I LOVE audiobooks, but I've learned the hard way that they're not all created equal! Some genres just translate better to audiobooks than others. And rom-coms? They're PERFECT as audiobooks. They're lighthearted, fun, and the narrators are some of the best. Rom-com audiobooks are awesome for all listening occasions—chores, commutes, work outs, painting your toe nails, you name it! Here are 14 delightful Rom-Com audiobooks you'll absolutely adore!

14 Delightful Rom-Com Audiobooks

June 24, 2020

I LOVE audiobooks, but I've learned the hard way that they're not all created equal! Some genres just translate better to audiobooks than others. And rom-coms? They're PERFECT as audiobooks. They're lighthearted, fun, and the narrators are some of the best. Rom-com audiobooks are awesome for all listening occasions—chores, commutes, work outs, painting your toe nails, you name it! Here are 14 delightful Rom-Com audiobooks you'll absolutely adore!

14 Delightful Rom-Com Audiobooks

June 24, 2020

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I LOVE audiobooks, but I've learned the hard way that they're not all created equal! Some genres just translate better to audiobooks than others. And rom-coms? They're PERFECT as audiobooks. They're lighthearted, fun, and the narrators are some of the best. Rom-com audiobooks are awesome for all listening occasions—chores, commutes, work outs, painting your toe nails, you name it! Here are 14 delightful Rom-Com audiobooks you'll absolutely adore!

I LOVE audiobooks, but I’ve learned the hard way that they’re not all created equal! Some genres just translate better to audiobooks than others. Have you ever tried to listen to a super-detailed fantasy novel or a heavy literary fiction novel on audio? I don’t know about you, but I can’t keep track of what’s going on. But rom-coms? They’re PERFECT as audiobooks. They’re lighthearted, fun, and the narrators are some of the best. Rom-com audiobooks are awesome for all listening occasions—chores, commutes, work outs, painting your toe nails, you name it!

Here are 14 delightful Rom-Com audiobooks you’ll absolutely adore!

Just a heads up, this post contains affiliate links—that means I get a small commission of any sales made from the links below, but the price is the same for you whether you purchase via my link or directly from Amazon 🙂

The Best Way to Listen to Audiobooks

There are several ways to enjoy audiobooks, but Audible is my favorite. It’s an easy-to-use app that offers 1- or 2-credits-a-month memberships.

You can redeem your monthly credit for the audiobook of your choice.

What’s especially great about Audible is you can try them out for free for 30 days. They also let you return any audiobook you aren’t happy with, no questions asked.


1. Evvie Drake Starts Over

AUTHOR: Linda Holmes

NARRATED BY: Julia Whelan

GENRE: Contemporary Fiction | Romance

SUMMARY: In Evvie Drake Starts Over, Evvie can’t seem to get find her bearings on her new(ish) status as a widow. Even though her husband passed away more than a year ago, she can’t get her life together, spending days cooped inside her house, struggling to make ends meet, and, often, curled on the floor for hours.

But, it’s not overwhelming grief that keeps Evvie in her dark place—it’s overwhelming guilt. On the day her husband died, Evvie had been planning on leaving him and no one knows it but her.

When Evvie’s best friend Andy suggests she rent out her spare guesthouse for extra income, she’s down with the idea since the bills she’s been cramming into various drawers are starting to get out of control. But when the new renter happens to be the washed-up ex-New York Yankees pitcher, Dean, Evvie isn’t so sure anymore since he’s been labeled by the media as a “head case”.

Dean has spent his entire life as a professional baseball player until, one day, he all of a sudden couldn’t pitch anymore. He’s tried everything—counseling, creative movement classes, and every alternative therapy in the book. When nothing works, he decides to escape to a small town in Maine.

As it turns out, Evvie and Dean are a good fit, both haunted by their personal demons and unable to move past their current problems, they find comfort and solace in each other. That is until one of them is able to move forward while the other is still stuck.


