Warning: It might get a little naughty...
Two friends discuss romance novels - the steamier the better. Many laughs and glasses of wine are had along the way. It's a little bit dirty, but definitely funny.
Episode 72: Cleat Cute by Meryl Wilsner
The ARC streak continues with Cleat Cute by Meryl Wilsner. Professional soccer rookie Phoebe Matthews has been drafted to play for the New Orleans Krewe with hopes for a callup to the national team. The good news? She’ll get to play with her idol, Grace Henderson. The bad news? Grace is gorgeous and talented and maybe a little grumpy. Is that bad news though? Seems like Grace is into Phoebe, too. Is teammates with benefits a thing? Also discussed: sentient inanimate object erotica, double dragon/dog/demon dongs, and other hot soccer romances.
Episode 71: Sister of the Bride by Lauren Morrill
On this episode we discuss the new release from Lauren Morrill, Sister of the Bride, a friends to lovers, Father of the Bride-inspired romcom. This was an ARC from NetGalley and releases September 12th. When 26-year-old workaholic restaurateur, Pippin, discovers that her twin sister is getting married to a practical stranger and her beloved home/business is going to be put on the market, she struggles to make sense of what life is in store for her. With the help of her newly relocated best friend Toby (who she does NOT have sexy feelings for, thank you very much), she has five months to pull off a wedding, sell her business, and keep herself from not spiraling. Seems easy… Also discussed, how long is TOO long, we skip the f— right over bright spots, and pimp our most recent commentary on Freevee’s Puppy Love.
Episode 70: The Worst Darcy by Robyn Gynne
We delve into the wonderful world of Jane Austen reenactments with Robyn Gynne’s, The Worst Darcy. Set in a small tourist town named Austen, the local inhabitants spend one month a year celebrating all things Jane A. This year, being the pinnacle of pieces, Pride and Prejudice, newly relocated town librarian and “Keaton’s mom,” Vivian, feels that this is her opportunity to make a name for herself in the community by playing Lizzy. Metalhead and all around town ‘bad boy,’ Brodie Bishop, is strong-armed into being her Darcy. When opposites attract, will these two deny the chemistry off stage, or will Vivian prove to be truly an “obstinate, headstrong girl” and choose to take a chance? Also discussed: Red, White, and Royal Blue, the corn song (how did Rae not know about it?), and an amazing Jane Austen festival in Bath.
Episode 69: Whiskey Chaser by Score and Kingsley
We’re wrapping up Scoresley Month(and-a-half) where we read books by Claire Kingsley and Lucy Score! Our final selection is Whiskey Chaser, co-written by both these queens. Devlin is in need of a place to lay low. Hot off a political scandal, he figures the best place to get off the grid is his grandmothers cabin in rural West Virginia. Scarlet is grieving the death of her father and attempting to care for her older siblings. Sparks fly when these two broken hearts find each other. Also discussed, Issue 1 in Ohio (please vote on August 8!), how big is too big, and reuniting with friends.
Episode 68: Mr. Fixer Upper by Lucy Score
Welcome back to Scoresley Month(and-a-half) where we read books by Claire Kingsley and Lucy Score! Next up is Mr. Fixer Upper from Lucy Score. Gannon co-stars in a home renovation show that Paige works on as a field producer. He’s explosive, she’s calm. He’s boisterous, she’s reserved. But man, he falls first and there’s no way he’s giving up on her. This book features the greatest grand gesture we’ve ever read. Ever. Also discussed: Issue 1 in Ohio (please vote on August 8!), the best kinds of donuts, and of course, the Barbie movie.
Episode 67: Book Boyfriend by Claire Kingsley
Welcome to Scoresley Month(and-a-half) where we read books by Claire Kingsley and Lucy Score! First up is Book Boyfriend by Claire Kingsley. Alex is a writer who’s accidentally found success in the romance genre using a female pen name, Lexi Logan. Mia is a nine-to-fiver by day and a book blogger by night who is very close with… Lexi. When fate steps in, Alex and Mia quite literally bump into each other at a book store and begin dating. What happens when Alex knows the whole story, but Mia’s in the dark? Also discussed: Toys for Tw*ts, Veronica’s kryptonite, and why you should be nice to customer service reps.
