“A little sex, a little romance. A little seltzer down your pants.” The importance of humor in a love story.
I love romance, always have. And I love an evocative sexy scene, one replete with heaving chests, swollen lips and a hero and heroine who are just meant for one another. When I turn the last page of a romance novel, I want that all-encompassing *sigh.*
But what I like even more is an erotic romance that can make me laugh. Sounds strange, non? It may not be as odd as you think.
Allow yourself, for one heated moment, to picture the sex act. You know what I mean. Don’t be bashful now. You can see it as clearly as I can. Arms and legs flailing. Sweaty bodies. The distinct possibility of getting elbowed in the gut if you’re not watching where you’re going. That sex act. Let’s face it, it can be rib-tickling funny.
To me, humor in a romance is just as important as humor in a mate. Sure, we’re all attracted by the beauty of the physical form. However, is it just coincidence that every magazine poll lists a “sense of humor” among the top traits desired in a mate? Glamour magazine can’t be wrong! I feel the same way about a good romance story. I’m drawn in by the cover, intrigued by the blurb. But in the end, the humor and chemistry between the main characters is what keeps me reading.
To that end, I love heroes and heroines who don’t take themselves too seriously. They may be as gorgeous as sin, but I never like them to believe it about themselves. And there’s nothing funnier than a delicious hero being thrust into an outlandish situation. To me, the perfect example is Kathy Love’s wonderful novel Truth or Demon. It boasts a delectable, supernatural hero, one who happens to be a demon on a mission. Sounds pretty serious, right? Not when he’s confronted by a trio of silly, teenage girls who demand he act as a matchmaker for an older sister.
Another scene that has remained with me is from one of Diana Gabaldon’s “Outlander” novels. In that scene, Jamie and Claire are walking through the bush on a particularly hot day, sweating up a river. Despite the uncomfortable setting, the sparks between them fly. Pretty soon they are a slippery, sliding, sensuous mess, unable to keep their hands off each other. Humorous, but still oh-so-sexy.
A sense of humor shows depth and often intelligence. It demonstrates awareness. It’s a character trait we all possess in some measure. Does it not stand to reason that we’d want to see the same depth displayed in a lead character?
I’m not talking Vaudeville here. I’m not talking Monty Python. But give me a romance that tickles my funny bone and I will be your best friend. I’ll take your heroines who may look like goddesses but laugh at jokes about flatulence. I’ll love your heroes who look like the perfect Alpha, but are secretly afraid of spiders. Send them all my way. I will read about them with a smile on my funny face.
Rosanna Leo has three books being published soon by Liquid Silver Books. For the Love of a God , a paranormal romance about Greek gods, is available through www.liquidsilverbooks.com. For more information on Rosanna, hop on over to www.rosannaleo.blogspot.com.
For the Love of a God – Blurb:
Conservator Maia Douglas is an expert on ancient Greece and its mythology. She would never tell anyone at the museum where she works, but she’s always had a secret crush on the mythical Eryx, Greek god of love. There is nothing she loves more than to tend to her favorite statue of him, and her nighttime dreams are filled with luscious images of Eryx making love to her.
One day, the peace at Maia’s beloved museum is shattered when a new director arrives. A man who looks exactly like her image of Eryx. As Maia watches, he manages to upset her ordered museum world, at the same time he inflames her with unwanted desire.
Maia does not know that her new boss is actually the god Eryx, disguised as a mortal so he may work in antiquities. Although he is the god of love, he has forsaken his sexual nature because of a curse that has killed any woman he’s dared to love. Though he fights it, Eryx is drawn to Maia with a force he’s never experienced in a thousand years. But can he convince her of his true identity? And can he protect her from a vengeful goddess who seeks her destruction?