Oddly Specific Subgenres: Renovation Romance

When it comes to TV guilty pleasures, mine has always been home renovation shows. From Trading Space and While You Were Out to Good Bones and Fixer Upper, I’ve always been a fan of watching homes transform. When I need a book to lift my spirits, nothing works better than the intersection of my TV guilty pleasure and happily ever afters: a good renovation romance.

The Honey-Don’t List by Christina Lauren

Chip and Joanna Gaines wish they were Melissa and Rusty Tripp, the undisputed rulers of a home renovation empire, with tv shows, books, and their flagship store. The only problem is Melissa and Rusty haven’t been able to stand each other for years, and it’s up to their respective assistants, Carey and James to make sure their book tour for their new relationship book goes off without a hitch.

Carey and James have to figure out how to work together, keep their jobs, and figure out the feelings starting to bloom between them.

Playing House by Ruby Lang

There’s something so fun about watching House Hunters or browsing mansions on Zillow, but Fay and Olive realize they can get up close and personal with incredible homes by posing as newly weds. They get to have fun touring homes together across Upper Manhattan, but can’t help but realize maybe this relationship isn’t quite as fake as they thought it was.

Tools of Engagement by Tessa Bailey

Bethany has had enough of her brother refusing to let her get hands on in their family’s real estate business. He’s happy to let her stage the home for buyers, but he isn’t interested in her input beyond that. So Bethany decides to start a competing business and takes one of her brother’s crew, Wes with her. The sibling rivalry only turns up when the TV show Flip Off decides to make a season featuring their companies.

It doesn’t make things any easier that sparks are beginning to fly between Bethany and Wes as they try to renovate a house without the rest of her brother’s crew.

99 Percent Mine by Sally Thorne

Darcy has no intention of sticking around after she and her twin brother Jamie inherit their grandmother’s house, with strict instructions to fix it up and sell it. Then Darcy realizes Tom Valeska, her brother’s best friend and her long time crush, is going to be doing the renovation.

Darcy decides to make sure the cottage doesn’t lose its charm and to see if she can transform Tom into something other than her brother’s best friend.

Always and Forever by Farrah Rochon

Phylicia has been working hard to buy the Victorian, Louisiana home she grew up in. Unfortunately Jamal managed to purchase it first with plans to renovate it and turn it into a B&B. But when he learns the house has been in Phylicia’s family for generations, he asks her to work with him.

They have to figure out how to work together despite their conflicting interests and the attraction growing between them.

Have you read any other great books featuring home renovations, renovation romance or otherwise? Let us know in the comments or on social media.

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