2. How to Walk Away

AUTHOR: Katherine Center

NARRATED BY: Therese Plummer

GENRE: Contemporary Fiction | Romance

SUMMARY: How to Walk Away is the story of Margaret and how she lost everything she’d worked so hard to get. With a great job, a chic condo, and an impending marriage proposal, she seems to have it all. But against her better judgement, Margaret boards a plan one night, ending in a freak accident causing her to be pulled from the burning remains of the plane.

She has to spend the next several months in the hospital, her own mother unable to look at her charred face, her fiancé hardly spending any time by her side, and her legs not working anymore—like at all.

As she faces the reality that she most likely will never walk again, she experiences the typical phases of grief—denial, anger, and finally acceptance. But with that acceptance comes a newfound energy to get herself out of her hospital bed and back to the life she once knew. Except her fiancé, the person responsible for her accident in the first place, delivers a devastating blow that he’s been cheating on her, pulling her back into that dark place she’s gotten so used to lately.

Margaret finds support in her sister and a new mysterious stranger who’s wandered into her life—Ian, her physical therapist. Through many tests of patience and endurance, all three of them learn how to lean on each other in order to not only heal, but grow stronger.


3. Bringing Down the Duke

AUTHOR: Evie Dunmore

NARRATED BY: Elizabeth Jasicki

GENRE: Historical Fiction | Romance

SUMMARY: Bringing Down the Duke is the story of Annabelle, a brilliant but low class woman in 19th century England. Annabelle is finally able to leave her job as a mere maid when she receives a scholarship to Oxford University. But in order to meet the requirements of her scholarship, she must join the women’s’ suffrage movement. Her task: get the stoic Duke of Montgomery on their side.

The Duke, Sebastian, has one goal—to get his family’s castle, the one his father gambled away, back in his possession. And part of this goal requires that he re-marry, specifically to a woman of high social status.

But Sebastian can’t stop thinking about Annabelle from the first moment he encounters her. By fate, Sebastian and Annabelle end up spending several weeks together in the Duke’s elegant home, during which they both realize they can’t stand up against the feelings they have for each other, but they also can’t possibly break down the social regulations keeping them apart.


4. Bridget Jones’s Diary

AUTHOR: Helen Fielding

NARRATED BY: Imogen Church

GENRE: Contemporary Fiction | Romance

SUMMARY: Bridget Jones’s Diary is famous for many things—like singlehandedly creating the Chick Lit genre—but it’s most well-known for Bridget Jones’s herself.

Throughout the story, we see a year in the life of Ms. Jones—a woman whose list of goals are to reduce the circumference of each thigh by 1.5 inches, visit the gym three times a week and not just to buy a sandwich, form a functional relationship with a responsible adult, and learn to program the VCR.

Bridget is brutally honest (both shamedly and unashamedly) with a quick wit, questionable morals, and the worst timing of any living person.

You will relish every second you spend with Bridget, both for her unforgettable personality and her ability to make you feel like you have it somewhat together by comparison.


5. Things You Save in a Fire

AUTHOR: Katherine Center

NARRATED BY: Therese Plummer

GENRE: Contemporary Fiction | Romance

SUMMARY: Things You Save in a Fire is the story of Cassie, a female firefighter who prides herself on her ability to stay utterly calm in the face of catastrophe, thanks to her rough and unemotional demeanor. But when Cassie accidentally lets her feelings get the better of her, an uncharacteristic moment changes the trajectory of her entire career, aka, her entire life.

In a moment of duress, Cassie agrees to leave her beloved Austin, TX fire station—and home—to move to Boston to take care of her ailing, and semi-estranged, mother.

Cassie believes she’ll be just fine in her new male-dominated, non-progressive environment because of her ability to follow the rules. Thankfully, her old fire chief armed her with everything she needs to know about her new job—never let them see you cry, be stronger than everyone, and never, ever get involved with a fellow firefighter.

She’s got it in the bag—she’ll simple be her usually hardcore, rule-abiding self times a million. That is until she encounters The Rookie—another new recruit who stirs something in her she’s never experienced before. Before she’s even realize what happens, all her rules—and all her control—has gone right out the window.


