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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.

Fabulous

By BearBiologist - May 18 2019
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I don’t read romance novels, but I love this podcast. Two intelligent, informed, and hilarious feminist women dissect romance novels past and present with a fun but critical eye. I always laugh, I always learn something new, and I’m always left with something to think about.

iTunes Ratings

91 Ratings
Average Ratings
88
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1
0
1

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.

Fabulous

By BearBiologist - May 18 2019
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I don’t read romance novels, but I love this podcast. Two intelligent, informed, and hilarious feminist women dissect romance novels past and present with a fun but critical eye. I always laugh, I always learn something new, and I’m always left with something to think about.
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Whoa!mance: Romance, Feminism, and Ourselves

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Podcast by Whoa!mance: Romance, Feminism, and Ourselves

Rank #1: Episode 61: A Lot Of Sand (Aha Sheik Heartbreak #3) Hired: The Sheikh's Secretary by Lucy Monroe

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It's been quite the sojourn y’all. This week marks the third and final in our triptych on sheik romance, a series that we hope has never ceased to surprise and horrify. A familiar pattern continued in Hired: The Sheikh’s Secretary Mistress by Lucy Monroe, a text in full cultural retrograde as the title is quick to suggest, where Morgan and Isabeau were once again exposed to a veritable galaxy of stereotypes and erasures; a true fireworks display of unfortunate narrative decisions fit for an ending we thought would never come. And the worst part is this one’s not even super old. Who needs a drink.
Aug 07 2019
57 mins
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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
41 mins
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Rank #3: 1: "A Week to be Wicked" by Tessa Dare

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Isabeau and Morgan kick off the podcast by talking about "A Week to be Wicked" by Tessa Dare, dinosaurs, agency, labor, the border between England and Scotland, and Trader Joes.
Feb 13 2018
47 mins
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Rank #4: 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
1 hour 2 mins
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Rank #5: Episode 35: An Unbridgeable Breach - Never Sweeter by Charlotte Stein

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At some point we’ve all felt bullied. But did you ever think, as you stared out through the slits of a locker, your new home, that perhaps your tormenter just needed to work through some misplaced sexual desire? That in fact, your personal Roger Klotz was just biding their time to tell you how they really felt? What’s the statute of limitations on attempted murder? Can a novel be both problematic and titillating? Morgan and Isabeau grapple with Letty and Tate’s relationship, barn weddings, and what to do when your mind’s telling you no, but your body, your body, has been reshaped by toxic masculinity.
Nov 14 2018
52 mins
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Rank #6: 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
1 hour 11 mins
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Rank #7: Boner-On-Us: RWA Reflections

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Last week, yr girls Morgan and Isabeau took a trip to the Big Apple to speak on a panel for the Golden Network as part of the Romance Writers of America’s annual conference. After much networking and mingling, there was so much to unpack. Is Romance inherently feminist, or should we demand more? Is pleasure, in and of itself, enough of a political statement? What is patriarchy, and how and with what do we smash it? Sometimes searching for answers y'all just leads to better questions.
Jul 31 2019
21 mins
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Rank #8: 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
1 hour 9 mins
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Rank #9: 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
56 mins
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Rank #10: Episode 14: "Tempest" by Beverly Jenkins

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For this episode Morgan and Isabeau tackle a western! Do you love cowboys, history, and sex positivity? Got secret hots for the country doc? This book has it all!

Tell us which bit was the best bit - whoamancemail@gmail.com
May 16 2018
51 mins
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Rank #11: 2: "Beast" by Judith Ivory

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Morgan and Isabeau get weird with Judith Ivory's "Beast" and talk identity, whales, consent, Lynch, Baudelaire, Americans and aristocracy, and personal aroma.
Feb 13 2018
46 mins
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Rank #12: 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
1 hour 21 mins
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Rank #13: Episode 27: "Married with Children" Making It Last by Ruthie Knox

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On this week's episode Morgan and Isabeau tackle series ender and novella "Making it Last" by Ruthie Knox. The last book in the author's Camelot series--The question on the table is: What is romance and how do we know what counts as a Happily Ever After? Where do the genre boundaries get blurry?
And perhaps most importantly what turns your crank when you're cranky?
Sep 12 2018
45 mins
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Rank #14: 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
45 mins
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Rank #15: 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
1 hour 27 mins
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Rank #16: Episode 47: Fish Sticks - The Pisces by Melissa Broder

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If The Shape of Water tickled your sashimi, Melissa Broder’s New York Times dubbed “romance novel for intellectuals” The Pisces will either turn you pescatarian for life or give you full blown mercury poisoning. This week, Morgan and Isabeau plunge romance’s murky depths through the depressive eyes of Lucy, a newly single academic, as she navigates the choppy surfs of Tinder, group therapy, pet care, and the dexterous tongue of a merman. Can you smell that fresh salt air? Catch of the Day: MP
Mar 13 2019
1 hour 9 mins
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Rank #17: Episode 55: To The Lifeboats (ICEWINE #3) - No Greater Love by Danielle Steel

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Before James Cameron tackled the greatest sinkable metal of the modern era, Danielle Steel did it first and regrettably, with more chastity. This week, Morgan and Isabeau board a transatlantic voyage on the Titanic for an historically accurate, fade-to-black romp through the worlds of newspapers, publishing, old Hollywood, and the constrictive gender roles of yesteryear. Women and children first this week y’all; we see your ICEWINE and raise you an ICEBERG.
May 22 2019
46 mins
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Rank #18: 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
1 hour 4 mins
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Rank #19: 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
1 hour 12 mins
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Rank #20: Boner-On-Us: JANEuary Announcement

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We said we wouldn’t do it. We said we’d never talk about Jane Austen on this show. She’s played out. Old hat. But this January, get ready for the faceoff you never thought possible, because it’s JANEuary motherbitches. Morgan and Isabeau are coming fully loaded with genre spanning Jane Austen inspired content, commentary, reviews, Clueless; the whole gamut.

But we want YOU to decide what Jane Austen novel to feature for JANEuary! Is it Emma? S&S? P&P? Northanger Abbey? Start thinking about where your loyalties lay, because this January is all about yr grrl Jane.

Vote here: https://twitter.com/mance_whoa/status/1072983335704637440
Dec 12 2018
13 mins
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