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Episode 66: Tides of Passion by Tracy Sumner
We close out Authors You Should Know month by speaking with one of our favorite historical romance authors, Tracy Sumner! We discuss her book, Tides of Passion (The Garrett Brothers #3), a beautiful story of finding love after grief between a bad ass suffragette and small town constable. Like most of Tracy’s books, this is muy caliente! We also discussed her latest release, Kiss the Rake Hello (Wicked Widows League #13) which is an older heroine, enemies to lovers, sorta second chance in which the hero gets a chance with the girl he’s been in love with all his life. Also, our new segment gets a tantalizing new name, Rae crows about her new Pride Converse shoes, find @darquepath on TikTok, the Books that Made Us, and we’re trying to get healthy!
Episode 65: Piece of Cake by Mary Hollis Huddleston & Asher Fogle Paul
Today your favorite foul-mouthed ladies are joined by Piece of Cake authors Mary Hollis Huddleston & Asher Fogle Paul. We got an ARC of Piece of Cake, which comes out June 20. Claire Sommers (the villain from Without a Hitch) is rebuilding her life after basically ripping it apart in the last book. She’s paired with a Brooklyn influencer, Dom, to try to save the magazine she works for, Piece of Cake. Will they accomplish their goal in saving the magazine? Will Claire admit she has feelings for Dom? Also discussed: Rae has Barenaked Ladies tickets she can’t use, Veronica got scammed in a desperate attempt to get Taylor Swift tickets, and really different sex toys.
Episode 64: Feelin’ the Burn by E.L. Koslo
Welcome to part one of Authors You Should Know Month! This is where we choose authors we love who we don’t think are getting enough love. Up first is E.L. Koslo, who we found awhile back through her Dirty Words series. For this installment, we’re reading Feelin’ the Burn, which is available through Inkitt’s Galatea app. In this steamy gym-inspired read, Hannah needs to take control of her health and Coach J is absolutely the one to help her in that endeavor. Don’t miss E.L. herself talking about the book! Special thanks to her for spending some time with us. Also discussed: crystals in phallic shapes, how both Veronica and Rae starting working out again, and how many books we’ve all read this year.
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Episode 63: If Only You by Chloe Liese
Back to our regular schedule, we’re discussing If Only You by Chloe Liese! This sixth installment of the Bergman Brothers series brings us the second Bergman sister. Ziggy is tired of being seen as the baby who needs to be protected, so she wants to rough up her image a bit. Enter, Seb, her brother’s best friend who’s on a self-destructive streak and about to lose the only thing he loves: Hockey. The two of them enter a fake friendship situation to help them both out: he gets his image smoothed out and she gets hers a little dirty. Also discussed: being an indie author and getting excited about literally anyone reading your book, bug copulation outside the window, and the unveiling of a new segment on the show. Plus! Did you know that Zac Efron has a world travel show?!
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Episode 62: Practice Makes Perfect by Sarah Adams
Episode 61: Sound of Madness by Maria Luis
Episode 60: The Wallflower Wager by Tessa Dare
The ladies are less ranty while talking about The Wallflower Wager by the one and only Tessa Dare. How could they not be? It’s TESSA DARE. Lady Penelope Campion is a borderline-spinster who is running out of options. Her brother wants Penny to leave her Mayfair home and hoard of rescue animals to live with him and his family, but that’s the last thing she wants. Enter: Gabriel Duke, her new next door neighbor who is essentially flipping his house and is banking on a bonafide Lady living next door to maximize the resale value. He offers to help her meet the demands made of Penny for her to keep her house—but of course, the lines get blurry quick. Also discussed: Veronica visits a rage room, stupid double standards, and describing Disney movies in a couple of sentences.
Episode 59: The Monstrous Duke and I by Dee St. Holm (Bridgerton with Monsters!)
Your favorite foul-mouthed ladies are RANTY tonight and they’re diving into monster romance with The Monstrous Duke and I by Dee St. Holm! This is the second book in The Monsters Ball series. For Miss Penelope Essex, her failed Season results in an invitation to The Monsters Ball, where men who were infected by a virus and became monsters are looking for a match—although she is determined to remain single. When she’s cornered by a few monsters, who comes to her rescue but her brother’s best friend from childhood—except that now, he’s covered in cold blue flames. Also discussed: National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation, the technicalities of monsters with flames all over their bodies, and why daylight savings time is a bunch of crap.
