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May 13 2012 2:00pm

Show Me the Funny: Humorous Paranormal Romance from Harper, Cassidy, Davidson, and More!

Nice Girls Don’t Have Fangs by Molly HarperParanormal 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

The Accidental Werewolf by Dakota CassidyDakota 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.

50 Ways to Hex Your Lover by Linda WisdomLinda 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!

The Mane Event by Shelly LaurenstonShelly 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.

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20 comments
Melissa B
1. Melissa B
I love some of these, too ~ but funniest I've read in a while has to be Darynda Jones ~ Charley Davidson is hilarious! I cannot WAIT for Fourth Grave Beneath My Feet!
Deborah Scholl
2. Debscholl
Katie MacAlister's Ailing Grey series had me laughing out loud as I read them. Jim, the demon dog, gets some of the best lines, but the magic misfires get everyone into interesting situations.
Melissa B
3. Lil Sis
For me the most LOL books I have read is the Love at Stake series, I haven't read one yet that didn't tickle me to no end, especially the "The Love Doctor".
Carmen Pinzon
4. bungluna
The Argeneau Vampires by Lynsay Sands contains my all time, LMAO, histerical scene of all times: the cod piece at the romance convention. 'Nough said!
Amber McMichael
5. buriedbybooks
@bungluna,

Single White Vampire has to be the funniest paranormal, EVER. Her newer ones aren't as great, but those she wrote w. Dorchester are tears-streaming-down-your-face funny.

I'll second the Darynda Jones rec, too. First Grave on the Right isn't exactly a romance in conventional terms, but has romantic elements.

I'm a sucker for funny books, in general, but funny paranormals are my kryptonite.
Natasha Carty
6. WickedLilPixie
Lots of great authors and I've read them all! Keep them coming!
Tori Benson
8.
I second GA Aiken. A little darker then Laurenston's Pride series but just as snarky, sexy, and funny. I also like Dakota Cassidy's Hell (?) books though she's only written 2 which kind cheesys me off. Grrr. But the 2 I read were hilarious.
Laurie Rivera
9. leb
The Iron Druid series by Kevin Hearne. It's definitely urban fantasy as opposed to paranormal romance, but LOL funny. Oberon, the Irish Wolfhound has some of the best lines ever!
Rachel Powell
10. JMercy
Shelly Laurenston leaves me rolling, as does her alter ego, G.A. Aiken. Linda Wisdom's Hex series is full of hilarious, tongue -in-cheek moments. I agree with Lil Sis - Kerrelyn Spark's Love at Stake series is loads of laughter. The first book features a vampire hero and a DENTIST heroine. I've never seen a like combo and it provides loads of fun. Christine Warren's Others series can be pretty funny too. Although Mercedes Lackey's 500 Kingdoms series falls equally into fantasy as romance, I laugh every time I read one of these fairy tale mash-ups.
Melissa B
11. Darkand Stormynight
I have to agree with all so far. I would humbly add Jill Myles (Succubus series) and Angie Fox (Demonslayer series) who both sling the snark with much aplomb - plus, Kathy Love (pretty much everything she's written)and Michelle Rowen (Immortality Bites series) are masters of the snark as well!
Melissa B
12. kee
Anything, and I mean anything by Eve Langlais! Her books always have a wicked sharp sense of humour.
rachel sternberg
13. rae70
H.P. Mallory and her Dulcie O'Neil series and her Jolie Wilkins series!
Melissa B
14. Wendydnv
Ok, Shelly Laurenston and her 'evil twin' G. A. Aiken always have me rolling off the couch. Let's face it, Gwenvael was the funniest dragon/hero evah! But all her shifter books are hilarious and hot. Connall and his doctoral candidate/mighty bartender? Molly Harper's Jane the vamp books are funny, but how about Gail Carriger's Parasol Protectorate series? Come on, don't tell me the effeminate spymaster vamp and his minion/drone Biffy don't make you cackle. And what of Michele Bardsley? The Broken Heart series opens with a bang (or a bite) and goes great guns with hilarity and steaming couples. I read the first pages of "Because I'm The Vampire" out loud to my sister in law and we had to stop before we wet ourselves laughing. Katie MacAlister gets me every book, both paranormal and contemporary. Have you read "It's All Greek To Me"? It is contemporary (and therefore not applicable to this discussion) but it's a perfect example of how she makes life and love funny and sexy simultaneously (our heroine's inner monologue keeps popping out of her mouth at less than opportune moments). This is characteristic of her writing in all styles. (And I also highly recommend "The Corset Diaries"). If it makes you laugh WHILE you are fanning yourself over the hotness of the sex scenes, how can you go wrong? I don't agree that the Jolie Wilkins books are nearly as funny, but hey, that's just me. (Jolie annoys me more than amuses me). Ok, MJD's Betsy books are funny, but I actually liked her Windham wolves and Fred the mermaid better! Betsy is getting odd. And I mean odd. I could go on, but meh, I have to read now!
Melissa B
15. Martha715
Ok....all books & authors have been added to my list of "To Reads" I will prbly die before I get a chance to read them all..... but thanks for the new additions, I was hard pressed to find paranormal/funny/romance that looked like something I'd want to read. Thanks!
Jessica Novak
16. jessn1017
Thank you, thank you, thank you for this post! Paranormal romances with humor and snark thrown in are my favorite kind of stories! I have quite a few of the series mentioned here, but found a few others I haven't tried yet that are now getting added to my TBR list!

I was also going to suggest books by Darynda Jones, Katie MacAlister, Lynsay Sands, Michelle Rowen, Michelle Bardsley, Kathy Love, Kerrelyn Sparks, Jill Myles, Angie Fox, and H.P. Mallory, but I see others beat me to it, so I'll just second all of those suggestions. I've also liked Stephanie Rowe's Immortally Sexy series (starts with Date Me, Baby, One More Time) , and Julie Kenner's Kate Connor - Demon Hunter series (starts with Carpe Demon).
Melissa B
17. chameleon68
All my favorites have been mentioned EXCEPT Kresley Cole, so I'll go ahead and put that one out there. I love most of the ones mentioned here and there are some new ones that are definitely going on my TBR list. I'll also throw out the Sandra Hill Viking series. They aren't paranormal but time-travelling Vikings come close :)
Melissa B
18. parawriter
Janet Evanovich has written two crazy - fun paranormals: Wicked Appetite and Wicked Business. She is well known for her Stephanie Plum series, and has such a gift for creating characters you can't get enough of, and stories that carry you swiftly from cover to cover. Most of all, I am drawn into her books by her perfect blend of romance, humour, and action. The Wicked series with Deisel and Lizzy is some of her best work.
Cinda Rooker
19. cindarelli
Sooo glad I found this post! I was running out of reading material! The girl at the book store recommended a series for me and I just couldn't get through the 1st book. I don't want no stop sexy - I wanna laugh too!
I've ravenously read through the Argeneau Series and The Love at Stake series - as well as recently devouring the Kate Daniels series by Ilona Andrews - which made me laugh so hard that I cried in some spots.

I'm off to the store to stock up on some new material now :)
Melissa B
20. BookLover
Some of my favourites have been mentioned but Jessie Lane's Big Bad Bite Series has some real good laughs as does Mary Hughes' Biting Love and Kathi S. Barton with her Aaoron's Kiss series
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