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Initial post: Nov 29, 2012 1:09:35 PM PST
Ava Bleu says:
I posted this in the wrong forum the first time...
Am I the only one who likes a little humor in my romance novels?

Posted on Nov 29, 2012 1:40:18 PM PST
V SaewodTice says:
I enjoy it sometimes. It depends on which type of Romance it is, but some are definitely worth having humor involved - IF done well. :)

Posted on Nov 29, 2012 1:46:44 PM PST
Last edited by the author on Nov 29, 2012 1:51:34 PM PST
wondercat says:
Nope, I love humor in mine, too. I need the funny ones in between the angstier reads. I just read this and it was funny.

This one's rec's all of the time but just in case: Seduction and Snacks (Chocolate Lovers #1). Folks either love it or hate it but I thought it was hilarious.

Posted on Nov 29, 2012 1:50:16 PM PST
Ava Bleu says:
Next to humor, food is my favorite thing in romance :-) I'll have to check those out.

Posted on Nov 29, 2012 1:54:57 PM PST
I love to laugh so yep I like humor in my book.....well some of'em! :P When I get into a mood where I want to laugh I'll read Sandra Hill and Lynsay Sands..(I love her historicals!)

Posted on Nov 29, 2012 2:16:26 PM PST
tealadytoo says:
Sometimes I'm in a heavy angst mood, sometimes I'm in a humor mood. For humor, my first pick is JAK/AQ/JC and Julia Quinn is usually a good bet.

Posted on Nov 29, 2012 5:03:48 PM PST
V SaewodTice says:
I too just finished Wallbanger! LOVE IT!!!

Read Seduction and Snacks. I'm the rare breed. I liked it, but toward the end the heroine's 'humor' wore down to annoyance - for me. Didn't pick up the second in the series either. But I liked it, and the opening - birth - section was HILARIOUS!

Wallbanger is my favorite at the moment!

Posted on Nov 29, 2012 8:48:36 PM PST
I find I have to switch funny books off with my more angsty reads to keep a positive balance. I recently found and read two books, Dead Running and Dying to Run by Cami Checketts. The first one surprised me with how funny it was. The second one was shorter and a little less funny, but still a very good read. I treasure these finds by indies, especially if the writer has cleaned up the text and it doesn't look like a first draft.

An older book, Jill Barnett's Carried Away was also a good, funny read. This one is a historical and I don't know if you only want contemporaries, but it's worth a look.

Posted on Nov 30, 2012 12:30:03 AM PST
read4fun says:
My favorite "funny" author is Barbara Metzger. Her books are more farce than romance, but they never disappoint if you need good laugh!

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 30, 2012 3:06:22 AM PST
Willread says:
@Wondercat: The description of Wallbanger sounds like a Twilight fanfiction I once read. It was hilarious - at least in the beginning of the story. Do you know if Wallbanger used to be a fanfiction? I don`t want to buy what I`ve already read. (and I must admit that I`m a bit annoyed with all the fanfictions that are rewritten into books)

I love humor in my romance but unfortunately not very much romance has humor.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 30, 2012 3:10:29 AM PST
HJ Leonard says:
Willread -

I'm pretty sure that Wallbanger WAS Twi-fic. There was a thread dedicated to it here somewhere a few days ago.

Posted on Nov 30, 2012 5:36:46 AM PST
Last edited by the author on Nov 30, 2012 5:59:26 AM PST
Nahnee says:
Playing For Keeps (A Neighbor From Hell Series) and Perfection (A Neighbor From Hell) are by R.L. Mathewson and I think should fit what you're looking for. The heroes have a very cute and funny obsession with food and the H and h interactions are always clever and entertaining. All of the author's books have humour in them but these two are what I feel are the best.

Edited for links

Posted on Nov 30, 2012 5:47:01 AM PST
Louise Wise says:
romance with humor is chick lit, isn't it?

