August 3, 2020
Hey y'all! It's Roller Girl by Vanessa North! This feel-good lesbian romance between a trans athlete and a plumber/roller derby coach is exactly what we needed! Roller derby, tons of enthusiastic consent, low-stakes conflict, a whole gaggle of awesome side characters, the importance of lady friendship! This novella was a big yum, a big swoon, and a big heart soar!  Bonus Content: Erin knows so much about roller derby and Melody actually sobs with joy near the end.
July 27, 2020
Hey HBs! It's another boring episode of Heaving Bosoms..... AS IF!! Melody is joined by author Suzanne Park to recap the 1995 classic CLUELESS! Get ready for a big nostalgia recap! Check out Suzanne's work, The Perfect Escape, a YA rom-com and Loathe At First Sight, a sweet adult rom-com set in the video game industry with lots of enemies-to-lovers goodness (out August 18. 2020).
July 20, 2020
Hey y'all! We're back with part 2 of Strange Love by Ann Aguirre! Beryl and Zylar have to get through the rest of The Choosing while overcoming Ryzven's egomaniacal antics at every turn! Plus, they figure out how to sex each other into oblivion and Snaps becomes a dog dad! It's so good!  Episode Sponsor:  Rescue Me by Lauren Connolly! Reformed bad boy, awkward book editor, adorable rescue dog, and sexytimes in classic cars. HBs BUY THIS BOOK.
July 13, 2020
Hey HBs! We're here with Melody's new obsession STRANGE LOVE by Ann Aguirre! An alien romance with a talking dog! Effortless inclusivity! A pairing competition that's as if Gladiator had a baby with Love Island! Consent boners abound! Please, please take this 2 part breakdown as the gift it is and read this book!!
July 10, 2020
In this episode of Ask-A-Badass HB, Lauren and Nat have the longest (maybe?) lightning round to date. They talk about altitude baking changes, why it's important to diversify your media, what the sexiest belly button condiment is, and why writing is hard to have as your full time job! Make sure to check out Lauren's books! And she does the Tik Tok! She rules! She gave justice to Fenella! #justiceforfenella
July 6, 2020
This week we read Mastered by Her Mates by Grace Goodwin and it was an amazing, wild ride. Aliens have landed and sworn their protection from THE HIVE but, in return, they need soldiers for the front lines and they want brides for their soldiers. Enter Amanda Bryant, a seasoned spy who enters the Interstellar Bride Program to collect intel, while not getting distracted by her two new, hot mates. That's right: TWO MATES!
June 29, 2020
Hey HBs! We're here with part two of The Prince of Broadway by Joanna Shupe! It's got an incredible emotional arc AND the best ending for the characters! Plus, you know, hot hot sex that Melody needs to talk about in detail.  Bonus Content:  McFlurry Mulligans, McFlurry Stories, toddler parenting, Erin tries to gloss over a sex scene and Melody stops her RIGHT THERE, and so much more!  And check out Encyclopedia Womannica in your podcast app!
June 22, 2020
Hey HBs! Erin and Melody are here recapping The Prince of Broadway by Joanna Shupe! It features feminist icon Florence "Fuck Yeah" Greene (thanks, JenReadsRomance), the most inconveniently huge and beautifully scarred hero Clayton Madden, and as many gamblings as England Times New York can offer! But really, uptown-debutante-comes-to-dark-souled-king-of-a-criminal-empire-to-ask-for-mentoring-about-running-an-illegal-casino is one of the best premises we've ever read. And SO HOT!
June 15, 2020
Hey HBs! We've got Barbarian's Choice here for you from The Ice Planet Podcast! Melody and Dani recap the all-alien book in which we get to see Farli, whom we've known since she was a teen, get her HEA!! We learn a ton about Sa-khui anatomy, more about the big wide universe, body modification (AKA dick piercing!), and so much more!  Make sure to check out the rest of the Ice Planet Podcast and Dani's main project, Black Chick Lit!
June 8, 2020
Hey HBs! We're here with an episode of the Ice Planet Podcast on Heaving Bosoms! Come hear Dani and Erin chat about BARBARIAN'S HEART by Ruby Dixon. It's an Amnesia Times road trip book with some seriously *on fire* alien humor. (No tail! Hahahhaha!) Check out both of Dani's shows: Ice Planet Podcast and Black Chick Lit. And follow them on twitter @iceplanetpod and @blackchicklit. Thanks, Dani for letting us release this episode!
