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 86: Dust Storm by Maggie Gates

The ladies are getting in on the single dad action (...what?) with Dust Storm by Maggie Gates. Christian Griffin, widower with two adorable daughters, took over operations from his father, but business doesn’t always go as planned, and they’ve hit a rough patch. City slicker Cassandra Parker is in hot water at work, so she’s being exiled to the sprawling Texas ranch to develop a long-term plan for the business. These two butt heads immediately, even though they’re both attracted to each other from jump street. Also discussed: Mr. Veronica’s opinion in Toys for Twats (more on Patreon!), why dress codes are intrinsically sexist, and the finer points of Topo Chico.


Up Next: Love You, Mean It by Jilly Gagnon


What We’re Reading:

The Love Remedy by Elizabeth Everett

The Marquess Wins a Wife by Aydra Richards

100 Lifetimes of Us by Maggie Gates

Kiss Me in the Dark by Roxie Cohen (early reading)


What We’re Listening To:

Hell Camp: Teen Nightmare (Documentary)

Evil Came to Play #472, Milledgeville, GA - Small Town Murder (Podcast)

Brooklyn Nine-Nine (Netflix)



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Episode 85: Kilt Trip by Alexandra Kiley

Hiya, wee lads and lasses! We landed an ARC of Alexandra Kiley’s debut novel Kilt Trip, which means you get to listen to Rae’s Scottish accent. When Addie Macrae’s wanderlust leads her to her homeland—specifically, Edinburgh—to consult with a family-run travel company, she’s thrown face-first into ghosts from her past. And the person leading that charge? Logan… the heir to the travel company. Who she accidentally already met when she was doing recon, which doesn’t exactly lead to the best start of their working relationship. Can they get past their rivalry in order to save the company? Also discussed: books we have no intention of reading, our awful weeks, and how gorgeous Scotland is.


Up Next: Dust Storm by Maggie Gates


What We’re Reading:

Zero Fox Given by Rhea Fox

Rotting in Vain by Lady Kilroy


What We’re Listening To:

The Holdovers

How Did This Get Made

Formula 1: Drive to Survive



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Episode 84: Never Tell by Stacey Abrams

Our second pick for Black History Month is Never Tell by Stacey Abrams (writing as Selena Montgomery). Never Tell is a romantic suspense initially published in 2004, but republished in 2023 by St. Martin’s Griffin. Dr. Erin Abbott is a professor in New Orleans, Louisiana who finds herself at the center of a serial killer’s tangled web—and journalist Gabriel Moss is the only person taking her seriously. Can Erin and Gabriel figure out who’s killing people in Erin’s orbit before they get to Erin? Also discussed: the return of Jon Stewart, wearing heels while chasing dinosaurs, and how we’ve forgotten how to do our own show.


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Up Next: Kilt Trip by Alexandra Kiley


What We’re Reading:

Squeak by Vera Valentine

Open Season by Linda Howard

Mortgage of Convenience by Dani McClean

The Alien Beast’s Mate: A Sci-Fi Alien Romance by Ivy Sparks


What We’re Listening To:

Hunt, Gather, Parent by Michaeleen Doucleff

Wife Swap Snap - Beach City, OH - Small Town Murder


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Episode 83: More Than a Feeling by Lauren Morrill

Welcome to a BONUS episode of CLBC! We landed an ARC of Lauren Morrill’s new book More Than a Feeling and we couldn’t not tell you about it. Due to technical difficulties, this episode is releasing a week after the release of the book, but we’re incredibly honored to have had the opportunity to interview Lauren and hear all about her plans for the Cardinal Springs series. More Than a Feeling introduces us to the McBride family, where we follow Grace as she devises a plan to save the town’s library from state funding cuts. Decker, her oldest brother’s best friend, is back in their small hometown to lay low for the summer—but he doesn’t even make it through one night before he’s decking someone in a bar. As his punishment, law enforcement gives him community service… with Grace. Can Grace navigate her ire for Decker? Or will his charm win her over? Also discussed: sportsball, Lauren and Veronica’s Swiftie designations, and the actual song, More Than a Feeling by Boston.


