Paranormal Romance isn’t always just about the sexy times with our favorite creatures that go bump in the night. Some of our favorite PNR novels not only make us feel the need for a cold shower, they also make us dirty giggle. Every so often we need to mix it up to keep it all fresh, to get away from the heavy into something a little on the lighter side of the genre. Not everything has to be about sex, people—okay, I lied just there. I wouldn’t skimp on the sexy times, but add in laughter and you have the perfect combination.
Here are some of my favorite hysterical PNR novels; hopefully you have some to add to my list because we all need a giggle now and then.
Molly Harper’s Jane Jameson series
Molly Harper’s series centers on Jane Jameson, who gets fired by her boss and given a gift certificate for free potato skins instead of a severance check. Ouch! While poor drunk Jane is on her way home from having her ‘skins, she gets mistaken for a deer and shot. Thankfully, that guy she met at the bar just so happens to save her life…even if it means she’s now part of the undead crew in Half Moon Hollow. I couldn’t stop giggling throughout this entire series, and it’s definitely high on my list of all-time favorite series.
“Not to be rude, but it was all pointless,” I noted from across the room. Four eyes narrowed at me. “What? I said ’not to be rude’. That’s like saying ’God bless them’ right after you say bad things about someone. It means it doesn’t count!”—Nice Girls Don’t Live Forever
Dakota Cassidy’s Accidental Series
The series starts with an accidental bite, and ends up with Marty being changed into a were-animal. By the time we get to book six, we have vampires, more weres, and an accidental demon. Ms. Cassidy is hysterical, and each book is filled with pop culture hilarity. Add in Nina, a snarky vampire, and you’ve got a ton of laughs.
“If you close your eyes, no one can see you...”—The Accidental Human
Gerry Bartlett’s Glory St. Clair Series
Glory is an awesomely dressed vampire who owns a vintage clothing store and has been dating the sexy Blade on and off for many years. It all sounds perfect, doesn’t it? Well, Glory was changed back in the day when a bigger figure was sexy, much to her annoyance. On top of that, Blade has set her up with a guard that has more to him then you’d think. Glory is always getting herself into some pretty weird situations, most of which end up being funny.
Linda Wisdom’s Hex Series
The Hex series centers on a group of witches that got kicked out of witch school for an incident that no one will talk about. In the first book, Fifty Ways to Hex Your Lover, we meet Jazz, who has a wicked pair of bunny slippers. Fluff and Puff are rather angry little slippers, but they’re some of my all time favorite “side kicks” (ha I said kicks, about slippers, ha!) of all time. Heads up, the series has changed to a new publisher since its early release. You’ll have to get the first four books that have Hex in the title, then the first two with Demon in the titles. Same series, just different covers and pub houses.
“Fool witch once, shame on you. Fool witch twice, oozing sores and an eternal rash in private areas.”—Fifty Ways to Hex Your Lover
MaryJanice Davidson’s Undead (aka Betsy) Series
MaryJanice Davidson’s Undead series is one of the first paranormal romance series I read, and still doesn’t disappoint. Betsy is someone you try hard not to like; she’s a bit selfish and a bit of a clothing whore. But you end up like everyone else around Betsy, a little bit in love. This series is cute, quirky and totally full of fun and starts out with Betsy turning 30, being hit by an SUV and waking up dead…all in the same week!
Shelly Laurenston’s The Pride Stories
One of my fellow H&H bloggers, Tori, recommended this series to me for months before I finally had the time to get to it. I am so glad she recommended them because I could.not.stop.laughing. The series is all about sexy fabulous shifters, and the snark cannot be held back. The books are cute, witty and the sexy times are pretty freaking hot. They’re kinda like the perfect man come to think of it:hot, funny and keeps you on the edge of your seat.
“My parents — ” she pointed at the table “ — they’ve done it on this table.”
“Yeah. Probably. And now we are. Get your ass over here.”
She squealed again, sounding remarkably like a girl. “I’m not doing it on there...where my parents have...have...done it.”
“It’s been cleaned.”
“That’s not the point!”--The Mane Attraction
Time to share, what is your favorite funny paranormals? After all, I’ve been told sharing is caring and what better way to show you care then by making someone laugh!
Natasha Carty reviews Paranormal Romance and Urban Fantasy on her website Wicked Little Pixie and lives in Toronto, Canada, with her cat, Seamus.