13 Best Meet Cutes in Romance Books

Any author who can write the best meet cute for the characters in their book is a rock star. I’m talking about the hilarious, crazy, or just sweetest meet cutes between hero and heroine that have you hooked and cheering on their happily ever after.

But what is a meet cute you ask? A meet cute is a charming, adorable or interesting first encounter where two people meet that leads to them developing a romantic relationship with one another.

The romance books in this list are some of my favorites with the best meet cutes ever written. I honestly hope that you read each and every one…because life is better with a love story!

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My Favorite Books With the Best Meet Cutes

In a New York Minute is a romance book with one of the best meet cutes in it. Check out the entire list of meet cute books on She Reads Romance Books.

In A New York Minute
by Kate Spencer

In a New York Minute has the most adorable meet cute between Frannie and Hayes. Frannie Doyle is having a horrible day at the start of this romance because she’s been laid off from her job. She’s headed home with her box of personal items and is smooshed into the New York subway with the rest of Manhattan when the subway car doors rip off the back of her silk dress.

Standing there with her box and no way to cover herself, but luckily a kind stranger in a suit, Hayes, graciously offers up his suit jacket for her to wear to cover her backside. The whole ordeal and rescue is captured on someone’s phone and posted and the two become an Internet sensation because of this adorable meet cute and sets off a really wonderful slow burn romance. I highly recommend it!

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Natural Born Charmer is a romance book with one of the best meet cutes in it. Check out the entire list of meet cute books on She Reads Romance Books.

Natural Born Charmer
by Susan Elizabeth Phillips

Chicago Stars quarterback Dean Robillard is feeling kind of empty despite having a stellar career in the NFL and as an underwear model. He’s currently nursing an injury in the off-season and on his way driving to Colorado where he sees a 30-year-old woman dressed in a beaver suit on the side of the road.

Pulling over, he meets Blue Bailey who convinces the gorgeous football player to driver her to her exe’s house to inflict some damage before she tags along on his cross-country trip.  

Susan Elizabeth Phillips wrote the most hilarious meet cute for these two and then followed it up with one of the best romance stories. It’s not to be missed.

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One is a Promise is a romance book with one of the best meet cutes in it. Check out the entire list of meet cute books on She Reads Romance Books.

One Is A Promise
by Pam Goodwin

When Danni’s elderly neighbor complains to her about a man on a motorcycle who drives by very loudly and very early in the mornings, Danni decides to take matters into her own hands. Waking up at the crack of dawn, she ventures out into the cold wearing her barely-there pajamas and her cup of coffee.

When she hears the chopper coming down the road, she steps right into the middle of it coming face to face with the gorgeous stranger, Cole.

She straddles his lap on his motorcycle and he helps himself to her coffee and this adorable meet cute filled with the best banter and hottest chemistry kicks off a love story that burns hot from the start but ends in a way neither could imagine.

I was smiling from ear to ear, soaking up every word shared between these two during their adorable meet cute. I loved it and loved them and it still remains a scene that I think about often!

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The Bet is a romance book with one of the best meet cutes in it. Check out the entire list of meet cute books on She Reads Romance Books.

The Bet
by Max Monroe

Jude is a night club manager who takes a bet from a male stripper that he could do a better job than him if he took his place. Which is how Jude finds himself stripping in front of a bride-to-be at a bachelorette party. What he didn’t anticipate is the attraction he feels for the woman in front of him. Only the woman turns out to be the twin sister of the bride, standing in for her shy sister and Sophie feels the same, instant attraction.  

I loved this adorable meet cute because Jude felt such disappointment that he was totally crushing on a girl who was about to be married, while Sophie was questioning whether she could really have a thing for a stripper.

Luckily once the mix-up or dual mistaken identities are cleared up these two kick start one hot and steamy affair. You’re definitely going to want to read this one by the writing duo Max Monroe!

Check out my book review of The Bet.

The Real is a romance book with one of the best meet cutes in it. Check out the entire list of meet cute books on She Reads Romance Books.

The Real
by Kate Stewart

While Abbi is sitting in a coffee shop, a message pops up on her laptop screen that says “Hi.” Turns out the message was sent from the hot guy, Cameron, sitting across the coffee shop and she writes back.  This adorable meet cute across Macbooks with the Airdrop app kicks off several adorable meet cutes at the same coffee show before the two even speak to one another.

I loved this meet cute because it seems like something that could easily happen in real life as does the heavier topic that later reveals itself in this novel.

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Meet Cute is a romance book with one of the best meet cutes in it. Check out the entire list of meet cute books on She Reads Romance Books.

Meet Cute
by Helena Hunting

Kailyn Flowers literally runs into and ends up sprawled all over Daxton Hughes, the former actor she totally crushed on as a teenager and proceeds to fangirl all over him. And oddly, he didn’t run away. In fact, their meet cute led to a friendship until his ultimate betrayal. But now Dax needs her help since he became guardian to his thirteen-year-old sister. Kailyn agrees to help but is she ultimately risking her heart once again?

Helena Hunting understands how an amazing meet cute really sets the stage for an entire romance and she does it well with this one. I could totally envision Kaily and Daxton’s mash-up on campus but it was super cute.

