Episode 30: Dick, Dork, Dong — Hot Head by Damon Suede
In this week's episode Morgan and Isabeau tackle Damon Suede's Hot Head a pun-tastic m/m romance about firemen in NYC. These friends to lovers just don't know what to do with their feels. There's a lot to cover in this novel, and Isabeau and Morgan flow between the topics of sex work, sexual discovery, and masculinity over the course of this episode. If you like dicks this is the one for you!
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Episode 28: Witchy Murder Ballad
On this week's episode Morgan and Isabeau interrogate a new medium for romance — Graphic Novels! Wild Rose is a graphic novel retelling of a popular Irish murder ballad. Writer Nicole Slaunwhite is kickstarting a wild Irish ride with a kick ass heroine who kinda gets her butt handed to her in the first issue — but there's big things in our Heroine's future or so says the witch and the tarot cards! This has it all sex, love, loss, magic, and Irish folks.
If you want to support Nicole in her efforts here's her website: wildrosecomic.wordpress.com
Episode 27: "Married with Children" Making It Last by Ruthie Knox
On this week's episode Morgan and Isabeau tackle series ender and novella Making it Last by Ruthie Knox. The last book in the author's Camelot series — The question on the table is: What is romance and how do we know what counts as a Happily Ever After? Where do the genre boundaries get blurry?
And perhaps most importantly what turns your crank when you're cranky?
Episode 26: Lisa Kleypas-ter Syndrome — Suddenly Who?
On this week's episode, our last in our Lisa Kleypas Series, Morgan and guest star Sean tackle Lisa Kleypas's stand alone novel Suddenly You. A novel about a spinster (she's 30) who orders a sexual awakening for her birthday! Listen in as Morgan and Sean dive deep on the surprises of the genre, how lived in and researched the world is — and the awkward messaging mashup of "scrappy" capitalism and blue-blooded hierarchy. Spoiler alert: they are both the worst.
Episode 25: Lisa Kleypas-ter Syndrome Part 2: Who has the right to talk about Lisa Kleypas?
Lisa Kleypas-ter Syndrome Part 2: On this week's episode we welcome back our good friend Kim and talk about what it's like to grow through an author's work, what that does to how we read characters and setting, what that means for how we view the work and cherish it (or not). Romance is special because you can grow up with it, and grow up through it, and sometimes out grow an author — but can you every really out grow something you loved? Listen and find out!
Listen and find out.
Episode 24: Lisa Kleypas-ter Syndrome —The Devil In Winter...Begrudgingly
Do you like gaming hells? Bad dudes who become good dudes and heroines who find their voices? US TOO!!! In this week's episode Morgan and Isabeau tackle a peculiar faultline in Romancelandia — is The Devil in Winter worth the hype and love it receives? Listen and find out where Isabeau and Morgan land on the critical question.
Part of our Lisa Kleypas series.
Listeners be warned there is discussion of attempted assault.
Episode 23: All Revved Up on Hair — Sylvia Day
Buckle up Buttercups because on this week's episode Morgan and Isabeau deep dive into secret babies, body shaming, body hair of all kinds, but most of all romance. Listen in as we unpack our feelings about lies, masculinity, and bikini lines
Boner On Us — Special Request
Whoa!mance wants to know! We've got questions and you've got answers! Morgan and Isabeau pose a series of questions that we are dying to hear our fans answer! Let us know what you think about Lizzy Bennet's hair, what man smells like, and your fav word for penis — you'll be featured on the podcast!
Episode 22: Author Interview Donna Thorland — Romance Across Mediums
In this episode Isabeau talks to author Donna Thorland about her craft, and romance across mediums. If you loved the TV show Salem, Buffy, and are interested in the reboot of Sabrina the Teenage Witch this is a good episode for you. If you've noticed that romance tropes are migrating toward your fav TV shows — you're right! We talk about that! And we talk about what it means to keep hope alive in the times we live in — romance being a key point of that. Romance is a subversive genre about revolution always — Who can you love? What choices do you make? That's the romance question.
Episode 21: Love in the Time of Reagan — Wild Orchids by Karen Robards
Ever wonder what Romancing the Stone would have been like with a strong neoliberal bias? Unlike the big hair, there's a lot about the Reagan era that doesn't hold up no matter how much spray you lacquer on. This week, Morgan and Isabeau take Wild Orchids by Karen Robards to task for its worldview and experience some unexpected trickle-down titillation. Dedicated to all the far flung Midwesterners out there trying to find love in this mad world.
Episode 20: HBD America 🎆🎆🎆 — Donna Thorland's Mistress Firebrand
Hey There Listeners! Do you love conversations about consent, safe sex, and revolutions internal and otherwise? Well this star spangled episode is just for you! Morgan and Isabeau break down Donna Thorland's Mistress Firebrand and get into the nitty gritty of french letters and french kissing. It's so much fun you might throw your tea in the harbor!
Episode 19: 177fic
In this episode Morgan and Isabeau tackle some of Isabeau's particular tipples — namely 1776 Fanfiction, America in general, and what it means to want to love things that are problematic. If you've ever had questions about fanfiction, what Mr. Feeney did before Boy Meets World, or if you're looking for a safe harbor in an increasingly bleak place — this episode is for you.
New Girl on the Block:
Philidelphia is for Lovers…or something of that sort:
The Course of Love Never Did Run Smooth:
Episode 18: Bromancing — Dudes Read Romance: Paradise by Judith McNaught
In this special episode Isabeau interviews long time friends Nigel and Maarouf about the time in their early twenties when they read a romance novel out loud to each other. The novel? Paradise — by Judith McNaught a snazzy bit of 90s Regan Romance — bootstraps and all. This second chance scorcher takes place in Chicago — and boy howdy does it deliver. Boardroom brawls, blackmail, letters gone astray, miscarriage and HEAs all over the place. Want to hear how much two straight dudes learned from a romance? What lessons they took away? This episode is an unconventional look at how the genre we love can work its magic on everybody.
Episode 17: "Flock of Mongooses/geese" Mr. Impossible by Loretta Chase
In this episode Morgan and Isabeau welcome a dear friend to discuss one of her favorite romance novels. In this particular discussion we tackle cultural appropriation, colonization, and of course always female empowerment. If you've ever watched The Mummy and thought "IT ME!" this is the episode for you! Travel to the sun swept sand dunes of Colonial Egypt (yikes) and get whisked away into hilarity, adventure and happily ever afters!
Episode 16: The One Where We Agree on Everything — The Suffragette Scandal by Courtney Milan
It's our Sweet Sixteen! And on this week's episode we talk about Courtney Milan's delicious and scintillating The Suffragette Scandal. Do you love men with damage? Do you love women with gumption? This book is for you! Let me tell you what Free is Victorian England's His Girl Friday and Morgan and Isabeau freaking love it!!!