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The past is always with us and we are living in the past. This show traces the connections between the 18th and 19th centuries and now. What do Bruce Springsteen and Alfred Lord Tennyson have in common? Why are men always crying in 19c poetry? Does Jane Eyre Tweet? This season, I'll answer these questions and more. So polish your monocle and adjust your feed as you go back to the past today.
 
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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…
 
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…
 
Jess and Trisha share some listener feedback, discuss Rose Lerner’s Sweet Disorder, and look back (and a little bit ahead) at 2021 romance. Subscribe to the podcast via RSS, Apple Podcasts, Spotify, or Stitcher. To get even more romance recs and news, sign up for our Kissing Books newsletter! This content contains affiliate links. When you buy thro…
 
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!…
 
It’s our 2021 recommendation request show (part 2)! Jess and Trisha recommend books for readers looking for romance without sex on the page, progressive historical romance, and more! Subscribe to the podcast via RSS, Apple Podcasts, Spotify, or Stitcher. To get even more romance recs and news, sign up for our Kissing Books newsletter! News Read Swe…
 
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…
 
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…
 
It’s our 2021 recommendation request show (part 1)! Jess and Trisha recommend books for readers looking for pining, queer paranormal romance, vampires, and more! Subscribe to the podcast via RSS, Apple Podcasts, Spotify, or Stitcher. To get even more romance recs and news, sign up for our Kissing Books newsletter! This content contains affiliate li…
 
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…
 
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 …
 
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…
 
Jess and Trisha discuss the present and future of romance conventions, and then talk about some romances that probably shouldn’t have worked for them…but did. Subscribe to the podcast via RSS, Apple Podcasts, Spotify, or Stitcher. To get even more romance recs and news, sign up for our Kissing Books newsletter! News Send us your recommendation requ…
 
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 …
 
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…
 
Jess and Trisha have some updates – including a new book club book! – and spend some time talking about how they find new books and what they think about when they recommend them. Subscribe to the podcast via RSS, Apple Podcasts, Spotify, or Stitcher. To get even more romance recs and news, sign up for our Kissing Books newsletter! News Get your Bo…
 
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…
 
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:…
 
Jess and Trisha revisit goals from the last episode and the WIR survey from this summer, discuss sexiness and academia in Office Hours, and have some fall romance recs that are more dark and stormy than pumpkin spice-y. Subscribe to the podcast via RSS, Apple Podcasts, Spotify, or Stitcher. To get even more romance recs and news, sign up for our Ki…
 
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…
 
Hey HBs! Alexis Daria is here to tell us all about her new release, A Lot Like Adios! It's the second in her Primas of Power series and IT'S DELICIOUS! Second chance romance, family redemption, fan fiction, and super steamy!!! It's everything we wanted and more. We get to cackle about Miss Congeniality and, even though it was *obviously* made 20 ye…
 
Jess and Trisha talk about a publisher taking advantage of an author’s idea, explain what on earth is happening with a certain ice planet (and the barbarians who reside there), and have some plans to read what they’ve got. Subscribe to the podcast via RSS, Apple Podcasts, Spotify, or Stitcher. To get even more romance recs and news, sign up for our…
 
Hey HBs! We're here with a delicious own voices category romance: Taking On The Billionaire by Robin Covington! Tess is a private investigator with a vendetta and penchant for giving everyone competence boners, especially her new client. Adam is a self-made billionaire and Native American man who was separated from his parents and siblings at the a…
 
Hey HB's! In honor of our second virtual book club on patreon, we're rereleasing Part 1 of Alyssa Cole's A Princess In Theory. It's Book 1 of her Reluctant Royals series and SUCH A GREAT READ. We've got Naledi Smith, a public health grad student with 3 jobs and a good head on her shoulders because she was a life-long foster kid and knows she can on…
 
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