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Emily Henry Read-Alikes

If you’re a fan of Emily Henry, try these authors and novels!

June 15, 2023

Emily Henry is perhaps best known for her adult contemporary romantic fiction, although she began her career writing for teens.

Her witty, heartwarming, layered (and steamy) stories are complemented by empathetic, likable characters who are never less than authentic.


Author Read-Alikes

Looking for something similar to Emily Henry? Here are nine authors suggested by NoveList, our favorite book recommendation database.

  • Tessa Bailey: Emily Henry and Tessa Bailey both write banter-filled, steamy romantic comedies that delve into the pitfalls of modern relationships and their ensuing complications. Likeable protagonists and well-developed supporting characters round out their casts.—Jane Jorgenson, NoveList
  • Farah Heron: Both authors are known for writing romantic comedies for both teens and adults with complex, heartwarming plots in which the characters embark on a journey of self-discovery while falling for someone who brings out the best in them.—CJ Connor, NoveList
  • Kate Clayborn: These authors write contemporary romances in which richly drawn relationships with protagonists’ friends and family evolve in parallel to the developing romance. Both authors maintain a heartwarming tone while exploring their characters’ emotional depths.—Malia Jackson, NoveList
  • Abby Jimenez: Likeable characters who face realistic emotional, professional, and personal struggles populate both Emily Henry and Abby Jimenez’s work. While the focus of their stories is on the central romance they also fully develop secondary characters and topics separate from the romance. Each infuses their heartwarming and moving novels with humor.—Halle Carlson, NoveList
  • Sally Thorne: Emily Henry started her journey as a contemporary romance reader and writer with Sally Thorne’s The Hating Game; Thorne’s steamy, banter-filled romantic comedies pioneered some of the tonal elements that Henry’s readers love. Both will please readers looking for Gen Z-friendly romance.—Autumn Winters, NoveList
  • Jasmine Guillory: Readers looking for heartwarming yet steamy romance starring characters who behave authentically will find it in the work of both Jasmine Guillory and her professed fan, Emily Henry. —Autumn Winters, NoveList
  • Helen Hoang: Helen Hoang’s first novel The Kiss Quotient became a sensation in 2018, inspiring aspiring romance novelist Emily Henry. Readers looking for multi-layered characters entangled in satisfyingly steamy relationships will find them in both authors’ work.—Autumn Winters, NoveList
  • Alicia Thompson: These authors’ works are heartwarming, and they have the genre “romantic comedies”;and the subjects “summer,” “authors,” and “neighbors.” —NoveList
  • Jenn Bennett: These authors’ works have the genre “romantic comedies”; and the subjects “summer,””best friends,” and “teenage romance.” —NoveList


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