FAYE DASEN: Funny Characters Fill Pages of Romances
Romances that are heavy on humor are always appealing to me as I think they are to most readers.
All of these fit that description.
Trouble in High Heels
By Leanne Banks
Grand Central, 2009, $6.99
Jackson James is suspicious when he is suddenly made a junior partner at his accounting firm, -- and given one of the firm's biggest clients as his own. It all becomes clear when he meets Lori Granger, an heiress with a penchant for overspending the allowance granted by her father's estate.
Jackson is sure Lori is a spoiled princess, but is surprised to find that most of her expenditures go to charitable organizations. But he is still determined to make her understand the concept of budgeting until she decides to invoke one of the clauses in the trust -- she'll get married.
Now Jackson must help Lori find a suitable candidate, all the while trying to ignore his growing attraction to her.
Banks creates characters that are easy to like.
By LuAnn McLane
Signet, 2009, $6.99
Jolie Russell and her dad become rich by selling their land. The only stipulation is that they want to keep a certain portion for themselves.
Now surrounded by million-dollar mansions, they do live in a new house, but they don't quite fit in with the neighborhood.
Cody Dean, who is one of the developers, seems attracted to Jolie, but she can't imagine he'd want a real relationship with her since her idea of a social occasion is beer and hot dogs.
With the support of Cody's brother, who is a local teacher, Jolie finds an etiquette coach for herself and her dad.
Cody has taken it upon himself to escort Jolie to as many events as possible, and the more he sees of her, the more he likes her.
Written in first person, with lots of humor, McLane's book is filled with funny and romantic moments.
Real Vampires Don't Diet
By Gerry Bartlett
Berkley, 2009, $14
As a rule, I don't care too much for the "paranormal" romances because they are often on the dark side.
However, this book, the fourth of a series, is filled with funny and endearing characters -- even if a lot of them are vampires, sirens and werewolves.
Glory is stuck alone on New Year's Eve while Jeremy, her longtime boyfriend, takes care of business overseas. She goes on a boat ride on Lake Travis with Israel (Ray) Caine, who has just recently been turned into a vampire.
Too bad there is a siren just waiting for some vampires to come along so that she can be set free. She needs three vampires to make her quota, so she agrees to let the two of them go free -- if they come through for her.
Glory and Ray figure there are enough "bad" vamps around that deserve to be sacrificed.
The book is a hoot from start to finish. Who knew vampires lived in Austin, Texas?
Contact Faye Dasen at firstname.lastname@example.org or 693-2475.
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