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The ladies are funny

By AnaKDK - Nov 01 2019
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This was my first time listening to a podcast about romance novel despite being an avid romance novel reader since high school. I find the hosts to be funny and they remind me of what my friends and I sounded like when we were college, that’s a compliment but also a slight jab tbh. I don’t enjoy their bashing of authors and books that they don’t like or disagree with. I thought discussion would be more nuanced and would explore the complicity of why women are drawn to particular characters, tropes and authors. There aren’t any deep discussions going on here which is fine, but you would think from the episode description that they were. I was particularly disappointed in the cover art episode which could have explored so much but just didn’t. I won’t be listening anymore.

Passionate, brilliant podcast

By Kerivk - Jul 14 2019
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They know their genre, their history and their ice wine. I look forward to each and every episode.

iTunes Ratings

106 Ratings
Average Ratings
99
1
3
1
2

The ladies are funny

By AnaKDK - Nov 01 2019
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This was my first time listening to a podcast about romance novel despite being an avid romance novel reader since high school. I find the hosts to be funny and they remind me of what my friends and I sounded like when we were college, that’s a compliment but also a slight jab tbh. I don’t enjoy their bashing of authors and books that they don’t like or disagree with. I thought discussion would be more nuanced and would explore the complicity of why women are drawn to particular characters, tropes and authors. There aren’t any deep discussions going on here which is fine, but you would think from the episode description that they were. I was particularly disappointed in the cover art episode which could have explored so much but just didn’t. I won’t be listening anymore.

Passionate, brilliant podcast

By Kerivk - Jul 14 2019
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They know their genre, their history and their ice wine. I look forward to each and every episode.
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Whoa!mance: Romance, Feminism, and Ourselves

Latest release on Feb 26, 2020

The Best Episodes Ranked Using User Listens

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Rank #1: Episode 24: Lisa Kleypas-ter Syndrome--The Devil In Winter....Begrudgingly

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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.

Aug 01 2018

1hr 2mins

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Rank #2: 5: "Montana Sky" by Nora Roberts

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We tackle "Montana Sky" by lioness in her field NORA ROBERTS while discussing the vanilla candles, The American West, and 1996 in general. Warning: This episode (and book) contains discussion of violence against women.

Mar 07 2018

41mins

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Rank #3: Episode 52: We All Deserve French Seams - The Kiss Quotient by Helen Hoang

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Break out your graphing calculators for this one y’all. Celebrated for its depiction of a non-neurotypical heroine, econometrician Stella Lane is on a quest to become a more competent lover when family pressure nudges her back onto the dating field. Enter Michael Larsen, a Vietnamese/Swedish sex worker and breadwinner for a large family and ailing mother: who better to help Stella spend her audacious salary on a trial run at intimacy? But despite the cutesy cover and inclusive narratives, there’s a kernel of Romance’s dark foundation lurking in this reverse Pretty Woman.

May 01 2019

1hr 11mins

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Rank #4: Episode 17: "Flock of Mongooses/geese" Mr. Impossible by Loretta Chase

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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!

Jun 06 2018

1hr 5mins

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Rank #5: Boner-On-Us: Blow Jobs

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One could say this is a boner about blow jobs. But blow jobs are about so much more than just blow jobs. This is a boner about power. A boner about tropes. A boner dissecting the misnomer of a “right” penis. It’s a boner about what we do with boners, and why what we do with boners does and does not matter.

Oct 23 2019

21mins

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Rank #6: Episode 53: Duchess or Dead (ICEWINE #1) - Devil’s Bride by Stephanie Laurens

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Break out the Franzia and give that bag a big ol’ slap y’all because it’s time for some motherbitchin’ ICEWINE. And what better way to begin than by taking a cold look at the skewed historical reality of Stephanie Laurens’ inaugural installment of her Cynster series, Devil’s Bride. One of the many missives of the 90’s culture wars, Morgan and Isabeau unpack the novel’s opinions on female agency and sexuality not-so-tacitly coded into the stuffy life of dukes and the messy business of murder. Don’t forget to restock the ice tray! Remember: you kill it, you fill it.

May 08 2019

57mins

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Rank #7: Episode 32: Ripped and Hairless - Dark Desires by Eve Silver

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What tempts you? What fixations lurk in the corners of your mind? Is it leather? Lace? Or perhaps...MURDER? This week, Morgan and Isabeau take a carriage ride to Whitechapel, London to meet Darcie Finch, and her mysterious new boss, anatomist and shit artist Dr. Damien Cole. But as whispers and disappearances continue to shroud Damien, Darcie is flayed by the peril of choice: to risk her love, or her life. SPOOOOOOKY!

Oct 17 2018

45mins

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Rank #8: Episode 30: Dick, Dork, Dong--Hot Head by Damon Suede

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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!

Oct 03 2018

56mins

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Rank #9: Episode 15: "An Inconvenient Booty" A Pirate's Love by Johanna Lindsey

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On this episode Isabeau and Morgan tackle a sea monster of a Classic in Johanna Lindsey's A Pirates Love--Readers be Warned this book deals explicitly with sexual assault----as our producer said it really puts the rape back into rape and pillage. It's a lot. So take care of yourself listener.

However if you want to brave the tides with Morgan and Isabeau on this classic anchors away me hearties! Lets get down and dirty.

May 23 2018

42mins

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Rank #10: 11: "Love And Other Scandals" by Caroline Linden

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This week Morgan blows Isabeau's mind on the social construct of flattering fashion and what constitutes a freudian sex scene. If you love fancy balls, trashy mags, discussions of female friendship--and bobbing penises this is your episode! NSFW but you knew that.

