Clean Romcom Books – Discovering a Fabulous, Growing Genre

I may write YA fantasy, but I love to read many genres. I love sci-fi, urban fantasy, women’s fiction, self-help, and more. I’ve always enjoyed a good contemporary romance, but before diving into writing, publishing, and marketing my own books, I didn’t realize just how many sub-genres there are.

Recently, as I researched Amazon categories and keywords, I discovered many authors are marketing their books as romcoms. Do you miss the good ol’ days of 2000s era romcom (romantic comedy) movies? I sure do. Maybe these clean romcom books could be a great alternative!

I’m pretty picky about the content of a romance novel, so you can imagine how excited I was to find there is even a sub-genre called closed-door rom-com (or, in other words: clean romcom books)! 

Where to find Sweet RomCom Books

Most of these authors are either self-published or work with small publishing companies. To find them, you must know what you’re looking for and which search terms to use on Amazon or online. Hint: try “closed door romcom,” “closed door romance,” “sweet romcom,” “clean romantic comedy,” etc. But if you want a few suggestions to get you started, here are a few I found. Some I’ve read, and some I have not. I’ll let you know below.

You should know:

Please know that these books are fun, lighthearted, and often silly. Remember all the goofy moments in those 2000s romcoms? You can expect the same from these books. If you prefer deep novels, these might not be for you.

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Clean RomCom Authors

Here’s a list I put together of a few authors who write clean romantic comedy books:

Emma St. Clair

The author who always pops up first when I look for clean romcom books is Emma St. Clair. Here’s what her author bio says: “Emma St. Clair is a USA Today Bestselling Author who loves sassy heroines, witty banter, and love stories with heart and humor.” She has several best-sellers in various Amazon categories. Here are a few, though she has many more. I’ve read all three of these and liked them all. Eloise and the Grump Next Door (written with Jenny Proctor) was probably my fav.

Courtney Walsh

Courtney Walsh loves her holidays! And I do too! Don’t worry, she’s written 20+ books, and they’re not all holiday themed. Her bio says, “She writes small-town romance and women’s fiction…Courtney is a Carol award winner and Christy Award finalist…” I read My Phony Valentine, and it was awesome.

Melanie Jacobson

Melanie Jacobson‘s Scrooge and Girls Next Door is probably my favorite book on this list! Her bio says, “Melanie Bennett Jacobson is an avid reader, amateur cook, and champion shopper. She consumes astonishing amounts of chocolate, chick flicks, and romance novels.” I’ve also read Kiss Me Now, and it was great.

Rachel John

Next up is Rachel John. Her bio says, “Rachel John loves to read anything with romance or humor, and thinks the best books should combine the two.” I read her book called I Hated You First, and it was a fun read. Next up I hope to read her series of clean romcoms that are inspired by Jane Austen novels!

engaging mr darcy, pride and prejudice retelling
Jane Austen Inspired!!! 😍

Julie Christianson

Julie Christianson writes sweet romantic comedies—but only when she’s not reading them,” reads a quote from her bio. I haven’t tried any of hers yet, but I hope to soon!

Ellie Hall

Ellie Hall is another USA Today best-selling author, and her bio states that “Writing sweet romance with lots of firsts and fizzy feels gives her joy.” I haven’t tried any of hers yet, but I hope to soon!

Clean YA RomCom Books

You can also find some great young adult romcom books. A lot of these have protagonists who are college age, so anyone might enjoy them.

A few additional authors writing sweet contemporary romance are, Jenny Proctor, Savannah Scott, Abi Sabina, and I’m sure there are many more.

Do you have suggestions for Clean Romcom books?

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If you have more suggestions, please let me know in the comments! If you’re looking for clean young adult books, visit my list on my other website, Love clean fantasy adventure? Check out my novel, This Dreamer, a clean fantasy romance adventure.

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13 thoughts on “Clean Romcom Books – Discovering a Fabulous, Growing Genre

  1. Karen Schaler

    Hello, I love that you featuring clean rom-com books and congratulations on your novel The Dreamer! I write clean and wholesome Hallmark, Lifetime, and Netflix Christmas movies including the Netflix hit A Christmas Prince and that got me also writing clean feel-good, uplifting rom-com novels! My new novel Royal Extra After just came out and I made it just .99 and put it in Kindle Unlimited so everyone could enjoy. I also have bestselling heartwarming Christmas novels for anyone who loves the holidays! They include Christmas Camp ( also a Hallmark movie I wrote), Christmas Camp Wedding, Finding Christmas, Christmas Ever After, Every Day is Christmas ( also my Lifetime movie starring Toni Braxton) and Love Always, Christmas. Thank you for letting me share and looking forward to all you’re doing next!

  2. Tara

    Lucy McConnell and Ellie Thornton’s BOTs series is fabulous! They also have a Diamond Cove series that’s pretty good.

  3. Eileen Kunstman

    What about LBGTQ content? I am looking for books for my 17 year old daughter – they need to be closed door but also no LBGTQ content. Thank you.

    1. Sara Post author

      Try: Falling for your Best Friend’s Twin, Royally Re-arranged, Eloise and the Grump Next Door, My Phony Valentine, Scrooge and the Girls next door, Engaging Mr. Darcy

  4. Reagan Shoemaker

    Please check out Janette Rallison and her pen name, C. J. Hill for clean rom coms, fantasy adventure, and action adventure! All of her books are a special brand of hilarious and enthralling!

  5. Dianne

    Looking forward to more updates!! I plan to read some of the clean romcom! Really enjoy this type of novels.


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