June 1, 2020
Hey HBs! We're here with the 5th and FINAL part of A Court of Wings and Ruin by Sarah J. Maas! We start with Elain's rescue, do lots of battles, SAVE THE WORLD, and end with sky sex (Melody is sure of it). Enjoy!  Support Protesters by DONATING to Bail Funds all over the US.
May 25, 2020
Here we are! We've got chapters 47-63 of A Court of Wings and Ruin by Sarah J. Maas for you! We reconvene at the end of the big meeting of the High Lords and Lady, see the wall finally fall, and get down to the business of doing some battles!  Bonus Content: bird bubbles, #bathtubproblems, Lady Bird Johnson's First Lady Agenda, Melody's outlandish wishes, and so much more!  Episode Sponsor: Melody's family business Manifest Comics!
May 18, 2020
Hey HBs! It's part 3 of A Court of Wings and Ruin by Sarah J. Maas! We just struck a deal with Kyr and his deathbringers, we're getting ready for the meeting of the high lords, Nesta hates everything, Elain needs a healer for her haunted ramblings, Lucien treks the continent, and shit goes sideways at the meeting! Plus, we confirm that Illyrian wings DO have special erogenous zones, so #scrotalwings has been solved. *whew* Episode Sponsor: Love, Art, and Other Obstacles by Sadira Stone! GET YOUR COPY!
May 11, 2020
Greetings, HBs, from the 4 walls of our homes to the 4 walls of yours! In this episode, we cover chapters 11-27 of A Court of Wings and Ruin by Sarah J. Maas! Feyre and Lucien go on a freezing danger roadtrip, Nesta is (shockingly) an even bigger dick, Amren is still a sexy monster (but now with books!), and the gang is trying to save that wall! The fate of Perineum depends on it!  Episode sponsor: THE SINNER by JR Ward! It's #18 in her Black Dagger Brotherhood Series.
May 4, 2020
Hey HBs! You asked for it (so many times!) and so IT'S HERE! This is the start of our recap of A Court of Wings and Ruin by Sarah J. Maas! In which Feyre is Rhysand's High Lady AND SPY! Episode Sponsor: The Honey Don't List by Christina Lauren! It's a must-buy rom com about two assistants who need to keep their bosses together and feel an attraction to each other that is enemies to lovers goodness! It's out now so treat yourself!
May 1, 2020
Jen and Nat talk about paranormal romance, why romance is the answer for an escape, how Jen is the human embodiment of Lady Love, that being a librarian is like being the best kind of enabler and the best thought out condiment answer in the history of ABA! And on Monday, May 4th, we've got part 1 of A Court of Wings and Ruin by Sarah J. Maas! *squeee!!*
April 27, 2020
Hey HBs! In this episode, Erin and Cole watch Erin's favorite, the classic 80s romance adventure movie, Romancing the Stone, with *lots* of movie trivia!  Bonus Content: quarantine hairstyles, roll butter, child-kidnappers, Cole's fear of snakes (especially cockpit vipers), and #justiceforzolo.  Episode Sponsor: THE SINNER by JR Ward! It's #18 in her Black Dagger Brotherhood Series.
April 21, 2020
Hey HBs! Mel is sick, so Erin is joined by guest host Sara Whitney! Join them as they recap Never Been Kissed, which we *think* might be a retelling of As You Like It? WHO KNEW?! But mostly, they talk about the movie's fashion, an ~infamous~ pet turtle, Mr. Coolness* and his days on Alias, real journalism, and parking in high school IRL. *ok it's technically "Coulson," but gimme this one. Make sure to check out Sara's Tempt Me Series!  Episode Sponsor: The Honey Don't List by Christina Lauren!
April 13, 2020
Holy tits, HBs! KATEE ROBERT IS HERE! It's Katee Robert! Melody joins Katee to recap The Mummy! Why yes, this is such a big deal that Mel feels Katee deserves top billing on her own podcast. Woo! They recap The Mummy together and chat all about what a hot Gryffindor Brendan Fraser is and what competence porn Rachel Weisz's character Evie is and omg how sexy is that mummy, though, right?  The Beast comes out TODAY and you NEED IT. Go get it! Episode Sponsor: THE SINNER by JR Ward! Buy it today!
April 10, 2020
Nat talks to Aicha M about a lot of things that had to be cut for time (Covid19, GBBO, etc), but they cover why Lisa Kleypas is the QUEEN, why swearing just feels SO GOOD, why kids are the worst, and maybe other things, INCLUDING a very spicy answer to the condiment question! And don't miss our episode on Monday, April 13th because there's a special guest! KATEE ROBERT (ahhhhh!!!!) joins Melody to recap The Mummy and talk about her new release THE BEAST.
