Thanks Jennifer for this awesome post – I too am finding the need for more wit & fun in my reading – Happy Romance!
I love humor in my romance.
Not forced, contrived humor where I feel like the author tried too hard. Real deep in the bones, giggly funny that makes a scene come alive. Or that tiny surprise when a bit of dialogue fits in and the reader gets a glimpse of the hero’s sardonic wit, or the lighthearted perspective of the heroine.
Humor in romance does not have to be Three Stooges zany. Threading one line of fun within a scene can lighten up the angst and give the reader a breather.
The best way to accomplish this? Know your character. If your hero doesn’t have a reason to laugh about anything, introduce a heroine who does, and make him respond. Besides initiating surprise and growth in the character, you bring your reader along for an entertaining ride.
Here’s a quick example from a snippet of dialogue between my hero and heroine in The Marriage Bargain:
“Maggie says you have a fish.”
That remark rewarded her with a chilling look. “Yes.”
“What’s his name?”
She blinked. “You didn’t even give it a name?”
“Did I commit a crime?”
Within a few sentences, I introduced a dry sarcastic wit in my hero, and gave the reader a glimpse of his personality. You know the hero doesn’t like animals, the heroine does, and there’s trouble ahead.
Do you like humor in your romance novels? What are some of your favorite? Come by and share with me as I prepare to launch the second in my Marriage to a Billionaire series with The Marriage Trap coming soon!
I’m also giving away an e-copy of the bestselling book, The Marriage Bargain, to one lucky reader! Tell me now, do you love humor in your books? Good luck!
Here’s a quick blurb:
A marriage in name only…
To save her family home, impulsive bookstore owner, Alexa Maria McKenzie, casts a love spell. But she never planned on conjuring up her best friend’s older brother—the powerful man who once shattered her heart.
Billionaire Nicholas Ryan doesn’t believe in marriage, but in order to inherit his father’s corporation, he needs a wife and needs one fast. When he discovers his sister’s childhood friend is in dire financial straits, he’s offers Alexa a bold proposition.
A marriage in name only with certain rules: Avoid entanglement. Keep things all business. Do not fall in love. The arrangement is only for a year so the rules shouldn’t be that hard to follow, right?