The best romance books to make you smile

The Books I Picked & Why

The Hitman's Guide to Making Friends and Finding Love

By Alice Winters

The Hitman's Guide to Making Friends and Finding Love

Why this book?

This book was the first I read by Alice Winters and it is laugh-out-loud funny. I see a lot of books that claim to be that, but this one really is. Alice has a great turn of phrase and you can’t help but fall in love with her characters. Leland is truly one of a kind. I went on to read every book she has ever written! That doesn’t happen very often for me.  


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Welcome to Temptation

By Jennifer Crusie

Welcome to Temptation

Why this book?

I’ve read this book three times over the years. It has everything I’m looking for in a romance. Strong characters, humour, a proper plot, and a bit of a mystery. As with my first book choice, I’ve read everything that Jennifer Crusie has written. She is reliably good! A flawed hero and heroine but always a happy ever after. It’s a feel-good read. 


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Cat. Freya North

By Freya North

Cat. Freya North

Why this book?

A romantic romp set in the Tour de France. I quite fancied writing a book about the Tour myself but I don’t think this book can be bettered. Cat, the heroine, is part of a male press corps and has to fight not only for space but for her stories. I learnt a lot about this cycling race from this book and I like the fact that Freya North has books linked through families. 


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How I Wonder What You Are

By Jane Lovering

How I Wonder What You Are

Why this book?

This book has great warmth and humour. The characters feel so real. It’s set in Yorkshire in the UK, which happens to be where I spent most of my life, so that made it extra enjoyable. I feel not enough people know about Jane Lovering and her books deserve more readers. This is not just another romance, but a romance with heart and depth. I defy anyone not to fall in love with Phinn.


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The Rosie Project

By Graeme Simsion

The Rosie Project

Why this book?

Written from the male point of view – which makes a change! Don’s attempts to find a wife are both funny and poignant. The hero is on the autistic spectrum and I think Simsion deals delicately and sensitively with the difficulties faced by the hero. That the author can make the reader smile and cry at the same time, is a triumph. The difficulties of finding love! But it can be found.  


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