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Niece and aunt duo, Jessen Judice and (author) Juliette Cross, bond over their shared love of romance novels, and want to include fellow romance enthusiasts in on the conversation. We started this podcast as a big middle finger to the stigma associated with reading and loving romance novels. We love to fangirl about our favorite books, authors, and characters and are challenging people to think of romance novels as more than just "mommy porn" - though there's nothing wrong with a copious amount of sexy times. Bring that *ish on!This one goes out to all the fangirls! Life's better with a little HEA. Links:Apple PodcastGoogle PodcastClosed Facebook GroupTwitterInstagramPatreon

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Niece and aunt duo, Jessen Judice and (author) Juliette Cross, bond over their shared love of romance novels, and want to include fellow romance enthusiasts in on the conversation. We started this podcast as a big middle finger to the stigma associated with reading and loving romance novels. We love to fangirl about our favorite books, authors, and characters and are challenging people to think of romance novels as more than just "mommy porn" - though there's nothing wrong with a copious amount of sexy times. Bring that *ish on!This one goes out to all the fangirls! Life's better with a little HEA. Links:Apple PodcastGoogle PodcastClosed Facebook GroupTwitterInstagramPatreon

iTunes Ratings

101 Ratings
Average Ratings
95
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Awesome podcast

By Noodle327 - Jan 06 2020
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Love the banter between the hosts! Look forward to every episode!

Yaasss.

By Kmarler - Jun 05 2019
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All the book feels are so relatable. I love the reviews and girl talk!!

iTunes Ratings

101 Ratings
Average Ratings
95
3
1
1
1

Awesome podcast

By Noodle327 - Jan 06 2020
Read more
Love the banter between the hosts! Look forward to every episode!

Yaasss.

By Kmarler - Jun 05 2019
Read more
All the book feels are so relatable. I love the reviews and girl talk!!
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Smart Women Read Romance

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Niece and aunt duo, Jessen Judice and (author) Juliette Cross, bond over their shared love of romance novels, and want to include fellow romance enthusiasts in on the conversation. We started this podcast as a big middle finger to the stigma associated with reading and loving romance novels. We love to fangirl about our favorite books, authors, and characters and are challenging people to think of romance novels as more than just "mommy porn" - though there's nothing wrong with a copious amount of sexy times. Bring that *ish on!This one goes out to all the fangirls! Life's better with a little HEA. Links:Apple PodcastGoogle PodcastClosed Facebook GroupTwitterInstagramPatreon

Rank #1: Ep. 37 - Well Met by Jen DeLuca

Sep 04 2019

1hr 6mins

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Rank #2: Ep. 60 - The Billionaire Book Club by Max Monroe

Feb 26 2020

58mins

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Rank #3: Ep. 3 - The Kiss Quotient by Helen Hoang

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Join us as we review the #1 Romance book of the 2018 Goodreads Choice awards, The Kiss Quotient! But first, a brief chit-chat/check-in with Jessen and Juliette as they discuss This is Us and their anticipation for the final season of Game of Thrones (00:54). Get to know the characters, setting, and tropes during their spoiler-free discussion of Helen Hoang's debut novel (4:31). Then, take a deep dive into all of the book's full SPOILERY glory (9:14).

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Jan 01 2019

1hr 11mins

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Rank #4: Ep. 46 - Beard Necessities by Penny Reid

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The HEA we've all been waiting for! Billy and Claire will finally come to terms with their tragic past and move forward with the help of the well-meaning Winston Brood. Before we deep dive into the story, listen to Jessen explain why she is only mostly dead while recording this episode and how the universe is having a laugh at her optimism (1:00). Get to know the characters, setting, and tropes during their spoiler-free discussion of Beard Necessities (3:45). Spoiler Section:  Juliette and Jessen compete in a Showdown where they each offer up their favorite scene to see which one reigns supreme (6:15). Then, take a deep dive into all the SPOILERY details of one of our most anticipated reads of 2019 (11:16).

