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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

110 Ratings
Average Ratings
103
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

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The Best Episodes Ranked Using User Listens

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Rank #1: 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 #2: Episode 44: The OG (JANEuary #5) - Persuasion by Jane Austen

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We did it y’all; we’ve been through the now, the then, the if only, and the as if; it’s been a month dedicated to yr grrl Jane; a celebration of her influence, and an inquiry into the resonance of her scope. But we would be remiss not to guide it all towards the inevitable confluence of meeting the indelible force herself; the matron of Romancelandia; the true essence of all things that send your heart and situation aflutter: it’s Persuasion by Jane Austen. For you, by you; thank you now and always.

Jan 30 2019

1hr 19mins

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Rank #3: 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 #4: 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 #5: Episode 42: The Adaptation (JANEuary #3) - Clueless (1995) and Emma (1996)

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Crash positions listeners: it’s a JANEuary charm bomb. This week, Morgan and Isabeau pour one out for the chaste and stationary in their discussion of the classic Jane Austen adaptation and sleepover film par excellence, Clueless, directed by Amy Heckerling, and its lackluster bedfellow, Emma, directed by Douglas McGrath. What is a proper distillation of this novel’s essence - is it the tragedy of a trapped mind? Does a modern retelling highlight its comedic elements? Did Alicia Silverstone and Gwyneth Paltrow become Emma in real life? Where do you stand on Emma? Cuddle up with your favorite sexy step-brother for this one y’all because it’s movie night.

Jan 16 2019

49mins

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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: A Boxing Day Boner: Enemies To Lovers

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Dismissive actions. Furtive eyes. Arguing and making out in the rain. Hate fucking that becomes love fucking. This week, for a special Boxing Day Boner, Morgan and Isabeau unpack the classic Romance trope of enemies to lovers through the lens of the indelible 2005 adaptation of Pride & Prejudice. Darcy. Gazebos. And displeasure turned titillating. Snuggle up with this cozy Boner and get ready because JANEuary, came early.

Dec 26 2018

24mins

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Rank #8: Episode 18: Bromancing--Dudes Read Romance: Paradise by Judith McNaught

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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.

Jun 20 2018

1hr 21mins

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Rank #9: Episode 24: 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" really worth the hype and love it receives? Really? 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 14 2019

1hr 2mins

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Rank #10: Episode 63: Casual Friday - The Hating Game by Sally Thorne

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Have you ever despised someone so much you wet your desk chair? Or been so blinded by hate that you popped a boner? Of course you have. We all have. That’s what makes the Hating Game by Sally Throne so relatable, because a good romp is always the best way to relieve some tension. This week, Morgan and Isabeau track Lucy and Joshua, rival administrative assistants for two newly merged publishing houses, as they journey from enemies to workplace competitors to full on PnV horndoggies, all set in a cramped disco ball of an office. Despite the cutesy cover, it’s an HR disaster.

Sep 04 2019

51mins

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Rank #11: Episode 46: Outsides Are Insides - The Flame and the Flower by Kathleen E. Woodiwiss

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When something is deemed a watershed moment, that something denotes that a larger thing is forever altered; often the phrase suggests a positive evolution or advancement. But what do we do when the thing that allowed for growth and expansion, is, in retrospect, more akin to a stagnant pond than a shimmering crystal lake? This week, Morgan and Isabeau travel back to 1972 to relive the groundbreaking release of The Flame and the Flower by Kathleen E. Woodiwiss: a tome that elevated Romance to a new apex in the cultural zeitgeist. But the world reflected in F&F is fraught to say the least. We’re breaking out the big guns for this one y’all.

Mar 06 2019

1hr 27mins

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Rank #12: Episode 39: Fuckin’ Dukes - How the Dukes Stole Christmas by Tessa Dare et al.

