NEW RAVE REVIEW FOR “LOVE IS THE PUNCH LINE”!

5 Stars

Reviewed by Claire LeNoir on Amazon, July 8, 2019: https://www.amazon.com/Love-Punch-Line-Kathleen-Jones-ebook/dp/B07BYNX7BM/ref=sr_1_1?keywords=Love+Is+the+Punch+Line&qid=1567360042&s=books&sr=1-1

A different kind of romance

July 8, 2019

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“Love is the Punch Line” is a well-crafted story, at times charming and at time exasperating (in a good way) novel about romance between two mismatched people, Josh and Holly. Both see themselves through self-critical eyes and fear they are over the hill and undesirable. It’s a refreshing change from romances between young and perfect people, and I enjoyed reading it, though I often found myself wanting to shake Josh, the lead male character (who seems to be based upon a Rodney Dangerfield type of stand-up comic). Just when I want to wash my hands of Josh, he becomes so vulnerable and soft-hearted that I understand why someone–like Holly, the leading lady–could actually love him.

There’s a heartwarming segment where one of his fellow stand-up comics dies, and Josh struggles with his grief and confronts his own failings. It’s revealing of Josh’s character, and adds a poignant twist to the story, though it is not a main plot line.

Josh often does his best to ruin their relationship with his comedic digs at Holly, even after he realizes she is a sensitive person and easily wounded. His troubled history with women seems to drive him to test–or destroy–the relationship. Unlike the typical genre romance male lead, he is often his own worst enemy and his insecurities often seem insurmountable.

Unlike the traditional romance, it’s never really clear if this couple will have their “happy ever after.” And that adds to the appeal of this love story because it is not formulaic and there is a “what will happen next” tension that carries through the story. The author does a great job of taking on the romance genre and creating something fresh and intriguing out of it. In other words, romance genre readers will still like it, but non-romance genre readers will also find much to enjoy in the book. Which is to say, in many ways, it transcends genre boundaries.

Oh, and yes–the screen play Josh writes is a nicely played as a strong thread in the story. Will it ever be made into a movie? Will it refresh his lagging career? Is Holly’s belief in the screen play enough to carry them through the challenges? Read it and see!

Complex, original within the romance genre, and entertaining.

New 5-Star Review for “Love Is the Punch Line” from Bernie Brown, posted on Goodreads on June 2, 2019

(see https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/37507307-love-is-the-punch-line?from_search=true)

Kathleen Jones sets up an original situation when a has-been comedian and a very attractive woman in his audience fall for each other. Much of their courting takes place during his performances when he makes one liners about her on-stage and she answers back from her table. Jones excels at descriptions of settings, whether they are the seedy clubs Josh performs in or the stunning natural beauty of Canada. Read Jones’ clever tale to discover if romance can blossom under these unusual circumstances.

NEW 5-STAR REVIEW FOR LOVE IS THE PUNCH LINE!

Posted on Amazon by R. Radway on June 11, 2019

(https://www.amazon.com/Love-Punch-Line-Kathleen-Jones/product-reviews/1945181338/ref=cm_cr_arp_d_paging_btm_next_2?ie=UTF8&reviewerType=all_reviews&pageNumber=2)

Format: Kindle Edition

A good romantic read with a comedy side. Loved it!!

New Review for Love Is the Punch Line!

Check out Josette Belvedere’s new review of Love Is the Punch Line on her site, Stories By Josette Belvedere (http://josette-stories.site/books-by-other-authors/)

5/25/2019:  Just finished “Love Is The Punchline,” a light romantic romp featuring real-life, older lovers and every day frustrations and impediments to love bonding.  Loved the older, flawed characters.  Cute story.

 

Free Romance Novel Only Until June 30, 2019!

Looking for a midlife romance? Love standup comedy? Love Is the Punch Linehas what you’re looking for!

If you’d like to read this warm and funny book and don’t mind posting a review on Goodreads and/or Amazon, please email me, Kathleen Jones, at joneslepidas@bell.net. THE EBOOK WILL BE FREE, ONLY UNTIL JUNE 30, 2019.

A brief synopsis: Plump, balding, and middle-aged stand-up comedian Josh Steinberg has never had much luck with women. That is, until Josh meets Holly Brannigan while performing his stand-up act in a comedy club. Holly, an attractive, intelligent, and divorced 50-year-old businesswoman, becomes instantly smitten with Josh.

The lonely Josh soon falls in love with Holly. But Josh, terrified of being hurt and discarded by yet another woman, hides his true feelings for Holly by making fun of her in his stand-up act. And Holly, taking Josh’s words to heart, starts to wonder if she means anything to him at all.

NEW 5-STAR REVIEW FROM AUTHOR CHARLES BUSH!

 

Posted on Amazon by Charles Bush, author of Houseboat Wars, on March 19, 2019: https://www.amazon.com/Love-Punch-Line-Kathleen-Jones-ebook/dp/B07BYNX7BM/ref=sr_1_1?keywords=love+is+the+punch+line&qid=1553114721&s=gateway&sr=8-1

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Glamorous Setting Convincing Characters

 

“Love is the Punch Line” is a fast-paced but sure-footed romantic comedy set amidst the high-energy worlds of stand-up comedy and Hollywood movie making. The two leads, Jewish comedian Josh Steinberg and Irish event planner Holly Brannigan, are complex, well-rounded characters, riven by internal conflicts and self-doubt – in other words, completely human. If affairs of the heart interest you, you will enjoy this novel.

Free E-Book on Library Thing Until March 1, 2019!

Celebrate the month of love—Valentine’s Day—with this warm and funny romantic novel.

LibraryThing members (it’s free to join LibraryThing!) can request a FREE copy of the e-book version of Love Is the Punch Linein return for a review. The ebooks will be delivered by email. We are giving away these books to increase the impact of the message of the book but also to get more reviews online.  Reviews on Amazon, GoodReads and LibraryThing are appreciated. Please choose the ebook format you prefer: .epub or .mobi,

Once you’ve read the book, please post your reviews on:

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Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/37507307-love-is-the-punch-line

LibraryThing: https://www.librarything.com/work/20782804/book/149152577

Description:Middle-aged stand-up comedian Josh Steinberg, formerly the star of his own popular TV series, finds himself struggling to keep his career alive, playing seedier and seedier clubs. Plump, balding, and plain-looking, he has never had much luck with women. That is, until Josh meets Holly Brannigan while performing his stand-up act in a comedy club. Holly, an attractive, intelligent, and divorced 50-year-old businesswoman, becomes instantly smitten with Josh and even finds his unconventional looks wildly sexy.

The lonely and vulnerable Josh soon falls in love with Holly, even though she’s not the statuesque type he usually goes for. But Josh, terrified of being hurt and discarded by yet another woman, hides his true feelings for Holly by making fun of her in his stand-up act. And Holly, taking Josh’s words to heart, starts to wonder if she means anything to him at all.

Offer ends March 1, 2019.For further information, go to: https://www.librarything.com/er/giveaway/list

 

 

MEET AUTHOR KATHLEEN JONES!

 

Just in time for Valentine’s Day! Author Kathleen Jones will be signing copies of her novel Love Is the Punch Line at the following two locations:

  • Coles: Eglinton Square, 1 Eglinton Square (Eglinton and Victoria Park), Scarborough

When: Tuesday, February 12, 2019, 12:00 noon to 4:00 p.m.

  • IndigoSpirit: First Canadian Place, 100 King Street West (King and Bay), Toronto

When: Wednesday, February 13, 2019, 12:00 noon to 2:00 p.m.