Posted on Nov 30, 2012 6:19:59 AM PST
Ava Bleu says:
romance with humor can be chick lit. But I always think of chick lit as more women's fiction because the focus is primarily the woman. In chick lit, romance can be a secondary theme or absent entirely. Example: Bridget Jones--the story was really about her learning about herself while searching for love. She spent a lot of time chasing a loser. My opinion, a true romance does not give that much air time to a male character who is not the intended.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 30, 2012 6:30:51 AM PST
cloverchips says:
I love funny romances! Great escapism from the day-to-day! Try Anything Can Happen there's a lot of fun to be had and it doesn't just focus on romance.

Posted on Nov 30, 2012 7:07:05 AM PST
Last edited by the author on Nov 30, 2012 7:07:30 AM PST
Jean says:
I love humor in my romances! It doesn't have to be ALL humor but I like to be able to laugh at least here and there. I just finished Against The Wall by Julie Prestsater. It was short and funny. I can tell, though, that it wouldn't be for everybody. A lot of the stuff that's funny is pretty immature - and I loved it. I laughed all the way through. (And the romance aspect of that book was pretty good, too!)

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 30, 2012 11:22:28 AM PST
wondercat says:
Yes, according to some stuff I read on Goodreads Wallbanger was fanfic once. I hadn't read the fanfic version so I really enjoyed it.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 30, 2012 11:25:03 AM PST
wondercat says:
Jean - I read the sample of Against The Wall and wasn't sure if I wanted to read it. Can you spoil just a little? Is it an actual romance or just her getting over her fiance? And I'm hoping her ex-fiance gets humiliated or something along the way. That'd be a definite read for me.

Posted on Nov 30, 2012 11:48:53 AM PST
Last edited by the author on Nov 30, 2012 11:51:20 AM PST
HJ Leonard says:
I definitely recommend Falling for the Ghost of You for YA/NA lovers. No real sex (not graphic, anyway), no cursing, but done well enough that I didn't even realize until after I'd read it.

Like a clean version of Seduction and Snacks, but not quite as OTT.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 30, 2012 11:53:57 AM PST
Jean says:
Oh, it's a definite romance. Shelly and Matt definitely get together but *little tiny spoiler" he won't have actual sex with her until she is totally over the ex and can say that she loves him. They pretty much do everything but "the act" while he wins her over. The ex-fiance doesn't get "overly" humiliated as I recall except that he shows his true colors and the h really starts to wonder why she spent so many years with him.

(It's funny, actually - in the beginning of the book she refers to the ex's eyes as chocolate brown, hershey kiss brown, melty brown, by the end of the book when she thinks of them as poop brown, you know she's over him.)

And I can see where, after reading the sample, you'd wonder. There's something about the writing style (and I can't put my finger on what it is) that takes a little getting used to. But I thought the romance between Shelly and Matt was very sweet and believable.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 30, 2012 12:15:52 PM PST
wondercat says:
Thanks, Jean. I'm going to give it a shot. I liked the sarcasm and her relationship with her friend was funny. Her ex was already starting exhibit d0uche-like traits in the sample.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 30, 2012 12:19:14 PM PST
Jean says:
Actually, I said in my review of that book that the relationship between Shelly and her BFF is the best part. They're hilarious. Hope you enjoy it.

Posted on Dec 2, 2012 6:11:25 AM PST
Last edited by the author on Dec 2, 2012 6:12:18 AM PST
Romance Geek says:
Laura's Big Break

Just read Laura's Big Break and was unexpectedly laughing throughout the book. It was a fun read after the angsty books that seem to have been recently at the top of my TBR pile. The best part is that the book is currently free.

Posted on Dec 2, 2012 7:05:29 AM PST
Ellie says:
If you can tolerate the historical aspect of them, Georgette Heyer's books, especially ones like "Frederica" have subtle humor that's pretty enjoyable!

Posted on Dec 2, 2012 10:27:33 AM PST
s*ckb*tch says:
Noble Intentions

This is a historical romance and it is pretty funny!! LOL funny
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