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Aug 28 2012 12:00pm

Tickling the Funny Bone(r): Erotic Romance with Humor

Kinky by Justine ElyotFor those who are “erotic-romance curious,” there is an incredible selection of books from which to choose nowadays. And those do include erotic romances with humor.

 Yes, it is possible to have your funny bone and your erogenous zones tickled at the same time. Here are some books I suggest adding to your TBR collection:

Kinky by Justine Elyot — Rosie is dying to know what is going on in the building across from her London workplace. She decides to check it out up close, and to her surprise a curtain has been left open, allowing her to observe a spanking session in progress. Even more surprising, she’s quite envious of the participants. Most surprising of all is when she’s joined by a stranger, Dimitri, a sexy and quirky Russian who discovers Rosie’s secret desires before she can admit them to herself. When Dimitri announces, “I have plan to be professional dominant person”, they join the Kinky Cupcake Club, so Dimitri can learn this new career while practicing with Rosie.

 The writing in this story is beautiful and elegant, while the sex scenes are hot and emotionally charged. The humor is provided by Rosie’s numerous cheeky observations (“The first rule of kink club, apparently, is that you don’t talk about kink club.”), as well as Dimitri learning not only the English language but the workings of the BDSM world (“You submit to me, right? I do all that whips and bondage on you. Maybe other activity too, is up to you.”) It is also very romantic, making it a book worth reading more than once.

Bre’s First Day of Submissive Training by Red PhoenixThe Brie Series by Red Phoenix — Brie is working a retail job while taking film classes, and when a handsome customer hands her a business card about a school for submissives, she can’t resist signing up for the six-week course. Each short story covers a different week in her schooling, and honestly, I wish she was in a year-long class.

Much of the humor stems from Brie’s guileless responses and unfiltered thoughts about her training. In the first book, Brie’s First Day of Submissive Training, she decides to learn more about the school before she commits to it:

She looked through all of the information on the website. Apparently, people could take a six-week “course” and learn how to become a skilled submissive. It seemed like such a strange thing to study and she wondered what possible benefit there was in learning to become good at something like that.

As it turns out, Brie loves learning about being a submissive. Even when she’s slightly unsure of a new experience, she throws herself wholeheartedly into trying it, surprising herself along the way. She also has an unquenchable independent streak that enchants many of the Dom instructors while infuriating the solitary Domme one.

I love Brie and these very sexy, fun, no-holds-barred stories. It’s almost painful (but not in the good way) waiting for the next installment in Brie’s adventures. Let’s hope she signs up for post-graduate courses too. 

In Game Plan by Karla Doyle, humor makes it possible for the heroine to consider expanding her erotic horizons with Mason, a younger man. He instigates a meeting with Andie at her son’s baseball game by tossing a baseball her direction. It was meant to land nearby, but it bounces off her ankle instead, making it swell. He tries to make things better by icing her foot:

He lifted the injured leg to his lap again, seating her foot on the fly of his uniform pants. She stared at her toes, willing them still, when all they wanted to do was jump free of their strappy sandals and wiggle against his crotch. Good god, she needed to end this before she did something stupid.

“That’s cold.” Reflexively, she tried to draw her foot away. He held it and the ice pack in place while looking up at her. With his level of hotness, the ice would be water in minutes. Boiling, even.

. . .

“I like these shoes. Sexy.”

And things just got toastier.

“Not your size, sorry.”

“I prefer them on you.” He winked and swiped one finger across the high-gloss, hooker-red polish on her big toe. “You have very pretty feet. Nice toes.”

“Thank you. I grew them myself.” She hadn’t flexed her flirt muscle in years, but it sprang into action. Pheromones and adrenaline rushed her system, sending heat to her unmentionables and a chill to her nipples. Strange how the body worked. And utterly fantastic.

I’m eagerly anticipating her next release, More Than Words, where Ms. Doyle makes online Scrabble an erotic adventure, thanks to a sexy rock star hero.

Any other suggestions for humorous erotic romances? I’d love to hear them.


Donna Cummings writes humorously-ever-after romances. She can be found at www.AllAboutTheWriting.com, or talking incessantly about coffee on Twitter @BookEmDonna

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15 comments
Roxy Boroughs
1. Roxy Boroughs
Love the excerpt. I laughed out loud.
Donna Cummings
2. Donna Cummings
@Roxy -- I'm glad you enjoyed it. They are all very fun stories. :)
Roxy Boroughs
3. Torifl
Gmae Plan had some wonderful LOL moments. I'm def. going to try The Brie Series by Red Phoenix. Thanks for the recs.
Donna Cummings
4. Donna Cummings
@Torifl -- I hope you enjoy it! And you're so right about Game Plan.
Alexandra W
5. parasolprotectorate
All of Tiffany Reisz's stories are hilariously funny. She's my newest favourite author :)
Donna Cummings
6. Donna Cummings
@parasolprotectorate -- I've heard a lot about Ms. Reisz's stories, but I hadn't realized they were also funny. I better add these to my TBR list then!
Evangeline Holland
7. EvangelineHolland
Awesome! I love humor in my romances, and when I'm browsing through blurbs, it's exasperating to see erotic romance take itself so seriously! I am definitely going to pick this up--perhaps a homerun for ER after striking out with Megan Hart?
Donna Cummings
8. Donna Cummings
@Evangeline -- I enjoy the angsty/serious ones, but humor will always pique my interest. It's the ultimate aphrodisiac after all. :) Hope you enjoy these.
Wendy Lewis
9. wsl0612
I like Laurann Dohner's writing, I always get a good chuckle out of some part of her story, even though the heroes are frequently the macho controlling sorts.
Donna Cummings
10. Donna Cummings
@wsl0612 -- Thanks for the recommendation. It sounds like an intriguing combo. :)
Roxy Boroughs
11. Linda Morris
I really like Kelli Scott. I've never seen anyone combine comedy and heat as well as she does. "Stormy Wedding" and "Drive-In" are my two favorites of hers. "Drive-In" is about a couple who were supposed to go on a date in high school, but it never quite happened for one reason and another. Years later, she's divorced from someone else and back in town, so the hero suggests they re-enact the date that never was. It's a cute set-up that goes hilariously awry when he mistakenly takes her to an X-rated drive-in. Many LOL moments ensue.
Wendy Lewis
12. wsl0612
@Donna Cummings - Laurann Dohner has a lot of supernatural series so much of the humor comes from the misunderstandings. My favorite series of hers is the New Species, where the heroes are all dog/human or cat/human or ape/human hybrids (genetically engineered). They are very blunt and just say things that make me giggle :-) Oh and the sex is hot!
Donna Cummings
13. Donna Cummings
@Linda -- this sounds right up my alley. Thanks for the recommendation!

@wsl0612 -- I love misunderstandings, especially when it's a result of "culture shock". These sound hilarious. Thanks again. :)
Roxy Boroughs
14. Glittergirl
I don't know if Shelly Laurenston qualifies as erotic but her Pride Series of shifters are funny and HOT. I'm about to start Howl For It, yum
Donna Cummings
15. Donna Cummings
@Glittergirl -- I've heard how funny the Shelly Laurenston books are, but haven't gotten to read any yet. I'm definitely going to now!
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