Oddly Specific Subgenre: IT Romances

While I love reading and reviewing books in the evenings and weekends, I spend my working hours as a Software Engineer. Most of the time these two parts of my life don’t have a whole lot of overlap. But sometimes it’s fun to read romances that touch on the other side of my life. From website designers to tech founders to software engineers, these romances have the world of IT covered.

The Right Swipe by Alisha Rai

Rhiannon is changing the dating game with her app Crush. But more than that, what she really wants is to destroy her former bosses and primary competition over at Swype. She’s pretty sure the best way to do that is to merge with the old-school dating site Matchmaker now that one of its founders has passed away.

Only it turns out that Matchmaker’s newest spokesman is Samson Lima, the guy who ghosted Rhiannon after they hooked up on Crush. Now Rhiannon’s goal for dating app dominance may be a little more complicated.

Get a Life, Chloe Brown by Talia Hibbert

Chloe Brown is an incredibly organized website designer. After a near death experience, she decides to put the same focus and list making skills that make her great at her job towards getting a life. But there’s a difference between writing lists and actually doing the things on the list. Chloe decides to enlist her apartment’s very attractive, but very aloof super, Red, to assist her in achieving her goals.

The Dating Plan by Sara Desai

Software engineer Daisy Patel is tired of her family pushing her to get married. Daisy’s former crush Liam needs to get marred to obtain his inheritance. When they run into each other at a conference, the logical solution seems clear: fake an engagement. But as they spend time together convincing everyone their relationship is real, the arrangement starts to feel less logical and more passionate.

Level Up by Cathy Yardley

Tessa is currently an audio engineer at a video game company. But there’s an opening on the video game engineering team, and Tessa is ready to take her career to the next level. If she can build a video game in the next three weeks maybe she can prove that she’s got what it takes. But three weeks isn’t much time to build an entire game, so she enlists her roommate Adam to help out. But as they spend time together they find themselves building more than just a video game.

I do need to give a little disclaimer on this one. There are a few side characters that I think are meant to come across as loveable assholes, but unfortunately came across as regular, sexist assholes to me. They didn’t ruin the book, but it would have been a happier ever after if they had learned the error of their ways.

Call Me Maybe by Cara Bastone

Vera should be getting ready to launch her new website, Date-in-a-Box, at an upcoming business expo. Instead, she’s stuck on hold with tech support. When Cal finally picks up, he’s a lot more than Vera is expecting. Not only is he helpful and knowledgeable, he’s fun to talk to and maybe a little flirty.

This is an audible original, so it’s only available to listen to as an audiobook. Audible originals tend to be less like typical audiobooks, and more like full cast recording. That’s what makes them super fun listens. This 5 hours and 55 minute recording is a great introduction to the world of audible originals.

Make Up Break Up by Lily Menon

Annika believes in love. That’s why she created Make Up, an app that helps couples fix their failing relationships. Unfortunately, she’s constantly being compared to Hudson Craft and his app Break Up, where users can contract out the process of ending a relationship. Now both founders have to go head to head in an investment pitch contest to get funding. Which also means Annika has to see Hudson a lot more frequently and rethink the assumptions she made about the kind of person who would make an app like Break Up.

Lily Menon is the pen name Sandhya Menon uses for adult romances, so I have to mention her YA novel When Dimple Met Rishi as well. This YA rom-com style novel takes place at a summer program for coders. Dimple is thrilled that her parents paid for her to attend a program that puts her one step closer to her dreams instead of pressuring her to find a husband. Little does she know, they’ve got a potential husband in mind, and he’ll be attending the summer program too.

Can’t Escape Love by Alyssa Cole

When it comes to nerdy, online media empires, Reggie Hobbs is on top. Her website Girls with Glasses is the place for all things nerdy pop-culture online, but at the moment insomnia is rearing its head and the puzzle videos that usually help Reggie sleep have vanished from the internet.

Gus just got the job of his dream to build an escape room with an anime romance theme for a conference. Only he doesn’t know much about romances or anime. Reggie reaches out and proposes a trade: her nerdy knowledge for audio recordings of himself solving puzzles. It seems like a no-brainer until they start enjoying each other’s company for more than the trade they agreed on.

Have you read any other romances with someone who works in IT? Let us know in the comments or on social media. I’d love more recommendations.

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