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


031. White Whiskey Bargain by Jodie Slaughter with Charish Reid

Mar 24, 2020

Charish Reid (author: Hearts on Hold: A Librarian Romance) is my guest, and we talk about why we should stop shitting on majoring in English and ah-ha! moments in teaching. The Romance Worth Reading (™) that we discuss is White Whiskey Bargain by Jodie Slaughter. Discussed: Low-angst romance, marriages of convenience, just once bed, owning land as the American dream. Plus: female leadership in a male-dominated field, people of color in Appalachia, and mutual self love.


030. A Seditious Affair by KJ Charles with Emma Barry

Mar 18, 2020

Romance novelist Emma Barry is my guest, and we read A Seditious Affair by KJ Charles. This male/male Regency romance features a cross-class romance that gets us discussing if there is an element of coercion in most cross-class romances. Plus, does this book end with a happily ever after, or just a happily for now? What is “ever after” anyway? What is permanence? It’s possible I had an existential crisis in the middle of recording this one, but thank goodness I had Professor Emma Barry to guide me through this discussion. We talk about how academics are intellectual colonizers, plus how one of the best oral sex scenes saved Emma from the trauma of the ‘90s, and I ask the question: Is it bad to read escapist trash?