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Layla Hagen’s List of Must See Romantic Comedies!


Who doesn’t love a romantic comedy?

The romantic declarations, the meet-cutes, the classic run through the airport scene…there’s nothing like a good rom-com to brighten your day!

In honor of the release of USA TODAY Bestselling Author Layla Hagen’s new book MEANT FOR YOU, we asked her to compile a list of her Top 10 Romantic Comedies and what makes each one stand out from the rom-com crowd.

Let us know in the comments which rom-coms you recommend we watch and if there were any from Layla’s list you had never heard of before and are now immediately going to binge-watch!



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OLD HOLLYWOOD: Movie Spotlight – Lili (1953)

lili 1953 2We’re kicking off our new Romance Recommendations series with one of old Hollywood’s most underrated romances: LILI (1953).

After the death of her father, Lili (Leslie Caron) moves to a new town in search of work and comes across a local circus troupe. Marc the Magician (Jean Pierre Aumont–so handsome) takes her under his wing and gets her a job as a waitress, despite the cynical warnings of Paul the Puppeteer (Mel Ferrer–also so handsome), who doesn’t like Lili at all.

Unfortunately, Lili makes a terrible waitress and gets fired on her first night. She contemplates suicide and begins to climb the ladder to the tightrope when a voice suddenly calls out to her. It’s Carrot Top, one of the puppets, and he talks her back down.

Now I know what you’re thinking. Puppets? No thank you. But wait! These aren’t the puppets from Dead Silence or Annabelle.  These puppets manage to be charming, not sinister, because you know behind their words and kindnesses is a real person–Paul.

The puppets strike up a friendship with Lili that’s sweet, genuine, and complex, but somehow it doesn’t translate to her relationship with Paul, who she hates more than ever. Meanwhile, behind the curtain Paul falls in love with Lili more and more every day.

LILI (1953) is quirky and unsettling and intensely romantic film. It walks a fine line between innocence and darkness, magic and maturity. I highly recommend checking it out!

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Clare James’ Favorite Happily Ever Afters

It is, by far, the best part of a romance novel or movie, isn’t it? The HEA. Okay, maybe it comes in a close second after the sexy bits 😉

It’s funny because I’ve come to learn that readers really want a big HEA, not just a happily ever after for now, which is what I’ve done in some of my books—I like to leave that door open a little bit, sometimes. But for my new book, Never Be Tamed, it wraps up in a big, red swoon-y bow, I promise!

Some of my favorite Happily Ever Afters include:

Harry Potter—Yeah, I know this is controversial but I like Harry and Ginny together.Harry_&_Ginny_kissTwilight—doesn’t get much better than this.tumblr_mpzclhI8DJ1rkt0n6o1_500

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Guest Post: Movies That Made Vanessa Vale a Romance Fan

Ride Me Dirty Vanessa Vale
  1. A Room With A View– LOVE this movie. It’s set pre-WWI England and getting kissed is serious business. So a stolen kiss is life changing. And the ending… God, I want to go to Florence and have a room with a view with the hero.
  1. Romancing The Stone– Cheesy 80’s, but the plot is quintessential romance novel. It follows the W plot outline and is perfect to use as a guide to write from.
  1. Sixteen Candles– Yes, I’m of the age where Jake Ryan was the BOMB. The hair, the plaid shirt, the Porsche. Again, the ending? I was 13 at the time and I dreamed of a guy doing that for me for my 16th birthday. I still am!!
  1. Dirty Dancing– Again, I’m showing my age, but in high school, this was hot stuff. I related to Baby because I couldn’t dance to save my life (I still can’t), but she won Patrick Swayze. Oh yeah.

I’m seeing my trend is all set in the 80’s. Yikes! But they’re classics and as I watched them as a teenager, set my path toward romance. What are your favorite romance movies?

Vanessa Vale is the USA Today bestselling author of over thirty books, sexy romance novels, including her popular Bridgewater historical romance series and hot contemporary romances featuring unapologetic bad boys who don’t just fall in love, they fall hard. When she’s not writing, Vanessa savors the insanity of raising two boys, is figuring out how many meals she can make with a pressure cooker, and teaches a pretty mean karate class. While she’s not as skilled at social media as her kids, she loves to interact with readers.

Vanessa Vale can be found on Facebook, Twitter, Goodreads, and

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Guest Post: “The Grand Gesture” by Amy Andrews

Playing The Player Amy Andrews

We all know that moment at the end of the book/movie right? When the hero or heroine performs some extravagant or emotionally sacrificial gesture to prove the depth of his or her love (particularly if it has been in some kind of doubt) that makes you sigh and swoon and know that its twue love! Ever since I read A Tale of Two Cities in my teens I have been a sucker for a grand gesture. I still weep whenever I recall that famous last sentence.

“It is a far, far better thing that I do, than I have ever done; it is a far, far better rest that I go to than I have ever known.”


