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A Comedy of Erinn

(Venice Beach Romance #2)

3.61  ·  Rating details ·  64 ratings  ·  27 reviews
Erinn Wolf needs to reinvent herself. A once celebrated playwright turned photographer, she's almost broke, a little lonely, and tired of her sister's constant worry. When a job on a reality TV show falls into her lap, she's thrilled to be making a paycheck--and when a hot Italian actor named Massimo rents her guesthouse, she's certain her life is getting a romantic subplo ...more
Paperback, 242 pages
Published September 1st 2013 by Kensington Publishing Corporation (first published January 1st 2013)
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Hannah Fielding
Aug 23, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I found this to be a refreshingly different book in the romance genre.
The writing is sharp and intelligent, and ideal for those who are wordsmiths and delight in literary references. For example:

“Reader, I fired him,” Erinn said.

This is also a book for people who, like Erinn, are wordsmiths. Erinn is an old-school grammarian, which leads to frequent corrections of her contemporaries’ English, often to comic effect:

“Anyway,” said Jude. “I didn’t mean to freak you out.”

“You didn’t freak me out. I’
Marilyn Upright
Jul 04, 2020 rated it really liked it
It was good to see a mature woman hanging out with younger people and still being appreciated for her efforts.
Cheryl Malandrinos
Apr 02, 2014 rated it it was amazing
While it took a couple of chapters for me to get fully invested in this novel, once that happened, I never wanted to put the book down. At first Erinn and Jude didn't do much for me, but I think part of that is intentional on the author's part. Erinn is a down on her luck socially awkward person, while Jude is young and says whatever comes into his mind. They don't click at all and she's happy to be rid of him. He originally rubbed me the wrong way too.

Enter Massimo, the classy Italian guy who k
Katie Fink
***Thanks to NetGalley and Kensington Books for providing me with a copy for review***

Erinn Elizabeth Wolf was a theatrical superstar--she wrote a successful play, The Family of Mann, in the 1980s and was a part of the New York theatre scene at that time. Things fell apart, and she left the city for Santa Monica, California, where she has been floundering trying to write her next play. Her sister, Suzanna, decides she needs to make some income, so she tries to get Erinn to rent her guesthouse. A
Char (1RadReader59)
What a wonderful follow up to The Merchant of Venice Beach. Celia Bonaduce once again is right on target with her characters that command your attention. They are quirky, intriguing, and yet someone you could bring home to dinner. She has you laughing at your main character Erinn at the same time you are feeling sorry for her for all she tends to close herself off to. She is in her early 40’s and to say she is very set in her was is an understatement to the tenth degree. Then you add her geeky b ...more
Apr 29, 2014 rated it really liked it
A Comedy of Erinn is a sassy lighthearted romantic comedy about a once celebrated playwrite in her forties who is struggling to reinvent herself. Written in the third person narrative, the reader follows Erinn Wolf's journey of self-discovery that takes her out of her comfort zone when she is challenged with a new career producing reality TV and finding herself in a May-December romance that she least expected.

Author Celia Bonaduce calls upon her professional experience as a TV producer to provi
Apr 27, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone who likes contemporary romances
Recommended to Mareena by: Dorothy at Pump up Your Book
Erinn Wolf is looking to reinvent herself. A once celebrated playwright who had taken Broadway by storm in the 1980's, she is now a struggling photographer living in California. Erinn is almost broke, a little lonely, and tired of being a source of her sister's constant worry.

When a producing job on a reality TV show falls into her lap, Erinn is absolutely thrilled to be finally making a paycheck. And when a handsome Italian actor named Massimo rents her guesthouse, she's certain her life will
Nancy Steinle gummel
A comedy of Erinn by Celia Bonaduce was a little different from what I expected and I really enjoyed it. It beginner when former playwrite Erinn hits a mental block with her writing. She lives in a beautiful Victorian house in San Francisco. Her sister Suzanne is pregnant and gets on her case about renting her guest house out so she can have some income. She tells Erinn she listed the house for rent on Craigslist. Erinn gets huffy. The first tenant to be rubs her the wrong way. She rudely tells ...more
Ruth Hill
Apr 28, 2014 rated it liked it
The genre of romance is diverse, and when I pick up a new romance, I cannot guarantee that I will connect with it. This romance is light and free of bedroom scenes. However, it is full of profanity (that I could do without). But these peripheral issues do not affect nor contribute to the rating. These are just content advisories.

In the novel's defense, the characters are somewhat entertaining at times, and there are a few minor twists along the way. The protagonist is a mature woman who is intel
May 11, 2014 rated it really liked it
This is a witty and charming follow-up to Bonaduce's "The Merchant of Venice Beach". Erinn Wolf lands a job producing a reality TV show called BATTLEready! and finds herself attracted to two very different men. This is not a bodice-ripping romance - rather, it is a very funny tale of a 42-year-old woman learning to navigate awkward social situations and the brave new world of reality TV (she says to her sister, "...TV has gone to hell in a handbasket. These reality shows - my God! What a waste o ...more
Erinn is cynical, uptight, and funny. There are two possible heroes in this book. I think you will be happy with the one she chooses.

