If you’re a rom-com lover, then you’ve read Emily Henry. You’ve researched romance and literary fiction with January and Gus, traveled the world with Poppy and Alex, hung out at Poppa Squat with Nora and Charlie, and escaped to Maine with Harriet and Wyn. And you’ve marked your calendar for April 23, when Funny Story, Emily Henry’s newest book comes out. About what happens when practical, buttoned-up Daphne ends up living with scruffy and chaotic Miles, her ex-fiancé’s new fiancée’s ex, Funny Story is guaranteed to be swoon-worthy. But as we eagerly await its release, there are tons of other romance novels to read in the meantime. Here are the eight you need to read, based on your favorite of Emily Henry’s books:
If you love Beach Read…
Bookfluencer Tara Chen has had her heart broken by ten different men, but she is still determined to find the one. The problem? Classic meet-cutes are dead, thanks to modern dating apps. The solution? Second chance romance always works in novels, so it has to work for Tara, right? As Tara reconnects with her exes with the help of her roommate, Trevor Metcalfe, Tara realizes Trevor seems to be the only one who appreciates her authentic, dramatic self.
A romance novel about romance novels? Fans of Beach Read are sure to fall for Exes and O’s.
After yet another day spent answering inane, “urgent” emails and being pestered to participate in the corporate employee joyfulness program, Sasha breaks down spectacularly. Forced to take time off, she decides the perfect place to rest is the seaside resort she loved as a child. But it’s the off season, the hotel is a dilapidated shambles, and she can’t focus on her relaxation techniques when the only other hotel guest, a grump named Finn, is watching her every move. When curious messages appear on the beach, Sasha and Finn are forced to talk—about their time there as children, how they got so burned out, and the chemistry between them that they can’t ignore.
If you loved the waterfront setting and laugh-out-loud humor of Beach Read, then The Burnout is for you.
If you love People We Meet on Vacation…
Unemployed, living with her parents, and grieving the loss of her beloved grandmother, Noelle Shepard jumps at the chance to go on the honeymoon road trip Gram never got to take—even though Gram’s ex and his grandson, Noelle’s high school nemesis Theo Spencer, have to tag along. As Noelle learns more about her grandmother’s history and reignites her passion for photography, she’s surprised to find that she isn’t that mad that Theo is on the trip. That is, until she discovers that Theo is hiding a secret that could cause their tenuous relationship to end before it can restart.
A trip with a man from your past who isn’t exactly thrilled to be along for the ride? You, with a View is a must-read for fans of People We Meet on Vacation.
Sarah Grunder Ruiz
Nina Lejeune is perfectly content with being single. But her ex-coworker and old flame, Irish chef Ollie Dunne, isn’t so happy with how things turned out. When he returns to work on super yacht Serendipity with Nina, he gives her an ultimatum: if she continues to deny she’s in love with him, he’ll go back to Ireland for good at the end of the charter season. As Nina and Ollie’s connection grows amidst chaotic guests and crew drama, will they be able to make it despite the shared secret of their past?
If you enjoyed the tension of forced proximity after a falling out and the dual timeline of People We Meet on Vacation, then you’ll love Luck and Last Resorts.
If you love Book Lovers…
When Garland Moore’s husband surprised her with divorce papers over Valentine’s Day dinner, she swore off love. But then she and her sister arrive at Camp Carl Cove, a sleepaway camp for adults nestled in the Blue Ridge Mountains, and who is there but Mason, the man she had a premonition about after one brief meeting years ago. Garland believes she has to be open to a relationship with Mason, but it’s Stevie, Mason’s sister, that she can’t stop thinking about. Amid camp tournaments, lake swims, and moonlit dances, Garland must decide if she’s brave enough to trust her heart.
Fans of the small town setting and quirky adventures of Book Lovers will love That Summer Feeling.
Frustrated that her fiancé blew up their engagement and worried that her tech company is about to lose funding, Nami uses her 30th birthday wish to find her soulmate. Instead, the universe delivers her hate mate, high school nemesis Jae. More than a decade later, Jae is still effortlessly cool, and to make matters worse, is planning a hostile take-over of her start-up. But as their constant competition and sharp banter ignites a different kind of passion, Nami starts to realize that it’s not just her company that’s in danger of being taken over but her heart as well.
If you loved the rivals-to-lovers and workplace romance of Book Lovers, then you need to read The Takeover.
If you love Happy Place…
Emily Wibberley and Austin Siegemund-Broka
Eliza and Graham are anticipating an anything-but-sexy five-year-anniversary trip to the northern California coastline. But when a well-meaning guest mistakes the couple for two singles and introduces them, they don’t correct him. Suddenly, Eliza and Graham are flirting like it’s their first date, waiting with butterflies in their stomach for the other to text back, and anticipating kisses that recently felt perfunctory. But when their scintillating game of roleplaying ends, will they still feel the heat?
If you loved the tension, both sexual and otherwise, between Harriet and Wyn, then you need to read Do I Know You?
Theater teacher and aspiring playwright Meghna Raman is still hung up on her writing partner and best friend when he asks her to be his best man. Engineer Karthik Murthy has seen enough of his parents’ marriage to know it’s not for him but has agreed to his mother’s matchmaking attempts to make her happy. What are they to do? Fake an engagement, of course. Meghna and Karthik find common ground, grow protective of each other’s hearts, and start to fall for the traits they originally thought they hated, but soon, their expectations and insecurities threaten something that’s become a lot more real than they’d planned.
A fake engagement, the weight of parental expectations, and deep conversations? Fans of Happy Place are sure to fall for Say You’ll Be Mine.