Up Next: Never Tell by Selena Montgomery (Stacey Abrams)


What We’re Reading:

Stalked by the Kraken - Lillian Lark

My Minotaur Husband - Lyonne Riley


What We’re Listening To:

Butcher & Blackbird - Brynne Weaver (audiobook)

Percy Jackson and the Olympians 

American Fiction

Episode 82: Girls with Bad Reputations by Xio Axelrod

To honor and celebrate Black History Month, we’re starting off with bestselling author Xio Axelrod—featuring an interview with Xio herself!—and her brand new book Girls with Bad Reputations! This is book two in The Lillys series, where we follow drummer Kayla and bus driver Ty as they get to know each other on the road. They both have things to hide, but they’re both trying to find their way in the world. Can they find what they’re looking for together? Also discussed: utility kilts, the Barbie movie, and Carl Weathers. 


Up Next: BONUS Episode February 13 - More Than a Feeling by Lauren Morrill (including an interview with the author!)


What We’re Reading:

The Billionaire is Back - Kayley Loring and Connor Crais

Guarded by the Snake - Layla Fae

Wed to Jack Frost - Layla Fae

When Gracie Met the Grump - Mariana Zapata


What We’re Listening To:

GunnarTV’s commentary of Tool Academy (it was a real thing in 2009)

The Angry Black Girl and Her Monster

Butcher & Blackbird - Brynne Weaver (audiobook)


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Episode 81: Done and Dusted by Lyla Sage

We’re back with the first book review of the year, which just so happens to be the viral sensation Done and Dusted by Lyla Sage. Emmy Ryder is coming home to Meadowlark, Wyoming after an injury… that her family doesn’t actually know about. She’s helping out around the family ranch and winds up spending more time with her brother’s best friend, Luke Brooks. Emmy thinks Luke is an irresponsible playboy. But is he? Emmy’s going to find out. Is the book overhyped? Absolutely not—totally worth the hype. Is it hot as they say? Absolutely yes—also totally worth the hype. Also discussed: serial unaliver romance, why Rae isn’t allowed to pick movies anymore, and Veronica’s upcoming book.


Up Next: Girls with Bad Reputations by Xio Axelrod (featuring an interview with the author!)


What We’re Reading:

This Tangled Web by Roxie Cohen (January 23, 2024)

Their Hybrid to Take by Lilith Sloan

Butcher and Blackbird by Brynne Weaver

On the Care and Keeping of Orcs by Kass O’Shire

Into the Bargain by Colleen Cowley

Dance with the Dragon Duke by S.L. Prater


What We’re Listening To:

Friends, Lovers, and the Big, Terrible Thing by Matthew Perry

Catfished (not mtv’s Catfish) 


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Episode 80: Happy 3rd Anniversary!

Ladies and gents, welcome to our third anniversary show! Thank you so much for being here. We appreciate each and every one of you and we’ll appreciate you even more if you can get someone in Antarctica to listen to us. We’ll recap our faves from 2023 and drink too much champagne. What else is new? Also discussed: Rae isn’t allowed to choose movies anymore, December was a complete disaster, and our love for our listeners and author friends.


Up Next: Done and Dusted by Lyla Sage


What We’re Reading:

Through a Mirror Darkly - Roxie Cohen (I have it on good authority that a new cover is about to be unveiled)

This Tangled Web - Roxie Cohen (January 23, 2024)

The Fake Out - Stephanie Archer


What We’re Listening To:

The Woman in Me - Britney Spears

Sixteen Leo - Youtube Commentator and all around nice dude. 

Episode 79: Snowed In by Catherine Walsh

Merry Effing Christmas dear listeners! As our gift to you, we’re releasing our holiday episode one week early (aren’t you lucky?). This week, we’re talking about Snowed In by Catherine Walsh. In order to get through the holidays with a buffer, childhood school mates Christian and Megan agree to forge a fake relationship—Megan because she hasn’t been home since she pulled a runner on her wedding day, and Christian because he’s the last single person in his family. It’s a mutually beneficial situation with no complications. Right? Everything will be fine. Also discussed: our Christmas presents to each other, Bridgerton season 3, and our ability (or inability) to keep plants alive.


Up Next: Anniversary Show #3!