I really like the possibility of this book. It is funny and the characters are great and the plot is interesting. Here is what it lacked for me. I needed the actual love scene and more of them than I got. Maybe it is just not that kind of romance novel, but actual love scenes would have gone a long way to have me in invest in the chemistry of the couple. I would h
Geri Lear
Nov 26, 2013 rated it liked it
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Sharon Chance
Jun 02, 2014 rated it it was amazing
If you are looking for a fun read for this summer's beach or vacation outings, then this is the book for you! It features a smart, sophisticated female lead who has just the right amount of angst and sass to keep her life always a point of interest, a sexy man or two to keep her love life hot and sizzling, and background characters who are interesting and help to keep the plot moving along nicely.

"A Comedy of Erinn" is the second book from author Celia Bonaduce, (The first was "Merchant of Veni
Sep 04, 2013 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arcs, didn-t-finish
The cover and blurb are misleading. This is the story of a 43 year old 'has been' playwright crushing on a hot Italian 'washed up' actor with gray hair (so I'm assuming he's her age), but the love interest winds up being a seemingly air headed skater dude. The dialogue is hilariously on point! This just wasn't what I was in the mood for. I love winter/spring romances like Anyone But You by Jennifer Cruise, but I knew exactly what I was getting into when I turned that book's cover. This book isn' ...more
Nov 27, 2013 rated it liked it
*received the book for free through Goodreads First Reads

I felt that this book was mildly entertaining. It was well written and flowed smoothly. It went off on many historical and trivia related tangents that I'm not too fond of but it did fit with the story because that's a big part of the main character's personality.

The love aspect of the story was somewhat lacking. I never felt too involved in whether or not they would get together and thought that the ending was a bit boring.

I would offer
Yvonne Diamond
Sep 29, 2014 rated it really liked it
What I especially enjoy about Celia's Books is, as we have similar stomping Grounds, her inclusion of Settings in places like Venice Beach/Santa Monica, Napa, Philadelphia & Valley Forge provide direct points of Reference which help bring this reader into symbiosis with the Story. Also, as an Outsider on the periphery of the Entertainment Industry, the main character provides a bit of Insight into the realities of Media Production with illuminating tips well-woven into the story. Though still s ...more
LA Lisa
Oct 30, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Just like "The Merchant of Venice Beach," I got swept up in the book and felt like a secret observer of Errin's journey from her self-imposed solitude to taking baby steps back into the real world. I loved all of the details and descriptions and the integration of Errin's innermost thoughts and observations -- overthinking almost every situation -- a product of her imagination and insecurities also found in most women(and men). This story also gives the reader a behind-the-scenes glimpse of the ...more
Susan James
May 02, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Delightful intelligent romantic comedy.
Erinn Wolf needs a new life passion. In her twenties she was the toast of New York's theatre world. - Celebrated playwright, Elizabeth Wolf.
But that was a long time ago. Writing is hard. Using a camera is bliss. And if she does't rent her Santa Monica gust house soon she'll need a new source of income.When she's offered a job as a Reality TV producer. everything changes .. I loved this book! Prickly, quirky, Erinn is so much fun to follow. I am so glad sh
Finally, a heroine that isn't a lip-biting ingenue! This was such an easy, fun read, I would recommend it to anyone looking for a well written light romantic comedy. It features a great premise, strongly drawn setting, multi faceted primary and secondary characters, witty dialogue and humor, as well as an engaging love story.
* I received my copy from in exchange for an honest review.
Sep 22, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I read this author's first book, MERCHANT OF VENICE BEACH, because the reviews said to ignore the bodice-ripper cover and enjoy a quick, funny read. I did and I was not disappointed! I was looking forward to the author's second offering, A COMEDY OF ERINN, which again featured a cover having nothing to do with the book. This novel is equally funny, with another beautifully drawn female protagonist. I hope Ms. Bonaduce finds her audience - she is a very funny lady! ...more
Gina Popp
Nov 02, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This is the second book I've read in Celia Bonaduce's series. Loved them both, but perhaps I loved this one a little more because I identified so strongly with the main character Erinn Wolf. The author's fresh voice, unusual story lines and quirky sense of humor make for a very different kind of romance. Can't wait for the sequel. ...more
Oct 02, 2013 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
It was an okay, quick read. I felt the description was a bit misleading of who the characters actually were. Also, the character development was a little lacking. It definitely had a few funny moments but in the end I didn't feel that emotional attachment. ...more
Allana Kellett
Nov 25, 2013 rated it it was ok
I liked the book even though I felt the characters were flat and the story line felt rushed in several places.

This book was from a Goodreads giveaway.
Carol Evans
I really enjoyed it. It’s a light romance, the kind I like. It made me smile.
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