In Playing the Player, there is such a moment and while it doesn’t involve going to the guillotine I have to say I think Linc out does himself. 🙂

Naturally, it got me thinking about my favourite grand gesture moments in movies. Which lead to half a day lost in the wilds of YouTube and a crashing need to re-watch about a hundred movies! The sacrifices I make for my craft…

So, here are my Top 5 in no particular order.

The press conference scene in Notting Hill is probably one of the best Grand Gesture moments ever. I’ve seen it probably fifty times and it still makes me swoon!


Probably one of the most iconic moments in modern cinema history is Richard Gere sweeping in to Debra Winger’s workplace and sweeping her up in his arms, rescuing her from her factory floor life in An Officer and a Gentleman. Happy sigh.

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Q&A: Erin Fletcher of ALL LACED UP

All Laced Up Erin Fletcher

It’s election day, which means things are going to be tense for the next few hours. We’re unwinding with this awesome Q&A with the lovely Erin Fletcher, author of All Laced Up!

What are your five favorite movies with romance or romantic elements?

Love Actually, 17 Again, 10 Things I Hate About You, The Notebook, How to Lose a Guy in Ten Days


Describe your favorite scene from each one (you can include a Youtube clip if you want as well).

Love ActuallyThe signs / “to me you are perfect” scene gets me every time!

17 Again The “You’re the best decision I ever made, I just forgot” scene is my favorite. Plus, it has Zac Efron AND Matthew Perry in the same scene!

10 Things I Hate About YouThe poem! Always the poem.

The NotebookThe rowboat / kissing in the rain scene is my favorite for obvious reasons.

How to Lose a Guy in Ten Days I love the “that’s how it’s done” scene when they both think they’re playing the other. So adorably naïve!


Did you have any of these scenes in mind when writing scenes from your latest release?

Not really…while I love watching these scenes, I try not to borrow too much from them! The movie closest to All Laced Up is probably The Cutting Edge, but I intentionally did not watch that while writing the book. (It is a great movie, though…toe pick!)


If you could only read five books for the rest of your life, what five books would they be, and why?

That’s such a tough question, and the answer changes fairly often! But here are today’s five…

  1. Every Day by David Levithan – I love the premise, and it makes me think differently about people and the world, in a good way.
  2. Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins – I’d choose this one because it just makes me happy.
  3. Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver – Both the story and the writing style are fantastic. I could easily read this one over and over again.
  4. The Perks of Being a Wallflower – It’s a classic for good reason.
  5. The Bible – It’s a book that’s important to me.


Who are your book boyfriends? (list a maximum of five) What do you like about them? What characteristics do they share with the hero from your latest release?

Since I read and write young adult novels, but am not a young adult myself, these would be my book boyfriends if I were still in high school: Etienne St. Clair (Anna and the French Kiss), Four (Divergent), and Wes (The Truth About Forever).

I like them all for different reasons – Etienne because he’s sweet and gorgeous, Four because he’s smart and strong, and Wes because he’s swoony and mysterious. These guys are similar to Pierce from All Laced Up, because he’s gorgeous, strong, a little bit mysterious, and a lot swoony!


What was the first romance novel you read?

I think the first “romance” I read was A Walk to Remember.


What do you remember about it?

I read it when the movie came out back in college (yeah, I’m old), so I remember reading it on my bunk bed in my dorm room while my roommate studied organic chemistry. I remember wanting guys like Landon to exist in real life.


What did you like most about it?

The thing I like most about reading it was escaping from the college world and into Jamie and Landon’s world. I liked pulling for the two of them to end up together.


What did you like least about it?

It was sappy and predictable, but still made me cry like a baby.


Have you ever reread it? If you did, how do you feel about it now?

I don’t think I have reread it! It would definitely bring back a lot of memories from college.


Darcy or Wentworth?



Christian or Gideon?

I don’t know either of these!


Rochester or Heathcliff?

Team Rochester!


Spock or Kirk?

I’ve never seen an episode of Star Trek.


Sunrise or sunset?

Both! I’m a sucker for sunrises and sunsets. But if I had to choose one, I guess it would be sunrise, because I’m a morning person.


Angst or humor?

Depends on my mood, but probably humor most of the time.


Tea or coffee?

Both! But coffee more often than tea.


Wine or beer?

Neither. Liquor or water for me.


Cake or pie?



Scruff, beard, or clean-shaven?

A little bit of scruff.


Blue-collar or white collar?

White Collar! (Probably only picking that one because I love the show…)


Jeans or a suit?



Car or motorcycle?





Q&A: Naima Simone of ONLY FOR YOUR TOUCH

Only For Your Touch Naima Simone

You survived Monday and boy, do we ever have a the BEST reward for your efforts. We’ve got an amazing Q&A with the brilliant Naima Simone, author of Only For Your Touch, out today!

Spoiler: Get your popcorn, because Naima’s taste in movies is amazing.




