Young Sidonie-Gabrielle Colette (Keira Knightley) marries an older writer, nom de plume Willy (Dominic West), who takes her from the countryside to cultural, sophisticated Paris. They lead an extravagant lifestyle, always having bills to pay. He convinces her to ghostwrite stories for him, and she does turning out a semiautobiographical novel of a bold, young girl that becomes the new sensation in Paris. She continues to write as she explores her sensual side and Willy takes all the credit for the rage of Paris. Colette is visually a beautiful movie and definitely an adult story because of her sexual appetite.
When Rachel Chu goes with her boyfriend Nick to a wedding in Singapore, she is in for a myriad of surprises. It turns out that Nick's family is rich, Like...super rich. Everyone in Singapore is gossiping and wanting to know everything about the girl that Nick is dating.
Crazy Rich Asians is based on the 2013 novel by Kevin Kwan. This movie is so wonderful. I loved the acting, the story, the costumes, and the scenery. This is a perfect rom-com and one that I will watch over and over again on DVD.
But in addition to how great it is, it's also a record-breaking movie: the first movie in 25 years starring a majority Asian cast AND it's the highest grossing studio movie rom-com since 2009. I hope that producers and executives take note that people are hugely interested in diverse casts and stories and give us the two sequels to the book.
Named a best romance of 2018 by Amazon, Entertainment Weekly, and Kirkus, this is book one in the series by Roni Loren. If you enjoy reading about strong groups of friends, continue with the subsequent titles: The One You Can’t Forget and The One You Fight For.
A modern romance featuring a delightfully snarky heroine. In Intercepted, Marlee vows not to date another athlete after her 10-year relationship with an NFL player goes south. Then she meets quarterback Gavin, and you can guess what happens next. What makes this story shine is Marlee's independence and individual growth, her witty inner dialogue (coupled with hilarious hashtags), and her fabulous support system.
Alexa Martin is a new author perfect for fans of Susan Elizabeth Phillips, Jasmine Guillory, and Julie James.
This modern day retelling of Edmond Rostand’s classic Cyrano de Bergerac, starring Steve Martin and Daryl Hannah, is satisfyingly funny. C. D. Bales (Martin) a fire chief in a small town, falls in love with the beautiful Roxanne (Hannah), a visiting astronomer. Unfortunately, C. D. has an extraordinarily long nose, and Roxanne is smitten with Chris, one of C. D.’s new firemen. C. D. agrees to help Chris woo Roxanne, even going so far as to feed Chris romantic lines through a one-way radio. But will Roxanne discover C. D.’s true feelings? This romantic comedy will not disappoint.Enjoy Roxanne? We’ve created a list of rom coms (and more rom coms).
I would recommend Your Name to anyone who appreciates animation, as it is expertly done, blending traditional animation with beautiful hand-painted scenery. It will draw in those who are looking for a bit more in their teen romance stories.
Tessa Dare’s The Duchess Deal is a fun, playful romp that goes by far too quickly. For readers who love fast-paced banter, well-developed characters, and sensuously steamy situations (and book 2 of the Girl Meets Duke series—The Governess Game—is available now). Readers of Nalini Singh will definitely enjoy this as well.
I thought that Everything, Everything, the movie adaptation of Nicola Yoon’s teen novel was done really well. The film stars teen movie veterans Amandla Stenberg (The Hunger Games) and Nick Robinson (The 5th Wave; Love, Simon) and their chemistry carries the story. I was concerned that since so much of the story is told through texts and emails that the movie wouldn't work as well, but the director and crew found great ways to work around that aspect of the book.
While I enjoyed this movie and the book, you should be aware that the portrayal of SCID isn't factually accurate. This article, written in Variety, explains this in more detail. However, don't read it until you've seen the movie since it does contain spoilers.
If you have enjoyed the book or movie of Everything, Everything, make sure to read Yoon's other book, The Sun Is Also a Star.
It Could Happen to You is a delightful feel-good romantic comedy. In the mood for other rom coms? Check out our list.
After a not-so-subtle hint from her parents about grandchildren, Stella employs her trademark logic, hiring an escort to help her improve in the sex and relationship department. Michael struggles with debt, and cynicism, and his boisterous Vietnamese family, and, well, this is a romance: happily ever after happens, but not before the pair hit a few roadblocks. Their journey is delightful, and shows a couple realistically coping with the challenges of neurodiversity. This story is a perfect summer read.
Pick up The Wedding Date by Jasmine Guillory when you’re in the mood to laugh (although it’s not all fun and games as they overcome obstacles). For other contemporary romances featuring smart protagonists, try The Thing About Love by Julie James or our new list of recommended romantic comedy novels.
Born into slavery, Elle Burns is now a free woman. In 1862, she goes undercover, working as a slave in the household of a Confederate senator in Richmond, Virginia. She meets Pinkerton Secret Service Agent Malcolm McCall, a Scottish immigrant, and the pair form an uneasy alliance. As their relationship (both professional and personal) grows, Elle and Malcolm must navigate the uneasy world of race, politics, and war.
For other historical romances featuring spies, try Lauren Willig’s The Secret History of the Pink Carnation, Beverly Jenkins’ The Winds of the Storm, or Joanna Bourne’s The Spymaster’s Lady.
I absolutely adore this book. I listened to the audiobook version of this early last year and it remains one of my favorite reads of 2017.
Becky Albertalli balances humor, teen angst, and romance to create a fabulous first novel.
And if you like Simon vs. The Homo Sapiens Agenda, there's another book in the Simonverse: The Upside of Unrequited. (A third book, Leah on the Offbeat, comes out later this year.)
And—Simon is being made into a movie! It was renamed Love, Simon and hit theaters last week. Now's your chance to read the book before you see the movie.