Shelf Love
  • 041. The Kiss Quotient by Helen Hoang with Dr. Maria DeBlassie

    May 12, 2020

    Dr. Maria DeBlassie, educator and writer, on pleasure activism, how romance is a safe place to explore fantasy, emotions, and relationships, how media acts as a conduct manual where people can learn emotional literacy, and the importance of cultivating joy as a form of social justice. We also discuss Helen Hoang’s The Kiss Quotient, which Maria discussed with her students in class, through the lens of pleasure activism.

  • 040. Enemies with LaQuette, Katee Robert, Ruby Lang

    May 9, 2020

    Enemies in romance with romance novel experts LaQuette, Katee Robert, and Ruby Lang. Why do we love the hate in romance? Stay safe, stay calm, and keep reading romance.

  • 039. Religion in Romance with Rebekah Weatherspoon, Felicia Grossman, Katrina Jackson

    May 5, 2020

    Religion in romance with romance novel experts Rebekah Weatherspoon, Katrina Jackson, and Felicia Grossman, in which we discuss all the things you shouldn't talk about in polite society.

  • 038. A Week To Be Wicked by Tessa Dare with my BFF Becky

    Apr 28, 2020

    This episode is the lighthearted romp you need right now. My friend Becky is the kind of person who believes every misconception about the romance genre, so I gave her one of modern romance’s most treasured works, A Week To Be Wicked by Tessa Dare, and crossed my fingers that this book could reach Becky and at least bust some of the myths about romance. But is witty banter, a rom com regency, and a cast of lovable characters enough to kindle the fires of love for romance in the depths of Becky’s cold, black New England soul?

  • 037. Food in Romance with Mia Sosa, Ruby Lang, Jessica Van Slooten

    Apr 21, 2020

    Food in romance with romance novel experts Ruby Lang, Mia Sosa, and Jessica Van Slooten. Can food be infused with feelings? Does Sherry Thomas somehow make soup sexy? Listen to this episode to find out! The Quarantine Romance Book Club is a 10-episode mini-series of short, casual conversations with romance experts, who are here to spread the joy of romance novels so that we can all stay home and NOT spread the Coronavirus. Stay safe, stay calm, and keep reading romance.

  • 036. Parenthood in Romance with LaQuette, Felicia Grossman, Jessica Van Slooten

    Apr 14, 2020

    Parenthood in romance with romance novel experts LaQuette, Felicia Grossman, and Jessica Van Slooten. It's all about choice, my friends. The Quarantine Romance Book Club is a 10-episode mini-series of short, casual conversations with romance experts, who are here to spread the joy of romance novels so that we can all stay home and NOT spread the Coronavirus. Stay safe, stay calm, and keep reading romance.

  • 035. Megan Erickson, Hope in Dystopia: Guardian by Emmy Chandler

    Apr 7, 2020

    Megan Erickson (USA Today bestselling romance author) is my guest, and we talk prison planet romances, which can briefly be summarized as “forced proximity on steroids.” The romance worth reading is Guardian by Emmy Chandler, the first in a series of prison planet romances. Discussed: Morality, The Trolley Dilemma, Consent, Humanity. CW: in this episode we discuss consent, sex work, threat of sexual violence, and violence.

  • 034. Fate vs. Free Will with Ruby Lang, Katee Robert, LaQuette

    Apr 4, 2020

    Decameron Quarantine Romance Book Club: part 3 of a 10-episode mini-series of short, casual conversations with romance experts, who are here to spread the joy of romance novels so that we can all stay home and NOT spread the Coronavirus. Tonight’s theme is Fate vs. Free Will and my guests are romance novel experts LaQuette, Katee Robert, and Ruby Lang. Stay safe, stay calm, and keep reading romance.

  • 033. Romance Myths & Misconceptions: Kennedy Ryan, Emma Barry, Talia Hibbert, Tif Marcelo, and Suzanne Jefferies

    Mar 31, 2020

    Romance novel authors and readers bust just some of the myths and misunderstandings about romance novels. Here are the facts about the romance genre from the people who know it best. We address myths such as “they’re all the same,” “they’re not well written,” and “they’re vapid and lack substance or depth.” The myth busters in this episode are Kennedy Ryan, Emma Barry, Talia Hibbert, Tif Marcelo, and Suzanne Jefferies.

  • 032. Angsty romance with Karelia Stetz-Waters, Katrina Jackson, Katee Robert

    Mar 27, 2020

    Decameron Quarantine Romance Book Club: part 2 of a 10-episode mini-series of short, casual conversations with romance experts, who are here to spread the joy of romance novels so that we can all stay home and NOT spread the Coronavirus. Tonight’s theme is ANGST