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Mark



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PostPosted: Wed Feb 22, 2012 9:42 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

These are romances with my highest humor rating:
alexander, victoria: the marriage lesson*****
alexander, victoria: the pursuit of marriage*****
craig, emma: rosamunda's revenge*****
crusie, jennifer: bet me*****
davidson, maryjanice: undead and unwed*****
davis, maggie: hustle, sweet love*****
evanovich, janet: back to the bedroom*****
evanovich, janet: smitten*****
evanovich, janet: the rocky road to romance*****
evanovich, janet: the grand finale*****
evanovich, janet: love overboard[ivan takes a wife]*****
garwood, julie: the lion's lady*****
holbrook, cindy: the missing brides*****
holbrook, cindy: the missing matchmaker*****
holbrook, cindy: the actress & the marquis*****
holbrook, cindy: lord sayer's ghost*****
holbrook, cindy: a rake's reform*****
holbrook, cindy: the reluctant bride*****
jensen, emma: what chloe wants*****
jensen, trish: without a clue*****
joy, dara: high energy*****
krentz, jayne ann: summer in eclipse bay*****
lansdowne, judith a.: lord nightingale's triumph*****
lansdowne, judith a.: mutiny at almack's*****
laurenston, shelly: the mane event*****
leclaire, day: the nine-dollar daddy*****
lynson, jane: the duke's downfall*****
macalister, katie: noble intentions*****
martin, michelle: the mad miss mathley*****
michaels, kasey: the tenacious miss tamerlane*****
nelson, judith: the merry chase*****
nelson, judith: patience is a virtue*****
phillips, susan elizabeth: nobody's baby but mine*****
quick, amanda: ravished*****
quinn, julia: brighter than the sun*****
quinn, julia: to catch an heiress*****
quinn, julia: how to marry a marquis*****
reece, jean: the primrose path*****
sands, lynsay: single white vampire*****
smythe, sheridon: completely yours*****
thompson, vicki lewis: operation gigolo*****
tucker, bonnie: hannah's hunks*****
anthologies: cupid cats (km*****, cb***, vlt**.5)
anthologies: highland fling (as, cm, jb*****, ls)
anthologies: the night before christmas (va''', sh***, dj*****, nm*)
anthologies: a season in the highlands (jd***, jb*****, gd**.5, pb*, pc**.5)
anthologies: these boots were made for stomping (jk**, jl*****, mm**)
anthologies: wish list (lk**.5, lc***, cd**, ls*****)

For a slightly different take, these are the romances I have reread the most times:
25: A Rake's Reform by Holbrook, Cindy
24: Ravished by Quick, Amanda
21: The Secret by Garwood, Julie
20: Black Sheep by Heyer, Georgette
20: The Lion's Lady by Garwood, Julie
20: The Mad Miss Mathley by Martin, Michelle
17: Dangerous by Quick, Amanda
17: Lord Sayer's Ghost by Holbrook, Cindy
17: These Old Shades by Heyer, Georgette
16: Christmas Wishes by Metzger, Barbara
16: Devil's Cub by Heyer, Georgette
16: The Bride by Garwood, Julie
15: Scandal by Quick, Amanda
14: Mistress by Quick, Amanda
13: Deception by Quick, Amanda
13: Elyza by Darcy, Clare
13: Honor's Splendour by Garwood, Julie
13: The Actress & the Marquis by Holbrook, Cindy
13: The Corinthian by Heyer, Georgette
12: Frederica by Heyer, Georgette
12: Laugh With Me, Love With Me by Damon, Lee
12: The Duke's Downfall by Lynson, Jane
12: Venetia by Heyer, Georgette
11: A Suspicious Affair by Metzger, Barbara
11: Cupboard Kisses by Metzger, Barbara
11: Lady of Quality by Heyer, Georgette
11: Rendezvous by Quick, Amanda
11: Saving Grace by Garwood, Julie
11: The Black Moth by Heyer, Georgette
11: The Tenacious Miss Tamerlane by Michaels, Kasey
11: The Unknown Ajax by Heyer, Georgette
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Susan/DC



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PostPosted: Wed Feb 22, 2012 9:48 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Not romance, but Alexander McCall Smith's books often make me smile. His series set in Botswana (the #1 Lady's Detective Agency books) make you feel the warmth of the African sun so would be perfect for reading on a cold winter day. I also like his Sunday philosophy books, in part because of the romance that grows through the series. At one point when I was particularly stressed out, he had a totally unexpected (to me at least) but very happy ending, and I loved it (don't want to say more due as it may be considered spoilers. I will say that one reason I like McCall Smith is that he understands human nature -- he's not naive but he is definitely humane and (usually) optimistic.
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Diana



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PostPosted: Wed Feb 22, 2012 9:58 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

In the past year I've gone outside my comfort zone and read a lot of new-to-me authors. I still come back to SEP, Linda Howard, Lisa Kleypas, Loretta Chase, Anne Stuart for comfort reading.