April 9, 2020
Hey HBs! This formerly patreon-only content is here for your perverted consumption because it's what we can offer you in these dark times! And perverted is *obviously* a positive descriptor. We love your perverted butts as much as we love our own. Stay safe in there!
April 6, 2020
Holy Cats, HBs! We've got the second half of Even Odds by Elia Winters for you! Isabel and Caleb are now working in the same office and forced proximity is a beautiful thing! Plus, just like we promised... clit touchin'!  Episode Sponsor:  The Honey Don't List by Christina Lauren! It's a must-buy rom com about two assistants who need to keep their bosses together and feel an attraction to each other that is enemies to lovers goodness! It's out now so treat yourself!
March 30, 2020
Hey HBs! We're here with part 1 of Even Odds by Elia Winters! It's a sweet contemporary romance about two game designers who may also bring some gameplay into the bedroom... and the office! CW: discussions of sexual harassment in the workplace Episode Sponsor: THE SINNER by JR Ward! It's #18 in her Black Dagger Brotherhood Series.
March 25, 2020
First: we want to say a special HUGE THANKS to all the HBs in the healthcare field on the front lines of fighting this pandemic. We owe you everything.  Second: do you need some extra joy this week? Come with us in the way back machine to mid-February when we recorded the first of our three part series on the best/worst erotic thriller ever made: KILLING ME SOFTLY.  The whole series, along with 83 other posts, is available on our Patreon for just $5 per month!
March 23, 2020
Hey HBs! We're here with part 2 of Rebel by Beverly Jenkins. Will Valinda stick with her marriage of convenience or let the sophisticated, handy pirate of her dreams dote on her for the rest of her life? Will Drake finally get to teach Valinda about the bed games that make her so curious? Will Jenkins deliver insightful social commentary that applies to both America Times (Reconstruction) and modern day? YOU BET YOUR FACES!  Make sure to preorder The Honey Don't List by Christina Lauren! Out March 24th!
March 20, 2020
Em C and Nat talk about how art can lead you to the corporate training world. Why Nora Roberts is the best gateway to romance! How you only like an Alpha-hole ON THE PAGE! And so much more like how people read science books for fun! Em makes cool art and you can find her at emchileseart on Instagram. And on Monday, March 23rd we're bringing you part 2 of Rebel by Beverly Jenkins. You guys, we get to the kissing!!
March 16, 2020
Hey HBs! Come enjoy part 1 of REBEL by Beverly Jenkins! We've got a teacher who's calling in life is to help as newly-free people learn to read and write as possible and the dashing Captain who just wants to support her dreams and love her forever and maybe do sex in a tree house that he built with is own two hands! This America Times book is as densely-packed with wisdom as it is with sizzling banter and inspiring content.  And make sure to check out Bawdy Bookworms!
March 9, 2020
Hey HB's! It's Erin and Cole from Cigarette Burn: A Movie Podcast talking about a favorite film of theirs. NEWSIES!!! That's right, hear two grown BFFs go down the rabbit hole of nostalgia and innocent joy as they recap and discuss this perfect film.  And make sure to check out Cole's podcast for more movie goodness!
March 6, 2020
Megan L and Nat recorded an episode IN PERSON, in NAPERVILLE, MOTHERFUCKERS, staring into each other's eyes! They talk about how YA transitions perfectly in to Romance and how we are all just horny teens living for the romance in books! They discuss what it's like to own a small business, what it's really like in Naperville, and do clothes REALLY act like that? On Monday, March 9th, HB and Newsies superfan Cole joins Erin to discuss (or reenact?) this beloved Disney Movie Musical!
March 2, 2020
Hey HB's! We've got more Melody catnip: alien erotic romance! To celebrate the new Ice Planet Podcast, we're rereleasing our chat about Barbarian's Mate, the 7th installment of the Ice Planet Barbarians series. We've got Josie, the last of the original women to resonate, and Haeden, the grumpiest 7 foot blue alien a girl could ask for. But dudes! He's not grumpy! He's a secret cinnamon roll who just can't stop spilling in his loin cloth! This duke is a virgin and he's the virgin duke of her secret dreams.