What are your five favorite movies with romance or romantic elements?

Only five? Ooh. That’s so unfair. Okay, but here are five of my top faves of all time!


Dirty Dancing

Love and Basketball

Sixteen Candles

Mystic Pizza

Pretty Woman


Describe your favorite scene from each one (you can include a Youtube clip if you want as well).

My favorite scenes from each one? You have me about to go watch all of them!


Dirty Dancing – The lake scene. This is where Baby started to really gain her confidence and have fun, and Johnny started seeing her as a woman rather than the body taking the place of his dancing partner. Plus the music, the scenery…sigh. This movie made me fall in love with romance.


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Q&A: THE REBEL HEIR by Elizabeth Michels

The Rebel Heir Elizabeth Michels

I didn’t think it was possible to want to high-five a blog post, but it is! Elizabeth Michels isn’t just a great author–she also has excellent taste and the best strategy for being stranded anywhere, at any time! So, basically: she’s a delight. Lucky you, you can read more from her with The Rebel Heir, which is out right now!



What are your five favorite movies with romance or romantic elements?

I love movies, especially when those movies come with a heavy dose of romance. Some of my favorites are:  The Princess Bride, Notting Hill, Dirty Dancing, About Time, and The Holiday. There are so many other great ones, but these top my favorites list.


Describe your favorite scene from each one (you can include a Youtube clip if you want as well).

These are a few of my favorite scenes…did you just sing that?  I did. grins It’s so hard to decide on just one scene for this first movie.  There are so many great scenes from The Princess Bride! It’s a classic! But I’ll go with the one I quote more than any other: the wedding scene with the wrong groom and the best priest ever! I wish he could have officiated my wedding. “Have you the wing?”


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Guest Post: Jane Ashford’s Top Favorite Romance Movies

What The Duke Doesn't Know Jane Ashford

What are my top five favorite romance movies you ask? Here they are, starting with the classic –

Sense and Sensibility I’m betting that most of you are familiar with Jane Austen’s story of two sisters with different temperaments, re-imagined as a film by the wonderful Emma Thompson. I’m all Team Elinor (Emma) here. I guess I identify with the person holding it together while those all around melt down.

This is a classic Regency story. The Dashwood estate is entailed, and Elinor and Marianne (Kate Winslet) lose their home upon their father’s death. Their brother’s wife is a shrew and convinces him not to help them. They and their mother and little sister retreat to a cottage (which looks rather nice to me), where Marianne falls for Willoughby, a charming lightweight. Elinor is already in love with Edward Ferrars, but both sisters discover that marriage is problematic without money in the nineteenth century. Marianne has a breakdown; Elinor keeps quiet about her pain. Two approaches to the vicissitudes of life. In the end they both get a happy ending, though Elinor’s is a little happier.

Truly Madly Deeply

Truly Madly Deeply This movie is an unconventional romance, but I find it touching. Nina (Juliet Stevenson) is mourning the recent death of her boyfriend, Jamie (Alan Rickman). When she’s falling into despair, Jamie comes back as a ghost and haunts her. She’s delighted! Until Jamie begins to be annoying — turning the heat up to tropical, rearranging the furniture, filling the place with irritating ghost friends. Even so, when Nina meets Mark, an attractive psychologist, she holds back because of Jamie’s continued presence in her life, infuriating as he’s become. Jamie leaves to allow her to move on, and it becomes clear that he came back to help Nina recover by tarnishing her idealized image of him. He cared that much.

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Guest Post: “My Favorite Movie Romances” by Tara Kingston

When a Lady Deceives Tara Kingston

Since my teens, I’ve loved reading romance laced with adventure and suspense. Historical, paranormal, contemporary…if a story has great characters I can relate to, a heart-racing quest, and a happily-ever-after, I’ll devour it. My bookshelves are filled, and I carry my e-reader almost everywhere. I also love romance and adventure in film. There are some movies that I have seen so many times, I’ve lost count. What brings me back time and again? My best-loved films have a sense of adventure, a sigh-worthy hero, and a heroine with a mind of her own.

One of my all-time favorites fits those characteristics perfectly: Sherlock Holmes, the 2009 release starring Robert Downey, Jr. and Rachel McAdams. Sherlock Holmes and the alluring female criminal Irene Adler are one of my most memorable cinema couples. It’s such a pleasure to watch Holmes match wits with Irene, a woman who can hold her own with the brilliant Sherlock. Their chemistry is magnetic, and one can only imagine the passion that will erupt between this couple behind closed doors. The verbal interplay, determination, and sensual tension between Sherlock and Irene provided inspiration for the hero and heroine of my new release, When A Lady Deceives.

In addition to Sherlock and Irene Adler, there are many other movie pairings that I could watch again and again—strong, well-matched characters who face danger and adversity while falling in love. Of course, Sherlock and Irene occupy the top spot in my five favorite movie couples. Rounding out the list:

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