What We’re Reading:

Reason to Believe - Rebecca Yarros (The Fourth Wing Author)

How the Grump Saved Christmas - Claire Kinglsey

Man Candy Christmas - compilation (Author NR Phoenix)


What We’re Listening To:

The Grinch 2018

Elementals 2023

Prep & Landing (Disney+)



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Episode 78: The Fake Mate by Lana Ferguson

In one of the biggest surprises we’ve had this year, we present to you, dearest listeners, The Fake Mate by Lana Ferguson. Mackenzie Carter teams up with Noah Taylor in a relationship-of-convenience shifter romance. Mackenzie wants to get her grandma off her back and Noah is potentially in trouble with the hospital board for concealing his alpha status. Mackenzie will pretend to be his mate, solving both of their problems. The thing is, Mackenzie is also keeping a secret. Also discussed: Real doll customizations, the early days of the podcast, and the shock of coming to the end of year three.


Up Next: Snowed In by Catherine Walsh


What We’re Reading:

The Gargoyle Grinch by Lilith Stone

One Small Secret by Esther Hatch

Bookish and Beastly by Catrina Bell


What We’re Listening To:

How Did This Get Made: Look Who’s Talking Now

GAM Bonus Episodes - Batman Vs Superman

Chris James Youtube Channel


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Episode 77: Kiss an Angel by Susan Elizabeth Phillips

Folx, it’s a rough review this week. We wanted to cover something that people are in denial about. We settled upon Kiss an Angel by Susan Elizabeth Phillips. We’ve read amazing novels from this author, however, this was not one of them. If you wanted to hear us lose our minds for an hour, this is the episode for you. Also discussed: the wonders of Reddit, how the 90s held different standards of human behavior, and what a swinging dildo actually does.


Up Next: The Fake Mate by Lana Ferguson


What We’re Reading:

Wanting Alex: An MFM Cowboy Romance by Danielle Hart

Snowed in with a Dragon by Sara Ivy Hill

100 Lifetimes of Us by Maggie Gates


What We’re Listening To:

Rifftrax Christmas 


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Episode 76: Plot Twist by Erin La Rosa

The ladies are both getting ill again, and not in the fun 90’s r&b kind. This week it’s another ARC for us with ⁠The Plot Twist⁠ by Erin La Rosa. Sophie is a blocked romance writer who’s never been in love and Dash is a recovering alcoholic and child start trying to find their path. Along the way they gravitate toward each other and struggle to find if what they’re experiencing is the big ‘L’ word. Also discussed: Novella November, being proud of Ohio (for once), and our magic spells for yo’ dick. 

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Up Next: ⁠Kiss an Angel⁠ by Susan Elizabeth Phillips

What We’re Reading:

⁠Back for Seconds: A Reverse Harem Feast⁠ by Vera Valentine and J.L. Logosz

⁠Washed Up (With a Kraken)⁠ by L.E. Eldridge

⁠Never Wager with a Wallflower⁠ by Virginia Heath

⁠100 LIfetimes of Us⁠ by Maggie Gates

What We’re Listening To:

⁠Cinnamon Toast Ken TCAP series⁠

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Episode 75: An Inheritance of Monsters by Cate Corvin

Crossover month concludes with another spooky book: ⁠An Inheritance of Monsters⁠ by Cate Corvin. Please welcome back special guest Ween from the Booze, Boobs, and Blood podcast! This book was her pick, so if you hate it, blame her. (Kidding.) When ghosthunter Juno gets an exclusive invitation to live in the most haunted house in America, she can’t refuse. And when she finds out monsters live under her bed… and in her closet… and in her bathtub… she isn’t exactly upset about it. Also discussed: voice actors, horror film marathons, and other spooky things.

Up Next: ⁠The Plot Twist⁠ by Erin La Rosa

What We’re Reading:

⁠Mated to Mad Marquess by S.L. Prater⁠

⁠Not You It’s Me by Julie Johnson⁠

⁠Sacrifice the Sea by Amy Pennza and Anna Fury⁠

What We’re Listening To:

⁠You’re Dead to Me - Medieval Ghost Stories⁠

⁠Silence of the Lambs by Thomas Harris read by Frank Muller⁠

Wednesday (Netflix)

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Episode 74: Bad Luck Charm by Julie Johnson

It’s spooky season, bishes! We’re doing two spook-ish books this year and the first one is ⁠Bad Luck Charm⁠ by Julie Johnson. When an animal sacrifice is left outside her beloved aunt’s shop in Salem, Massachusetts, Gwendolyn Goode is expectedly shocked. To add insult to injury, her childhood crush—a man she now hates—has been brought in to consult in the ensuing investigation. Can Graham Graves protect her against her will? Or will dark forces get to Gwen first? Also discussed: these delicious ⁠pumpkin waffles⁠ (which Veronica may have forgotten to actually mention, but they’re delicious), the ⁠Morning Owl Coffee Bar⁠, and spooky season!

