To paraphrase the great Elf, I love to laugh, laughing is my favorite. This statement may have been written about me; in fact, I am guilty of signing emails, cards, and letters with the phrase, “remember to belly laugh every day.” It is tough to stay in a bad mood if you’re busy wiping tears from your eyes from a well-placed belly laugh. The world is a bit of a dumpster fire right now, and for me, the best prescription is laughter. When I noticed tomorrow, January 24th is Global Belly Laugh Day. I knew I had to find a way to share some giggles with you.
Here are a few romance books from my library that had me LOL-ing all over the place. Be mindful of drinking and reading these books, you might end up snarfing tea through your nose – you’ve been warned!
The Unidentified Redhead by Alice Clayton
I had the pleasure of interviewing Alice Clayton on camera once and let me tell you; it was a white-knuckled ride into hilarity. All I could do was hang on and hope my questions were loud enough over the laughter to be heard by the viewer. Alice Clayton is funnier in real life than her books, and I say this with all of the kindness and sincerity in my heart, she is chaotic evil in the best possible way! I have fond memories of reading Grace Sheridan’s hilarious story. A woman with Alice Clayton’s snark and comedic timing, returning to Los Angeles to get her second shot at acting and falling for the Hollywood “it” guy, Jack Hamilton. Grace’s inner dialogue and the unfortunate things that slip from her lips make her entirely relatable and the sort of heroine you root for in the end. It’s also fun to watch the slightly younger Jack fall head over heels for this woman that keeps him on his toes on the regular. If you are having a bad day, this book will lighten your load.
Tangled by Emma Chase
Drew Evans and Katherine Brooks are comedy gold. Drew is the golden boy in all aspects of his life; job, sex appeal, wit, wealth, self-confidence, you name it, Drew has it in spades. Katherine is smart, beautiful, and ambitious, a brilliant foil for the seemingly unflappable Drew. Katherine appears to be impervious to his charms until she’s not, and then he screws up and pays the price. The banter between these two is as enjoyable as the steam between the sheets. Chase does a great job writing male POV, you get inside Drew’s head, and it’s an absolute mess! Tangled’s outrageously witty narrative will leave you in stitches with belly laughs galore!
First Grave on the Right by Darynda Jones
The first book in Jones’ Charley Davidson series is laugh out loud funny. The premise alone is a riot. Charley is a part-time private investigator and a full-time grim reaper. She sees dead people and has to lead them into the light; otherwise, they just hang around ghosting up the place, making humans miserable with their moaning. Of course, those spirits that died in less than natural ways want Charley to dish out some justice for them, they are persistent, and she often has no choice but to oblige. Charley is snarky and quick-witted with a smart, devil may care attitude that will win you over immediately. Speaking of…when the mysterious Reyes shows up, not just in her super-hot dreams, the chemistry is explosive. I love this series with all of my heart, if you haven’t read it, give Charley some of your time, and she’ll give you an ab workout with laughter.