002: Jennifer Crusie, The Drinking Game - guest Amanda Diehl

Short Description

Amanda Diehl (Smart Bitches, Trashy Books; NPR Books) and Andrea discuss their favorite Jennifer Crusie novels and other reader favorites.

We discuss the rampant anti-butter bias in Crusie's maternal archetypes, cute and fuzzy hitmen, the dangers of frying pans, and secretary Inception! We also learn how Andrea once trapped Amanda in her car and forced her to start reading Jennifer Crusie novels.

Is it a bingo? Is it a drinking game? Andrea shares the recurring themes she's noticed in Jennifer Crusie's oeuvre.

In Trope Town, Amanda recommends con artist and pet-centric romance novels. Andrea hopes someone writes a book full of carpenter puns.

Books Discussed

  • Agnes and the Hitman - Jennifer Crusie and Bob Mayer
  • Welcome to Temptation - Jennifer Crusie

Show Notes


Jess, Fish With Sticks, Diana, Rebecca, Erica, Kelly M.

Chit Chat

Amanda Diehl:

Jennifer Crusie Books we discuss

  • Welcome to Temptation

  • Agnes and the Hitman (with Bob Mayer)

  • Bet Me

  • Fast Women

  • Faking It

Love Languages

Trope Town - Book Recommendations

Crime Solvers

Stephanie Plum novels


True Pretenses: Rose Lerner (historical)

The Lawrence Browne Affair: Cat Sebastien (LGBT - m/m, historical)

The Taming of Jessi Rose: Beverly Jenkins (historical)

Meghan March: Anti-Heroes Collection, including the The Mount Trilogy (contemporary)

Mia Hopkins: East Side Brewery Series (contemporary)

Kresley Cole - Gamemaker series (contemporary)

Kerrigan Byrne: Victorian Rebels (historical)

Rachelle Ayala: Her Christmas Chance (contemporary

Must love dogs:

Rebekah Weatherspoon: Haven (Content warnings)

The Wallflower Wager by Tessa Dare

Write This Book

Carpenters (with Puns)

Two Grinches Non-denominational Holiday Romance

If this sounds like a book you’ve read, email us at andrea@shelflovepodcast.com

Last thoughts

Amanda’s Romance Book Club at Porter Square books - There’s a Facebook Group that’s private, so reach out to Amanda on social media if you want details or search on Facebook for “HEA Romance Book Club.”

Future Episodes:

  • Brazen and the Beast, Sarah MacLean

  • Wallbanger, Alice Clayton

  • The Heiress Effect, by Courtney Milan

  • His at Night, Sherry Thomas

  • Something About You, Julie James

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