Hot? Yes. Bothered? Also yes. Anyone But You, the new rom-com starring Sydney Sweeney and Glen Powell landed in the cinemas over the holidays and suffice to say… it’s pretty much perfect!
Is it a good movie? No. Did I have the best time I’ve had at the cinema since Mama Mia? Also yes!
There’s something about a tropey, sexy rom-com that hits different. No thoughts, just vibes. And the vibes are GREAT.
If you’re searching for reads that hit the same tropes as Anyone But You check out list of rom-com reads below!
If you love a fauxmance…
The Boyfriend Candidate by Ashley Winstead
A laugh-out-loud romcom about learning to embrace living outside your comfort zone for fans of Ali Hazelwood.
As a shy school librarian, Alexis Stone is comfortable keeping out of the spotlight. But when she’s dumped for being too meek — in bed! — the humiliation is a wake-up call. She decides she needs to change, and what better way to kick-start her new more adventurous life than with her first one-night stand?
Enter Logan, the gorgeous, foul-mouthed stranger she meets at a hotel bar. Logan is audacious and filter-less, making him Alexis’s opposite—and boy do opposites attract! Just as she’s about to fulfill her hookup wish, the hotel catches fire in a freak lightning storm — and in their rush to escape, Logan is discovered carrying her into the street, where people are waiting with cameras. Cameras Logan promptly — and shockingly — flees.
Alexis is bewildered until breaking news hits: pictures of her and Logan escaping the fire are all over the internet. It turns out Logan is none other than Logan Arthur, the hotshot politician challenging the Texas Governor’s seat. The salacious images are poised to sink his career — and jeopardise Alexis’s job — until a solution is proposed: to squash the scandal, he and Alexis could pretend to be in a relationship until election day…in two months. What could possibly go wrong?
The (Fake) Dating Game by Timothy Janovsky
Ready. Set. Faux.
Holden James picked the worst time to have a meltdown. His chance to audition for his favourite game show, Madcap Market, should have been a moment of triumph — a glorious, loving homage to his adored mum, who died six years ago. Instead, he’s destroying the minibar in a grim Los Angeles hotel room…recently dumped, partnerless and sliding into misery.
But at least the hotel service is sublime. It even comes with an unfairly fit and sexy (smart-ass) concierge who arrives at the door with pizza, Monopoly and deliciously distracting forearms.
All Holden knows about Leo Min is that he’s beautiful, unexpectedly sympathetic, and the chemistry between them is beyond. Maybe it’s even enough to convince everyone, including the show’s casting directors, that they’re a real couple. All they’d have to do is crush the competition, win the huge cash prize, and all of Holden’s problems — his broken heart, his buried grief, his complete lack of money and direction — will be fixed.
Of course, reality doesn’t quite work out that way. But love is an entirely different game…
If you love enemies to lovers…
Love at First Spite by Anna E. Collins
They say living well is the best revenge. But sometimes, spreading the misery seems a whole lot more satisfying. That’s interior designer Dani Porter’s justification for buying the vacant lot next to her ex-fiance’s house…the house they were supposed to live in together, before he cheated on her with their Realtor. Dani plans to build a vacation rental that will a) mess with his view and his peace of mind and b) prove that Dani is not someone to be stepped on. Welcome to project Spite House.
That plan quickly becomes complicated when Dani is forced to team up with Wyatt Montego, the handsome, haughty architect at her firm, and the only person available to draw up blueprints. Wyatt is terse and stern, the kind of man who eats his sandwich with a knife and fork. But as they spend time together on – and off – site, Dani glimpses something deeper beneath that hard veneer, something surprising, vulnerable, and real. And the closer she gets to her goal, the more she wonders if winning revenge could mean losing something infinitely sweeter…
Dare Me To Crave You by Zara Cox
Damian Mortimer blew my mind in the bedroom, then nearly destroyed my business in the boardroom. Two years later, I have the chance to play him at his own game, and this time I’ll end up on top. But Damian’s more vulnerable than I remember and I’m beginning to reconsider. After all, what he does to my body is becoming far more exciting than the thrill of revenge!
Enemies with Benefits
Our families are bitter enemies, but I’ve wanted Wren Bingham since she first strutted into my boardroom. One decadent taste during a party and I’m addicted! So I tempt Wren with an indecent proposal. She works on a deal with the Mortimer Group, and I give her the release she craves. But the feelings she stirs make me wonder — am I falling for the enemy?
If you love forced proximity…
The Roommate Pact by Allison Ashley
All of the fun, none of the heartache…as long as they stick to the agreement.