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Just for the Summer is a romance book with one of the best meet cutes in it. Check out the entire list of meet cute books on She Reads Romance Books.

Just for the Summer
by Abby Jimenez

Justin and Emma have the cutest, initial meet cute when she direct messages him from a Reddit thread to commiserate on a curse that they supposedly both share. Since everyone they date goes on to meet their soulmate after they break up, the two decide to date each other for the summer and then break up to break their curse and find their own special someones.

Of course, their first meet cute online leads to more adorable meet cutes through FaceTime and then again in person – all thanks to a toilet cleaner billboard.

Jimenez definitely hit this one out of the park when it comes to unique and fun meet cutes however this romance also turns quite heavy and emotional the more Emma and Justin open their lives to one another. It’s a must-read.

Dirty is a romance book with one of the best meet cutes in it. Check out the entire list of meet cute books on She Reads Romance Books.

Dirty
by Kylie Scott

The last thing Vaughan Hewson expects to find when he returns to his childhood home is a broken-hearted bride in his shower, let alone the drama and chaos that come with her.

Lydia Green had no choice but to flee her wedding after discovering the love of her life is having an affair with his best man and ends up taking Vaughan up on his offer to move in and get back on her feet.

What started as a hilarious meet cute between the runaway bride and and former musician-turned-bartender turned into one of the best romantic comedies I’ve ever read. I seriously loved Lydia who never failed to make me laugh out loud with this one.  

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To Hate Adam Connor is a romance book with one of the best meet cutes in it. Check out the entire list of meet cute books on She Reads Romance Books.

To Hate Adam Connor
by Ella Maise

Adam and Lucy had a hilarious meet cute when she decides to creep on the actor. Adam Connor is the recently divorced, Academy Award-winning actor who just moved in next door with his young son so who wouldn’t want to take a sneak peek over the bushes? You really can’t blame Lucy however her little sneak peek led to her falling over said hedges into his yard landing her in jail after he called the police.

You wouldn’t think one of the best love stories would start with the hero sending the heroine to jail during their meet cute but you’d be wrong because this one was such a fun, enemies to lovers romance.

Final Proposal is a romance book with one of the best meet cutes in it. Check out the entire list of meet cute books on She Reads Romance Books.

Final Proposal
by K. Bromberg

If you were stranded in a hotel bar with a bunch of strangers during a crazy rain and wind storm, what are the odds that you’d find an available chair next to a hot billionaire? And what are the odds that you’d spend the entire night talking and falling asleep on one another? I’d say you’d be a lucky lady just like Ellery who had the most adorable meet cute with Ford.

And what would be the odds that their paths cross yet again when they become partners to transform that very hotel into one that dreams are made of?

Becoming business partners, should have made them off limits to one another but when you’re living under the same roof during renovations, the chemistry that sparked during their meet cute reared its beautiful head. This is one of Bromberg’s best billionaire romance novels!

Check out my book review of Final Proposal.

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Wait With Me is a romance book with one of the best meet cutes in it. Check out the entire list of meet cute books on She Reads Romance Books.

Wait With Me
by Amy Daws

When romance novelist Kate Smith suddenly gets writer’s block as she’s beginning the final installment of her international bestselling erotic Bed ‘n Breakfast series, she’ll do pretty much anything to get her groove back. Like, sneak into a Tire Depot waiting room because her words flow there just like complimentary coffee-smooth, sweet, and scorchingly hot.

She manages to fly under the radar until the rugged and charming mechanic, Miles Hudson, notices the quirky redhead slinking in and out of the employees-only entrance.

I love how Amy Daws used her real life experience of finding her writing muse in a tire shop waiting room to write this fun meet cute and romance. Oh the things that Miles would overhear and want to re-enact, and who could blame him?

Amy Daws writes the best banter in her books and clearly the best meet cutes as well.

Egomaniac is a romance book with one of the best meet cutes in it. Check out the entire list of meet cute books on She Reads Romance Books.

Egomaniac
by Vi Keeland

Emerie and Drew have the best meet cute that results in a 9-1-1 call and a visit to the police station. You see, the night Emerie is setting up her new office, in walks Drew Jagger, whom she attacks, assuming he is an intruder but who turns out to be the actual owner of the Park Avenue office.

Regretful that she just got swindled out of ten grand, Drew offers her a deal to act as his secretary and make use of the office until she can find a new place. What ensues is one of my favorite romance books of all time where two complete opposites – a divorce attorney and a marriage counselor – fall in love. It’s one of Keeland’s best and I highly recommend it.

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The Perfect First is a romance book with one of the best meet cutes in it. Check out the entire list of meet cute books on She Reads Romance Books.

The Perfect First
by Maya Hughes

Hughes had me laughing out loud imagining the meet cute between Persephone and Reece at a local coffee shop on campus. All he had to do was overhear her interview questions of potential candidates for taking her virginity such as “How long do you last in bed?” “And how big would you say you are?” and he was offering himself up for the job.

This is one of the best relationship coach books because Reece helps math genius, Persephone work through her list of Firsts until he wants to be her only.

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