Rom Com & Romance Books Set in Paris

We love a good romantic story, and we can’t imagine any better setting than the City of Love. Its enchanting streets, charming cafés, and iconic landmarks provide the perfect backdrop for love. We’ve curated a list of the best rom-com and romance novels that will transport you to Paris. If you’re looking for more books set in Paris spanning a range of genres, be sure to also check out this list.

photo of hands holding a paper heart in front of the Eiffel Tower and three book covers of romance books set in Paris

The Best Romance Books Set in Paris

Loveliest Chocolate Shop in Paris book cover

Book Summary

Anna is an ex-pat from northern England. She worked at a chocolate factory there until an accident changed everything. After being unexpectedly reunited with her French teacher, Claire, Anna is given the opportunity of a lifetime – working in Paris with a master chocolatier.

Her Parisian adventure is the perfect chance to heal old wounds, make new friends, and start life again. Anna’s story is told in parallel with Claire’s, who also travels back to Paris for her own healing as she deals with cancer. However, much of Claire’s story is set in the 1970s as she reflects back on her fist time in Paris in her younger days.

The Book Girls Say…

This novel includes recipes at the back of the book – yum! If you’re looking for more books with recipes incorporated, be sure to check out our list of fiction books about food.

Thirty Days in Paris book cover

Book Summary

Thirty years ago, Juliet worked as an au pair in Paris, and when she returned home, she left a piece of her heart behind. Now, at 50 years old, separated from her husband, and with her children out on their own, Juliet has decided it’s time to reclaim the piece of her heart that she left in Paris all those years before.

She rents an attic apartment near Notre Dame, puts on her red lipstick, and feels the memories come flooding back. Juliet has been keeping a secret for more than two decades, and she knows she won’t be able to move forward without first looking back. The next 30 days in Paris might just change everything…

The Book Girls Say…

We love stories featuring women embracing life in middle age! If you enjoy Juliet’s story, you might also want to check our list of books with main characters in their 50s.

Kindle Unlimited as of: 05/29/2024
Paris is Always a Good Idea book cover

Book Summary

Before her mother’s death, Chelsea was living life to the fullest. She was taking a year in Europe, with stops in Ireland, Italy, and France, and in each country, she managed to fall in love with a different man.

But when her mom got sick, her trip got cut short. And after losing her mom, Chelsea became a grumpy workaholic, but with a purpose. She spent all her energy raising money for people in need. However, after seven years, she was exhausted and desperately needed some joy in her life again. She decides to go back to the last time she was happy – her European adventure. As you journey with her and her unexpected co-worker travel companion, you’ll read about the sites and food of three unique European cities, including Paris!

The Book Girls Say…

While this book is a lighter romance overall, it also deals with heavier topics, including mental health.

Someday in Paris Book Cover

Book Summary

In 1954 when Zara is 15, she has a chance encounter with Leon when the power goes at a museum they are both visiting. They spent a magical hour discussing art and Paris, but never saw each other’s faces.

In 1963, Leon has finally given up on reconnecting with the girl from the museum, but Zara thinks she has found him. They don’t recognize each other, but they do recognize the feeling of finding someone special.

Over 20 years, fate pushes them together and pulls them apart and your heart may be ripped out alongside the characters as you hope for them to find each other for good.

The Book Girls Say…

This book covers some serious topics beyond the star-crossed lovers.

Kindle Unlimited as of: 01/22/2024
Recipe for a Charmed Life book cover

Book Summary

This novel opens on an early April evening and will transport you to springtime in both Paris and Seattle.

Georgia May Jackson has always had one goal – to run her own Paris restaurant. After a decade of work in Parisian kitchens, everything comes crashing down. She loses her sous-chef position, her boyfriend, and even her sense of taste all in one night. She’s always been known for her daring use of bold flavors, so she’s devastated to discover that everything suddenly tastes bitter to her.

With her culinary gift seemingly vanished, Georgia accepts a surprise invitation from her estranged mother and goes to visit her on San Juan Island near Seattle. She hopes that the time away from Paris will allow her to regain her spark in the kitchen, but she’s surprised to find good luck charms appearing in the oddest places.

With the clock ticking on her dream job in Paris, Georgia will first need to unravel the secrets of her family legacy. And she might just discover that the recipe for a charmed life looks – and tastes – differently than she expected.

The Book Girls Say…

Reviewers say that this novel is more romance-focused than the author’s prior book, The Magic of Lemon Drop Pie.

Lost and Found in Paris book cover

Book Summary

Joan’s father was a world-class artist who died on 9/11. Following in her dad’s artistic footsteps, Joan became an art historian. When her husband confesses that he’s fathered twins with another woman, Joan impulsively decides to take a last-minute job as an art courier on a trip to Paris. With some very valuable drawings tucked discreetly in her carry-on luggage, it’s her job to carry them safely to some potential clients in Paris.

