My Top 10 Favorite Funny/Romance Books

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I don’t know about you guys, but one of the reasons I love to read is to get lost in a different world for a few hours/days. I of course want a great story, amazing characters and beautiful writing… but sometimes, I just want a story that I just enjoy. It doesn’t have to be unique, original or have the most eloquent writing because sometimes other things like passion and chemistry are more important to me. Other times, I also happen to enjoy the hell out of a funny book.  Especially if it’s a funny romance book. I feel like that line between romance and humor can be a hard equation to get just right, but I love finding those kinds of books. There’s nothing better than being able to laugh and swoon with a book. Here are some of my favorite funny books that have a whole lot of humor and a lot of that yummy chemistry I love.  Romance books don’t have to always be serious and dramatic and funny books can be super hot!

My Top 10 Favorite Funny/Romance Books:

Agnes and the Hitman
Agnes  & the Hitman
This is one of my ultimate comfort books and one of the books I have reread the most. I’m on reread #6 I think and I’m waiting for Nick to get a copy so I can reread it again with her. Jennifer Crusie writes some of the funniest and no-filter heroines who make her books so much fun. Cranky Agnes is no exception. I love her feisty attitude, her ability to defend herself with a frying pan, take unexpected events as they come, deal with problem weddings, crazy flamingos, killers on the loose and and still manage to seduce the hitman that’s supposed to be protecting her. The fact that she does this while feeding a small army of friends every night awes me.  I love, love, love this book. Not only is it laugh out loud funny, but it’s also hot as hell. Jennifer Crusie is chick lit at its best!


Manhunting
Manhunting
Another one of my Crusie favorites! Manhunting is the hilarious story of Kate who is career driven and wants a man, but has no time or patience to find a good one. She decides to go to a resort that is famous for having the best eligible bachelors. While she should be spending her time looking up possible prospects, she instead spends her days fishing with the hotel maintenance guy who is a bit too laid back and has no interest in settling down. When Kate isn’t spending her days sleeping on a boat with Jake, she’s accidentally maiming the male population of the hotel…some intentional, some not. This has such a great slow burn romance that sneaks up on you (and them!) and I loved how funny and hot this was.

Bet Me
Bet Me
Didn’t I tell you Jennifer Crusie was great at chick lits?? Here’s more proof. Bet Me features the lovely and feisty Minerva Dobbs who loves food a little too much, the sweet guy who may have accidentally made a bet on getting a date with her, his fetish with her shoes, her love of chicken marsala and their crazy group of friends. I recently reread this with Nick a few months ago and loved remembering how much I liked the book and how much it made me laugh.

Tangled (Tangled, #1)
Tangled
Holy shit, do love interests get any better and funnier than Drew Evans??? I don’t think so. I loved this book so much, even better on audio (hello Sebastian York!) and Drew was a big part of that. He is such an ass at times but the fact that he really means no harm (most of the time) kind of makes it hard to hate him. This whole book is freaking hilarious. I may have almost crashed while listening to the Thanksgiving scene while I was driving a few years ago because I was laughing so much…

Sustained (The Legal Briefs, #2)
Sustained
If you know me, you probably know I despise books with kids. Somehow, despite the fact that this book features 6 kids, I fucking love it! Sustained is so funny and I can’t help but love all the damn kids in this book. This book is sexy and hilarious and definitely a fun read!

Wallbanger (Cocktail, #1)
Wallbanger
This book is such a weird mix of humor and some damn good sexy times. Some of it is a bit over the top, bt it somehow works for this book. Warning: this book will make you hungry with all the baking that’s happening. There’s also a lot of baking/foreplay action going on which is just fun. Not to mention a whole lot of funny text messages, lots of flirting, more kissing and a cat who has had enough of all these people and their stubborn attitude.

