October 2, 2016 by Valerie Ullmer
Favorite Reads – October 2nd, 2016
Humor in Romance
When I pick a book to read, I read the first chapter in hopes that I like the characters and the situation they find themselves in. If the characters are shallow, insipid, or (oh the horror) boring, then I will put the book down and move on the another. I will usually not care about the sub-genre of a romance book if the characters make it worthwhile, and every once in a while, I am taken by surprise when the romance I select contains humor.
Although I don’t actively seek humorous romance books, when I find one, I’m always taken by surprise how many times I’ve laughed out loud by the end of the book.
My first foray into humorous books were the Janet Evanovich’s Stephanie Plum series. While there was an aspect of romance in her Plum series, you can’t classify the ongoing series as romance. Although I can’t include them in my favorite reads below, I would like to mention how hilarious each book is, although some of the aspects of the characters and situations are getting old. Despite that, the humor in the series is always a constant, and whenever I read one, I find my sides aching with laughter.
Below are three humorous romance books that I’ve enjoyed.
The Care and Feeding of Stray Vampires (Half-Moon Hollow #1) by Molly Harper
“The thing to remember about a ‘stray’ vampire is that there is probably a good reason he is friendless, alone, and wounded. Approach with caution.”
Iris Scanlon, Half-Moon Hollow’s only daytime vampire concierge, knows more about the undead than she’d like. Running their daylight errands—from letting in the plumber to picking up some chilled Faux Type O—gives her a look at the not-so-glamorous side of vamps. Her rules are strict; relationships are purely business, not friendship—and certainly not anything more. Then she finds her newest client, Cal, poisoned on his kitchen floor, and her quiet life turns upside down.
Cal—who would be devastatingly sexy, if Iris thought vampires were sexy—offers Iris a hefty fee for hiding him at her place. And even though he’s imperious, unfriendly, and doesn’t seem to understand the difference between “employee” and “servant,” she agrees. But as they search for who wants him permanently dead, Iris is breaking more and more of her own rules . . . particularly those about nudity. Could it be that what she really needs is some intrigue and romance—and her very own stray vampire?
My Rating and Review
I loved Iris, she was strong, fierce, hilarious, and caring. She is one of the greatest character’s I’ve ever read and paired with Cal, who was trying to keep from caring about Iris and her sister, Gigi, and failing miserably, made the book stand out and shine. This is a wonderful read and I highly recommend it!!
Bet Me by Jennifer Crusie
Minerva Dobbs knows how to work the odds.
Calvin Morrisey always plays to win.
But when they face off, neither one is prepared.
Because when real life meets true love, all bets are off. . . .
Minerva Dobbs knows that happily-ever-after is a fairy tale, especially with a man who asked her to dinner to win a bet, even if he is gorgeous and successful Calvin Morrisey. Cal knows commitment is impossible, especially with a woman as cranky as Min Dobbs, even if she does wear great shoes and keep him on his toes. When they say good-bye at the end of their evening, they cut their losses and agree never to see each other again.
But fate has other plans, and it’s not long before Min and Cal meet again. Soon they’re dealing with a jealous ex-boyfriend, Krispy Kreme doughnuts, a determined psychologist, chaos theory, a freakishly intelligent cat, Chicken Marsala, and more risky propositions than either of them ever dreamed of. Including the biggest gamble of all—true love.
The Undoing by Shelly Laurenston
No one would ever accuse Jace Berisha of having an easy life–considering her husband…you know…killed her. But that was then! Now she fights for mighty Viking gods with the spectacular and vicious Crows.
But things are turning very bad, very quickly because a vengeful, ancient goddess has come into the world with just one thing on her mind–ending it. And the only way they can hope to stop her is if the Crows join forces with their one-time enemies, the Protectors. A Viking Clan created to do nothing but kill every Crow they see.
Thankfully, Protector Ski Eriksen is a peace loving kind of guy. Because the woman he is desperately trying to get close to is the beautiful and not-very-chatty Jace. Battling Nordic clans? Unkillable goddesses? Jace’s mean-spirited dog? None of these things would ever get in the way of a true Viking!
My Rating and Review
This book is absolutely wonderful. I loved Jace in the last book, but in this one she was perfect. She is funny, self-effacing, and fierce while Ski is hilarious, strong, and the man perfect for Jace. I couldn’t put it down once I started reading (unfortunately it was late and I had to pick it up the next day), and I can’t wait for the next one. I love this series, and highly recommend The Undoing and The Unleashing!!