Apr 18 2018

59mins

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Rank #11: Episode 12: Gaywyck by Vincent Virga

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If you love the sound of the ocean, sexual awakenings, murder plots, candles and late 19th century New York--this new Whoa!mance is just for you! The Grandfather of Queer Romance is a gothic stunner of sensual delights. Loosen your cravats m'lovelies this one gets good.

Apr 25 2018

1hr 9mins

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Rank #12: Episode 26: Lisa Kleypas-ter Syndrome--Suddenly Who?

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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 awaken 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.

Sep 05 2018

56mins

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Rank #13: Episode 67: Floating In The Blood - Carmilla by Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu

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Long before Twilight, and 26 years before Ol’ Abe Stoker had visions of Dracula, there was another drinker lurking in the annals of western lit. This week, Morgan and Isabeau explore the classic gothic vampire novella Carmilla by Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu, a prototype for the prolific genre. Set in a shloss in the forests of Styria, Laura, our heroine, describes her lonely childhood through epistles and recounts the arrival of a peculiar stranger, the alluring and abhorrent Carmilla, as if conjured from a dream. But the novel’s languor is underpinned with anxiety as desire mixes with consumption, and questions of Carmilla’s origin prove all too familiar. It’s a sensual nightmare that revels in the repression of the Victorian Age, and may help explain our continued obsession.

Whoa!mance is part of the Frolic Podcast Network. You can find more outstanding podcasts to subscribe to at Frolic.media/podcasts

Oct 30 2019

1hr 9mins

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Rank #14: Episode 62: Leg Up - The Proposition by Judith Ivory

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Shake the sand out of your corset and get ready for a cockney romp. This week, Morgan and Isabeau return to Judith Ivory to examine her 1999 novel The Proposition, where linguist and social etiquette coach Edwina is tasked to shape hunk of marble and rat catcher extraordinaire Mick into a right modern gentleman. If Beast didn’t quite tickle your ambergris, this reverse pygmalion will have you feeling it in your pants. This might be an all time favorite y’all.

Aug 21 2019

1hr 1min

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Rank #15: Episode 72: Yours To Keep (JOHANNAuary #1) - Defy Not The Heart by Johanna Lindsey

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As many of you know, JOHANNAuary has fallen under a somber hue. With the news of Johanna Lindsey’s passing, this month’s project will take on a retrospective, celebratory stance that we hope will dovetail nicely with our usual bouillabaisse of critical and irreverent commentary. So, without further ado, JOHANNAuary commences with a real keeper, Defy Not The Heart by the indomitable Johanna Lindsey. Set back in the 1100’s, we meet Reina, armorclad and defending her stronghold from the mercenary Ranulf, sent to kidnap her into a forced marriage by the loathsome Lord Rothwell. But their chemistry proves greater than any amount of gold, and our hero must learn how to please a woman a fraction of his colossal size. It’s a stunning work by an artist in full command of her creative palette. Let your hair down and put the cat outside for this medieval romp.

Whoa!mance is a part of the Frolic Podcast Network.

Jan 08 2020

1hr 4mins

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Rank #16: Episode 59: Somebody’s Gonna Be First (Aha Sheik Heartbreak #1) - The Sheik by E. M. Hull

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Back in the center ring, as promised, for the first of many sheik downs. To kick things off, Morgan and Isabeau crack the OG model for so-called “desert romance”, E. M. Hull’s 1919 novel The Sheik; and like any good origin story, it’s fraught with power and contradiction. Can a novel with such a damaging socio-political cache be redeemed by the resonant impact it has on the evolution of genre and reader interest? Or is it time we go cold turkey on this particular blend of hand-rolled erotica? We’re in this for the long haul y’all so make sure you layer up: it gets pretty cold at night.

Jul 03 2019

1hr 7mins

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Rank #17: Episode 21: Love in the Time of Reagan - Wild Orchids by Karen Robards

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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.

Jul 11 2018

57mins

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Rank #18: Episode 60: Learn to Love Everything (Aha Sheik Heartbreak #2) - Savage Sands by Christina Nicholson

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Ok. A lot of trigger warnings y’all; we’re talking about rape, human trafficking, colonial occupation, castration, and handsy nuns. But plz know yr Whoa!mance crew would never let you go in alone. This week, Morgan and Isabeau continue to hold Sheik romance accountable with a truly breathtaking example of what-the-fuckery: Savage Sands by Christina Nicholson. It’s a rolling blackout of unchecked sexuality and degradation, a narrative so carpet-bombed by the male id it’s almost as if it were written by a man...

Jul 17 2019

1hr 6mins

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Rank #19: Episode 49: But For Whom? - Wanna Get Lucky? by Deborah Coonts

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This week’s a little bit of everything y’all. We got murder. We got Las Vegas. We got snakes. Morgan and Isabeau are joined by friend and OG Las Vegan Marie to talk about the first installment of Deborah Coonts’ Lucky O’Toole series. Did we mention the swingers? Did we mention the porn stars; and oddly, the prudishness? It’s a tour de force of repressed desires with a hard on for justice. A very, conservative hard on. Recommended for those who’ve never seen their own selves naked.

Mar 27 2019

1hr 4mins

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Rank #20: Episode 65: A Numbers Game - The Right Swipe by Alisha Rai

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What are the rules of modern dating? For many this is an ethical or existential question, but for app developer Rhiannon Hunter, providing the correct answer could be the financial HEA of a lifetime. This week, Morgan and Isabeau tackle The Right Swipe by Alisha Rai, and put some overlooked institutional ducks in a row. Questions arise as to what a feminist dating app should look like; who, if anyone, does the NFL care about; and what your brand choice of mayonnaise says about your experience of heartbreak when used to fuck up the paint on an ex-lover’s car. Clear your schedules and lint roll a power suit for this one y’all.

Oct 02 2019

1hr 5mins

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