On the flight, Joan enjoys sipping champagne while flirting with her seatmate, a handsome tech nerd named Nate. When they land in the City of Lights, Nate invites her to dinner. After a romantic night out (and a romantic night in), Joan wakes the next morning to discover that the drawings are missing from her suitcase.

Even more shocking is that the art has been replaced with a sketch from her father’s journal that she believed was lost on 9/11. Along with the sketch is a poem that reads like a treasure hunt. With Nate as her sidekick, Joan follows the clues through the streets of Paris – from grand cathedrals to small bistros.

P.S. from Paris book cover

Book Summary

Mia is an actress who always seems to be in love on screen, but is stuck with a philandering megastar husband off screen. She needs a break from her life, so gets a new haircut, fake glasses, and a job as a waitress across the English Channel in Paris.

American author Paul is also in Paris, trying to recapture the fame of his first novel. He meets Mia when his best friend sets them up through a dating website. The ex-pat duo is continuously nudged together by Paris, but they are fighting back with strategies to stay “just friends”. Will fate overcome their efforts to avoid a relationship? This struggle to avoid chemistry reminds us of Emily’s early efforts to resist Gabriel.

The Book Girls Say…

Some of you may recognize French author Mark Levy from his most popular work, The Strange Journey of Alice Pendelbury (also titled The Strange Journey of Mr. Daldry).

Kindle Unlimited as of: 01/19/2024
Pride, Pancakes, and Paris book cover

Book Summary

Georgia spends all her time finishing her last year of college and teaching high school Environmental Science students. When her brother’s best friend, Sawyer, offers her a free trip to a destination wedding in Paris, she would love the break from her daily life. But there’s a problem. She’d have to pretend to be Sawyer’s girlfriend…and she can’t stand him!

The Book Girls Say…

Reviewers say this is a slow-burn romance, but that you’ll be laughing all the way through and may even need some tissues.

Kindle Unlimited as of: 01/30/2024
The Paris Roommates book cover

Book Summary

Ten years ago, Thea spent a magical year in Paris in a work-study program at Nanine Laurent’s restaurant. She lived with five roommates, and though they were the unlikeliest of friends, they became her found family.

She returned home to America with dreams of opening her own boulangerie, but she got lost somewhere along the way. Thea’s romantic, elegant pastries, which are in stark contrast to how dull her life has become.

When she gets a call that Nanine has fallen ill, she knows it’s time to finally return to Paris. With the help of her former roommates, she’ll work to get Nanine’s restaurant back on track. Recognizing that Thea also needs help, the roommates give her a much-needed makeover and help her find romance.

When a great opportunity arises back in the US, will Thea leave Paris behind once again?

The Book Girls Say…

This is the first in a new series that promises a book for each roommate.

Kindle Unlimited as of: 05/28/2024
One Summer in Paris book cover

Book Summary

Moving to Paris alone was a big step for Emily, but she really starts to find her footing in the city when she befriends Mindy, an adventurous and outgoing ex-Pat from Shanghai. Like Emily in Paris, One Summer in Paris also features a strong female friendship.

Grace planned a surprise romantic getaway to Paris for her and her husband’s 25th wedding anniversary, but instead, she’s the one who is surprised – he wants a divorce. Despite her heartbreak, she boldly decides to go to Paris alone.

Audrey is a young woman from London who has taken a job in a Paris bookshop, despite not speaking the language, in hopes of recovering from her own heartache.

The two live in neighboring apartments above the bookstore. Grace can’t believe how daring Audrey is. Audrey can’t believe how cautious newly single Grace is. But they soon discover that their friendship might be exactly what they each need.

Love Locks book cover

Book Summary

In the book, which is also a Hallmark Original Movie, Lindsey is a divorced businesswoman with a teen daughter.

As a young girl, Lindsey was an idealistic young painter who fell in love with the son of a hotel owner during a trip to Paris. They tried to attach a lock to the Pont de Arts bridge, as so many do, to symbolize their eternal devotion. Except the lock fell in the water, and then Jack failed to join Lindsey in New York like he promised.

Now, Lindsey’s daughter is studying art and was accepted at the Sorbonne. When Lindsey joins her in Paris, she finally meets Jack again after 20 years. But, is it too late to regain their old chemistry?

Little Paris Patisserie book cover

Book Summary

Nina Hadley is tired of her three older brothers bossing her around, so she’s ready to make a big change. When she has an opportunity to help run a patisserie course in France, she can’t jump on a plane fast enough.

However, her fresh start comes with some old baggage. The owner of the patisserie is Sebastian, who Nina has had a crush on since they were teenagers. He’s still her brother Nick’s best friend, making the potential workplace romance even stickier.

