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R. Nassor

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R. Nassor may spend more time with books, tea, and ceramic mugs than recommended by professionals but it hasn’t failed her so far. Nassor has a MA in English Literature from Georgetown University, where she looked at the way medieval and early modern literature reappear in fantasy books today. She’s been writing about romance, fantasy, science fiction, and pop culture for quite a while, starting at Book Riot in 2020. She’s also written for You can follow her on Tiktok and contact her through her website.

Get ready to audibly laugh and visibly swoon from a fine set of funny SFF romance books. These books put the punch in punchline, the aww in absurd, and the God in oh my God. When humor, romance, and SFF (Science Fiction/ Fantasy) elements come together, I just get excited.

Science fiction and fantasy are genres known to lean into absurdism. With plots that can include face-to-face relationships with God, the inner thoughts of artificial intelligence, and the realities of living in a world where magic is real, there is a lot of comedic potential. There is also a reason why romantic comedies are wildly popular. Sometimes witty banter between partners and horrible meet cutes are just what we need before our HEAs. So, it is no surprise that the interaction between these two good things has always been my bookshelf catnip.

I love things that are a bit absurd, a bit romantic, and a bit fantastical. It is one of the main reasons I love medieval and early modern literature. The bawdy Lais of Marie de France feature hawk knights who swoop into the towers of unhappily married ladies (Yonec). The wild plays from William Shakespeare center fairies absolutely destroying everyone’s romantic lives (A Midsummer Night’s Dream). I like them because they are messy and magical and just a bit brash. Ultimately, I think having a bit more fun with things is never the wrong choice.

Now, let’s rip off the proverbial Band-Aid. I must include the caveat that humor is subjective. At some point each of these books made me laugh from their bonkers plots and dry wit. However, the books are not funny from start to finish. Some include deeply serious plots even amongst the shifter romances and magic shenanigans. What I have here is my list of funny SFF Romance books that I hope other people will relate to. I simply hope at least one of these picks hits your funny bone.

Now, On To Our Main Programming: Funny SFF Romance Books

So, we must get things moving to the list of funny SFF romance books. From thrilling topics like “Monster Meet Cutes” to “Chivalry is Not Dead” to “Do I Sense Chemistry?” I have provided a range of funny SFF romance books for your reading pleasure.

Monster Meet Cutes: Urban Fantasy Romance

Don't Hex and Drive by Juliette Cross Book Cover

Don’t Hex and Drive by Juliette Cross

Content Warning: Kidnapping

Who doesn’t want a romance between an introverted witch and a vampire Bollywood star with a bit of mystery thrown into the mix? Isadora Savoie is not what you would call a people person. Her healing powers make her a bigger fan of plants and animals, but when girls begin to go missing in her neighborhood, she must dip her toes into the community and enlist the help of a charming vampire. Devraj Kumar, the vampire in question, is a vampire warrior, a Bollywood star, and new to New Orleans. He thought he was done with feeling excited about his immortal life before he literally ran into Isadora. Looking at the mystery together, they might uncover more than just the location of the missing girls.

Elemental by Whitney Hill Book Cover

Elemental by Whitney Hill

Content Warning: Death

As a magical PI, Arden Finch is ready for anything a client wants to throw at her. But the elves’ open bounty for elementals includes her, and even someone whose snark and wit are verifiable weapons should be afraid when an elf comes her way and asks her to investigate their elder’s disappearance. She will need the help of all the friends in her arsenal, from her werewolf lover to her djinn allies. Arden knows this client could give her the chance to become a part of North Carolina’s deadly Otherside, so she is determined to break the case before it breaks her first.

Hot and Badgered by Shelly Laurenston Book Cover

Hot and Badgered by Shelly Laurenston

Content Warning: Death

Waking up with a hangover and a phone call to get out of her hotel room, it is reasonable that even a honey badger shifter would forget clothing. So, when Charlie Taylor-MacKilligan unceremoniously falls into Berg Dunn’s hotel room, naked, she takes his gun, shirt, and cell phone before running out of the grizzly shifter’s life. Charlie has to protect her sisters again from her father’s destructive life choices, but this time Berg is determined to help. Animal shifters everywhere know you do not mess with the Mackilligan sisters, but Berg is already in too deep, and he will persistently protect her until she wants him forever, too.

