Best Rom-Com, Beach Reads & Contemporary Romance Books

best contemporary romance rom coms and beach read books

With so many great Rom-Com and Beach Reads coming out this year, I thought I’d round up a list of the Best Rom-Com, Beach Reads and Contemporary Romance Books for anyone looking to add a few more titles to their reading lists! I’ve limited this list to contemporary romance since I feel like that historical fiction has a slightly different vibe.

Emily Henry has really started to dominate this area in recent years, so you’ll find plenty of her titles on this list. But there’s also plenty of other great books to discover too!

Are there any titles you’d add to this list of Best Contemporary Rom-Com Books & Beach Reads? Let me know in the comments if so!

Christina Lauren

What It's About: An alternative cover edition for this ISBN can be found here.

Olive Torres is used to being the unlucky twin: from inexplicable mishaps to a recent layoff, her life seems to be almost comically jinxed. By contrast, her sister, Ami, is an eternal champion . . . she even managed to finance her entire wedding by winning a slew of contests...

Publication Date: May 14, 2019
contemporary physical tbr enemies to lovers

Beach Read
Emily Henry

What It's About: A romance writer who no longer believes in love and a literary writer stuck in a rut engage in a summer-long challenge that may just upend everything they believe about happily ever afters.

Augustus Everett is an acclaimed author of literary fiction. January Andrews writes bestselling romance...

Publication Date: May 19, 2020
romance physical tbr contemporary

The Love Hypothesis
Ali Hazelwood

What It's About: As a third-year Ph.D. candidate, Olive Smith doesn't believe in lasting romantic relationships--but her best friend does, and that's what got her into this situation. Convincing Anh that Olive is dating and well on her way to a happily ever after was always going to take more than hand-wavy Jedi mind tricks: Scientists require proof...

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Publication Date: September 14, 2021
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Love, Theoretically
Hazelwood Ali

What It's About: The many lives of theoretical physicist Elsie Hannaway have finally caught up with her. By day, she’s an adjunct professor, toiling away at grading labs and teaching thermodynamics in the hopes of landing tenure. By other day, Elsie makes up for her non-existent paycheck by offering her services as a fake girlfriend, tapping into her expertly honed people pleasing skills to embody whichever version of herself the client needs...

Publication Date: June 13, 2023
romance physical tbr contemporary

Part of Your World
Abby Jimenez

What It's About: After a wild bet, gourmet grilled-cheese sandwich, and cuddle with a baby goat, Alexis Montgomery has had her world turned upside down. The cause: Daniel Grant, a ridiculously hot carpenter who’s ten years younger than her and as casual as they come—the complete opposite of sophisticated city-girl Alexis...

Publication Date: April 19, 2022
romance physical tbr audiobook

The Hating Game
Sally Thorne

What It's About: Soon to Be a Major Motion Picture!

USA Today Bestseller!

Debut author Sally Thorne bursts on the scene with a hilarious and sexy workplace comedy all about that thin, fine line between hate and love. Nemesis (n.)
1) An opponent or rival whom a person cannot best or overcome;
2) A person’s undoing;
3) Joshua Templeman...

Publication Date: August 9, 2016
romance contemporary enemies to lovers

The Spanish Love Deception
Elena Armas

What It's About: Catalina Martín desperately needs a date to her sister’s wedding. Especially since her little white lie about her American boyfriend has spiralled out of control. Now everyone she knows—including her ex and his fiancée—will be there and eager to meet him.

She only has four weeks to find someone willing to cross the Atlantic and aid in her deception...

Publication Date: February 23, 2021
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Book Lovers
Emily Henry

What It's About: One summer. Two rivals. A plot twist they didn't see coming....

Nora Stephens’ life is books—she’s read them all—and she is not that type of heroine. Not the plucky one, not the laidback dream girl, and especially not the sweetheart. In fact, the only people Nora is a heroine for are her clients, for whom she lands enormous deals as a cutthroat literary agent, and her beloved little sister Libby...

Publication Date: May 3, 2022
romance physical tbr contemporary

Happy Place
Emily Henry

What It's About: Harriet and Wyn have been the perfect couple since they met in college—they go together like salt and pepper, honey and tea, lobster and rolls. Except, now—for reasons they’re still not discussing—they don’t.

They broke up six months ago. And still haven’t told their best friends...

