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Bonkers Romance

Melody Carlisle and Jenny Nordbak

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Jenny Nordbak and Melody Carlisle are taking their love for romance and dialing it up to 11 with your favorite authors and personalities from Romancelandia. Every Thursday, we recap a truly bonkers piece of romance media and discuss how it’s tropes are maximized and what they do for us. Along the way you’ll get commentary, book recs, hilarious stories, hot takes, and a unique peek into the brains of creators you admire. Join us each week as we celebrate the authors who really *go there* and ...
 
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We’re joined by Eva Moore to recap That Time I Got Drunk and Saved a Demon by Kimberly Lemming! This episode is a frothy cocktail of effervescent joy and we couldn’t be more delighted with the book Eva picked to bring us back from hiatus! Be sure not to miss Eva’s brand new release, Reclaimed Dreams, which is the deeply satisfying conclusion to her…
 
Hello from hiatus! We're here with Melody's obsession STRANGE LOVE by Ann Aguirre. An alien romance with a talking dog! Effortless inclusivity! A pairing competition that's as if Gladiator and Love Island had a baby! Consent boners abound! And once you're done with this, check out Ep. 146 for Part 2. Bonus content: Melody gives Erin bad compliments…
 
Hey HBs! YOU CAME THROUGH AGAIN! AND YOU'RE GETTING SNUZZLED FOR IT! In today's episode Erin and Mel explain the embrace and then get down to the business of shouting out the hundreds of participants in this year's HB Reading Embrace! And good news: The 2022 Reading Embrace Categories are waiting for you! Make sure to check out Mel's new podcast Bo…
 
Hey y'all! It's time for an encore episode: Roller Girl by Vanessa North! We will be back next week with our annual Reading Embrace episode, but we think the best way to start 2022 is with this feel-good lesbian romance between a trans athlete and a plumber/roller derby coach. It's exactly what we need! Roller derby, tons of enthusiastic consent, l…
 
Happy New Year's Eve! We decided to end the year by showcasing an insightful chat with one of our Bonkers Book Club Spotlight Authors - Alexis Hall! We talk all about his upcoming release and January book club offering SOMETHING FABULOUS, what we can expect from him in the near future, the balance of creating art while navigating the expectations o…
 
Hey HBs! This week we're throwing out the script and subbing in The Hating Game movie! Life made reading hard recently, so we decided to treat ourselves to a visual delight! We loved this adaptation of Sally Thorne's debut masterpiece! If you want to hear what we thought of the book way back when, check out episodes 30 and 31. Bonus Content: Erin's…
 
Oh it's Princess Switch 3, Switched into Infinity! That's right, Vanessa Hudgens is back as Stacey, Margaret, and the real star of the show: FIONA. Bonus Content: Blonde Hairs the Lame Prince... same guy?, Beard Hairs the BFF is also there!, and our newest hero: Peter of the alive eyes and functional penis! Plus, A YODELER. Also, allow your friends…
 
Hey HBs! It's our first Netflix Christmas movie of the year! Single All the Way is SO FUN! We bow down to Jennifer Coolidge and this lighthearted lovefest. Bonus Content: Task Rabbiting, white Christmas trees, snuggling for Jesus, Rooster's quinceañera, Mel's (ice cold) hot takes on threesomes, and so much more! Lady Loves: Mel: Swiffer Dusters??! …
 
Happy Hanukkah, HBs! We've got a wonderful, zero-conflict novella that actually features Hanukkah. Like, on the page! It's truly wonderful, plus super super sexy! Lady Loves: Erin: A new ice scraper! Just buy one and your life will be better. Melody: Therapy. That's it. That's the lady love. Episode sponsors: Risky Restoration by EF Dodd Radish!…
 
We’re joined by Liz from the Make Out Already podcast to recap Sing Me to Sleep by R.M. Virtues! We discuss how Melody is into grandpa fucking and why Jenny is livid she didn’t get to read this book (which has since been rectified!). Because y’all. It’s about a sexy, protective sleep paralysis demon. I’m not telling you more than that. It’s too goo…
 
It's inspirational Thanksgiving romance time!!! This year we've got a virginal nurse and an amnesiac maybe criminal. And a mystery. And a PROWLER. Need we say more? Bonus Content: Amazing book cover photoshop, is it following your intuition or is it stalking?, how to make a hotel room more "homey," *Bing Boong Bong* Crime Times and Undercover Ops w…
 
We recap I Married a Naga by Regine Abel with Stacey Hamel! Many of you already know and love Stacey, but for those who don't, we thought it was high time to introduce you to her beautiful brain. She's an admin of our Facebook group,The Altar of Defiant Joy, and Patron Saint of the Bonkers Romance TikTok. We've affectionately dubbed her our Adminot…
 
Hey HBs! It's Thanksgiving week for us Americans! That means a special encore episode of a favorite Thanksgiving book! This one features an heiress determined to prove her worth in the Alaskan wilderness and a lawyer with *deep* *dark* *issues* who accidentally-on-purpose got lost in the wilderness. They're objectively terrible people! CW: faith, s…
 
We're joined by Alexis Daria to recap Alien Quarantine Rescue by Robin Lovett! This was Jenny’s very first Robin Lovett book and she’s obsessed! It starts in an all too realistic setting where the world has gone to hell after a pandemic and the heroine has been alone for five years…but very, very quickly changes to a marvelous fantasy when an alien…
 
Hey HBs, Vanessa Zoltan joins us to chat all about Jane Eyre, the absence of Michael Fassbender's penis, and so much more! Make sure to check out Vanessa's new book Praying with Jane Eyre and her Hot and Bothered podcast! Bonus Content: deeply cock-in Fassbender, an exploration of how freeing the confines of a "cupboard" might be - just change your…
 