February 28, 2020
In the land of many tangents, Jenn R (SHE GOT HER SHOUTOUT DAMMIT) and Nat discuss why you should not ALWAYS rub soy candles into your skin, give a Jackie Collins shout-out, breakdown some retails woes, and do a condiment DEEP DIVE! Jenn R is the maker at Post Pour Co and makes soy based candles that smell AMAZING! And on Monday, we’re rereleasing our episode on Barbarian’s Mate to celebrate the new Ice Planet Podcast being made by Dani from Black Chick Lit!
February 24, 2020
We're back with Part 2 of The Bollywood Bride by Sonali Dev! Ria and Vikram get their happy ending in their second chance romance! Plus, as Jen from Fated Mates says, this novel is Hunting for Big Game when it comes to mental health stigma and healing from trauma.  Bonus Content: Fun sound checks, Erin makes a big mistake, Pooping on Promises, Traditional Naperville Tree Lightings, Melody let's Erin take the wheel (??), *Bing Boong Bong* Melody Gets Very Detailed About The Sex Scenes, and so much more!  Lady Loves:  Erin: Celestial Seasonings Cinnamon Cardamom Tea! Melody: Countertop hot water dispensers!  Patreon Shout Out: Meaghan L, You are a Gamayun, a huge impressive bird with the head of a beautiful woman. You know the future, the past, and all of creation, so you fly around spreading prophecies and divine messages. You are worshipped throughout the world for your intellect, which is pretty appropriate because you are the smartest birdwoman ever. You live on an island in a tropical paradise when you aren't flying around spreading all your immense wisdom, so you are obviously living your best life. Queen Bird! Make sure to check out our Patreon for over 75 exclusive posts! Subscribe! Rate! Review!  Merch: Redbubble And follow our socials:  Instagram: @heavingbosoms Twitter: @heaving_bosoms Facebook
February 21, 2020
In this episode of Ask-A-Badass HB, Erika C and Natalie cover some very niche medical BING BOONG BONGS. They talk about reading romance as an escape, how Erika might ACTUALLY be a superhero, how she copes with her sometimes bleak work job as a romance reader and a mom. And tune in on Monday, February 24th for Part 2 of The Bollywood Bride by Sonali Dev! Once again, please be careful if sexual assault, domestic abuse, mental health issues, mental health shame, or eating disorders are triggering for you.
February 17, 2020
Happy Monday! We're recapping part one of The Bollywood Bride by Sonali Dev! It's a second chance romance of two childhood sweethearts, set during a traditional Indian wedding! Ria and Vikram are a big, beautiful ANGST. Make sure to be careful if you find sexual assault, mental health issues/crises, mental health shaming, eating disorders, depression, suicide, or domestic abuse triggering.
February 14, 2020
Hey HBs! On this episode of Ask-A-Badass, Nat and Caitlin talk about the upside of long commutes, if audio books are actually reading, Girl Scouts (favorite cookie anyone?), reading goals, what to do when life hands you lemons and limes, and a very SLIPPERY *Bing, Boong, Bong*! Join us on Monday, Feb 17 for Part 1 of The Bollywood Bride by Sonali Dev! Be careful if sexual assault, child abuse, severe mental health crises, mental health shaming, and gritty depictions of depression are triggering for you.
February 10, 2020
We're bringing you a monster-sized episode for our first sexy monster! **heart-eyed emoji**. Join us for Firelight by Kristen Callihan, a romance mystery set in Sherlock Holmes Times which may or may not have made us spontaneously combust a couple of times. Callihan is a master of "show, don't tell" and we were riveted for every moment. Plus, let's review: Sexy. Monster.
February 7, 2020
Hey HBs! Sink into the sultry sounds of Stefannie C's voice during this episode of Ask-A-Badass, where Nat and Stefannie talk cake, Cavill, polyamory, self defense, AND SO MUCH MORE! And join us on Monday, February 10 for a rerelease of our first sexy monster! We'll be in your feeds with Firelight by Kristen Callihan.
February 3, 2020
Hey HBs! We're here with part 2 of From Lukov With Love by Mariana Zapata! This Slytherin/Slytherin romance was ALL ABOUT THE W and gave us all the feels!  Bonus content: RIGHT TO BOOK!, Erin eats a little crow but then takes it back, *Bing Boong Bong* This Is A Bullshit with Erin, Melody's gross depression life hack, all of Ivan's nurtures and doing compliments and SWOON, *Bing Boong Bong* Birth Control with Melody, one of the most graphically described sex scenes we've ever done?, and so much more!
January 31, 2020
Do like tangents? Regency romance? Weird ventriloquist dummy portraits? Tarot? Tauruses? Then you will love this episode, because Nat talks to Holly E from Wildly Tarot! And tune in on Monday, February 4th for Part 2 of From Lukov With Love by Mariana Zapata!