Up Next: ⁠An Inheritance of Monsters⁠ by Cate Corvin 

What We’re Reading:

⁠Love Interest⁠ by Clare Gilmore

⁠Her Greatest Mistake⁠ by Hannah Cowan

⁠Man Cave⁠ by Vanessa Vale

What We’re Listening To:

We’re Here to Help

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Episode 73: The Love Rematch by Kay Marie

The final ARC before a mini-break is ⁠The Love Rematch⁠ by Kay Marie! If your mom went on national television and begged America to find you a boyfriend, would you agree to be on the Bachelor-style show that calls a couple of days later? Well, Emily reluctantly agrees—not to find a husband, but to promote her homemade jewelry line. The only snag in her plan is that one of the field producers is none other than the man who epically ghosted her seven years ago. It’s fine—she can dress for revenge. What could possibly go wrong? Also discussed: 90s nostalgia, including fashion that no one wants back and the beginnings of reality television.

Up Next: ⁠Bad Luck Charm⁠ by Julie Johnson

What We’re Reading:

⁠Riggs⁠ by Sawyer Bennett

⁠Off the Charts Chemistry⁠ by Christine Miles

⁠Holiday Vibes⁠ by Sarah Benton

What We’re Listening To:

The Morning Show 

Sex Education (Season 4)

Miss Scarlet and the Duke

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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.


Up Next: The Love Rematch by Kay Marie - releases 10/16


What We’re Reading:

Seven Days: The Beginning (The Playhouse Series, A Madam Jolie Playhouse Book) - Fanny Lee Savage

Off the Charts Chemistry - Christine Miles


What We’re Listening To:

God Awful Movies

Formula 1: Drive to Survive


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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.


Up Next: Cleat Cute by Meryl Wilsner


What We’re Reading:

I Could Never - Penelope Ward

Bulldozer - P. Dangelico

Keyed Up - Sarah Estep

It Has to Be You - Dani McLean

Bound by Words - E.L. Koslo


What We’re Listening To:

We Hate Movies, comes back this week


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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.


Special thanks to all Ohio voters who voted in the August 8 special election!


Up Next: Sister of the Bride by Lauren Morrill


What We’re Reading:

Curves for Days - Laura Moher

Whisky Business - Elliot Fletcher

The Hookup Type - Brittany Wilson


What We’re Listening To:

Citation Needed 


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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.


Up Next: The Worst Darcy by Robyn Gynne


What We’re Reading:

Unravel Me - Becka Mack

Mark My Words - E.L. Koslo

Wedded to the Wanton Witch - S.L. Prater


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Outer Banks on Netflix

Good Omens 2 (Duh)

The FlopHouse Podcast 400th Episode


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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.


Up Next: Whiskey Chaser by Lucy Score and Claire Kingsley


What We’re Reading:

Mile High by Liz Tomforde

Play For Me - Libby Hubscher

Bittersweet - Carrie Aarons


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Swoop Docs

Movies That Made Us on Netflix


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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.


Up Next: Mr. Fixer Upper by Lucy Score


What We’re Reading:

Cocky Roommate by Claire Kingsley

Earl of Every Sin and Duke of Debauchery by Scarlet Scott (Sins of Scoundrels Series)


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The Bear - FX

Happy Happy Joy Joy: The Ren and Stimpy Story


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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!

Tides of Passion by Tracy Sumner

Kiss the Rake Hello by Tracy Sumner


Up Next: Book Boyfriend by Claire Kingsley


What We’re Reading:

Crying Woolfe - Kerrigan Byrne

Sacrifice the Sea - Anna Fury and Amy Pennza

Foreplay on Words - E.L. Koslo


What We’re Listening To:

Nick DiRamio

The Books That Made Us 

Spark Notes with Rae

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. 


