044. Any Old Diamonds by KJ Charles with EE Ottoman

May 26, 2020

EE Ottoman, romance author, is my guest! He shares his thoughts on men writing romance, what sexy, fun fantasy can look like when writing trans characters, and writing queerness in a historical setting. The romance worth reading that we discuss is Any Old Diamonds by KJ Charles, which is a fun Victorian romp with jewel thieves, baddies who get their comeuppance, and a beautiful love story between two men who also experience personal growth along the way.


043. Fantasy in Romance with LaQuette, Felicia Grossman, Jessica Van Slooten

May 23, 2020

Fantasy in romance with romance novel experts LaQuette, Felicia Grossman, and Jessica Van Slooten. My guests interpreted this theme a bit differently than I thought they would, and it's a delight to see a common thread emerge in their book recommendations. The Quarantine Romance Book Club is a 10-episode mini-series of short, casual conversations with romance experts. Stay safe, stay calm, and keep reading romance.


042. The Kingmaker by Kennedy Ryan with Adriana Herrera

May 19, 2020

Adriana Herrera, romance author, on intersectionality, the waves of feminism, and pining. We also discuss The Kingmaker Duet by Kennedy Ryan!


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.