6. Queenie

AUTHOR: Candice Carty-Williams

NARRATED BY: Shvorne Marks

GENRE: Contemporary Fiction | Romance

SUMMARY: Queenie is a twenty-something black woman living in London, just trying to survive. After her long-term boyfriend requests a “break”, Queenie finds herself living in a mildewed rented room (the only thing she can afford on her measly salary), struggling to show up to work every day, and exhausting her friends with her incessant anxiety, self-hatred, and proclivity to catastrophize.

The only thing that numbs Queenie’s pain is sleeping with men, specifically those that are really, really bad for her. But afterwards, she feels even worse, which causes her to go right back for more.

Queenie is confused, miserable, and scared, yet she somehow finds the innerstrength to admit she has a problem and ask for help, a feat that makes her realize she’s much stronger than she ever gave herself credit for.


7. The Flatshare

AUTHOR: Beth O’Leary

NARRATED BY: Carrie Hope Fletcher, Kwaku Fortune

GENRE: Contemporary Fiction | Romance

SUMMARY: In The Flatshare, Tiffy is desperate for a new place—she has to get away from her emotionally-wrenching ex-boyfriend before she’s pulled back into his web for the millionth time. But Tiffy is broke. After realizing how dire her housing options are, she signs on to be part of a very interesting agreement: she will rent a bed in the evenings while her flatmate, Leon, gets the bed during the day.

Her friends thinks she’s crazy, but she believes it to be a perfect situation. Her new flatmate works as a nightshift nurse, away all night and sleeping during the day while she’s at work. Their paths will never cross.

The situation works out perfectly. Even though they end up going months without meeting in person, they begin to leave each other notes, learning about the other’s habits, fears, and personality through quick letters and personal items.

The connection between Tiffy and Leon becomes undeniable, but they’re scared to finally meet in person in case that chemistry only exists on the pages of post-its.


8. Red, White & Royal Blue

AUTHOR: Casey McQuiston

NARRATED BY: Ramon de Ocampo

GENRE: Contemporary Fiction | Romance | LGBTQ

SUMMARY: In Red, White & Royal Blue, Alex, the first son of the United States, and Henry, the Prince of Wales, are forced to spend time together in an urgent attempt to mend political images after a very public altercation happens between them.

During their staged bromance, Alex and Henry build an unlikely friendship, surprised to actually enjoy each other’s company. Alex has always been sharp-witted and quick to speak his mind, but when he pulls his usual antics on Henry, his seemingly stuffy and boring arch nemesis, he finds he’s bitten off more than he can chew. What Alex thought was just a blooming new friendship turns into a relationship he didn’t even realize he wanted.

Now, Alex can’t get enough of Henry. He yearns for him, wanting every inch of him at every moment of the day.

But image is important—especially when you’re two of the biggest figureheads in the world. Coming out is not in line with the crown or Alex’s mother’s current campaign for re-election.

When Alex realizes his idyllic “love is all you need” mentality has been nothing but a farce, his entire world comes crashing down. But the real question is—will Henry be there to help him mend a new one?


9. The Kiss Quotient

AUTHOR: Helen Hoang

NARRATED BY: Carly Robins

GENRE: Contemporary Fiction | Romance

SUMMARY: The Kiss Quotient is a gender-swap version of Pretty Woman. Stella, an autistic girl with a big brain and an even bigger heart, hires Michael, a professional male-escort, to teach her the ways of the bedroom.

Of course, it’s not as simple as that. Despite Stella’s rigorous lesson plans, she begins to fall for him. And not just fall—obsess.

But Michael has some issues of his own—he has a treacherous past and is constantly living under the fear that he might be turning into his father, a very, very bad man.

This is a sexy and fun loving story that’s unique and refreshing.