Up Next: Tides of Passion by Tracy Sumner (featuring an interview with Ms. Sumner, herself!)


What We’re Reading:

How to Love a Duke in Ten Days: Devil You Know, Book 1 by Kerrigan Byrne

All Scot and Bothered: Devil You Know, Book 2 by Kerrigan Byrne

Kept by Amy Pennza

Faking Ms. Right by Claire Kingsley


What We’re Listening To:

Shrinking on AppleTV


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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.


Up Next: Piece of Cake by Mary Hollis Huddleston & Asher Fogle Paul 


What We’re Reading:

The Dukes Rebellious Love - Ava Bond (Releases 6/1)

Egomaniac - Vi Keeland

Steal the Sky - Amy Pennza and Anna Fury

Foreplay on Words - E.L. Koslo (re-releases June 28)


What We’re Listening To:

You’re Losing Me - Taylor Swift (Veronica is UNWELL)

Francesca - Hozier


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Page 2 Screen Ep. 16 - Netflix's Queen Charlotte

The Ladies are here to discuss the 22-23 Bridgerton offering, Queen Charlotte! Our Page 2 Screen episode at this time can best be described as "Storytime with Veronica" as she recites the tale of Queen Charlotte and King George. What happens when Charlotte doesn't go over that wall? This is her story. While season 2 of Bridgerton left Rae ragin' nic cagin', Veronica, absolutely loved this addition to the saga...so YAYE!

Check out the video of this podcast and other reviews at our YouTube!

Up Next: Feeling the Burn by E.L. Koslo (Galatea)

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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?!


Up Next: Feeling the Burn by E.L. Koslo (Galatea)


What We’re Reading:

The Game by Vi Keeland

Blind Pass by Teagan Hunter

Elements of Chemistry by Penny Reid


What We’re Listening To:

Paratone - She’s So High

The Alcott (feat. Taylor Swift) - The National

Kurtis Conner - Russell Hartley’s Sex Trafficking People Now


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Episode 62: Practice Makes Perfect by Sarah Adams

After a lengthy recording hiatus, the ladies are back to discuss Practice Makes Perfect by Sarah Adams! Rae and Veronica got an ARC from NetGalley and no one is upset about it. Spoiler alert: Will is one of the best heroes discussed on this show. Three cheers for adult conversations and finally confronting your trauma! Also discussed: Veronica’s NEW BOOK (screamingcryingthrowingup), Rae truly does need Safelite’s services, and how the bar for cis het men remains on the floor. 

Up Next: If Only You by Chloe Liese

What We’re Reading:

Stolen (Bitten and Bound Book 2) by Amy Pennza

King of Tricksters by S.L. Prater

Rogue’s Rules for Seduction by Eva Leigh

You Can Have Manhattan by P. Dangelico

What We’re Listening To:

Meet Me at Home playlist

You’re Dead To Me - Episode on Love in the Regency Era

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Episode 61: Sound of Madness by Maria Luis

The ladies are back with the second installment in the Broken Crown series: Sound of Madness by Maria Luis. In the middle of this trilogy, we follow youngest Godwin brother Damien—a computer genius with a… death wish? But the shining star is Rowena with her iron spine who brings the brutal Damien to his knees. It’s a lengthy book, but it *moves*, dear reader. Also discussed: our new T-shirt design, Veronica’s upcoming book baby, and people who are (unfairly) getting hotter with age.

Up Next: Practice Makes Perfect by Sarah Adams (note: this is different from what we announce in the episode, as we were approved for this ARC)

What We’re Reading:

Given (Bitten and Bound Book 1) by Amy Pennza

Monsters in Love: Lost in the Forest: A Paranormal Monster Romance Anthology 

What We’re Listening To:

The Last of Us, Episode 3 - Long long time

NASTY - Extended Version by Russ

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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.


Up Next: Sound of Madness by Maria Luis


What We’re Reading:

A Long Time Coming - Meghan Quinn

One Dance for a Duke - Tessa Dare

The Spring Duchess - Jillian Eaton


What We’re Listening To:

Labour - Paris Paloma

Terrifer 2 Soundtrack - If you love new wave inde lo fi


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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.


