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Subject: Favorite happy book
Date Posted: 3/14/2009 6:49 PM ET
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Ok - I have a huge TBR pile -- a good number of romances/thrillers that came out in the last year and some older titles people have listed as favorites that I've ordered (and a couple of harlequins thrown in). I could use a read that makes me smile.

What's your favorite happy, or funny romance. I'm in the mood from something that will make me laugh (Linda Howard Mr. Perfect comes to mind - although that did have drama too) without too much angst.... All suggestions welcome - here's hoping I have a few. Thanks. Trish

Date Posted: 3/14/2009 6:57 PM ET
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Another Linda Howard - Open Season, also The Canjun series by Sandra Hill

Alexis Fleming writes some funny stuff. I also found Rachel Gibson, Lori Foster and Erin McCarty all to be funny "feel good" type writers

 Oh and Geralyn Dawson wrote 3 contemporaries that I thought were hilarious! Give Him the Slip, Never Say Never, Always Look Twice



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Date Posted: 3/14/2009 8:33 PM ET
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I laughed a lot during Linda Howard's To Die For - I thought Blair was hysterical! It's definitely my top favorite funny romance. I second Open Season by LH too; I also like SEP, Rachel Gibson and Susan Andersen for humorous contemporary - oh, and Jennifer Crusie too (Welcome To Temptation; Bet Me).

Date Posted: 3/14/2009 8:53 PM ET
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I keep the early Amanda Quick's (all those one word titles) for when I'm sick.  Lot's of silliness and humor before she started writing romance and mystery combined.  And Jennifer Crusie's.  Nothing like a silly book to cure a cold.

Date Posted: 3/14/2009 9:01 PM ET
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I like Carly Phillips and Lori Foster for a light, quick, funny read.

Date Posted: 3/14/2009 9:02 PM ET
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my go-to for funny/silly are beth ciotta, marianne stillings, and recently christie craig..also vicki lewis thompson, esp some of the nerd books

paranormal- kathy love's young brothers (startsw ith fangs for the memories), and kerrelyn sparks' love at stake series is good.

for lighter laughing and bit more seriousness though not nail biting give me nightmares I like jayne ann krentz's older stuff like wildest hearts, silver linings, midnight jewels..the corset diaries my katie macalister was funny though the o ther by  her I read bugged me(improper english) I've read a couple by Teresa Medeiros that were fun and one by Jill Barnett. the 2 I read by Jodi Thomas wer good too and not 'too' scary.

Date Posted: 3/14/2009 9:17 PM ET
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Third nod to Open Season. To Die For makes me laugh everytime (note To Die For is 1st person POV, which some people dislike) also Duncan's Bride by Howard. I think I'm sensing a trend.  As Emily noted the early Amanda Quick books are light and funny.  As others have already mentioned Rachel Gibson, Jennifer Cruise (my favorite is Agnes and the Hitman which Cruise co-authored), Susan Anderson, and of course SEP are nearly always funny or at very least humorous. The Stephanie Plum series by Evanovich is mystery not romance, but if you need a laugh the early books are a must read.

Have fun, let us know what you finally decide on :-)

Date Posted: 3/14/2009 10:26 PM ET
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Jennifer Crusie - Getting Rid of Bradley.  I never laughed so hard at a book!

Date Posted: 3/15/2009 12:39 AM ET
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Lori Foster - True or Dare.

Date Posted: 3/15/2009 3:08 AM ET
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ooh forgot about Crusie! that was a good one...Bet Me was cute too...actually the only ones of hers I've read or listened to and wasn't totally wild about were the 2 she's done with that guy though both ahve their funny moments..just seems to be a lot of killing at least in the agnes book.

Date Posted: 3/15/2009 5:36 AM ET
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My favorite happy books are Julie Garwood's Guardian Angel and A Wish and a Kiss by Margaret St. George.  Both leave me with warm, fuzzy feelings. :)

Date Posted: 3/15/2009 10:14 AM ET
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My favorite laugh out loud is Bewitched by Jill Barnett. Laughed till I cried.