Frostbite by J Emery Book Cover

Frostbite by J. Emery

Content Warnings: Death, Kidnapping

Welcome to my favorite snowed-in, enemies-to-lovers vampire hunter romance. Ezra just wanted one night free from his family compound and endless bodyguards. He wanted to get picked up by a cute guy, not by a vampire clan looking to extort his family. To make a bad night worse, he escapes into a blizzard and stumbles into an empty cabin…one that belongs to a vampire hunter. Morgan decided he was done with the family business, the one where they all get together and kill monsters. He did not expect his weekend cabin retreat from his family to include a frozen vampire in residence. The snow brought them close for now, but when it melts, can they possibly stay together?

Awakened by Moni Boyce Book Cover

Awakened by Moni Boyce

Content Warning: Death

Threatening dreams become reality when Willow Stevens comes face to face with murderous myths, creatures, and monsters. It turns out, her co-worker Eli knows more than he lets on and unlocks the reason behind her nightmares and the vampire king who stalks her. Eli is a Protector who must keep her safe, and avoid romantic entanglements, but as the danger to Willow’s life increases, Eli cannot deny the growing chemistry between them. Sure, their lives are at stake, but there might be some time for an illicit romance along the way.

Discount Armageddon by Seanan McGuire Book Cover

Discount Armageddon by Seanan McGuire

Content Warning: Kidnapping

Verity Price’s passion is her work as a professional ballroom dancer, but her job as an urban incryptid specialist is what keeps the lights on. That is, she keeps New York City together so electricity still operates in a world where the Monsters who do not play by the rules answer to her. It’s the Price family business: protecting American monsters from the Covenant of St. George indiscriminately killing Cryptids. Her work-other work balance is going just fine until the Covenant shows up in her city. Now she has to juggle distracting and falling for a Covenant man, Cryptid disappearances, a dragon problem, and her ballroom career. No problem. Hopefully. The book is a monster from the backlist lagoon but the quips, romance, and fantasy elements are off the charts.

Chivalry is Not Dead: High Fantasy Romance

How to Love Your Elf by Kerrelyn Sparks Book Cover

How to Love Your Elf by Kerrelyn Sparks

Content Warning: Death

Orphan girls with magic abilities raised together as sisters in a convent are prophesied to all become queens. Sorcha is a dragon and the long-lost sister of the dragon kingdom. Newly reunited with her biological family, she is willing to do anything to help, even if it means negotiating with the elves across the border. When she is taken hostage, her initial plans go up in smoke, and a new path to peace and love light her path instead. Between a rising rebellion and the heroic efforts of the mysterious Woodsman, her goals might be more attainable than she ever thought.

Unnatural Magic by C.M. Waggoner Book Cover

Unnatural Magic by C.M. Waggoner

Content Warning: Death, Emotional Abuse by a Parent, Misogyny

Someone murdered four trolls, and it is up to a rogue spellcaster, an outsider troll, and a human soldier to solve the case. Onna is a brilliant spell writer looking for her big break as one of the only women in primarily male academia and instead finds a murder that needs to be solved. Meanwhile, Tsira is looking for acceptance as a troll with no magic in a world where magic helps establish power. She lives by herself, hoping to one day create a home of her own when she finds a dying human in the snow and decides to nurse him back to life. When a wizard tries to kill her, they are drawn into town to discover who is behind the attacks on the trolls. Now, this book borders more on high fantasy, but the romantic plot line is atypical and adorable so I had to include it.

Lightning Struck Heart by TJ Klune Book Cover

 Lightning Struck Heart by TJ Klune

Content Warnings: Death, Imprisonment

A queer chosen one story filled with chaotic magic, humor, and big feelings. Sam knew getting selected by the King’s Wizard and receiving a place in the castle was special and came with serious expectations — expectations like not getting captured by people every time he leaves the castle. One day. But one day comes a bit faster than he thought when a dragon captures the prince. Now Sam and his friends have to get him back and Sam’s longtime crush, Prince’s fiancé, the knight commander, is coming too. Staying emotionally (and physically) intact will require some serious skill from everyone involved, but somebody has to save the prince, and it’s up to them to do it.

Of Dragons, Feasts, and Murders by Aliette de Bodard Book Cover

Of Dragons, Feasts and Murders by Aliette de Bodard

Content Warning: Death

It’s Lunar New Year and the scent of death is in the air. Dragon Prince Thuan is less than pleased to be thrust into politics once more during his vacation, but his husband Asmodeus cannot get enough of the murder investigation. As a fallen Angel, Asmodeus is extremely loyal and equally dangerous. Thuan is clever enough to solve the case, but will the bookish prince follow through on his promise to solve the murder? This Vietnamese-inspired world is filled with magic, mystery, and an epic love that might not survive another investigation.