Up Next: The Wallflower Wager by THE Tessa Dare


What We’re Reading:

Strange Love - Ann Aguierre

A So Not Meet Cute - Meghan Quinn

So Not Meant to Be - Meghan Quinn


What We’re Listening To:

Small Town Failing


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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.


Up Next: The Monstrous Duke and I by Dee St. Holm


What We’re Reading:

Otterly Irresistable - Erin Nicholas

Heavy Petting - Erin Nicholas

Spare - Prince Harry

The Ravishing Rosewoods Series - Jillian Eaton


What We’re Listening To:

Shock Value - Jason Zinoman


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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.



Up Next: Off the Map by Trish Doller (ARC - releases March 7)


What We’re Reading

Scarred - Emily McIntire


What We’re Listening To

The Daily: Women Have Been Misled About Menopause

Talking Into Infinity

Nerfherder Council



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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 


Up Next: Twisted by Emily McIntire


What We’re Reading:

Hooked - Emily McIntire

#farofeb - 

Good Neighbors - Stephanie Burgis

Lover’s Leap - Callie Chase

City of Souls - Mel Harding Shaw

Daughter of Rage and Beauty - Amy Pennza

Eve of the Fae - E. Mennozi

Found by the Lake Monster - Lillian Lark

Morning Glory Milking Farm - CM Nacosta

Clandestine Magic Series - Colleen Cowley

Witches of Kriegspeil Series - S.L. Prater

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!)


Up Next: Just My Type by Falon Ballard (ARC, releases Feb. 7)


What We’re Reading:

Feral Protector by Amy Pennza

Tomorrow and Tomorrow and Tomorrow by Gabrielle Zevin

Court of Tricksters by S.L. Prater

I’m Not Charlotte Lucas by Kasey Stockton

Love Laugh Lich by Kate Prior

The Undertaking of Hart and Mercy - Megan Bannen 


What We’ve Been Listening To

Very Really Good - Kurtis Conner

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.


You can purchase any of the books we talked out today on Amazon, but we’d love for you to support your local bookstore! Check out bookstore.org to find one near you.

Up Next: The Opposite of Magic by Colleen Cowley (with special guest SL Prater!)


What We’re Reading:

Inevitable by Shain Rose

The Opposite of You by Rachel Higginson

Second Chance Dance by Laney Hatcher


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Episode 53: A Merry Little Meet Cute by Sierra Simone

Veronica and Rae are both on the mend from their various illnesses and are wrapping up Sierra Simone month with A Merry Little Meet Cute! This co-authored book features a plus-size porn star, a former boy band bad boy, and a squeaky-clean movie being filmed in a tiny little Christmas town in the mountains of Vermont. She’s trying to pivot her career and he’s trying to revitalize his, all while hiding massive secrets on set. Can they pull it off while also pulling off each other’s clothes? Also discussed: the flu (get your shot and wear a mask!), the people we’ve met via this podcast, and the infamously incestuous Folgers commercial


You can purchase A Merry Little Meet Cute on Amazon or inquire at your local bookstore.

Up Next: 2nd Anniversary Show!


What We’re Reading:

Tangled in Tinsel by Trillina Pucci

How the Grump Saved Christmas by Claire Kingsley

Faking Christmas by Cindy Steel

My Present this Year by Sierra Simone - You’ll have to grab this from her newsletter! (this is the Folger’s commercial)

Episode 52 Part 2: Saint by Sierra Simone

Your favorite foul-mouthed ladies are wrapping up the year with THE Sierra Simone—and yes… we do mean *with* her. In this two-part episode, you’ll hear from Sierra herself because she joined us for an interview in part 1 (GASP/SCREAM/FAINT) and then our regular review and ratings with stunt casting in part 2. We talk theology, living on-brand, and of course, the versatility of a potato on a desert island.   


You can purchase Saint on Amazon or inquire at your local bookstore.