Publication Date: April 25, 2023
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It Happened One Summer
Tessa Bailey

What It's About: Piper Bellinger is fashionable, influential, and her reputation as a wild child means the paparazzi are constantly on her heels. When too much champagne and an out-of-control rooftop party lands Piper in the slammer, her stepfather decides enough is enough. So he cuts her off, and sends Piper and her sister to learn some responsibility running their late father’s dive bar...

Publication Date: July 13, 2021
romance physical tbr contemporary

Hook, Line, and Sinker
Tessa Bailey

What It's About: King crab fisherman Fox Thornton has a reputation as a sexy, carefree flirt. Everyone knows he's a guaranteed good time--in bed and out--and that's exactly how he prefers it. Until he meets Hannah Bellinger. She's immune to his charm and looks, but she seems to enjoy his... personality? And wants to be friends? Bizarre...

Publication Date: March 1, 2022
romance physical tbr friends to lovers

Better than the Movies
Lynn Painter

What It's About: In this rom-com about rom-coms, in the spirit of Kasie West and Jenn Bennett, a hopeless romantic teen attempts to secure a happily-ever-after moment with her forever crush, but finds herself reluctantly drawn to the boy next door.

Perpetual daydreamer Liz Buxbaum gave her heart to Michael a long time ago...

Publication Date: May 4, 2021
romance physical tbr young adult

The Flatshare
Beth O'Leary

What It's About: Tiffy and Leon share a flat
Tiffy and Leon share a bed
Tiffy and Leon have never met…

Tiffy Moore needs a cheap flat, and fast. Leon Twomey works nights and needs cash. Their friends think they’re crazy, but it’s the perfect solution: Leon occupies the one-bed flat while Tiffy’s at work in the day, and she has the run of the place the rest of the time...

Publication Date: April 10, 2019
romance contemporary physical tbr

The Soulmate Equation
Christina Lauren

What It's About: Single mom Jess Davis is a data and statistics wizard, but no amount of number crunching can convince her to step back into the dating world. After all, her father was never around, her hard-partying mother disappeared when she was six, and her ex decided he wasn’t “father material” before her daughter was even born...

Publication Date: May 18, 2021
physical tbr contemporary contemporary romance

Love and Other Words
Christina Lauren

What It's About: The story of the heart can never be unwritten.

Macy Sorensen is settling into an ambitious if emotionally tepid routine: work hard as a new pediatrics resident, plan her wedding to an older, financially secure man, keep her head down and heart tucked away.

But when she runs into Elliot Petropoulos—the first and only love of her life—the careful bubble she’s constructed begins to dissolve...

Publication Date: April 10, 2018
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The Bodyguard
Katherine Center

What It's About: She's got his back. He's got her heart. They've got a secret. What could possibly go wrong?
Hannah Brooks looks more like a kindergarten teacher than somebody who could kill you with her bare hands. But the truth is, she's an elite bodyguard and she's just been hired to protect a superstar actor from his stalker...

Publication Date: July 19, 2022
romance audiobook physical tbr

Things We Never Got Over
Lucy Score

What It's About: Bearded, bad-boy barber Knox prefers to live his life the way he takes his coffee: Alone. Unless you count his basset hound, Waylon.
Knox doesn’t tolerate drama, even when it comes in the form of a stranded runaway bride.

Naomi wasn’t just running away from her wedding. She was riding to the rescue of her estranged twin to Knockemout, Virginia, a rough-around-the-edges town where disputes are settled the old-fashioned way…with fists and beer...

Publication Date: January 12, 2022
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Red, White & Royal Blue
Casey McQuiston

What It's About: What happens when America's First Son falls in love with the Prince of Wales?

When his mother became President, Alex Claremont-Diaz was promptly cast as the American equivalent of a young royal. Handsome, charismatic, genius—his image is pure millennial-marketing gold for the White House...

Publication Date: May 14, 2019
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The Kiss Quotient
Helen Hoang

What It's About: A heartwarming and refreshing debut novel that proves one thing: there's not enough data in the world to predict what will make your heart tick.

Stella Lane thinks math is the only thing that unites the universe. She comes up with algorithms to predict customer purchases—a job that has given her more money than she knows what to do with, and way less experience in the dating department than the average thirty-year-old...

Publication Date: June 5, 2018
contemporary contemporary romance dnf

best contemporary romance rom coms and beach read books

best contemporary romance rom coms and beach read books

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