I have two new comfort authors from my year of reading adventurously -- Ilona Andrews Magic series and Edge series. I'm surprised at how much I love them because they are more UF than I thought I would have been comfortable with. The Proviso by Moriah Jovan is a big epic book with 3 romances. I've read it 3 times.
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xina



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PostPosted: Wed Feb 22, 2012 10:29 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

MEK wrote:
My "feel goods" are books in which the hero is a true hero - no rakes or bad behavior - just good guys to the rescue!

I like Pamela Clare's Surrender and Untamed, but they may be a bit too intense for what you are looking for.



Can't go wrong with Pamela Clare...ever. The best heroes out there.
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Eliza



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PostPosted: Mon Apr 23, 2012 11:52 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Mark wrote:
These are romances with my highest humor rating:
alexander, victoria: the marriage lesson*****
alexander, victoria: the pursuit of marriage*****
craig, emma: rosamunda's revenge*****
crusie, jennifer: bet me*****
davidson, maryjanice: undead and unwed*****
davis, maggie: hustle, sweet love*****
evanovich, janet: back to the bedroom*****
evanovich, janet: smitten*****
evanovich, janet: the rocky road to romance*****
evanovich, janet: the grand finale*****
evanovich, janet: love overboard[ivan takes a wife]*****
garwood, julie: the lion's lady*****
holbrook, cindy: the missing brides*****
holbrook, cindy: the missing matchmaker*****
holbrook, cindy: the actress & the marquis*****
holbrook, cindy: lord sayer's ghost*****
holbrook, cindy: a rake's reform*****
holbrook, cindy: the reluctant bride*****
jensen, emma: what chloe wants*****
jensen, trish: without a clue*****
joy, dara: high energy*****
krentz, jayne ann: summer in eclipse bay*****
lansdowne, judith a.: lord nightingale's triumph*****
lansdowne, judith a.: mutiny at almack's*****
laurenston, shelly: the mane event*****
leclaire, day: the nine-dollar daddy*****
lynson, jane: the duke's downfall*****
macalister, katie: noble intentions*****
martin, michelle: the mad miss mathley*****
michaels, kasey: the tenacious miss tamerlane*****
nelson, judith: the merry chase*****
nelson, judith: patience is a virtue*****
phillips, susan elizabeth: nobody's baby but mine*****
quick, amanda: ravished*****
quinn, julia: brighter than the sun*****
quinn, julia: to catch an heiress*****
quinn, julia: how to marry a marquis*****
reece, jean: the primrose path*****
sands, lynsay: single white vampire*****
smythe, sheridon: completely yours*****
thompson, vicki lewis: operation gigolo*****
tucker, bonnie: hannah's hunks*****
anthologies: cupid cats (km*****, cb***, vlt**.5)
anthologies: highland fling (as, cm, jb*****, ls)
anthologies: the night before christmas (va''', sh***, dj*****, nm*)
anthologies: a season in the highlands (jd***, jb*****, gd**.5, pb*, pc**.5)
anthologies: these boots were made for stomping (jk**, jl*****, mm**)
anthologies: wish list (lk**.5, lc***, cd**, ls*****)

For a slightly different take, these are the romances I have reread the most times:
25: A Rake's Reform by Holbrook, Cindy
24: Ravished by Quick, Amanda
21: The Secret by Garwood, Julie
20: Black Sheep by Heyer, Georgette
20: The Lion's Lady by Garwood, Julie
20: The Mad Miss Mathley by Martin, Michelle
17: Dangerous by Quick, Amanda
17: Lord Sayer's Ghost by Holbrook, Cindy
17: These Old Shades by Heyer, Georgette
16: Christmas Wishes by Metzger, Barbara
16: Devil's Cub by Heyer, Georgette
16: The Bride by Garwood, Julie
15: Scandal by Quick, Amanda
14: Mistress by Quick, Amanda
13: Deception by Quick, Amanda
13: Elyza by Darcy, Clare
13: Honor's Splendour by Garwood, Julie
13: The Actress & the Marquis by Holbrook, Cindy
13: The Corinthian by Heyer, Georgette
12: Frederica by Heyer, Georgette
12: Laugh With Me, Love With Me by Damon, Lee
12: The Duke's Downfall by Lynson, Jane
12: Venetia by Heyer, Georgette
11: A Suspicious Affair by Metzger, Barbara
11: Cupboard Kisses by Metzger, Barbara
11: Lady of Quality by Heyer, Georgette
11: Rendezvous by Quick, Amanda
11: Saving Grace by Garwood, Julie
11: The Black Moth by Heyer, Georgette
11: The Tenacious Miss Tamerlane by Michaels, Kasey
11: The Unknown Ajax by Heyer, Georgette


I've been looking for some funnies too and re-reading older posts (obviously) and found this post which is great!! Thanks, Mark. Smile
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Islandgirl2



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PostPosted: Tue Apr 24, 2012 7:26 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I agree with the posters who feel the best feel goods are romances with humor.

Lyndsay Sands historicals such as The Key, The Deed, Bliss has good humor as well.

Jennifer Crusie Welcome to Temptation, Bet Me, Crazy For You contemporary romance also with good humor.

Janet Evanovich Stephanie Plum series of course. Bit of a triangle that goes on and on and on...but lots of funny moments.

I think these are good in that they aren't dark or dramatic romances with a terrible secret past etc. But the stories are good too.
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