Episode 58: Off the Map by Trish Doller
Happy early St. Patrick’s Day, everyone! To celebrate, your favorite foul-mouthed ladies read an ARC of Trish Doller’s Off the Map, which drops the same day as this episode. In the third installment in the series, we follow Carla as she quite literally drives away from all her problems and the hot Irishman who makes her question everything. Can Carla figure herself out before Eamon starts his own trip around the world? Also discussed: Rae’s new tattoo, poorly imitated Irish accents, and the return of The Mandalorian. Bonus: you catch us in the middle of a recording snafu, as if we haven’t been doing this for 58 episodes.
Episode 57: Twisted by Emily McIntire
The podcast comes full circle this week, bringing in an author we read for episode eight! We read the latest release from best-selling author Emily McIntire, Twisted, the fourth book in her Never After series. We were fortunate enough to get to spend some time with her to talk about her process, the differences between trad and indie publishing, and of course, her desert island picks. Also discussed: Rae’s gift from Adam & Eve, candlepin bowling, and odd choices made by haunted house actors.
Episode 56: Just My Type by Falon Ballard
Rae and Veronica (mostlly Rae) landed an ARC of Falon Ballard’s second novel, Just My Type. Lana Parker is pitted against her ex-boyfriend, Seth Carson, in the battle for their dream job. Their chemistry is clearly off the charts right away, but all the history between them complicates everything. Fans of The Hating Game, How to Lose a Guy in Ten Days, and Friends Without Benefits might like this one. Also discussed: a horror movie turned off-Broadway musical, whether AI is going to take our jobs and then unalive us all, and
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Episode 55: The Opposite of Magic by Colleen Cowley
Your favorite foul-mouthed hostesses are extraordinarily happy to welcome back S.L. Prater! And this time she’s a guest host! The last time she was here (Ep. 35), we didn’t really know her, but that was 20 episodes ago and we’re basically besties now. Colleen Cowley is one of her favorites, so we’re reading The Opposite of Magic with her! Who will she choose for stunt casting? How many eggplants will she give it? Also discussed: Olivia the Pig, an oddly shaped Christmas present, and round two with COVID (ABCDEF-U, COVID!)
Episode 54: Anniversary Show #2
Celebrate with Rae and Veronica as they recap some of their favorite moments from the (somehow) SECOND year of the podcast. Their superlatives include: Favorite Hero/Heroine from the podcast (and otherwise read in 2022), Favorite Sexy Time, Most Cockle-warming moment, and more! The ladies drink too much brut and Veronica accidentally reveals an upcoming debut.
Episode 53: A Merry Little Meet Cute by Sierra Simone
Episode 52 Part 2: Saint by Sierra Simone
Episode 52 Part 1: Saint by Sierra Simone
Episode 51: Under Locke
Episode 50: The Wall of Winnipeg and Me
Episode 49: When Gracie Met the Grump
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Episode 48: Dead to the World by Charlaine Harris
Episode 47: American Dreamer by Adriana Herrera
Episode 46: The Worst Best Man by Mia Sosa
Episode 45: Husband Material by Alexis Hall
We are joined by audience favorite, guest host Lee, for this second installment of the London Calling series: Husband Material by Alexis Hall. A Four-Weddings-and-a-Funeral-inspired romp that gives a wonderful glimpse of life after the HEA of one of our favorite books. After two years, are Luc and Oliver still going strong or are there troubled waters ahead? Also discussed: new jobs, major therapying, and pickle embargoes. Plus, @therealadamandeve don’t mess with us, we think your printing error is worth one SPONSORSHIP.
Episode 44: Road to Fire by Maria Luis
Your favorite saucy ladies are diving into a spicy romantic suspense that has been on our TBR for the entire existence of the podcast. How in the world could a blood-sworn protector of the British Crown find a happy ending with an anti-loyalist who killed the King? Maria Luis has the answers and you’re probably going to like them. Doubting the morally grey hero? Saxon might just convert you. Also discussed: KARMA, Rae’s hatred of mafia romance, and supportive non-listeners. And for those wondering, Winnie is a Gryffindor.
