Enchanted, Inc., by Shanna Swendson
Erin, here. I don’t get riled up very often, but I’m stomping around like an ogre in a hobbit shire today. Why? Because I’m on a fantasy romcom kick, and, apparently, Amazon doesn’t have a category for that. I mean, seriously? There’s a whole category dedicated to literary critiques of 18th-century philosophers and poets, for heaven’s sake! (The number 2 best-seller in that category has zero reviews, by the way. Toss those episodic poets some love, people. I mean, come on.)
I noticed it while looking at today’s feature. I thought, “Hey, this looks great! I’ll post this one, and I’ll find some more like it to add to our list over the next few months!” Only, when I clicked on its category listings, none of those books were anything like this one. At all. Let’s look at some examples, shall we?
First, we have the romance-fantasy category. Have you ever looked at that one? It’s basically 137,947 titles of vampire, werewolf, and ghost erotica. Good luck finding anything light and funny buried in there. (Hey, I’m not knocking them if that’s what you’re into. I’m just saying romantic comedies are not the same thing as romance novels, with or without werewolves.)
What about humorous fantasy, you ask? Sure, they have that, too. And it’s a little closer. But most of them aren’t romcoms. They’re tongue-in-cheek LitRPG spoofs for gaming nerds (like me). Or they poke fun at fantasy tropes for D&D nerds (also me). Or they poke fun at contemporary wizard tropes for Harry Dresden fans (still me.) Okay, so I probably need to dive into that category more often, but it’s still not what I’m looking for right now!
Contemporary urban fiction? Those aren’t fantasy books. Contemporary fantasy fiction? Think Shadow Hunters. (Not exactly laugh-a-minute.) Contemporary humor? No. Just… no.
Look, enough. My point is, there isn’t a specific category for romantic comedies within the fantasy genre. So I’ve created a tag for them, right here on The Daily Bookaholic. And now I’m on a mission to collect and organize the best fantasy romantic comedy books out there. So help me out! Comment your favorites here, or on our Twitter post!
From the publisher:
DON’T MESS WITH HEXES
Katie Chandler had always heard that New York is a weird and wonderful place, but this small-town Texas gal had no idea how weird until she moved there. Everywhere she goes, she sees something worth gawking at and Katie is afraid she’s a little too normal to make a splash in the big city. Working for an ogre of a boss doesn’t help.
Then, seemingly out of the blue, Katie gets a job offer from Magic, Spells, and Illusions, Inc., a company that tricks of the trade to the magic community. For MSI, Katie’s ordinariness is an asset. Lacking any bit of magic, she can easily spot a fake spell, catch hidden clauses in competitor’s contracts, and detect magically disguised intruders. Suddenly, average Katie is very special indeed.
She quickly learns that office politics are even more complicated when your new boss is a real ogre, and you have a crush on the sexy, shy, ultra powerful head of the R&D department, who is so busy fighting an evil competitor threatening to sell black magic on the street that he seems barely to notice Katie. Now it’s up to Katie to pull off the impossible: save the world and–hopefully–live happily ever after.
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