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Nov 06 2019

1hr 6mins

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Rank #5: Minisode 2 - Reylo: A Star Wars Love Story

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Yes, we are those people and we don't care who knows it! Reylo is a thing and we are still rooting for them. Jessen & Juliette discuss all of the clues from both The Force Awakens and The Last Jedi to convince you that this love will not be silenced. We know we aren't alone out there, and have a Pinterest board filled with Reylo art to prove it!

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Jan 18 2019

28mins

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Rank #6: Ep. 27 - The Deal by Elle Kennedy

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It's here! The Deal is one of our favorite enemies to friends to lovers romance. It's just so well done that we couldn't NOT include it on the podcast. Before we deep dive into the story, listen to a brief chit-chat/check-in with Jessen and Juliette talk about Top Secret, WAGs, and One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest (01:04). Get to know the characters, setting, and tropes during their spoiler-free discussion of The Deal (6:54). Spoiler Section:  Juliette and Jessen compete in a Showdown where they each offer up their favorite scene to see which one reigns supreme (11:32). Then, take a  deep dive into all the SPOILERY details of this fun college romance (17:17).

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Jun 26 2019

1hr 8mins

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Rank #7: Minisode 12 - 2019 Book Boyfriends

Dec 27 2019

26mins

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Rank #8: Ep. 12 - Beard Science by Penny Reid

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You all knew this one was coming. We have waxed poetic about our favorite sexual lumbersnack and the not-so-Banana-Cake-Queen in previous episodes as well as our Book Boyfriend and Girlcrush minisodes. Now you get an entire episode dedicated to Cletus Winston and Jennifer Sylvester! We also have a special segment where you get Juliette's live reaction to reading selected parts of Dr. Strange Beard. Before we get into the fangirling zone, listen to a brief chit-chat/check-in with Jessen and Juliette as they talk about Les Miserables in New Orleans, the Sazerac, and a book rec from our listeners (00:59). Get to know the characters, setting, and tropes during their spoiler-free discussion of Beard Science (6:22). Spoiler Section: Juliette and Jessen compete in a Showdown where they each offer up their favorite scene to see which one reigns supreme (10:11)! Then, take a deep dive into all the SPOILERY details of one of our favorite contemporary romances of all time (15:00). LIVE REACTION: I pulled a few scenes from Dr. Strange Beard - which has a 5 year time jump and some very interesting developments in the Winston world - for Juliette to read and you get her unfiltered WTF reaction (1:13:35)!

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Feb 27 2019

1hr 20mins

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Rank #9: Minisode 9 - Top Pet Peeves in Romance Novels

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Are there certain things that make you want to grind your teeth while reading romance novels? Jessen & Juliette have come up with a list of author/publisher practices, character traits, and plot devices that make us roll our eyes. There's no mention of any specific book or author because that's not how we roll - but there are specific situations that we describe which are grabbed right out of romance books!

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Jun 05 2019

35mins

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Rank #10: Minisode 11 - Our 2019 Favorites

Dec 20 2019

38mins

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Rank #11: Minisode 3 - Our Top Book Boyfriends

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What's your favorite flavor of Book Boyfriend? Alpha with a capital "A", sweet and vulnerable, the boy who brings all the laughs to the yard, or a combination of all three? Jessen and Juliette are sharing each of their top five book boyfriends and what makes them stand out from all the rest! 

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Feb 08 2019

28mins

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Rank #12: Minisode 14 - Best and Worst Tropes

Feb 14 2020

44mins

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Rank #13: Ep. 45 - Beard with Me by Penny Reid

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Technically not a romance book in its own right, but it IS a part of the Billy and Claire duet. A very integral part in our opinion. Touted for being the most angsty book that Penny has delivered in the Winston Brother series, Juliette and Jessen found that the reading experience was enjoyable, and not too much to bear. Before we deep dive into the story, listen to Jessen and Juliette sort the Winston siblings into Hogwarts Houses (1:10). Get to know the characters, setting, and tropes during their spoiler-free discussion of Beard with Me (10:08). Spoiler Section:  Juliette and Jessen compete in a Showdown where they each offer up their favorite scene to see which one reigns supreme (18:51). Then, take a deep dive into all the SPOILERY details of this prelude to one of our most anticipated reads of 2019 (23:00).