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Episode 43: Book Lovers
The ladies delve into the recently released Book Lovers by Emily Henry. When two New Yorkers enmeshed in the literary world collide in a small North Carolina town by what could be considered kismet, the sparks fly. A girls trip with her sister sends literary agent Nora Stephens into uncharted territory, an idyllic Hallmark-esque small town. Her sister has plans for this month-long vacation, and work colleague Charlie Lastra throwing a wrench into the highly curated ‘things to do’ list. When Charlie becomes a bullet point on her ‘to do’ list, will Nora overthink it or live a little. What happens when the Big City comes calling? Also discussed: Rae has an aneurysm about AJ, Veronica proves to be the most awesome human, and there is DEFINITELY a book called Probed on amazon (it’s MMMF)
Episode 42: Homecoming King by Penny Reid
We are closing out Penny Reid month with Homecoming King! It’s a tall friends to lovers tale of what’s too good to be true for you might not be the best for someone else. The ladies absolutely gush over this book–Rex’s marriage of convenience scheme, Abby’s ‘placeholder’ definition, and of course, can someone 6’2’’ be given the moniker ‘shorty’. Also discussed in the episode: Rae has some THOUGHTS about the season 3 of Bridgerton, Veronica discovers what her rom-com secondary character is, and stunt casting is *interesting*. Listen to the end to find out why Rae is spraying herself with water!
Page 2 Screen Episode 14: Persuasion + Winston Bros!
We are vibrating with excitement to talk about the new Netflix’s adaptation of Jane Austen’s Persuasion starring Dakota Johnson, Cosmo Jarvis, and Henry Golding. For those of you jonesing for a little Bridgerton-era love to tide you over until season 3, look no further! Similar to Austen adaptations like Mansfield Park (1999) and Emma (2009), director Carrie Cracknell delivers an amuse bouche of cinematic romantic comedies to breathe life into an otherwise overtread storyline. The ladies also discuss the announcement of Penny Reid truly having her own PCM and they decide their ‘must have’ scenes from each book.
Episode 41: Hooker and the Hermit by Penny Reid
It’s PENNY REID APPRECIATION MONTH! We kick off this holiest of months with a review of Penny’s 2015 novel, The Hooker and the Hermit, co written by L.H. Cosway. International rugby star and anger management sufferer Ronan Fitzpatrick needs an image rebrand and social media guru Annie Cartel is just the person to do it. This would be a match made in publicity heaven if Annie wasn’t a socially inept savant and Ronan a rapacious lothario with a newly instilled ‘love em and leave em’ attitude. Also discussed: Rae’s obsession with pickles, how we are living in a quagmire of despair, and our joint love of the tv show, Wings.
CLBC Episode 40 - Everything For You by Chloe Liese
CLBC Episode 39 - Satisfaction Guaranteed by Karelia Stetz-Waters
CLBC Episode 38: A Lady for a Duke by Alexis Hall
CLBC Episode 37 - Circling Back to You by Julie Tieu
CLBC Episode 36 - The Duke Who Didn't by Courtney Milan
CLBC Episode 35 - Of Heists and Hexes by S.L. Prater
CLBC Episode 34 - Consider Me by Becka Mack
Page 2 Screen Episode 13 - Bridgerton Season 2, or How Julia Quinn should be suing for intellectual property theft
CLBC Episode 33: The Viscount Who Loved Me (Bridgerton Season 2)
Episode 32 - No Trespassing by KD Robichaux
Episode 31 - Take A Hint, Dani Brown by Talia Hibbert
Episode 30 - If the Boot Fits by Rebekah Weatherspoon
Episode 29 - Meet Me in the Margins by Melissa Ferguson
Episode 28 - The 1 Year Podiversary!
What do you get for your favorite podcast on their first anniversary? How about reviews on Spotify and Apple Podcasts?! Celebrate with Rae and Veronica as they recap some of their favorite moments from the past year. Their superlatives include: Favorite Hero/Heroine from the podcast (and otherwise read in 2021), Favorite Sexy Time, Most Cockle-warming moment, and more! Rae also has a few surprises for Veronica and shout outs to ARC authors and guests!
Episode 27 - The Stopover by T.L. Swan
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