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Whether they’re kicking you and your loved ones off their property, enjoying a solitary brood on the snow swept moors, parroting Ebenezer Scrooge, or simply trying to run a successful newspaper, it seems Dukes are everywhere these days. This week, Morgan and Isabeau explore the men beneath the titles in How the Dukes Stole Christmas, an anthology of novellas by Tessa Dare, Sarah MacLean, Sophie Jordan, and Joanna Shupe. Can love coexist with wealth? Is Heiress Alone just Home Alone with more vitamin D? Does magic shortbread show up on a drug test? It’s a festive Duke down with all the trimmings. Eat and be merry!

Dec 19 2018

45mins

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Rank #13: 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 #14: Episode 69: From Missives To Madness - My Sweet Folly by Laura Kinsale

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Folie Hamilton thought nothing of corresponding with her husband’s cousin, Lt. Robert Cambourne, deployed across the world in the interests of the East India Company, on behalf of the English Crown. But when love creeps into their epistles, no distance or arrangement is beyond collapse. This week, Morgan and Isabeau swoon over My Sweet Folly by Laura Kinsale, a tale of passion, conspiracy, and unbalance depicting an England on the brink of turmoil. How should historicals reflect past atrocities? What makes good allyship? What does it mean to stay informed, and how do we enact change? Remember: sexy books can still pose serious questions.

Whoa!mance is a part of the Frolic Podcast Network

This week's episode is sponsored by Audible--from romance to newscasts and everything in between Audible has got it all--go to www.audible.com/whoa or text WHOA to 500-500 for your free trial

This week's episode is sponsored by LOLA - a modern approach to feminine care. LOLA is a female-founded company offering a line of organic cotton tampons, pads, liners, and all-natural cleansing wipes. Now featuring Sex by LOLA products too!

Nov 27 2019

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Rank #15: 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 #16: Episode 70: Triage à Trois - Hummingbird by LaVyrle Spencer

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Abigail McKenzie felt like an outcast in her one train stop town. Yet when two men are wounded in the same train robbery, she agrees to take them in: David, the model of a gentleman, and Jesse, hot-tempered and alluring, vie for Abigail’s affections. But as she nurses them both back to health, intimacy and proximity push our heroine to explore her sensual side, and the true identities of her patients reveal a rich history beyond their injuries. This week, Morgan and Isabeau take a listener recommendation and fall in love with Hummingbird by LaVyrle Spencer. It’s got it all: gunfights, soup straws, moustaches, and above all, feet. Dust off a nice pair of something tall for this little ditty.

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

This week's episode is sponsored by Audible--from romance to newscasts and everything in between Audible has got it all--go to www.audible.com/whoa or text WHOA to 500-500 for your free trial.

This week's episode is sponsored by LOLA - a modern approach to feminine care. LOLA is a female-founded company offering a line of organic cotton tampons, pads, liners, and all-natural cleansing wipes. Now featuring Sex by LOLA products too!

Dec 11 2019

1hr 13mins

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Rank #17: Episode 19: 177fic

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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.
Conduct Unbecoming:
https://archiveofourown.org/works/8595313

New Girl on the Block:
https://archiveofourown.org/works/142864

Philidelphia is for Lovers…or something of that sort:
https://archiveofourown.org/works/11427357

The Course of Love Never Did Run Smooth:
https://www.fanfiction.net/s/10378323/1/The-Course-of-True-Love-Never-Did-Run-Smooth

Jun 27 2018

1hr 12mins

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Rank #18: Episode 43: The Fans (JANEuary #4)- A Certain Persuasion by Julie Bozza et al.

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JANE-U-VERSE - n. the world(s) expanded within and beyond Jane Austen’s novels as imagined by her readers through the act of emulation. This week, Morgan and Isabeau explore selections from A Certain Persuasion: Modern LGBTQ+ Fiction inspired by yr grrl’s novels, featuring stories by Julie Bozza, Fae Mcloughlin, and JL Merrow. It’s about the space between the novels; the nooks and crannies of potential intrigue; the nagging notion of a lingering ‘what if’ actualized. We’re going back in on fan fic for this cherished month of yr grrl y’all so plz don’t flame us ok?

Jan 23 2019

33mins

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Rank #19: 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 #20: 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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