Jane

Date Posted: 3/15/2009 10:24 AM ET
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Simple Jess by Pamela Morsi was a nice feel-good read.

Date Posted: 3/15/2009 10:25 AM ET
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The Damsel in this Dress and Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evie both by Marianne Stillings.  They're kind of a cross between slapstick mystery and romance.  She's wonderful with writing witty dialogue. 

Date Posted: 3/15/2009 10:33 AM ET
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see jane score --  rachel gibson

Date Posted: 3/15/2009 1:32 PM ET
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The Bridal Season & Bridal Favors by Connie Brockway, Bewitching & Dreaming by Jill Barnett, and Mr. Impossible and Lord Perfect by Loretta Chase.

Date Posted: 3/15/2009 2:48 PM ET
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I think Lynsay Sands writes funny and happy books.  Both her paranormals and her historicals are often hysterical.  I'm always surprised she doesn't show up more often in the types of conversations.

Date Posted: 3/15/2009 6:44 PM ET
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I agree with Jane C. about Jill Barnett's - Bewitched.  Jill Barnett's three books - WILD, WICKED and WONDERFUL are also holding my sides, tears streaming down my face funny.

Rachel Gibson's  SEX, LIES and ON LINE DATING; I'M IN NO MOOD FOR LOVE; TANGLED UP IN YOU and NOT ANOTHER BAD DATE are also laugh out loud funny.

 

Pat

Date Posted: 3/16/2009 8:56 AM ET
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I think Lynsay Sands writes funny and happy books.  Both her paranormals and her historicals are often hysterical.  I'm always surprised she doesn't show up more often in the types of conversations.

 

I agree!  I've been reading some of the paranormals this week and they are all humorous, light easy reads.

Date Posted: 3/16/2009 1:15 PM ET
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Erin McCarthy is funny Smart Mouth, Mouth to Mouth, Date with the Other Side, Heiress for Hire..

Date Posted: 3/16/2009 4:02 PM ET
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I agree with Erin McCarthy and Rachel Gibson as great light-hearted read. I love Shanna Swendson's Enchanted Inc. series; just an easy going, goofy read.

Date Posted: 3/16/2009 9:54 PM ET
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I second anything by Sandra Hill and third Lynsay Sands' historicals.  I also like Katie MacAlister's humor in her books. 

Date Posted: 3/17/2009 10:56 AM ET
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Loretta Chase's Mr. Impossible is one of my laugh-out-loud books.  Just funny all the way around.  I also found Fast Women and Welcome to Temptation were light and fun books.  Erin McCarthy and Jennifer Crusie are always fun reads.  Of the contemorary novelists I would have to say they are the best that I've read. 

I loved the whole series of Julia Quinn's Bridgerton family.  They were sweet and funny and lovable characters throughout.   A little more exciting and suspensful were the Sookie Stackhouse books, but the humor of the characters was always there.  Sookie's take on the world remained lighthearted and witty in every book. 

I have never read any Carly Phillips' books.  Any specific recommendations?

Date Posted: 3/17/2009 7:51 PM ET
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Jane C.  - if you liked Bewitched, you might want to try Heather Cullman's Stronger Than Magic.  I haven't liked any of her other books but this one was funny and reminded me a lot of Bewitched.

 I tend to reread Amanda Quick and early Garwood for happy books.

 

Date Posted: 3/17/2009 8:06 PM ET
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Pam, I love Loretta Chase for humor.  She's so subtle & it's never overdone or slapstick.  Aside from being sighworthy, I thought Lord of Scoundrels was absolutely hilarious.  Dain had me just peeing myself with his craziness through most of the book.  That kind of humor is what I love about Connie Brockway too.  The scene from Bridal Favors where Justin's butler locks him & Evie in the wine cellar, and he's banging on the door had me in stitches.  Or when he's spying on her and falling out of trees...  Funny stuff:P



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