Up Next: A Merry Little Meet Cute by Sierra Simone and Julie Murphy


What We’re Reading:

Sierra Simone on repeat

Sins of Lord Lockwood - Meredith Duran

Episode 52 Part 1: Saint by Sierra Simone

Your favorite foul-mouthed ladies are wrapping up the year with THE Sierra Simone—and yes… we do mean *with* her. In this two-part episode, you’ll hear from Sierra herself because she joined us for an interview in part 1 (GASP/SCREAM/FAINT) and then our regular review and ratings with stunt casting in part 2. We talk theology, living on-brand, and of course, the versatility of a potato on a desert island.   


You can purchase Saint on Amazon or inquire at your local bookstore.

Up Next: A Merry Little Meet Cute by Sierra Simone and Julie Murphy


What We’re Reading:

Sierra Simone on repeat

Sins of Lord Lockwood - Meredith Duran

Episode 51: Under Locke

We’re wrapping up our #Zapatassance with Under Locke! In Mariana Zapata’s first published book, Iris Taylor has moved from Ft. Lauderdale, Florida to Austin, Texas after losing her job. Why Austin? Her half-brother Sonny lives there. Sonny gets her a job at a local tattoo shop called Pins and Needles, run by a grumpy dickhead named Dex Locke. Can a non-pierced and tattooed Iris hack it in the shop? Also discussed: RSV is awful, Veronica has been initiated into the priest kink, and holy crap this show is almost two years old. 


You can purchase Under Locke on Amazon (on Kindle Unlimited as of this recording) or inquire at your local bookstore.

Up Next: Saint by Sierra Simone


What We’re Reading:

Priest by Sierra Simone (Veronica is listening to it and DAAAAAAAAAAMN)

Lucy on the Wild Side by Kerry Rea

Episode 50: The Wall of Winnipeg and Me

The podcast is half a century, bitches! Well, not technically, but we’re all feeling it physically, amirite? We hit this milestone with Veronica’s comfort read and Rae’s first foray into Mariana Zapata with The Wall of Winnipeg and Me, the second in our #Zapatasance picks. We also discuss the power of voting, things you can and can’t swallow, and try to keep our love of this book to a dull roar (spoiler alert: we failed). 


You can purchase The Wall of Winnipeg and Me on Amazon or inquire at your local bookstore.

Up Next: Under Locke - Queen Mariana Zapata


What We’re Reading:

Maybe You Should Talk to Someone - Lori Gottlieb

In a Jam - Kate Canterbary


What We’re Listening To:

The Past Times 

The Long Game

Episode 49: When Gracie Met the Grump

We’re kicking off our Zapatasance with Mariana’s newest release When Gracie Met the Grump. 


You can purchase When Gracie Met the Grump on Amazon (available on KU) or inquire at your local bookstore.

Up Next: The Wall of Winnipeg and Me - Queen Mariana Zapata


What We’re Reading:

Of Roses and Rituals - S.L. Prater

City of Souls - Mel Harding-Shaw


What We’re Listening To:

Watch with Rae! - Interview with A Vampire

Page 2 Screen Episode 15: Season 4 True Blood

Wowee, this is a corker. The ladies are joined by special guest, Ween (cohost of Booze Boobs and Blood), to discuss the 4th season of True Blood which corresponds with their coverage of Dead to the World by Charlaine Harris (Episode 48). The similarities between the book and show are mostly Eric’s amnesia and there be witches, y’all. The ladies also discuss Anne Rice (duh), Taylor Swift (double duh), and the Morning Glory Milking Farm (Like, hello!, duh). 


Up Next: Get ready for the #Zapatassance! When Gracie Met the Grump by THE Mariana Zapata


Recommendations: 

The Dragon Lairds series by Amy Pennza

Anything by Anne Rice

Cambric Creek series by C. M. Nascosta 

Episode 48: Dead to the World by Charlaine Harris

It’s spooky season, friends, and we are ready for it! Join us in celebrating the festival of Samhain with our borderline raucous review of Dead to the World, by Charlaine Harris—otherwise known as True Blood, Season 4. When sexy vampire Eric Northman loses his memory, and with her brother, Jason, missing, Sookie Stackhouse must ignore her New Years resolution (to not get beaten up) and put her life on the line to help the supes of Bon Temps. Also discussed: the library is magical, 965 Million is a big number, please don’t put your hand down the back of our pants, and we—as Americans—don’t automatically fuck British people as soon as you hit or shores (although it’s not out of the question). Also, Rae hops in her time machine to talk to 2004 Rae, so enjoy that. 


