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Subject: Romantic comedy-type recs?
Date Posted: 1/23/2008 12:34 PM ET
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OK, on the advise of many, I've ordered a copy of "Bet Me" by Jennifer Crusie from a member here. It does sound like something I would like a lot, and that has me wondering (once more) if there are some other romantic comedy books worth checking out. I tried one awhile back, "Born to be Wild" by Patti Berg, and while it wasn't laugh-out-loud funny, it was fun. Any titles to rec? Contemporary or historical are both good -- there must be some Regencies like that; something that blends romantic comedy and mystery/suspense would be especially welcome. Thank you.


Date Posted: 1/23/2008 12:41 PM ET
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These are not Mystery/suspense, but almost all of Susan Elizabeth Phillips books had me laughing out loud. 

I particularly loved Nobody's Baby But Mine.

Date Posted: 1/23/2008 12:41 PM ET
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Katie MacAlister's books all have humor in them, and she has 2 regencies (Noble Destiny, Noble Intentions) along with her contemporary and paranormal books. 

I liked "Bet Me" and have read a couple more by Crusie but I didn't like them as much. 

A recent one that I thought had funny parts in it is "Get a Clue", but I can't recall the author (Julie Sh-something?). It's got a bit of mystery (a dead body) and of course sex/romance, including a glow-in-the-dark vibrator that is used as a nightlight at one point. 



Date Posted: 1/23/2008 12:45 PM ET
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The Devilish Pleasures of a Duke by Jillian Hunter was hysterical. 

Marianne Stillings books are really funny.  There's a little romance and a little action.  She's very witty.

Date Posted: 1/23/2008 2:02 PM ET
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Jo Beverley's "Forbidden Magic" was hilarious!

Date Posted: 1/23/2008 2:19 PM ET
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Kristine Grayson has a series of books that were very entertaining.  They're all different takes on fairy tales of a sort. Kristine Grayson at Amazon.


Date Posted: 1/23/2008 3:25 PM ET
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gosh this is my favorite and I'm drawing blanks! ack!

Vicki Lewis Thompson' s nerd books are good/funny/sexy and aren't related to each other. I really liked 'The Nerd Who Loved Me', 'Nerd Gone Wild', 'My Nerdy Valentine'

Bet Me by Crusie was hilarious.

The Corset Diaries was hilarious and pretty spicy in the sex dept.

Sandra Hill's Viking series(the one that starts with 'the last viking' is funny and time travel/Seals tie in(I started later in the series with Hot & Heavy I thinkand it was funny) I'mnot sure how funnyher other stuff is but that one was funny if it's the one about Ian and Maddie?

chick-lit mystery with a smidge of an ongoing crush is Meg Cabot's Heather Wells series that starts with 'Size 12 is not fat',t hen 'size 14 is not fat either' and 'big boned'

Janet Evanovich has some shorter romances that are cute. Iliked the 'full' series that starts with 'full house' but read 'full speed' by itself before knowing there was a series and it was funny.

Get a Clue  that someone mentioned is by Jill Shalvis I think and it was pretty funny in places - a power outage and dead body found whodunit sorta romance.

Date Posted: 1/23/2008 3:38 PM ET
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Getting Rid of Bradley by Crusie was hysterical!


Date Posted: 1/23/2008 7:35 PM ET
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I second Susan Elizabeth Phillips, I particuliarly like Match Me if You Can. They are contemporaries. If you end up liking Jennifer  Crusie, try her next.

Loretta Chase is fabulous and witty and writes regency-set historicals. My favorites are Miss Wonderful and Lord Perfect.

Julia Quinn writes witty regency-set romances, try The Duke And I.

Elizabeth Hoyt's first two books were amusing with mystery. She wrote a third, but it is darker. She writes historicals.

You really can't go wrong with any of these writers.






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Date Posted: 1/23/2008 8:10 PM ET
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"Whispers at Midnight" by Karen Robards

Date Posted: 1/23/2008 8:16 PM ET
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love your recommendations susanna.  :)  so many good ones. 

i just finished 'down and dirty' by sandra hill (the latest in the time travel/navy seal/vikings series) and giggled my way through it.   i love all her little snarky comments between the passages.  they crack me up.  i also just finished 'wild jinx' (part of her cajun series) which is coming out in march.  also, very good, although i liked 'down and dirty' more.

katie macalister makes me laugh 'til i cry.  love her stuff (except for 2 of her earlier works).

another author that i think is great is jane green.  british author, chick lit, but has a very ironic sense of humor that amuses me.  too fun! 

