We ended up with a decent list! Because I have not personally read most of these, I can’t guarantee that every one has an HEA. If I suspect or know that a book doesn’t have a happy ending, I’ll note so with an ***.
The notes below are a mix of comments from the contributor and my own research.
Natasha Anders (author). According to the contributor, she writes romances set in South Africa. I couldn’t confirm settings for her books, the closest I came is A Ruthless Proposition, which includes a one-night-stand in Tokyo.
There’s already a whole bunch of these lists out there but I don’t think it’s a bad thing for there to be even more. A lot of these are far from great works of art but they’re books I enjoyed nonethless.
My Lady Jane by Cynthia Hand, Brodi Ashton, Jodi Meadows
A Thousand Nights by E. K. Johnston
Exit, Pursued by a Bear by E.J Johnston
Dare Me by Megan Abbott
An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir
The Secret History by Donna Tartt
Les Miserables by Victor Hugo
Dracula by Bram Stoker
Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austin (if you can listen to the audiobook narrated by Rosamund Pike then I highly recommend doing so!)
Eligible by Curtis Sittenfeld
I Capture The Castle by Dodie Smith
Cruel Beauty by Rosamund Hodge
Crimson Bound by Rosamund Hodge
The Parasol Protectorate series & Finishing School series by Gail Carriger
In The Woods by Tana French
And I Darken by Kiersten White
A Company of Swans by Eva Ibbotson
Lola and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins
Poison Study by Maria V. Snyder
Far From You by Tess Sharpe
The Old Kingdom/Abhorsen Series by Garth Nix
Bad Feminist by Roxane Gay
On the Jellicoe Road by Melina Marchetta
Saving Francesa & The Piper’s Son by Melina Marchetta
The Star Touched Queen by Roshani Chokshi
Uprooted by Naomi Novik
Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn
The Thirteenth Tale by Diane Setterfield
Fury by Shirley Marr
Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor
Great Expectations by Charles Dickens
Addicted & Calloway Sisters Series by Krista and Becca Ritchie
Vanessa. And where is she? When did we lose her, Ethan? She was standing in a quiet room, gazing up at a cross. She reached out, took it from the wall and put it in the fire. And then she was lost. And so alone.