You can purchase Dead to the World on Amazon, inquire at your local bookstore, or do what Veronica did and get it from the library.

Up Next: Page 2 Screen next week with True Blood Season 4


What We’re Reading

Of Roses and Rituals - S.L. Prater (10/24)

Perfect Secret - Molly McLain

Episode 47: American Dreamer by Adriana Herrera

We are ending #HispanicHeritageMonth2022 with a sexy M/M romance, American Dreamer, by Adriana Herrera. Will career focused Nesto and introverted Jude be able to carve out a successful relationship while still attaining their own personal goals? I mean, duh, its a romance novel, so yes… but the dirty talk is muy caliente. Also discussed: IT’S SPOOKY SEASON, Y’ALL! Veronica makes some delicioso Dominican food, Rae drives around town like a creep, and for once both ladies have more than one bright spot. 


Make what Veronica had for dinner here!


You can purchase American Dreamer on Amazon here or inquire at your local bookstore.

Up Next: Celebrate spooky season with us by reading Dead to the World by Charlaine Harris (True Blood Season 4)


What We’re Reading

Leading Conviction by Greer Rivers (Oct 4)

Sold to the Duke by Joanna Shupe 

Miracle on Ladies' Mile: A Gilded Age Holiday Novella - Joanna Shupe


What We’re Listening To:

The Majority Report 

Episode 46: The Worst Best Man by Mia Sosa

We begin #HispanicHeritageMonth with Maria Sosa’s The Worst Best Man, a tale of enemies to lovers, forced proximity, one bed, and work rivals. As Stefon would say, This Has It All. Can Lina and Max overcome their tempestuous history to land their dream jobs or will they let their love-hate relationship throw their aspirations in the backseat? Also discussed: Veronica’s new beautiful coiffure, the new amazing Little Mermaid trailer, and for some reason, a lengthy discussion on The Exorcist. Also, we met our “Make Rae Read The Entire Winston Brothers Series for Charity” goal!

You can purchase The Worst Best Man on Amazon here or inquire at your local bookstore.

Up Next: Hispanic Heritage Month continues with Adriana Herrera’s American Dreamer!

What We’re Reading

Play With Me by Becka Mack (releases Oct 4)

Once Upon a Forbidden Desire: Fairy Tales and Other Stories

What We’re Listening To:

Last Week Tonight with John Oliver

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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. 


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You can purchase Husband Material on Amazon here or inquire at your local bookstore.

Up Next: We’re kicking off Hispanic Heritage Month with Mia Sosa’s The Worst Best Man!


What We’re Reading

How the Wallflower Was Won by Eva Leigh

The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid

Son of a Witch by Gregory Maguire


What We’re Listening To

Crooked City: Youngstown, OH

Good Bad Flicks 


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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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Up Next: Husband Material by Alexis Hall (!!!!!!!!)

What We’re Reading

Kiss of a Dragon King by Amy Pennza

Much Ado About Dukes by Eva Devon

What We’re Listening To

Crooked City: Youngstown, OH

Morning Joe

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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)


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Up Next: Road to Fire by Maria Luis


What We’re Reading

Moon Destiny by Amy Pennza

Every Rogue Has His Charm - Susanna Craig


What We’re Listening To

The Sandman - BBC Dramatization (With James McAvoy!)


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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!


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What We’re Reading

Mark My Words by E.L. Koslo

Hearts of Briarwall by Krista Jensen


What We’re Listening To

The UFO Rabbit Hole Podcast with Kelly Chase

Dr. Death 


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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. 


Rae throws down the gauntlet for Women’s Reproduction Health. If we reach a donation of $100, she will read all the books in the Winston Brothers series and write reviews for each. *With the exception of that Scarlett’s book that sounds like she’d be Virginia Woolfe-ing herself. All proceeds will to go to the “Let's Make The Dreamy Creamy Summer Count” fund which aides Apiary for Practical Support, finding safe avenues for abortions and womens reproductive health. You can donate here


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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.


Veronicas’s Notorious RBG (Currently Sold Out) Lipstick: Lipslut

The purveyors of Rae’s current pickle themed obsession: Pickle Licious


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