Date Posted: 1/23/2008 8:59 PM ET
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rememberd another funny one: Baby, I'm Yours.I think it's susan andersen. can't find my copy to double check so I'll check here and see. a bounty hunter mistakes the 'good' sister for the 'bad' one and doesn't believe her esp since she's wearing her sister's skimpy outfit.

Date Posted: 1/24/2008 11:21 AM ET
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This isn't romance, but still well worth the read... any book by Janet Evanovich! I LOVED Metro Girl (the start of the Alexandra "Barney" Barnaby series...which I don't know if she's going to continue. One for the Money is the beginning of the Stephanie Plum series. I am a die hard romance fan, but the Stephanie Plum series is hilarious and have enjoyed each and every one. I just finished another 'Plum-in-between" Plum Lucky and there's a scene with a horse in an elevator, it was pretty funny:)

Julie Garwood's The Bride and The Wedding were both Scottish historicals and I thought they were cute...I laughed my a$% off during the wedding itself in The Wedding!

Pamela Britton has a NASCAR series and she can sometimes be funny.

I loved Bet Me!

And I have to agree on Julia Quinn, her historicals can be very funny at times... Eloise yelling at her youngest brother "Don't you laugh! I used to change your nappies!", I loved most of the books in that series.

All of the books I've mentioned are on my keeper shelf, because they're great at lifting my spirits when I may need it:)

Date Posted: 1/24/2008 11:54 AM ET
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Why don't you try Can You Keep a Secret? by Sophie Kinsella. I laughed so hard, it was great fun! Another one I highly recommend is He Loves Lucy by Susan Donovan. I usually prefer historical romance, but these two contemporaries really stand out.

Date Posted: 1/24/2008 7:35 PM ET
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I agree with the Katie MacAlister recs.  She is wonderful.  I love Corset Diaries, and Hard Day's Knight.  Men in Kilts is good especially if you Scottish heros. 

Date Posted: 1/24/2008 8:16 PM ET
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You must try Rachel Gibson....especially   See Jane Score.

Date Posted: 1/24/2008 9:42 PM ET
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I really liked:

 Get a Clue by Jill Shalvis  and

 Animal Insticts by Gena Showalter

Date Posted: 1/25/2008 12:13 PM ET
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I also recomend the Viking series by Sandra Hill. Parts of it are Laugh out loud funny. there are 7 books so far (book 8 coming soon"viking unchained") it starts out with "the last viking" then "madly, truly viking" and "the very virile viking"

Date Posted: 1/27/2008 10:30 AM ET
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I just finished 'mouth to mouth' by erin mccarthy and it was funny (a lot of sex too and pretty descriptive in addition to being funny)

Date Posted: 1/29/2008 1:16 AM ET
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I have to add to the Erin McCarthy recommendation.  I'm reading The Pregnancy Test right now and it's really good.  It's comedic but in a light, witty kind of way.  I have a feeling I'm going to devour my stack of EM's in short time. She has a really great story in The Naked Truth which strangely didn't have much nudity. 

Animal Instincts by Gena Showalter was really good too. 

Date Posted: 1/31/2008 4:40 PM ET
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Wow, thank you all for the great suggestions. A lot of those titles do sound like something I would love. Well, except for the ones about Vikings. Afraid I've never quite taken to that line of romances, although maybe comedic ones might work. You never know. It was good to see some Janet Evanovich titles mentioned. I've gone a little bit off her Stephanie Plum books lately, but have considered trying some of her romance novels.

It's really great to get so many helpful suggestions.

Date Posted: 1/31/2008 5:31 PM ET
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sandra hill's viking ones aren't really about 'vikings' per se..they're sorta time-travelish...seems like in the first one the 'dad' viking wakes up in modern times. then one by one I guess the rest of the family shows up...I started near the end unfortuanately and the last one appeared and her family was going 'back ' to avenge her..it was very different and cute with her trying to adapt (hot and heavy I think was the title) a few spicy sex scenes and the other navy seals...I enjoyed it and think I have the rest of them ready in my tbr pile..they're just 'different' is the only way I can describe them.

Date Posted: 1/31/2008 7:18 PM ET
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Anything by Sandra Hill, Katie McAlister or Judi McCoy is funny.

Date Posted: 2/29/2008 5:28 AM ET
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You probably have but Georgette Heyer is fun

Date Posted: 2/29/2008 11:23 AM ET
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Jennifer Wiener is really funny, and her book Goodnight Nobody is sort of a mystery (the rest are not, but are still quite good).  I have liked all of the books I have read by her- particularly Good in Bed.

I will also concur about Jennifer Crusie- Bet Me is great, and I also really liked another one of hers, Fast Women- it even has a bit of a mystery twist to it as well.  Crazy For You is also good.

This is a great thread- I'm making a lot of notes for things to look for myself!  Looks my WL will be growing soon!

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