15 Stunning Grumpy & Sunshine Books To Add To Your TBR ASAP

Grumpy and sunshine books scaled

This is arguably one of the most popular book tropes and with very good reason – nothing quite revs the engine like an adorable grumpy/sunshine pairing.

And so, I’ve listed 15 totally fantastic grumpy and sunshine books that’ll make you completely fall in love with the protagonists!

1. Window Shopping by Tessa Bailey

Window shopping

Stella, down on her luck, seizes an opportunity to work for a charming man, Aiden, who owns a department store. 

As they collaborate on holiday window decorations, she tries to resist the attraction.

2. Last On The List by Amy Daws

Last On the list

Single-dad CEO Max, who’s super grumpy, reluctantly hires Cozy as a nanny for his daughter.

And soon, Max discovers Cozy’s not just a nuisance; she might be the missing piece to his life.

3. The Tourist Attraction by Sarah Morgenthaler

The Tourist Attraction

Zoey visits Alaska, falls for the town, and gets involved with diner owner Graham, 

You guys, Graham was literally the most grumpy male protagonist I’ve seen in books and they were so well-suited because Zoey was all sunshine.

4. Wait For It by Mariana Zapata

Wait for it

Diana has two kids, a giant dog, and a new house, and she is pretty much content except that she doesn’t have a partner. 

And in this book, we’ll Diana fall in love with someone totally different from her but they manage to make it work.

5. Look The Part by Jewel E. Ann

Look The part

Flint rents space above his law office to Ellen, a music therapist with a cheerful demeanour. 

While he’s initially annoyed and he even tries to evict her, his autistic son connects with her and Flint soon finds himself drawn to Ellen’s infectious happiness. 

6. It Happened One Summer by Tessa Bailey

It Happened One summer

Piper, a socialite, is sent to run a dive bar in a small town, where she clashes with Brendan, a local sea captain and this leads to an unlikely romance.

Without giving any spoilers, I’ll tell you right now that Brendan is the type of grump who only speaks in grunts and other animal noises – you need to read this grumpy and sunshine romance book.

7. Marriage For One by Ella Maise

Marriage For one

Rose agrees to a spontaneous marriage proposal from Jack, a stranger, and their unconventional relationship evolves over time.

Jack tells her the reason he proposed the marriage in the final chapter, but I’m not kidding when I say he barely spoke any words to her in those opening chapters.

8. Boss Man Bridegroom by Meghan Quinn

Boss Man Bridegroom

Rath, a boss, finds himself in a peculiar situation when his assistant, Charlee, proposes marriage. 

Confused but intrigued, Rath goes along with the scheme and this leads to unexpected consequences.

9. A Deal With The Devil by Elizabeth O’Roark

A deal with the devil

Hayes Flynn, a scotch-loving British celebrity, hires a woman to work for him, and their connection deepens when they start confronting their pasts. 

10. The Love Hypothesis by Ali Hazelwood

The love Hypothesis

Olive, a Ph.D. candidate, fakes a relationship with Adam, a stern professor, to please her friend. 

But as their fake relationship progresses, they discover unexpected feelings and face different challenges together.

11. The Highland Fling by Meghan Quinn

The Highland Fling

Bonnie, fired and seeking purpose, ends up in the Scottish Highlands running a coffee shop. 

And soon, sparks fly with Rowan, the local handyman, despite their initial clashes.

12. Written in the Stars by Alexandria Bellefleur

Written in the stars

Darcy, a free-spirited astrologer, and Elle, an analytical actuary, fake a relationship until New Year’s Eve. 

As they navigate family and holidays, real feelings develop and if you’ve been on the hunt for a lesbian romance between two leads who couldn’t be more different, you’ll love this one. 

13. Twisted Love by Ana Huang

Twisted Love

Alex, a devilish man with a painful past, and Ava, a free-spirited woman with a broken childhood, form an unexpected connection.

14. From Lukov With Love by Mariana Zapata

From lukov

Jasmine considers a comeback in figure skating when offered a chance by a familiar yet arrogant face from her past.

These two got along like a house on fire and it was so nice to see the way their personalities complimented each other. 

15. My Killer Vacation by Tessa Bailey

My Killer Vacation

Taylor’s vacation takes an unexpected turn when she discovers a corpse. 

Paired with a brash bounty hunter, they become an unlikely murder-solving team in this romantic suspense book that’s just the right level of steamy.

Will you check out any of these romantic grumpy and sunshine books? Let me know which of them you’re going to check out. 

And don’t forget to check out the related posts for even more amazing recommendations. 


Hi! I'm Preye ("pre" as in "prepare" and "ye" as in "Kanye"), and I am a lifelong book lover who enjoys talking about books and sharing bits and pieces of all the fascinating things I come across. I love books so much that I decided to become a developmental editor, and right now, I work with authors to help them tell their stories better. On this blog, I share everything from book recommendations to book reviews and writing tips, so feel free to stop by anytime you like!

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