While I personally cannot keep a bicycle upright, let alone anything with an engine, I make no secret of my interest in motorcycles in romance. Their riders, male and female, tend to be free spirits with unique notions of a life well lived. Plus, a roundup of motorcycle titles seems the perfect farewell to the laid back pace of summer. This list is partially inspired by my recent listen of SAINT, a new motorcycle romance by Chantal Fernando, read by Vanessa Edwin. So sit back and enjoy! Ride free, wear a helmet, and love your listening.
Mixing romance and humor can be a tricky balance — and finding a narrator to dish out zany dialogue or ironic quips with droll aplomb is not as easy as it sounds. Often when I’m listening, I find myself surprised into unexpected laughter because the narrator snuck up on me with a covert zinger. Here are a few of my favorite humorous romances. These narrators have great senses of humor, pacing, timing and delivery. Add your own favorites in the comments!
by Jennifer Crusie, read by Deanna Hurst
If I were limited to one title, this would be it. Legendary in romance circles for the awkward encounters between Min and Cal as they fight a bad first date and the cat from hell, as well as for the memorable cherries on the heroine’s shoes, BET ME stands out as a romance sparking with verbal chemistry. Narrator Deanna Hurst has a voice low enough to score realism points for Cal and a humor that rolls out expressively through changes in pitch and pacing. Not to be missed.