Romp Can be Funny and Sexy with Jenn Bennett

Posted August 22, 2014 by Jennifer in Author Guest Post, Stomp vs Romp 2014 | | 25 Comments

Stomp vs Romp


Some of you may know me from my urban fantasy series, Arcadia Bell. Others may know me from my Roaring Twenties paranormal romance books. Next year, I’ll be releasing my first Young Adult book, THE NIGHT OWLS, which is contemporary romance—nothing supernatural in sight.

All of my books have romance. All of my books have sex. (Yep, even the YA!) And readers often tell me that my romantic scenes are intimate. I think that’s because, much like my characters, they aren’t cookie-cutter. You can’t just do a copy-and-paste on the character names and shift them into another book. My goal is always to write scenes that belong to THAT couple at THAT exact moment in time. However, if I had to pinpoint one singular reason why those scenes work so well, it’s because of humor.

Funny is intelligent. Funny is sexy. I don’t mean broad sitcom-with-a-laugh-track humor, but sharp, subtle wit. Playful banter. Charm. Bawdy jokes at inappropriate times. I’m always, always attracted to people who can make me laugh—or vice versa. I think that’s why even my most serious, damaged characters have senses of humor.

Of course, humor is subjective. So rather than talk about it, I’ll leave you with a snippet from BITTER SPIRITS. Here is Winter, my bootlegger hero with a scarred face, coaxing Aida, a spirit medium, into their first kiss. It’s night, and they are standing on the steps outside a home being built in a ritzy San Francisco neighborhood.

What do you think? Can humor be sexy?



“So you’re saying that you can judge a man’s worth by his kiss?” Winter asked.

Aida hesitated. “I . . . no, I don’t think that’s what I said.”

“That’s what you implied. Would you like me to kiss you, so you can judge my worth?”

“Just because you look handsome in that tuxedo doesn’t mean I want you to kiss me.”

Handsome? She thought he was handsome? Perhaps she was blind, because he knew from all the uneasy stares he tolerated each time he stepped out in public that this couldn’t possibly be true. But he used to be, once, and oh, how he wanted to believe she meant it, so he allowed himself to do so, just for a moment, and climbed one step.

She made a small anxious noise and tried to do the same, but the top step was barricaded by a piece of timber, while his body blocked the descent. The freckled wildcat was trapped on the step above him.

“Don’t come any closer!”

“Are you sure?”

“Of course I’m sure, and that’s final.”

He chuckled. “You said that to Florie about the séance but ended up pinning her to floor.”

“Yes, well . . . I mean it this time. What are you doing?”

“I’m considering kissing you.”

“I really wish you wouldn’t.”

He lowered his face very close to hers and smelled violets again. That drove him a little mad. His breath was coming faster. So was hers; he watched her breasts rise and fall beneath the weight of her coat. “Why not?”

“I’m sure I have a really good reason, but you’re making it awfully hard for me to remember it now.”

He chuckled. She gave him a sheepish smile.

“Maybe you’ll even kiss me back,” he said, becoming greedy.

“I doubt that. But if you insist on trying, what could I do to stop you?”

The heated look she gave him sent a bolt of heat through his already hard cock. Jesus. She was teasing him. For a crazed moment, he wondered if he’d been the one to start this or if she’d manipulated him. Maybe she wasn’t skittish after all.

He leaned in closer. She smelled so good, he worried he might pass out and crack his head open on the sidewalk. He could see the headline in the gossip rags now: Bootlegger Succumbs to Spirit Medium’s Seductive Charms, Makes Idiot of Himself.

“This is what’s going to happen,” he said in a low voice that sounded far surer than he felt. “I’m going to kiss you—just a kiss. I won’t lay a finger on you. And if you find you don’t like it, if you find my worth lacking, you can shove me back down the steps. Deal?”

She answered in a threadbare whisper. “All right.”