The proposition is simple: if ER nurse Claire Harper and her roommate, firefighter Graham Scott, are still single by the time they’re forty, they’ll take the proverbial plunge together…as friends with benefits. Maybe it’s the wine, but in the moment, Claire figures the pact is a safe-enough deal, considering she hasn’t had much luck in love and he’s in no rush to settle down. Like, at all. Besides, there’s no way she could ever really fall for Graham and his thrill-seeking ways. Not after what happened to her father…
Just as things begin to heat up way before the proposed deadline, Graham’s injured in a serious rock-climbing accident — and he needs Claire’s help to heal. She’ll do whatever it takes to nurse him back to health…even if it means moving into Graham’s bed and putting up with his little dog who hates her. But with this no-strings arrangement taking a complicated turn, keeping ‘for now’ from turning into ‘forever’ isn’t as easy as they’d planned.
Trapped with Temptation by Cynthia St. Aubin
When these two opposites are trapped together in a snowstorm, the heat is off the charts! Check out USA TODAY bestselling author Cynthia St. Aubin’s latest steamy tale.
Their lives are worlds apart, but their attraction is undeniable.
A reality TV series about his brothers’ distillery has upended reclusive artist Bastien Renaud’s life. Beverly Hills gallery curator Shelby Llewellyn, determined to prove herself to her father, has taken notice and intends to snag Bastien for a solo show.
But tracking Bastien to his secluded home leaves Shelby snowbound with him in a blizzard! Soon Bastien’s resistance melts with the passion Shelby awakens…but with their age gap and Bastien’s baggage, a relationship between these opposites seems impossible…
If you love fling to forever…
The Ex-mas Holidays by Zoe Allison
Falling in love can sometimes go off-piste…
There’s never a good time to bump into your ex – so Maya Bashir is shocked when she comes face to face with her old flame Sam Holland, who is wearing nothing but a tiny apron, working as a naked butler at her friend’s Christmas party.
Having driven home for the holidays after losing her boyfriend, flat and job – and dreading her father’s inevitable disappointment that she still doesn’t have a fifty-year plan – perhaps Sam is exactly the distraction Maya needs.
But as sparks begin to fly, Maya doesn’t know if she can let Sam back into her heart so easily… With Christmas day fast approaching, will Maya find love or disaster under the tree?
Seven Years of Secrets by Susannah Erwin
After their seven-year grudge, the only thing hotter than their chemistry is the secrets he’s keeping! It’s Susannah Erwin’s final Heirs of Lochlainn story.
Her job is to find the truth. His is to keep it from her…
Seven years after a sizzling fling that ended in crushing betrayal, Declan Treharne offers journalist Mara Schuyler the opportunity of a lifetime — if she can trust him. But Mara doesn’t know that Declan is one of the Lochlainn heirs. And now their rekindled passion is about to face the ultimate test of ambition and greed…
If you love Aussie settings…
Cross My Hart by Clare Connelly
THE NOTORIOUS HARTS #1
‘Between now and dawn, you’re all mine…’
Jagger was a one hundred percent hot, hard-bodied distraction – everything I needed to forget about my ex getting married. What I didn’t know was that he’s one of the Harts, those notorious billionaire brothers, and my newest client!
For the next three days, it’s business all day and insatiable, hungry lust all night. Now Jagger Hart holds both my career and my body. But happens when he steals my heart, too?
Nine Months to Claim Her by Natalie Anderson
Claiming his one-night heirs…will take a nine-month negotiation!
Mistaken for a security guard by an alluring waitress, CEO Leo Castle revels in their stolen moments together. When they’re alone he’s responsible for just one thing: her unadulterated pleasure! Only later, when their paths collide in the boardroom, does Leo discover she’s reluctant socialite Rosanna Gold. And carrying his twins!
Sheltered Rosanna refuses Leo’s demand that they marry. She won’t wed a man who sees her as an obligation. But his strategy to prove otherwise is one of seduction — and Rosanna knows intimately how powerful that can be…
If you love books set at a wedding…
The Wedding Dare by Katherine Garbera
‘I dare you…’ When exes reconnect at a weekend wedding getaway…it’s game on.
For TV producer Quinn Murray, hooking up with her ex at a beach wedding spells trouble. But Logan Bisset is her weakness, and she’s up for facing him again. She knows that for the hard-driving CEO, winning has always been everything.
But when Logan’s family secrets are exposed, Quinn is the only one he can turn to. Will she also be the one to convince the competitive bachelor that winning means nothing without daring to risk his heart?
Every single one of Elise Ngo’s close girlfriends—Rebecca, Jesse, and Beth—is getting married within the same few months, and every single one of them has asked her to be both bridesmaid and florist. Though it’s a lot for her to juggle, the work and exposure is a boon to her struggling flower shop.
The stakes are high at Rebecca’s high-profile wedding, where the guests are mostly political connections of Rebecca’s parents. Desperate for the event to go off without a hitch, Elise enlists the help of an outside caterer who turns out to be Ben Yu, Rebecca’s elusive younger brother.
Though Ben is prickly and aloof, he offers Elise much needed business designing flowers for his mom’s campaign fundraisers and Elise begins to see there’s more to Ben than his gruff and handsome exterior. But their romance takes off as the political campaign ramps up, complicating their relationship with unforeseen consequences. Now always-the-bridesmaid Elise must fight for what she wants to finally get her own happily ever after.