That said, there is more to this book than the romance. Like Emily in Paris, Nina meets an eclectic group of new friends as she learns to navigate life in France.

The Book Girls Say…

This contemporary romance is #3 of 9 in the Romantic Escapes series, but each book has a different set of main characters, so you won’t be lost if you skip right to Paris. However, book one, The Little Cafe in Copenhagen, and book two, The Little Brooklyn Bakery, also sound like great reads!

That Night in Paris book cover

Book Summary

This book incorporates everything we love about Emily in Paris – fashion, food, friends, sightseeing, and, of course, romance!

After an awkward situation with her London flatmate, Cat Parsons needs a little space. On a whim, she books a two-week, eight-country European tour. First stop – Paris! When she sets out to explore Paris with her new friends, the last thing she expects is to bump into an old friend. Cat isn’t looking for romance… in fact, she’s actively looking to avoid it. But this handsome Frenchman proves hard to resist.

This rom com serves up not only a swoon-worthy romance, but also a wonderful story of the ups and downs of friendships. All of the characters are well-developed and realistically flawed, giving this fun, escapist read a bit more depth.

The Book Girls Say…

This is the second book in the Holiday Romance series, but it reads as a standalone with different characters. Only a portion of the book takes place in Paris, but it’s filled with vibrant descriptions of the sights and sounds of each city they visit, and we promise that it will fill the Emily in Paris void in your life until season 3 is released!

If you enjoy the writing style of this book, Angela recommends that you pick up the rest of the series. Books 1 and 3 feature Cat’s sister Sarah. Book 4 follows one of Cat’s friends on her own adventures. The fifth and final book in the series, A Wedding in Tuscany, returns to Cat’s story as we see what comes next for her.

Save the Date by Monica Murphy book cover

Book Summary

Caroline works at a stationery store helping engaged couples pick up the perfect save-the-date cards and wedding invitations. She’s met her fair share of bridezillas, but the latest turns out to be engaged to Alexander Wilder – the first boy Caroline ever kissed.

When Caroline catches Alex’s fiance half-naked with another man, she decides she has to tell him the truth. But, if he breaks off the engagement, it will leave him in quite a predicament. To solve his problem, Alex has a proposal for Caroline… pretend to be his fiance and accompany him on a trip to Paris.

The Book Girls Say…

Angela enjoyed this light and quick fake finance rom-com and especially loved armchair traveling to Paris!

This book is the first in a series of seven books, but numbers 2 and 3 didn’t have the same charm (in fact, Angela found the characters in the following two books pretty unlikeable), so we recommend reading Save the Date and then skipping the rest.

Kindle Unlimited as of: 05/28/2024

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I Heart Paris book cover

Book Summary

When Angela’s boyfriend, Alex, suggests a trip to Paris at the same time that a hip fashion magazine asks her to write a piece, the timing seems perfect. But while she’s busy falling in love with Paris, someone is conspiring to sabotage her big break, and her boyfriend is meeting his ex in a local bar.

The Book Girls Say…

This novel is the third in the 8-book I Heart series that begins with I Heart New York. The books follow friends Angela, Jenny, and Alex, so they are best enjoyed in order if you want to get to know the characters.

YA Romance Novels Set in Paris

Kisses and Croissants book cover

Book Summary

Mia is an American teenager in Paris for the summer to attend an elite ballet program. She’ll need to focus if she hopes to snag an audition with one of the world’s best ballet companies. But there’s more to Paris than just dance, and it’s hard to resist when a charming French boy named Louis offers to be her tour guide. Together they’ll discover that the City of Love has a few mysteries up its sleeve.

The Book Girls Say…

This book is said to be perfect for fans of the Love & Gelato series by Jenna Evans Welch. If you haven’t already read Welch’s YA novels, we highly recommend them! Her books will transport you to other European destinations with vibrant descriptions of the magical sights, tastes, and smells of each: Love & Gelato (Tuscany); Love & Luck (Ireland); and Love & Olives (Santorini). These stories bring much more depth than you might expect at first glance because each female protagonist has faced her share of heartrending challenges. But these books will leave you feeling all warm and fuzzy!

Anna and the French Kiss book cover

Book Summary

Attending boarding school in Paris might not sound too bad to some seventeen-year-olds, but Anna doesn’t want to leave her school and her friends in Atlanta behind right before her senior year. Things start looking up when she meets a charming and gorgeous boy named Etienne St. Clair, if only he didn’t already have a serious girlfriend.

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Books Like Emily in Paris

In Paris with You book cover

Book Summary

This unique YA book was translated from the original French and is a novel told through poetry, so it won’t be for everyone.

In Paris With You is the love story of Tatiana and Euguene, who first fell in love as teens ten years prior to the present day storyline. While the relationship didn’t last then, they’ve been reunited now and may have a chance to find out what could have been. Their story is told in verse, in an alternating then and now format.

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