[Note from Frolic: We are so excited to have author Annie Rains guest post on the site today. Take it away Annie!]
I’m not exactly shy about my love of rom-coms in my own writing. Movie titles that made my heart skip when I was growing up often find their way into my books. In my Sweetwater Springs series, Kaitlyn and Josie are lifelong besties who have a girl’s night tradition of popcorn, chick flicks, and wine. Kaitlyn (Christmas on Mistletoe Lane) even names the rooms at her bed and breakfast after her favorite couples in romance. (Harry and Sally’s room is my personal favorite).
In the spirit of romantic love and strong female friendships, here are my top 5 rom-coms to watch, laugh, cry, repeat with your BFF.
You’ve Got Mail
There is something about Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan together on the screen. Their chemistry is off the charts. This is by far one of my favorite rom-coms to watch. How can Meg Ryan’s character ever get over the fact that the hero, Tom Hanks, has sunk her late mother’s bookstore?
Sweet Home Alabama
Be still my heart! Reese Witherspoon’s character finally has everything she thought she ever wanted, but all she wants now is the first love she walked (ran) away from.
While You Were Sleeping
The sexual chemistry between Sandra Bullock and Bill Pullman’s characters can be cut with a nail file! Sandra’s lonely character Lucy pulls on all my heartstrings every time I watch this movie. She’s engaged (not really) to a man in a coma who she’s never met and quickly falling in love with his brother. Talk about conflict!
When Harry Met Sally
Yes, yes, yessssssssssss! Can men and women ever be friends without wanting something more? Not in Harry and Sally’s case. My absolute favorite moment in this movie is when Bill Crystal’s character, Harry, is walking down the street on New Year’s Eve and realizing that he’s hopelessly in love with Sally (Meg Ryan). Then he starts to jog. His jog picks up to a run as he races to find Sally before midnight. Then he delivers this unforgettable speech and kisses her. Sigh. I think it’s time I re-watch this one.
Maid in Manhattan
This is a modern-day Cinderella story where single mother Marisa (Jennifer Lopez) works as a maid to make ends meet. When she meets Ralph Fiennes’ character, however, she’s mistaken for a guest at the hotel, sparks fly, and they spend one magical night together. But once he learns the truth, can they make their romance last? Of course, they can! That’s why we love our romantic comedies. Just like in the romance novels we love to read (and write), the heroine always gets her man and there’s always a happy ending.
There you have it! My top 5 rom-coms to watch with your best friend or even if you’re just missing your best friend (like Josie in the beginning of my new release SPRINGTIME AT HOPE COTTAGE). Don’t forget the snacks (anything chocolate for me!) and the box of Kleenex.
About the Author:
Annie Rains is a USA Today bestselling contemporary romance author who writes small town love stories set in fictional places in her home state of North Carolina. When Annie isn’t writing, she’s living out her own happily ever after with her husband and three children. Her current series is called Sweetwater Springs. For more on Annie and her books, visit AnnieRains.com
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When opposites attract…
As an editor at a major New York City magazine, Josie Kellum is always on the go…until an injury sidelines her in the small town of Sweetwater Springs. Luckily, her new physical therapist is easy going and easy on the eyes. When their sessions start to heat up, in more ways than one, Josie is intrigued. But she has a city and career she loves waiting for her. So why does the thought of leaving him suddenly feel a lot like leaving home?
Tucker Locklear is just starting to move on after his wife’s death. While he can’t deny his attraction to the gorgeous, vivacious Josie, he won’t risk the pain of losing someone again. The sooner he gets Josie back on her feet and back to her real life, the safer he’ll be. But in Sweetwater Springs, love has a way of mending even the most damaged heart.