If you’re looking for a rom-com that’s both heartwarming and hilarious, look no further than The Hating Game. This book is full of witty banter and sharp observations, making it the perfect choice for fans of contemporary romance.
That’s why I was eager to compile a list of rom-com books like The Hating Game for you to enjoy when you finish this rollercoaster of a novel.
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Romance Books Like The Hating Game
It Ends with Us by Colleen Hoover
Colleen Hoover’s It Ends with Us has been Booktok famous and is another great book like The Hating Games. This book is deep and heartbreaking – it won’t let you go after you’re done reading it. From empty-handed, small town girl to successful, city woman, Lily has never stopped working hard in creating the life she wants. When sparks and butterflies go flying between neurosurgeon, Ryle Kincaid, and her, it seems like Lily’s life is too good to be true. Ryle has a “no date rule,” but he seems to have a soft spot for Lily. As questions about her new relationship start to rise, her first love, Atlas Corrigan, reappears into Lily’s life and everything between Ryle is threatened. This is a forever keep novel.
Get A Life, Chloe Brown by Talia Hibbert
Get a Life, Chloe Brown is full of charm and humor. Nothing short of a rom-com. This witty, cute romance book is about Chloe Brown who is tired of being “boring” and wants to experience new things. She recruits her mysterious, sexy neighbor to help her spice things up. She’s got a goal, a plan, and a list. It’s not easy being bad, but when you have a step-by-step guideline from the most baddest guy, there’s no way nothing can go wrong. But, Chloe starts to wonder… what is Red hiding under his tough exterior?
Second First Impressions by Sally Thorne
If you enjoyed reading The Hating Game and any of the other books on this list, then you will definitely enjoy Second First Impressions by Sally Thorne. It’s one of the sweetest romance novels you will ever read. Ruthie Midona works at the Providence Retirement Villa’s front office and plans on staying there forever. She’s got a shot at becoming manager and a good one. Maybe she’ll even find a cute, serious guy – but she has to stay focused and serious.
Then one day, Teddy Prescott, shows up at the retirement home after dedicating his life to tattoos, sleeping, and avoiding responsibilities at all costs. Teddy strikes a deal with his Dad, the developer – as long as Teddy works at the retirement home, he can stay.
This was not what Ruthie had in mind for a cute guy, but this is why you give people a second shot at first impressions. Right?
99 Percent Mine by Sally Thorne
You can try your best to keep your promise, at least 99% of the time. That 1% goes out the window when your love life is on the line. For Darcy Barett, that means her twin brother’s best friend, Tom, is off limits. She’s loyal to her brother and promises to keep her end of the deal, at least 99%.
Things become rather steamy and difficult fast when Darcy and Jamie inherit their grandmother’s estate. They must bring it back to it’s beautiful conditions and Tom is right there to help them out.
Will Darcy be able to keep her promise? Or, will she end up with her dream guy? This is definitely a romance novel you’ll want to read!
More Books Similar To The Hating Game
The Unhoneymooners by Christina Lauren
Witty and lighthearted, The Unhoneymooners by Christina Lauren is downright a true rom-com like The Hating Games. Nothing seems to ever go right for Olivia Torres. She’s accepted the fact that she’s the unlucky twin and her sister, Ami, is just God’s favorite. Ami is the luckiest out of the two and gets everything she wants – including getting the guy of her dreams and the perfect honeymoon.
Olivia braces herself for wedding hell week, but ironically things don’t go all too well for Ami and the bridal party. Everyone except for Olivia and Ethan (the best man and Olivia’s nemesis) are the survivors from the food poisoning. Ami insists that Olivia and Ethan take up the honeymoon trip so that it doesn’t go to waste – and there’s no way Olivia is letting Ethan enjoy the vacation all to himself.
Ethan and Olivia agree to a temporary truce as they explore Maui. With the perfect balance of charming moments and sultry episodes, this book has everything that makes romance novels great. You can never go wrong with a Christina Lauren novel.
The Spanish Love Deception by Elena Armas
Another great book like The Hating Game is The Spanish Love Deception by Elena Armas. Filled with wedding bells and archenemies, this novel is about a woman, named Catalina Martin, who desperately needs a date to her sister’s wedding in Spain. Afterall, her little white lie has spiraled out of control.
Now everyone, including her ex and his fiancée, believe Catalina’s American boyfriend will be at the wedding and they just can’t wait to meet him. Time is ticking though. She only has four weeks to find someone who is willing to fly across the Atlantic ocean and come to her rescue as her fake true love.