The Twenties are Still Roaring! Grim Shadows by Jenn BennettGrim Shadows by Jenn Bennett 
Series: Roaring Twenties #2 
Published on June 3rd 2014 
Genres: Paranormal Romance 
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It’s the Roaring Twenties in foggy San Francisco. Prohibition is on, inhibitions are low, and dark magic is rolling into town… Archaeologist Lowe Magnusson is packing something everyone wants. The djed amulet, a priceless Egyptian artifact, will fetch Lowe a hefty paycheck from one of San Francisco’s wealthiest. But when the handsome Swede runs into his patron’s uptight daughter, what he once considered easy money becomes maddeningly complicated… Cursed with deadly spirits as her constant companions, curator Hadley Bacall must keep calm to hold her dangerous specters at bay and prevent them from lashing out at anything—or anyone. Trouble is, Lowe is driving her crazy, but her father needs the artifact he’s transporting. While Hadley can feel the amulet’s power, she can’t fathom the destruction—or the desire—it’s about to stir up.



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Go Team Romp!


Check out what Team Stomp is talking about over at Rabid Reads with Celia Breslin.



About Jenn Bennett

Jenn Bennett is author of the Arcadia Bell urban fantasy series from Pocket Books and the upcoming Roaring Twenties paranormal romance series from Berkley. Born in Germany, she has a B.F.A. in Painting from Troy University. She’s lived and traveled extensively throughout Europe, the U.S., and the Far East, and currently lives near Atlanta with one husband and two very bad pugs. Get weekly Facebook updates from Jenn by liking her fan page, or follow her on Twitter for daily dribbles about her current writing projects, the book industry, and miscellaneous obsessions.

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After 17 years I've finally finished my BA in English (no I do not want to be a teacher). Before majoring in English I would not have touched anything labeled "classic", but I have enjoyed a few along the way in my college career.

While I hated to read growing up, I am now an avid book reader and audiobook listener. I love rejecting reality one book at a time. I only read fiction within my favorite (at least to date) genres which include: most romance (paranormal, contemporary, D/s, BDSM, M/M)Urban Fantasy, and a few YA (mostly PNR or UF from favorite adult authors, but I'm slowly stepping out of my comfort zone after enjoying a few contemporary YA novels in adolescent literature class I took).
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25 responses to “Romp Can be Funny and Sexy with Jenn Bennett

  1. Celeste Schmitt

    I can’t come up with anyone right off the bat, but funny/sexy is always a winning combo.

  2. Of course, you’d ask and I’d come up blank every time I decide to comment. lol I definitely like a good balance of funny with my sexy though.

  3. Kate I.

    I enjoyed Alice Clayton’s “Redhead” series which featured lots of banter between H/h Grace and Jack. My favorite on-screen couple are Nick and Nora from the Thin Man films (though the characters in Dashiell Hamett’s novels were excellent source material for William Powell and Myrna Loy).

  4. Jenn Bennett can do no wrong in my book! Whether it’s ROMP or STOMP, she’s got you covered…I’m not typically a YA reader but I’ll be reading her new series because I love her writing so much. Jennifer, you’re going to love Cady, Lon and Jupe! 🙂

  5. Oh goodness I bought this book back when it first came out and then got distracted. I’m kicking myself royally, that excerpt was fantastic. Total win for Romp (two times in a row now) today! As for a good romp couple… Cat and Bones are on my mind right now because of the sale today!

  6. Humor can totally be sexy….well, depends on context. But I do like a good humor in my reads. Makes it real. Cecy Robson’s Weird Series is the first come to mind. Alice Clayton, Contemp, but hilarious.

  7. i guess that yes it could be but i prefer soft written sex ( for me the vocabulary used it’s important teh scene can be steamy if the vocabulary isn’t vulgar but when it’s vulgar i really hate it)

  8. Bennett is totally kicking Team STOMP’s butt today. And, I don’t blame anyone who’s switching sides and voting for her cuz she’s one of my fav authors. You may have won this round Jennifer, but I will win the war…

    • I’ve only read Bennett’s ROMP books but I have her Stomp books on my shelf next to my bed and I’m excited to see if she can bring the Stomp as well as the Romp.

      We’ll see who wins the war…..

  9. Stephanie H.

    I usually more of a stomp girl, but Jenn Bennett can get me to switch teams! 😉

    One of my favorite funny & sexy pairings? Ill go with Stephanie Plum and Joe Morelli.

  10. Mags

    I’m loving this series! It’s got great period details, but the characters are very modern.