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Oct 30 2019

1hr 38mins

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Rank #14: Ep. 31 - Bittersweet by Sarina Bowen

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Before we deep dive into the story, listen to a brief chit-chat/check-in with Jessen and Juliette talk about Ollie bookblocking Jessen while she's reading and being cat v dog person (01:00). Get to know the characters, setting, and tropes during their spoiler-free discussion of Bittersweet (4:45). Spoiler Section:  Juliette and Jessen compete in a Showdown where they each offer up their favorite scene to see which one reigns supreme (12:38). Then, take a  deep dive into all the SPOILERY details of this beautiful friends to lovers smartypants romance (15:00).

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Jul 24 2019

1hr 12mins

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Rank #15: Ep. 53 - Flow & Grip by Kennedy Ryan

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What better way to start 2020 than with the series that landed at the top of our "Best of 2019 reads" list! One of the best love stories that we've ever read. PERIOD. Before we deep dive into the story, listen to Juliette and Jessen list their 2020 resolutions (1:10). Get to know the characters, setting, and tropes during their spoiler-free discussion of The Grip series (5:07). Spoiler Section:   Take a deep dive into all the SPOILERY details of one of this incredibly moving second chance romance (11:37). Then, Juliette and Jessen compete in a Showdown where they each offer up their favorite scene to see which one reigns supreme (58:52).

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Jan 08 2020

1hr 5mins

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Rank #16: Ep. 57 - The Worst Best Man by Mia Sosa

Feb 05 2020

56mins

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Rank #17: Ep. 24 - The Unhoneymooners by Christina Lauren

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Before we deep dive into the story, listen to a brief chit-chat/check-in with Jessen and Juliette talk about Juliette trip to a comic book store and her own honeymoon in Maui (1:11). Get to know the characters, setting, and tropes during their spoiler-free discussion of The Unhoneymooners (5:59). Spoiler Section:  Juliette and Jessen compete in a Showdown where they each offer up their favorite scene to see which one reigns supreme (10:41). Then, take a  deep dive into all the SPOILERY details of one of this slowburn enemies to lovers romance (15:11).

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May 22 2019

1hr 8mins

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Rank #18: Minisode 10 - Book Boyfriends: Historical Romance Edition

Jun 13 2019

28mins

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Rank #19: Ep. 44 - Baking Me Crazy by Karla Sorensen

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More books in the Pennyverse?! Yes, please! We are so excited to discover new authors writing in one of our favorite settings, Green Valley. Before we deep dive into the story, listen to Jessen and Juliette talk about their wacky dreams (1:01). Get to know the characters, setting, and tropes during their spoiler-free discussion of Baking Me Crazy (5:33). Spoiler Section:  Juliette and Jessen compete in a Showdown where they each offer up their favorite scene to see which one reigns supreme (9:18). Then, take a deep dive into all the SPOILERY details of this friends to lovers romance (15:57).

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Oct 23 2019

1hr 9mins

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Rank #20: Ep. 25 - The Bride Test by Helen Hoang

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Before we deep dive into the story, listen to a brief chit-chat/check-in with Jessen and Juliette talk about Blush Magazine and casting our favorite book characters in movies (00:52). Get to know the characters, setting, and tropes during their spoiler-free discussion of The Bride Test (9:58). Spoiler Section:  Juliette and Jessen compete in a Showdown where they each offer up their favorite scene to see which one reigns supreme (16:04). Then, take a  deep dive into all the SPOILERY details of this slowburn romcom (22:00).

