By Michele W.
Here is your guide to the romance novels you should read now based on your favorite movies. Do you see a movie you love on this list? Check out my book recommendation based on the movie you like.
If you liked Pretty Woman, try Any Duchess Will Do
In the 1990 movie Pretty Woman, Julia Roberts enjoys a rags to riches fairytale. Richard Gere stars as the man who picks her up off the street and introduces her to a life of luxury and indulgence. Their chemistry is perfect in this classic romance.
Tessa Dare’s Any Duchess Will Do is the fourth in her Spindle Cove series and can be read as a stand alone novel. Griff needs to find a wife and to quiet his mother’s annoying nag, he picks serving girl Pauline from her post to become his Duchess.
Both Pretty Woman and Any Duchess Will Do have a charming heroine who earns her rise in status and her happily ever after.
If you liked Always Be My Maybe, try Fix Her Up
Netflix’s Always Be My Maybe has an awesome and hilarious cast. Ali Wong and Randall Park play childhood friends who reconnect when Sasha (Wong), moves back to her hometown and hires Marcus (Park), who is working for his dad, to help build her new restaurant.
Fix Her Up by Tessa Bailey is laugh out loud hilarious while also being super romantic and steamy. Georgie reconnects with her childhood crush, Travis, when he moves back to their hometown. The pair then take on the task of renovating her fixer upper.
If you loved the chemistry and jokes in Always Be My Maybe, you will appreciate the humor and rekindling of a childhood crush in Fix Her Up.
If you liked Almost Famous, try Daisy Jones & The Six
Almost Famous, Cameron Crowe’s 2000 film about the fictional band Stillwater and the young man hired by Rolling Stone to profile them, is a fascinating inside look into the lives of rockstars of the 60’s. The sex, drugs and rock and roll are equally enthralling and tragic.
That intriguing peek into what it means to be a rock and roll star is further explored in Taylor Jenkins Reid’s Daisy Jones & The Six. Told in alternating points of you as the band members and their associates reminisce on their days as one of the biggest rock bands in the world.
The way both of these works of art show the excitement and fun of a rock and roll life style while also highlighting the downfalls of such a life is powerful.
If you liked Me Before You, try Dearest Rogue
Me Before You by JoJo Moyes is a beautiful and heartbreaking romantic story, but beware that it’s not necessarily a happy ending. If you read and bawled your eyes out at this book, or if you enjoyed the 2016 movie starring Emilia Clarke and Sam Claflin, then give Dearest Rogue a try.
Dearest Rogue by Elizabeth Hoyt is the 8th in her Maiden Lane series but technically can be read as a stand alone novel. Lady Phoebe Batton’s vision is deteriorating rapidly so her brother hires the brooding Captain James Trevillion to be her bodyguard.
Both books explore the caretaker and patient relationship, with the patient’s health deteriorating as the main characters get to know and love each other. Although Me Before You takes place in modern London and Dearest Rogue is a historical romance, the same elements of love and responsibility and loyalty transcend the time periods.
If you liked Once, try Roomies
Once is the Oscar winning 2007 film about a musician who plays beautiful music on the streets of Dublin. He meets an immigrant who is also a talented musician and the two spend a week making beautiful music together. This movie is so romantic and the soundtrack is perfect.
In Roomies by Christina Lauren, an Irish musician trained at Juilliard catches the ear and eye of an admirer. Holland appears in Calvin’s life and very quickly their lives get entangled.
Like the street musician with the sexy Irish accent before him, Calvin from Roomies and Guy from Once have a few things in common.
If you liked Beauty & the Beast, try The Duchess Deal
The classic Disney films Beauty & the Beast from 1991 & 2017 tell the story of a smart woman willing to go to any lengths to protect her father, including moving into an enchanted castle and taming the recluse beast who resides there.
If you enjoy this classic fairytale, you may love The Duchess Deal by Tessa Dare. Like Belle before her, Emma enters the home of the beastly man with hopes of making a better life for the people around her. She encounters a waitstaff that is eager for their employer to find love and happiness.