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 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‘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.
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!
“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 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!
Another author who writes clean contemporary romance is Sarah Adams. Her bio says, “Her hope is to always write stories that make you laugh, maybe even cry; but always leave you happier than when you started reading.” I haven’t read any of these yet. **update: I recently read her latest book, When in Rome, and was disappointed in the amount of language in it and how far the bedroom scenes went before fading to black. (FYI)
Do you have suggestions for Clean Romcom books?
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, bookseriesrecaps.com. Love clean fantasy adventure? Check out my novel, This Dreamer, a clean fantasy romance adventure.
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