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Weekly musing: romantic comedies

18 January 2018

This week let’s talk about romantic comedy (aka rom coms). I love how they are light-hearted with humorous plots with a HEA that can bring you out of a funk after a hard day.

The rom coms that I’ve read tend to be ‘paranormal’ rather than straight contemporaries. But they will always have a main character who is quite quirky and/or sarcastic (not necessarily the heroine). However she will be cheeky and sassy in her own way. My favourites are when the author doesn’t try too hard to be funny, otherwise I find that the book will read as a bit ‘off’.

Polar opposite hero/heroines are common, as well as the frenemies to lover trope. Which tropes do you like to see in romantic comedies?

My favourite authors: Meg Cabot, Janet Evanovich, Jessica Sims, Robyn Peterman.

My top 10 must-read books in contemporary:

  • Wallbanger by Alice Clayton (Cocktail)
  • Fashionably Dead by Robyn Peterman (Hot Damned)
  • The Shambling Guide to New York City by Mur Laffrety (The Shambling Guides)
  • The Sassy Belles by Beth Albright (Sassy Belles)
  • Only in Texas by Christie Craig (Hotter in Texas)
  • How to Flirt with a Naked Werewolf by Molly Harper (Naked Werewolf)
  • Beauty Dates the Beast by Jessica Sims (Midnight Liasions)
  • Gentlemen Prefer Succubi by Jill Meyers (Succubus Diaries)
  • This Pen For Hire by Laura Levine (A Jaine Austen Mystery)
  • The Queen of Babble by Meg Cabot (Queen of Babble)

Who are your favorite rom com authors and must-read books?

My top 5 favourite romantic comedy covers:

  
  

(Okay, I’ve cheated this week and I’ve got six, but I couldn’t narrow it down further!)

Happy reading!

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10 Comments
  1. 20 January 2018 6:26 pm

    I love romantic comedy too, Juliette. My favourite author would be Julie James. I think I like Something About You the best, though I love all of them really. Thank you for your suggestions – I’ve added a couple to my TBR pile. As far as favourite tropes go, I love the frenemies to lover trope.

    • 20 January 2018 9:23 pm

      How fantastic is Julie James! Love her.
      I’m a fan of the frenemies to lovers trope as well!

  2. vickij12 permalink
    19 January 2018 11:03 pm

    I’m definitely a fan of Romantic Comedy, and some of my favourites are books by Julie James (Just the Sexiest Man Alive – and I always loved the cover of that one), Helena Hunting (Pucked series), Emma Chase (Tangled series), Vi Keeland & Penelope Ward (individually and together), Lauren Blakely (Trophy Husband; Big Rock series), Emma Hart (Holly Woods Files; and Barley Cross series), and Kennedy Fox (Checkmate series).

    Cheers,

    Vicki

    • 20 January 2018 9:25 pm

      I’ll have to add a few of these authors to my list, some of these authors are new to me.

  3. 19 January 2018 4:25 am

    I like Tara Sivec, Elise Sax and (to a small extent) Kristen Ashley. All high levels on the snark meter. Warning, the language ranges from the bawdy to the extreme, though.

    • 20 January 2018 9:26 pm

      I love snarky especially when it’s written great. Love Kristen Ashley

  4. Malvina permalink
    18 January 2018 1:42 pm

    I love Rachel Gibson, Susan Elizabeth Phillips and Julia London in her contemporaries (eg. the Lear Sisters books). Also oldies in category romances like Judith McWilliams, Vicki Lewis Thompson (and her longer Nerd series is wonderful). I love to laugh, so I love to read the romcoms.

    • 20 January 2018 9:27 pm

      I had forgotten about Vicki Lewis Thompson. I read her (them?) in my early days of my introduction to romance books.

  5. 18 January 2018 1:23 pm

    Hello Juliette

    I love Hayson Manning’s stories you should try them she will have you laughing out loud, and I know there are others that I have read but I can’t think of them at the moment

    Have Fun
    Helen

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