10. I Owe You One

AUTHOR: Sophie Kinsella

NARRATED BY: Fiona Hardingham

GENRE: Contemporary Fiction | Romance

SUMMARY: In I Owe You One, Fixie is the manager of her family’s home goods store, working thanklessly to maintain the vision her late father had for it. But after her mother’s health scare, Fixie and her siblings are the only ones left to run the place.

For Fixie, that would normally be easy, but now she has her prentious brother and her new-age sister to deal with—and has to figure out how to keep them from running their family’s store into the ground.

In addition to her aimless siblings, Fixie is also preoccupied by her lifelong crush, who is back in London and has finally set his sights on her—something she’s been dreaming about forever. Plus, there’s a handsome stranger who keeps popping up, peaking her curiosity more that a little bit.


11. When Life Gives You Lululemons

AUTHOR: Lauren Weisberger

NARRATED BY: Laura Benanti

GENRE: Contemporary Fiction

SUMMARY: In When Life Gives You Lululemons, Emily (from The Devil Wears Prada), is working in Hollywood as an image consultant to the stars, but her rising age makes her suddenly realize how precarious her job—and status—actually is.

Karolina is an ex-model, wife, and devoted stepmother living in suburban Connecticut with a picture-perfect life. That is, until she gets pulled over and arrested for driving intoxicated with a car full of other people’s children.

Miriam, former high-powered attorney, is now a stay-at-home mom who’s packed on a few pounds and let the romance fizzle from her marriage. Unable to put her finger on exactly what has gone wrong, Mariam finds herself yearning for her old life.

As these three women come together, each one willing to bear the others’ struggles along with her own, they become each other’s support system, realizing that the only things that can truly solve their problems are honest communication, endurance, a few extra strong cocktails, and friends who feel like family.


12. Twenties Girl

AUTHOR: Sophie Kinsella

NARRATED BY: Rosalyn Landor

GENRE: Contemporary Fiction

SUMMARY: In Twenties Girl, Lara doesn’t think life can get any worse—she’s just been dumped, she’s broke, and her parents think she’s about to go off the deep end. But when her great-aunt Sadie’s ghost shows up and starts haunting her, she realizes things have suddenly gone from really bad to extraordinarily bad.

Although she tries everything to shake her, Lara can’t get rid of her new ghost. Throwing up her hands, she agrees to track down the missing necklace that Sadie must get back before she can finally rest in peace.

While trying to track down the necklace, Sadie becomes Lara’s confidante and mentor of sorts. Together, Lara and great-aunt Sadie are able to not only shake some of Lara’s demons, but also unearth some family secrets that were supposed to remain buried forever.


13. Confessions of a Domestic Failure

AUTHOR: Bunmi Laditan

NARRATED BY: Tara Sands

GENRE: Contemporary Fiction

SUMMARY: In Confessions of a Domestic Failure, Ashley is a new mom—an endeavor that’s challenging for any woman. But Ashley is another story. She doesn’t have an ounce of maternal in her body.

Seeming to do everything wrong, Ashley knows she needs some help, so when she wins a spot in her mommy idol’s upcoming “Motherhood Better Boot Camp”, she jumps on it.

As she joins other mothers yearning to be better homemakers, she realizes that even though she might not know how to keep a house clean using only lemon juice and water and she’ll never be able to wear white without spilling on it, she has more mother skills than she gave herself credit for, especially when it comes to dedication, resilience, and love.


14. Crazy Rich Asians

AUTHOR: Kevin Kwan

NARRATED BY: Lynn Chen

GENRE: Contemporary Fiction | Romance

SUMMARY: Crazy Rich Asians is a must read if you love getting a front-row look into the world’s most elite, glamorous, and richest of rich.

The opening scene paints a perfect picture of how rich the main characters really are—upon being at the receiving end of prejudice from a racist hotel clerk, the family buys the hotel and promptly fires him. Talk about retribution.

This is a story of life and love—otherwise known as drama and scheming—with a heavy-handed sprinkle of glitz and glamour.


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MY NAME'S KELSEY AND I'M A BOOK SLUT

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