We're joined by Adriana Herrera to recap Beyond the Highland Mist by Karen Marie Moning! We talk about why we’re Moning Maniacs, why this was the Golden Age of paranormal romance, and why falconer dirty talk is so sexy. This book has it all...time travel, a heroine fleeing a dark secret in her past, meddling fae, a murderous ex girlfriend, not one …
 
Hey HBs!!!!!! It's our annual Veteran's Day event! I hope you're ready for an action-packed ride complete with roof dives and murder yetis! Mission: Her Protection was a super fun romp with a scientist heroine and an extra secret special ops man who were friends as children and are reunited when an arctic mission goes very wrong. It's non-stop and …
 
We're joined by Andie J. Christopher to recap Coyote Ugly (which somehow came out 20 years ago??)! We discuss early aughts fashion, dancing on bars, and this film’s impact on our bisexual awakening—or in one of our cases, a definitive confirmation of straightness. Please enjoy the references to a Minotaur Cock Water Gun (which could only possibly b…
 
Hey HBs, it's our first sexy ghost!!!! Come join us for Halloween Boo by Sarah Spade. It's a lovely tale of a ghost who falls in love with the woman who lives in the apartment he's haunting and gets the 24 hours of Halloween to become corporeal! He not only *gets* a boner, but he GETS TO USE IT! And Spade does a ton of fabulous references to Hallow…
 
We're joined by Katee Robert to recap Stalked by the Kraken by Lillian Lark! We talk about why this book is the perfect soft introduction to tentacles because it gives you a taste of the possibilities without being anything extreme. We also chat about kraken stereotypes, why we’re all pervs who want certain things to happen when tentacles are at pl…
 
Happy Spoooooky Season, HBs! We're recapping The Ex Hex by Erin Sterling! We've got a couple of witches, an accidental curse, and chemistry that hasn't diminished in the 9 years they've been apart. Second chance romance! Ghosts! Viagra potions gone wrong! Plus, witchy sisterhood wins the day! It's an HEA all around. Bonus Content: Rooster's dreams …
 
We're joined by Dani Lacey to recap Soul Eater by Lily Mayne! We discuss what it’s been like watching the Ice Planet TikTok craze when Dani hosts the Ice Planet podcast. Jenny throws a full blown tantrum because Melody keeps getting to recap the books with cock pockets. We celebrate this charming, romantic, delicious, sexy AF triumph of a bonkers b…
 
Hey y'all! Clyve Rose joins Melody to recap the movie Pride, Prejudice, and Zombies! Come to England Times Zombie Apocalypse and do some deadly arts with us! Plus, the best version of the proposal/refusal scene that's ever been made. Lady Loves: Clyve: vintage lingerie and a hot bath. Episode Sponsor: Radish! Unlimited romance stories in a serializ…
 
We're joined by Abby Jimenez to recap Hold by Claire Kent! Hold is set on a prison planet and opens with the lines: Find the strongest man there. Give yourself to him in return for protection. It's the only way you'll ever survive. This was Abby’s first bonkers book, so we discuss how this has opened up her reading world and the marvelous rabbit ho…
 
Happy 4th Podiversary, Listener! We're 4 years old! Also, American HBs, Happy Indigenous People's Day! In this episode, Erin does her State of the Podcast address, we take a few listener questions, and Mel agonizes over combinations of F*ck/Marry/Kill that Erin has created. She's just as diabolical as always. THANK YOU FOR LISTENING! We so apprecia…
 
We're joined by Sarah MacLean to recap The Raven Prince by Elizabeth Hoyt! We discuss the many ways books can be bonkers (Sarah’s love of bananas books), sexy times in a sex club with a masquerade mask, how self indulgent it is to sob on the ground for hours, and the seriously good books we’ve read lately! Be sure not to miss Sarah’s brand new, sup…
 
Hey everyone! This week we've got a super sweet novella called Love's Serenade by Sheryl Lister. It wasn't a home run for us, but we loved being thoroughly steeped in 1920's Harlem as we watched Leigh and Miles find each other again. Plus, there were a ton of super impactful historical easter eggs throughout! And hot sex! It's part of the "Decades:…
 
We're joined by Naima Simone to recap The Lady and the Orc by Finley Fenn! We discuss Naima and Jenny’s mutual obsession with Lord of the Rings, that time Naima accidentally showed the guy at the phone case kiosk a description of orc parts (that he’s still sitting somewhere thinking about), gloriously thick orc thighs, and why Jenny has declared Lu…
 
Hey HBs! Another friend is here! Jenny Nordbak joins Erin and Melody to discuss her new podcast Bonkers Romance and her romance debut HIS LEADING LADY. She's releasing a scorchingly hot contemporary romance about a Hollywood A-List actor who's trying to roughen up his squeaky clean image and an elite dominatrix who doesn't want the limelight, but c…
 
Welcome to our introductory episode! Get to know a little bit about your hosts, Jenny Nordbak and Melody Carlisle, and learn what Bonkers Romance is all about! We discuss what “bonkers” means to each of us since it’s something we’ve been asking guests. Jenny: It’s the brave decisions authors have made when they chose not to play it safe. Mel: It’s …
 
We’re joined by Sierra F*cking Simone to recap Ensnared by Tiffany Roberts! We discuss how bonkers books must fulfill the promise of the premise, how Jenny and Mel are consensual creeps, how Jenny is a spider kink hipster, and why this marvelous book sold a skeptical Sierra Simone on spider romance! “A real bonkers romance doesn’t just have fearles…
 
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