January 27, 2020
Hey HBs! We're here with From Lukov with Love by Mariana Zapata! This ice skating enemies to lovers made us both do several swoons!  Bonus Content: Melody has been attacked by new criminal mastermind TEAM: Rooster and GOAT, *Bing Boong Bong* Ice skating with Erin, *Bing Boong Bong* Butt Cheeks with Erin, Ivan is Queen Bird, big giant balls, *Bing Boong Bong* MORE figure skating with Erin, pouty pink lips, and so much more!
January 24, 2020
Nat and Jess talk about how Laura Ingalls Wilder is problematic, but we still have a soft space in our heart for her! They do a deep dive into sun dried tomato aioli! ALSO WHAT IS SCRAPBOOKING!? And why it's not just for people with kids anymore! Document the lives you lead, no matter what fills it!  And join us on Monday, January 27 for From Lukov with Love by Mariana Zapata! Weeeeee LIKED IT!!!!
January 20, 2020
Hey HBs! We're here with part 2 of Red, White, & Royal Blue by Casey McQuinston! Come swoon with us over Alex and Henry and their forbidden romance. Presidents, power points, Queens, ribs, Texas, elections, paparazzi, tabloids, scandal, and LOVE CONQUERING ALL.
January 13, 2020
Hey HBs! We're here with Red, White, and Royal Blue by Casey McQuinston! It's an enemies to lovers romance about the First Son of the United States and a Prince of England. OMG. The writing is stunning, the banter is delectable, and the romance is full-body-tingle-inducing. It's the best book either of us read in 2019.  And check out our social media for the design competition!
January 10, 2020
Adam and Laura take Natalie on a journey of what it means to be a beta reader. Adam uses a lot of references about movies and pop culture that Natalie has no idea about. They talk about why dogs are important. And they talk about one of the most important things - that communicating about romance can help strengthen your relationship and help your find out more about yourself. And join us on Monday, January 13th for Red, White, and Royal Blue by Casey McQuinston!
January 6, 2020
Hey HBs! We're here with an apology minisode because we needed a mental health week. Take care of yourselves, your girlfriends, and we'll see you next week with Red, White, and Royal Blue by Casey McQuinston!
January 3, 2020
Hey HBs! We're here with Ask-A-Badass! In this episode, Breanna tells Natalie all about Twitter. Like what is it, how it works. Natalie and Bre discuss the importance of written correspondence, thoughtful gift giving, and dance playlists. Plus all the romance and lightning round questions!  Jan 6 is no full recap episode, but January 13th Erin and I will be back with Red, White, and Royal Blue by Casey McQuinston!  Check out our Patreon for over 50 bonus episodes and WAY MORE!
December 30, 2019
Hey HBs! We're here with an old-but-goody! Back when we were baby podcasters we rang in the new year with Icecapade by Josh Lanyon! A love story between a jewel thief and the FBI Agent who has tailed him for a decade and LLAMAS. Someday we'll do a *true* New Years book, because this turned out to be more of A Christmas Carol retelling... not that we noticed at first! We also shout out 2019 HB Reading Embrace participants! And the 2020 HB Reading Embrace is live and ready for your eyeballs!
December 23, 2019
Hey HBs! Erin is joined by friend and HB Karen to recap Blitzen's Fated Mate by RE Butler! It's a holiday shifter novella that involves the newest Blitzen on the sleigh team, a fall from the sky, and the romance-writing-fated-mate who finds him in the woods. YES. It's delightfully bonkers and we are here for it. Karen is especially here for it.  Episode Sponsor: Wanna Bet by Betsy Dudak. Make sure you pick up this fabulous new contemporary!
December 20, 2019
HBs, it's Kimberly L! Natalie and Kimberly talk all about dragons, dicks, dragon dicks, illustration, comedy, and Kimberly's new self-published work!  And join us on Monday, December 23 for Erin and HB Karen recapping Blitzen's Fated Mate by RE Butler!
December 16, 2019
Hey HBs! OMG IT’S HAPPENING! Tiffany Reisz joined Melody to recap A Christmas Promise by Mary Balogh! It’s a historical romance that features a forced marriage of convenience, enemies to lovers, excellent hate-sex, and HOLIDAY LOVE MAGIC!  Tiffany also chats about her recent projects, THE ROSE which came out in April of 2019 and WINTER TALES, out now!  CW: death of a parent.