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May 29 2019

1hr 13mins

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Minisode 15 - Sanditon

Apr 01 2020

56mins

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Ep. 64 - A Cowboy to Remember by Rebekah Weatherspoon

Mar 25 2020

1hr 5mins

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Ep. 63 - Ice Planet Barbarians by Ruby Dixon

Mar 18 2020

55mins

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Ep. 62 - Waking Up With the Duke by Lorraine Heath

Mar 11 2020

54mins

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Ep. 61 - Focused by Karla Sorensen

Mar 04 2020

57mins

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Ep. 60 - The Billionaire Book Club by Max Monroe

Feb 26 2020

58mins

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Ep. 59 - Hearts in Darkness by Laura Kaye

Feb 19 2020

46mins

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Minisode 14 - Best and Worst Tropes

Feb 14 2020

44mins

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Ep. 58 - On a Wild Night by Stephanie Laurens

Feb 12 2020

1hr 3mins

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Ep. 57 - The Worst Best Man by Mia Sosa

Feb 05 2020

56mins

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Ep. 56 - Slave to Sensation by Nalini Singh

Jan 29 2020

1hr 8mins

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Ep. 55 - Him by Sarina Bowen & Elle Kennedy

Jan 22 2020

57mins

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Ep. 54 - Still by Kennedy Ryan

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The Grip Series Review - Part 2. Still is the final installment of the epic Gripstol romance! Before we deep dive into the story, listen to Juliette and Jessen list their most anticipated books of 2020 (1:10). Get to know the characters, setting, and tropes during their spoiler-free discussion of Still (11:00). Spoiler Section:   Take a deep dive into all the SPOILERY details of one of this incredibly moving second chance romance (13:18). Then, Juliette and Jessen compete in a Showdown where they each offer up their favorite scene to see which one reigns supreme (47:13).

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Jan 15 2020

49mins

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Ep. 53 - Flow & Grip by Kennedy Ryan

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What better way to start 2020 than with the series that landed at the top of our "Best of 2019 reads" list! One of the best love stories that we've ever read. PERIOD. Before we deep dive into the story, listen to Juliette and Jessen list their 2020 resolutions (1:10). Get to know the characters, setting, and tropes during their spoiler-free discussion of The Grip series (5:07). Spoiler Section:   Take a deep dive into all the SPOILERY details of one of this incredibly moving second chance romance (11:37). Then, Juliette and Jessen compete in a Showdown where they each offer up their favorite scene to see which one reigns supreme (58:52).

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Jan 08 2020

1hr 5mins

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Minisode 13 - Wolf Gone Wild by Juliette Cross Sneak Peak

Jan 03 2020

17mins

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Ep. 52 - Get to Know Us (Again!)

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It's our ONE YEAR ANNIVERSARY! We're bringing it back to the beginning and delivering our "redo" Get to Know Us episode. We talk about behind the scenes shenanigans, how the podcast has changed us, and answer some fan question. Bring it on 2020!

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Jan 01 2020

40mins

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Minisode 12 - 2019 Book Boyfriends

Dec 27 2019

26mins

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Minisode 11 - Our 2019 Favorites

Dec 20 2019

38mins

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Ep. 51 - Holiday Romance Movie Minisode

Dec 18 2019

26mins

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Ep. 50 - Wrapped Up in You by Jill Shalvis

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A less cliche, Christmas-heavy romance this time around! An opposites attract romance with just a hint of the holiday season for those who don't enjoy straight up holiday romances. Before we deep dive into the story, listen to Juliette & Jessen discuss the right time to decorate for Christmas and Jessen's experience working retail during the holidays (00:59). Get to know the characters, setting, and tropes during their spoiler-free discussion of Wrapped Up in You (13:18). Spoiler Section:  Juliette and Jessen compete in a Showdown where they each offer up their favorite scene to see which one reigns supreme (17:04). Then, take a deep dive into all the SPOILERY details of this awesome opposites attract romance (21:05).

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Dec 11 2019

41mins

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iTunes Ratings

101 Ratings
Average Ratings
95
3
1
1
1

Awesome podcast

By Noodle327 - Jan 06 2020
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Love the banter between the hosts! Look forward to every episode!

Yaasss.

By Kmarler - Jun 05 2019
Read more
All the book feels are so relatable. I love the reviews and girl talk!!