stop from Red, White, and Royal Blue’s Casey McQuiston (June 1); Jasmine Guillory’s While We Were Dating (July 13); Shelly Laurenston’s guaranteed-to-be-bonkers Breaking Badger (August 31); and Helen Hoang’s highly anticipated The Heart Principle (August 17).