Thought provoking, critical discussions about literature's most polarizing genre. Shelf Love is a podcast that uses romance novels as the text to discuss identity, relationships, and how the modern romance genre continues to evolve.

On each episode, host Andrea Martucci is joined by a guest or guests - usually romance experts like authors, critics, reviewers, and readers - and we dig into a romance novel worth reading.

The central thesis for Shelf Love is that romance is a genre that deserves dignity and respect. As text that celebrates and centers marginalized voices, many romance books are individually complex, intersectional works of art.

Shelf Love podcast lovingly digs deeper beneath the surface of the romance genre into the id, ego, and super ego of the readers and writers of the genre.

About the Host, Andrea Martucci

Andrea Martucci has been reading romance novels for over 20 years.

Andrea started her career in publishing as managing editor of a literary magazine, and was an affiliated faculty member at Emerson College, which is also where she earned a BA in Writing, Literature, and Publishing and MA in Marketing Communications.

In addition to a career she's passionate about, Andrea podcasts, is a prolific sewist, and also enjoys spending time with her husband, their daughter, and their two cats. Andrea lives north of Boston, MA, USA.

How to Listen

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Definition of the romance genre

The definition of a "romance novel" is a fictional story that centers the romantic relationships between its protagonists and has an emotionally satisfying, optimistic ending.

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Praise for Shelf Love:

Amazing author and historian Katrina Jackson discussed my book An Unconditional Freedom on Shelf Love: A Romance Novel Book Club Podcast! This podcast, hosted by Andrea Martucci, is fantastic overall, and I highly recommend even if you don’t listen to this episode.

-Alyssa Cole (author)

I’m kinda binging on this podcast. It’s GOOOOOD.

-Adriana Herrera (author)

Tried to listen to this while working. Gave up working and just listened to this. No regrets.

-Ash Dylan (author)

This @ShelfLovePod episode with @katrinajax about An Unconditional Freedom is incredible. The book was amazing and this discourse is just... *chef’s kiss*. Can I take classes from Professor Jackson??

-@jhughe17 on Twitter

My Working Theory of What Romance Novels are Really About

As discussed in full in episode 049 with Katrina Jackson! Thank you to everyone who participated in my Twitter thread and poll where I explored this. Big contributions to my working theory came from:

  • Jack Harbon
  • Fangirl Jeanne
  • Angelique Migliore
  • Bree (Kit Rocha)