Looking for a few light and funny reads for your beach bag this summer? There’s no better mood booster than a good rom-com! These six romantic comedies bring the laughs AND the love.
The Duchess Deal by Tessa Dare
I’d heard Tessa Dare was funny, but this was just a ding-dang delight. The kind of romance where the characters are having so much fun, you find yourself having fun right along with them. A seamstress shows up on a duke’s doorstep demanding payment for a wedding dress she made for his fiancée—except the fiancée dumped the duke, and the seamstress is wearing the dress in question in hopes of…I don’t know, startling payment out of the unsuspecting man? Instead she inspires a crazy notion: the duke needs an heir, and therefore a wife, and he thinks, why not just marry this gal who conveniently showed up in a wedding dress? Don’t ask too many questions, don’t analyze whether the plucky, sweet, sex-positive heroine is anachronistic—just go with it, and you’ll have as great a time with this book as I did.
Tikka Chance on Me by Suleikha Snyder
You wouldn’t think a romance starring a woman who works in her family’s Indian restaurant and a member of a biker gang would be particularly funny, but Suleikha Snyder works some kind of magic to perfectly blend serious issues with snarky banter. Pinky is a character you can’t help but love, and her chemistry with Trucker is off the charts. I lose patience quickly with characters who claim they can’t be together for dumb reasons, but there is one very serious reason keeping these two apart, and I appreciated how Snyder dealt with it.
Every Road to You by Phyllis Bourne
The very definition of a comfort read--uptight hero who needs to loosen up but is also really sweet about taking care of the people in his life, business powerhouse heroine who needs to learn to stand up to misbehaving family members, and a granny with a bucket list seizing the day on the back of a Harley. If you’re a fan of road trip romances, forced proximity, or enemies to lovers, you will find all those tropes and more here. For when you need a warm hug as much as you need a good book.
Cream of the Crop by Alice Clayton
I love a confident, sexy plus-size heroine! Natalie is the kind of person who says whatever she’s thinking, and she’s thinking some outrageous shit. She’s usually the one to leave the guys tongue-tied, but the hottie dairy farmer at the farmer’s market short-circuits her brain and renders her incapable of speech, much less flirtation. When a mutual friend introduces them, Natalie finally steels herself to go after what she wants. But if she wants a future with her farmer, she’s going to have to decide if that includes a whole herd of cows.
Band Sinister by K.J. Charles
I’m utterly charmed! An uptight country mouse finds himself stranded at the home of an infamous rake due to his sister’s untimely accident. The siblings have heard rumors that would light your hair on fire about what goes on at Rookwood Hall, and now it seems they are to have an unwitting front row seat for the madness and debauchery, which may or may not be as publicized. Humorous but heartwarming story about finding your people and learning to live life on your own terms.
The Bride Test by Helen Hoang
The much-anticipated follow-up to The Kiss Quotient, but for my money this one’s even better. Khai is on the autism spectrum and has been told his whole life that he doesn’t have feelings. He lives a quiet, regimented life and avoids connections with people outside of a handful of friends and family. His mother, thinking he needs a push to find love, goes to Vietnam to find him a wife and brings back Esme, who was working as a cleaner at a hotel to support herself and her daughter. Esme is terrified to leave her child and fly to an unknown country, and she receives a decidedly lukewarm welcome when Khai’s mother presents her as his bride. Still, she’s determined to win him over, and some sweet moments and funny misunderstandings ensue. Don't miss the Author's Note at the end--I don't think I've ever before managed to read an entire book and not get choked up until the afterword.