In Love with Laughter: 20 Humorous Romance Novels

“He makes me laugh!” Just think how often you’ve heard a woman cite this as the ultimate reason she fell head-over-heels for a guy. Well, the same thing holds true for romance novels. A love story that delivers a generous measure of both humor and passion is almost always guaranteed to find a ready audience. These readers know there are more than a few grins, giggles, and guffaws on the road to happily-ever-after. Fortunately, when it comes to laughter-laced romances, the romance genre has an enormous range of humorous choices available. From the sophisticated wit of Georgette Heyer’s Regency romances to the more slapstick type of humor found in Katie MacAlister’s books, this list of some of our favorite humorous romances proves there really is a romance out there that is certain to tickle any reader’s funny bone.

This list is just a small sampling of the books that gleefully combine love and laughter. We’d love to hear which lighthearted romances bring a smile to your lips and a delight to your heart! After all, you know what they say—“laugh and the world laughs with you!”

Bet MeBet Me, by Jennifer Crusie

When sturdy statistician Min Dobbs overhears handsome stranger Calvin Morrisey betting Min’s former fiancé, David Fisk, that he can bed her within a month, Min decides to turn the tables on Cal by using him as a date for her friend’s wedding and then dumping him.

Boy Meets Girl, by Meg Cabot

Kate MacKenzie finds herself caught in the middle when her evil boss wants Kate to fire long-time employee Ida Lopez. When Ida sues the company, she hires handsome lawyer Mitch Herzog who takes on the case . . . and Kate.

Can’t Hurry Love, by Christie Ridgway

Hostile former lovers Giuliana Baci and Liam Bennett have to set aside their differences to save the Baci family’s hundred-year-old winery. Will Liam’s assistance add sour grapes to their already uncivil relationship, or will it take them back to a love as smooth as a fine wine?

Cure for the Common Breakup, by Beth Kendrick

After her long-time boyfriend not only fails to propose but dumps her, Summer Benson heads to Black Dog Bay, where she makes a unique first impression on the town’s mayor, Dutch Jenson, when she runs over his prized roses.

The Duke and IThe Duke and I, by Julia Quinn

In order to avoid falling into the parson’s mousetrap, Simon Basset, the Duke of Hastings, pretends to court Daphne Bridgerton, but the more time Simon spends with Daphne, the more difficult it is to remember that their courtship is a sham.

Everything’s Coming up Rosie, by Kasey Michaels

Cousin Bettie is a pitbull of a matchmaker, so singles Doug Llewellyn and Rosie Kilgannon decide to join forces to avoid her clever, romantic schemes.

The Grand Sophy, by Georgette Heyer

While staying with her aunt in London, outspoken Sophy Stanton-Lacy decides to meddle in everyone’s affairs, including those of her cousin Charles, who’s engaged to a woman Sophy believes is too straight-laced for him.

In Good Company, by Jen Turano

When Everett Mulberry inherits three of the worst kids in the history of the world, he needs a new nanny. Unfortunately, the little darlings have made all the other nannies run screaming, and the only one left at the agency is the calamitous Millie Longfellow.

Loving Lord Ash, by Sally MacKenzie

It’s time for Kit, Marquis of Ashton, to have his “heir and a spare.” He returns to the castle, only to find Jess, the wife he left at the altar, with a naked man . . . and a castle full of other men.

And the Miss Ran Away with the RakeAnd the Miss Ran Away with the Rake, by Elizabeth Boyle

When Miss Daphne Dale decides to reply to an advertisement in the Morning Chronicle by a “sensible gentleman” in search of a suitable wife, she has no idea that the reply from Mr. Dishworth was really written by Henry Seldon, whose family has been feuding with the Dales for centuries.

Nerd in Shining Armor, by Vicki Lewis Thompson

After their plane crashes, Genevieve Terrence finds herself stranded on a desert island with the company’s computer nerd, Jackson Farley, but much to Genevieve’s surprise, Jackson not only turns out to be quite resourceful, but also quite sexy.

Nobody’s Baby But Mine, by Susan Elizabeth Phillips

Physicist Jane Darlington, an outcast throughout her youth because of her genius-level mind, wants a baby, but one with normal intelligence. What better way to average out her child’s I.Q. than to use a “dumb jock” for the father? Star quarterback Cal Bonner seems to fit the bill.

No One Like You, by Kate Angell

What could be hard about being baseball-great Rylan Cates’ personal assistant? Beth Avery soon discovers that taking care of Rylan’s four dogs is a lot easier than trying to manage their master.

Once and Always, by Julia Harper

As far as Maisa Burney is concerned, the one-night stand she enjoyed with Sam West was a one-time thing. Sam, however, has an entirely different opinion of the time they spent together, and as far as he’s concerned, Maisa is the only woman for him.

Sex Lies and Online DatingSex, Lies, and Online Dating, by Rachel Gibson

There’s a serial killer meeting her victims online, and detective Quinn McIntyre browses the dating sites until he finds someone who seems crazy enough to be a murderer. However, he’s actually connected with popular mystery novelist Lucy Rothschild, who’s also interested in finding the killer.

Silk is for Seduction, by Loretta Chase

Brilliant and ambitious dressmaker Marcelline Noirot meets her match when she attempts to secure the Duke of Clevedon’s fiancée—the worst dressed lady in London—as her new client, only to discover that Clevedon has an entirely different kind of business transaction in mind for Marcelline.

Suddenly One Summer, by Julie James

As a divorce lawyer, Victoria Slade has seen one marriage after another crash and burn. But when sexy investigative journalist Ford Dixon moves next door, Victoria finds herself asking if there’s a happily-ever-after in the cards for her.

Sweet Haven, by Shirlee McCoy

Adeline Lamont has her hands full running her grandfather’s candy shop; dealing with the antics of a huge dog with the ironic name of Tiny; and helping with a color-challenged septuagenarian’s wedding. When can she possibly find time for romance?

Too Good to Be True, by Kristan Higgins

After her ex-fiancé starts dating her younger sister, Grace Emerson is desperate to deflect her family’s attempts to fix her up with another man, so she invents a new boyfriend for herself. The only problem is that the made-up new “Mr. Right” in Grace’s life sounds exactly like her next-door neighbor, Callahan O’Shea.

You Slay Me, by Katie MacAlister

It’s bad enough when Aisling Grey finds out she’s a Guardian, someone who guards the portals of Hell, but then she discovers Drake Vireo, the guy she likes, is really a dragon.'

About the Author:

John Charles and Shelley Mosely have been reading and writing about romance together for years. They have co-authored Romance Today: An A to Z Guide to Contemporary American Romance Writers as well as The Readers’ Advisory Guide to Mystery.

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