The Life Of Riley
by Cara Summers, contemporary (2001)
Harlequin Duets, $5.99, ISBN 0-373-44122-3

Naked In New England
by Jacquie D'Alessandro, contemporary (2001)
Harlequin Duets, $5.99, ISBN 0-373-44122-3


How To Write A Sad Romantic Comedy by Cara Summers

1. Watch too many Nora Ephron comedies.

2. Heroines doing stupid things are funny.

3. Heroines doing stupid things and going crazy over furry animals are funnier.

4. Police officers like Jack DeRosa have nothing better to do than to go undercover to pose as a pet caretaker's assistant. Why? To catch a thief who is stealing from the clients of Riley, said pet caretaker.

5. Old women acting stupid are funny.

6. Heroines doing stupid things are funny.

7. Heroines doing stupid things and walking into dark alleyways alone to save the kitten they hear mewing are noble. And funny.

8. Old women acting stupid are funny.

9. Heroines acting stupid are funny.

10. Wonder why book - shredded form - is returned via Fed-Ex to you by irate reader.

How To Write A Great Romantic Comedy by Jacquie D'Alessandro

1. Heroines saying funny, witty stuff are funny.

2. Heroines get naked and discovered by heroes under plausible circumstances, ie she strips to take a bath.

3. Heroes see heroines naked under plausible circumstances, pre-coitus, ie he is in a remote cabin he believes to be empty until he hears moaning from the bathroom. Alas, moaning is not because said heroine having a solo skin party, but because of old rusty water pipes.

4. Top notch sexual tension.

5. Funny repartee. Funny racoons that are actually adorable. (Memo to hubby: Damn the Wildlife Department, I want my own racoon.)

6. Top notch sexual tension.

7. Smart, funny heroes. No contrived baggage.

8. Smart, funny heroines. No contrived sex-free personality or kookiness.

9. Did I mention top notch sexual tension?

10. Did I mention witty repartee?

Rating: 46 for The Life Of Riley and 88 for Naked In New England


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