Surprisingly, tall, handsome, condensing colleague Aaron Blackford comes to Catalina’s aid. As much as she hates the idea of her and Aaron being a couple, desperate times calls for desperate measures and he seems like her best and only option. Will these two be able to fool Catalina’s raucous family?
Beach Read by Emily Henry
Beach Read by Emily Henry is delightfully romantic and heartfelt in all the right places. An acclaimed literary fiction writer and a hopeless romantic writer become beach house neighbors. Both bogged down with writer’s block that they can’t seem to get out of, decide to turn to each other for help.
The deal: Augustus must spend the summer writing a happy novel, and January must write the next best American novel. Can the two keep their end of the deal? Most importantly, can the two stop themselves from falling in love with each other?
People We Meet on Vacation by Emily Henry
People We Meet on Vacation is another enemies to friends romantic trope novel. Poppy and Alex share nothing in common. Poppy is an adventurous soul, filled with wanderlust; Alex a homebody that prefers to read a book instead. The two become inseparable until one day, on their yearly vacation, something happens and the two haven’t spoken since. Poppy has everything she could ever want, but she’s still miserable with her life.
She realizes that she was the happiest when she was with Alex. They decide on one final trip – to make it all better. Poppy has one week to fix everything, but there’s one truth that can determine the ending of this trip. This is a great book to read, I highly recommend it!
Enemies To Lovers Books Similar To The Hating Game
The Kiss Quotient by Helen Hoang
Who doesn’t love a good enemies to lovers book? The Kiss Quotient by Helen Hoang takes the trope to a whole nother level and internationally. Stella Lane thinks that the universe is made up of algorithms and they can determine anything and everything. As much as she enjoys making algorithms for her clients, she’s concluded one thing… She has little to no experience in the dating world as a thirty-year-old. It also doesn’t help that Stella has Aspergers and is repulsed by the idea of french kissing.
But, this doesn’t mean it should stop her from dating. She decides she needs a lot of practice – with a professional. Vietnamese/Swedish escort, Michael Phan, agrees to help Stella check off all of her boxes on her lesson plan – including steamy hot sex. This no-nonsense partnership romance is one you can’t miss out on.
Josh and Hazel’s Guide to Not Dating by Christina Lauren
Another Christina Lauren novel that you won’t be able to put down, Josh and Hazel’s Guide to Note Dating, is remarkably one of the most hilarious standalone rom-com novels out there. And the trope of enemies to lovers like The Hating Game really hits a ballpark with this one. From the first night they met, Josh Im and Hazel Camille Bradford have been complete opposites.
Her zany playfulness is a complete disaster next to his mellow, stoic restraint. They’ve known each other since college and Josh has watched Hazel go through a lot – taking more than she should. She’s a good soul in search of honest fun and if that makes a man run then so be it. Their loss. And, Josh’s life hasn’t been all rainbows and unicorns either.
After having caught his girlfriend cheating, his whole world turned upside down. He’s enjoyed Hazel’s company more than ever. But what if the two dated? Not each other, of course. Read to find out what happens to their guide to not dating.
You Deserve Each Other by Sarah Hogle
I loved The Hating Game, but You Deserve Each Other is another great book with an enemies to lovers trope. Except… it’s not exactly what you’d expect. Imagine being engaged to the love of your life, who also just happens to be your nemesis. Naomi Westfield and Nicholas Rose have the perfect relationship, Nicholas is just perfect to begin with. He’s a true gentleman; holds doors open and comes from a wealthy family. He’s just too perfect – they never fight. With their wedding three months away, Naomi has grown miserably sick of him.
She discovers that Nicholas has also grown contentment and is re-thinking the whole thing. She wants to end this misery once and for all, but it’s not as easy as it sounds getting out of this engagement. The two go into full battle mode against each other filled with pranks and sabotage – it’s an all-out emotional warfare.
Red, White & Royal Blue by Casey McQuiston
Red, White & Royal Blue by Casey McQuiston has been awarded as Best Romance of 2019, including top 10 on Booktok. It’s thrilling, sexy, and witty – you won’t want to put this book down. Alex Claremont-Diaz becomes the equivalent of a royal when his mother becomes President.
However, there’s a problem. Alex actually has an enemy and it’s the royal prince, Henry. And when the paparazzi and press get a hold of Alex and Henry’s altercation photos, things between the U.S. and Britain get worse. To avoid damage control during a big campaign, the two stage a fake truce. What at first seemed like a fake friendship has derailed into a secret romance. True love isn’t always diplomatic.
This is probably one of the best books like The Hating Game because Alex and Henry truly despise each other.
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