Mai Tai'd Up (Cocktail, #4)
Mai Tai’d Up
This book was a bit more toned down than Walbanger, but just as fun! Chloe was such a fun character who had no filter at times. I almost choked on whatever I was drinking when I came across this line: ‘If I was going to have a life of air and nothing, I’d at least like a big fat dick to bounce on.’  I thought she would annoy me since she had just left someone at the altar, but she was such a great character. The romance in this one is very slow burn too, the kind where you’re just dying for them to realize/admit that they are crazy for each other.

Can You Keep a Secret?
Can You Keep a Secret?
If you guys haven’t read this book yet, you really must! This book is so. fucking. funny! This is one of the books that I always recommend to other people, especially people who aren’t usual readers because you can never go wrong with this. I mademy coworker read this and she would sneak read at work and I could just hear her laughing from her desk while reading this. Sophie Kinsella’s books are always fun, although the Shopaholic ones can get sily, but this is definitely my favorite. One that I love to re-read.
The Undomestic Goddess
The Undomestic Goddess
Another funny book by Sophie Kinsella. This was actually my first book by her and I just remember loving it so much. Samantha was such a fun and at times goofy character with a big heart and good intentions. I loved the friendship and romance in this book and Samantha’s growth through the story.
The Hating Game
The Hating Game
Ah this book was such a nice surprise! I was hesitant on this one cause of that goofy cover and hype, but it was so good. Not only was the romance good, but it was also a lot of fun. I loved Lucy’s internal thoughts and her and Joshua’s childish but funny games. The chemistry was so great between them as were their little jabs and insults to each other.

Honorable Mentions:
Tied (Tangled, #4) Sidebarred (The Legal Briefs, #3.5) Shark Bait (Grab Your Pole, #1) Finding Audrey
Tied is hilarious, so is Sidebarred, both are just so much fun! Shark Bait is an older indie YA which was really good, sadly, I despised book 3. Finding Audrey is also YA and not much romance but very funny.

Do you ever read funny romance books? Or just funny books? What are your favorites? Have you read any from my list or have any recs for me?  Let me know in the comments!

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Nereyda is a 31 year-old mother of two girls with addiction to Friends, fashion, books, Pinterest, Netflix, the color black and a little bit of everything else. Also, the world's worst texter...
  • Sometimes you just need a fun, easy, comfortable read. The Hating Game is one I love!! But also Wallbanger and Sustained. I still need to get to Tangled and Mai Tai’s Up (I own both!). I feel like I just need to check out Jennifer Cruise now. Fun list!

    • You haven’t read Tangled yet??? Omg, please listen to it on audio!!!
      I love Jennifer Crusie 🙂

  • I’ve never read any of these books, but I clearly need to! I love myself some romance, and comedy is my favourite genre right now! In particular, Mai Tai’d Up sounds pretty good – Chloe sounds like my kind of girl! xD

    • OMG, that line! I was totally not expecting it and it just shocked the hell out of me and made me laugh 🙂

  • kindlemom1

    I loved Wallbanger! I haven’t read the others but I do want to try a few of them!

  • I’ve had Wallbanger on my TBR for a while but seeing you list it just made the book shoot up to the top. Just found a few more to add to my list now as well. 🙂

  • Ari

    I see a lot of Jennifer Crusie’s books on this list that I’ll totally be adding to my TBR. I loved Bet Me and I definitely need to check out Crusie’s other books.

  • I love, love, love funny romance novels. They are my favorite! I think Jill Shalvis has some great ones. Have you read Julie James? I think you’d love her books.

  • Manhunting, YES!!! I can’t remember exactly what he says but I remember they just finished banging and she says something and he’s like, “Did you want me to sing Nearer my God to thee?” I could not stop freaking laughing and every single time we sing that song in Church, I laugh like a lunatic in my head because I always think of Jake. Also, isn’t he the one with the porny mustache?

    Lots of great books on this list. I agree with almost all of them (the ones I can’t agree with are the ones I haven’t read) I used to re-read Can You Keep a Secret at least once a year. I need to do that again. Love this!