Do I Sense Chemistry? Science Fiction Romance

The Cybernetic Tea Shop by Meredith Katz Book Cover

The Cybernetic Tea Shop by Meredith Katz

Get ready to curl up with an ace novella focusing on an AI technician and a now-defunct AI. Before society decided AI was illegal, Sal was made. Now she runs the tea shop her owner left behind, hoping to do her best until she eventually breaks down. Sal never expected Clara Gutierrez to walk into her shop and offer her the help she desperately needs. You see, Clara is the AI technician who specializes in working with bird-like companions. She never lingers in one place for long after living in a migrant worker family, but she cannot leave Sal behind. Not when she needs her help. They will have to grow together if they decide they do not want to part.

Polaris Rising by Jessie Mihalik Book Cover

Polaris Rising by Jessie Mihalik

Content Warnings: Torture, Incarceration, Death, Kidnapping, Emotional Abuse by a Parent

In a galaxy where three high houses control everything, it should not be hard for the von Hasenberg house to get their daughter back home, married off, and fast. But Ada begs to differ, even after bounty hunters capture her. She knows the man in the cell next to her is a dangerous outlaw, but Marcus Loch is her ticket out. It’s a win-win: Ada will escape and Marcus will be handsomely rewarded. Her fortune, airtight aliases, and computer skills won’t hurt her chances either. A space opera that leans into tropes traditionally associated with upper-class historical romance novels shows you can fear for the destruction of the galaxy and have fun along the way.

Unsung Heroine by Sarah Kuhn Book Cover

Unsung Heroine by Sarah Kuhn

Content Warnings: Emotional Abuse by a Parent

Demonic Karaoke, check. Extensive Star Trek discussions, check. Queer romance, check. Lucy Valdez expects perfection in her life. She is the best personal superhero trainer, karaoke singer, and planner in San Francisco. So her inability to confess her feelings to the head of the city’s Police Department’s Demon Unit, Rose Rorick, is a real problem that needs to be solved ASAP. But just as she works up to her big move, a new karaoke star serenades supernatural trouble into town. Now Lucy has to fix this problem with Rose and maybe even find the perfect way to ask her on a date while they’re at it.

Ascension by Jacqueline Koyanagi Book Cover

Ascension by Jacqueline Koyanagi

Content Warning: Death

Stowing away on the Tangled Axon to find her sister Nova and a job in one go might not have been Alana Quick’s brightest idea. She might be an excellent sky surgeon, but even she does not know how to deal with a pilot who randomly comes and goes from reality, a wolfish chief engineer, and the hottest captain Alana’s come across. Between her chronic pain disorder and her difficult relationship with her spiritual sister, Alana comes onto the ship with problems of her own. Now she must confront the Death Star–level threat following Nova and her growing feelings for the polyamorous captain who she cannot stop thinking about.

The A. I. Who Loved Me by Alyssa Cole Book Cover

The A.I. Who Loved Me by Alyssa Cole

Content Warning: Past Trauma

Humor is cut into this sci-fi novella that puts the cute in meet-cute. Trinity Jordan and Li Wei are just neighbors. As a proud homebody, Trinity is happy to stay in and recover from a devastating accident. But when Li Wei notices his gorgeous neighbor, Trinity, he finds it impossible to leave her alone. Sure, he is relearning what it means to be an almost-human AI unit, but why not flirt a bit in the meantime? Together, they both begin remembering the truth and realizing their attraction may be based on shared experience. Trinity and Li have a cat, a witty AI unit, and friends who’ve helped build their safety, one built almost entirely on ignorance. The truth is more dangerous than they could have ever imagined.

Hot Take: Funny SFF Romance Books Are Necessary

All good things must come to an end. Even fantastic lists of funny SFF romance books. Obviously, the Live, Laugh, Love of it all can be a bit much in your favorite home goods store, but it’s an absolutely delicious combo in literature. Give me more solving magical crimes and falling in love with the vampire detective on the case. I would die for a romance with more wizards than I can handle. I want books with aliens in space amidst a galaxy-defying romance. I, for one, will continue to be a big advocate for the ability to laugh at wonderful, romantic plots.