    • I love love love Manhunting! It’s one of my comfort books to reread 🙂

  • Wallbanger had me laughing out loud!!! The audio was so hilarious! I still need to finish that series.
    I so need to get my hands on The Hating Game!! I seriously want it.
    I really love funny romance novels. They always put me in such a good mood!
    Genesis @ Latte Nights Reviews

    • Oh man, I was sacred to do the audio for that one cause I heard about the narrators…noises and they scared me away! But it was so funny!

  • I have read many of these on your list, but there are many more I need to try. I am always up for a funny romance. I will certainly try and check out a few of these.

    • Yay, I’m always up for funny romance books too. Reminds me of chick lit movies.

  • Ohh Sophie Kinsella books are always funny to me. My favorite of hers is I’ve Got Your Number. I definitely want to read The Hating Game! A lot of people have rec’d it to me. A recent funny romance I’ve read was A Place in the Sun by R.S. Grey.

    • That’s one of the few Kinsella books I haven’t read yet, it’ s on my list though! The Hating Game is so good, thanks for the rec 🙂

  • Oh yes, Thorne, Clayton, Chase and Cruise all make laugh. Darynda Jones does too

  • Well, I’m definitely bookmarking this post because there are a couple of books on here I’ve not read yet. I’ve got a copy of Agnes & the Hitman ordered. I loved Manhunting. It’s a book I return to regularly because I can’t resist all the disasters which happen and made me like the idea of relaxing in a fishing boat with a cowboy hat. I’ve read Sustained and loved it so I will have to read Tangled because I’ve only read 2 Emma Chase books and enjoyed both. I agree that kid books are not my thing but then one was done perfectly. I will have to disagree with Wallbanger, it was just too OTT for me so I couldn’t get into the story, but we had to disagree somewhere with these books. Luckily, you have one of my favourite Sophie Kinsella books on here. I may not have been the biggest fan of her Shopaholic books her standalones are awesome and I loved Can You Keep A Secret. I actually got it free with a magazine a few years ago and I am so glad I did.

    • Yay for Agnes! Oh man Manhunting <3
      And I can totally see why people think that Wallbanger was OTT, it totally was but it just made me laugh. Her Mai Tai'd Up book is also funny but waaaaay less time. Super slow burn if you wante dto try something else fom her 🙂

      • I’ll have a nose at Mai Tai’d as I am firm believer in giving an author 2 strikes and then they’re out.

  • I really need to listen to Tangled on Audiobook! Drew cracked me up when I read Emma Chase’s series. 🙂

    Jess @ Fairytales and Books

  • I have to admit, I very rarely go for the light/funny romances. I’m all about the drama and the angst. LOL But I’ve seen Emma Chase’s books everywhere and heard everyone rave about them so I’m wondering if I should pick one up and give it a try. Who knows, maybe I’ll find that I love an occasional break from all the angst. 🙂
    Tanya @ Girl Plus Books

    • I love Emma Chase books. They are the perfect mix of funny and sexy 🙂

  • I really enjoyed Sustained too! The kids in that book were so freaking cute! The Sea of Tranquility is not a funny book but I laughed a lot in it. The same with You by Caroline Kepnes.

    • You totally threw me off with the TSoT comment but you’re right, it had its funny moments. And omg You made me laugh to but it was kind of a cringey kind of laugh 🙂

      • TSoT & You have my brand of humor. I think Joe is one of the funniest characters I’ve ever read because HE’S SO CRAZY!

  • I completely agree Nereyda, sometimes you just want a cute, fun read rather than something earth-shattering. Clearly I need Sustained on my TBR, because I’m intrigued by a romance novel featuring 6 kids that’s still good, hahaha. The Hating Game is on my TBR too, and one I’d recommend to you is Act Like It by Lucy Parker!

  • Thanks for this list, Nereyda, I’m adding stuff to GR immediately (I started to type “as we speak” then realized how ridiculous that was). I love Jennifer Crusie but haven’t read Manhunting yet, so it’s high on my list! Sadly, I just couldn’t connect with Kinsella’s writing at all… I’ve never read an Emma Chase novel, so I’m excited to try!