December 13, 2019
WE HAVE CLIPPY HERSELF IN THE HOUSE! In this Ask-A-Badass, Natalie and Ann C talk about the Clippy origin story! Natalie really finds out what fan fiction is and what facts are. Maybe also what writing is, and what words are. Then. To cap it all off, we found out the truly correct answer to the condiment question. Tune in next week for Tiffany Reisz joining Melody to recap A Christmas Promise by Mary Balogh!
December 9, 2019
Hey HBs! We're here with Netflix movie The Knight Before Christmas! We unironically LOVED this story of an Ohio teacher and the knight who travels space and time because TRUE LOVE.  Bonus Content: surprise sneezes, sick men, are horses cars, *Bing Boong Bong* Mittens with Erin, embarrassing people who are JUST FINE, and so much more!
December 7, 2019
Oh boy. Becci and Natalie go some places with this conversation. Please keep an eye out for the Patreon episode with an HOUR more of content. EESH. But in this episode, find out what true romance and Cool Ranch Doritos have in common, what Becci is reading, how and why you should JUST SAY NO, and why Ketchup is the only correct answer. And tune in on Monday, December 9 for Erin and Melody recapping Netflix movie The Knight Before Christmas!
December 2, 2019
Hey HBs! Tessa Bailey joined Melody to recap the rom com Safety Not Guaranteed! It's an Aubrey Plaza/Mark Duplass flick that surprised us both with it's mix of odd, lovely, and full-hearted wonder. And we chat about her release Fix Her Up and podcast Read Me Romance!  Bonus Content: toilet hair, *Bing Boong Bong* DO NOT RUN IN FRONT OF SOMEONE TARGET PRACTICING with Melody, werves, high school nostalgia, toddler drivers, and so much more!
November 29, 2019
This week we talk to Ali F! Natalie and Ali do a deep dive into the Myers-Briggs Personality Test, Fangirl over Penny Reid, discuss what could truly be the most versatile thing to dispense out of your belly button, and Nat negs Ali for moving to Florida. And tune in Monday, December 2 for Safety Not Guaranteed with Tessa Bailey! Yes, THE Tessa Bailey! *squee!*
November 25, 2019
Happy Thanksgiving, American HBs! We're so thankful to and for you, listener, no matter where you're from. What better way to show that than with a themed episode?! We bring you THANKSGIVING by Janet Evanovich! It's a book we expected to love because we love Stephanie Plum so much, but were mostly confused, amused, and amazed by. Join us on this journey where two eccentric narcissists non sequitur each other into love. Maybe? We think? Thanksgiving is involved!
November 22, 2019
Hey HBs! This week, Natalie and Jenny chat romance, tarot, witchiness, and so much more!  And tune into the regular episode on Monday, November 25th for Thanksgiving by Janet Evanovich!
November 18, 2019
That’s right HBs! We’re kicking off the holiday season with a recap of The Holiday with Jill Shalvis ! Holiday romance! Dogs! Logistics with Erin and Jill! Jude Law putting on glasses! The old guy! Be sure to watch the movie and pick up Jill’s new holiday romance, Wrapped Up in You!
November 15, 2019
Natalie learns about how important it is to follow your dreams, how romance can help you learn about yourself, Nora Roberts, what a Swamp Bat is, and why skin care is important. And on Monday, join Erin and Jill Shalvis while they recap The Holiday. It's a classic Christmas rom-com with Kate Winslet, Jack Black, Jude Law, and Cameron Diaz!
November 11, 2019
Hey HBs! We're here this gorgeous Veterans Day with Prince Joe by Suzanne Brockmann! When terrorists Digiorno and Sausalito decide to assassinate a Prince, he needs his American Doppleganger, a Navy Seal, to impersonate him. Luckily, he has a high class, dancing, media consultant who can turn this wrong-side-of-the-tracks guy into Royalty. Or something. Begrudging association becomes steamy bed play! And then LOVE!!
November 8, 2019
Hey HBs! It's time for Ask-A-Badass! Today Natalie learns about Human Resources and what you can do in romance novels, but not in real life (spoiler alert: DON'T KEEP PANTIES IN YOUR DESK DRAWER, OK??). And tune it on Monday, November 11 for Prince Joe by Suzanne Brockmann for Navy Seals, 90's callbacks, patented HB action sequences, and so much more! To be featured on Ask-A-Badass, email and before you second guess yourself YES WE MEAN YOU!
November 4, 2019
Hey HB's! We're here with the climactic end to The Mark of the Midnight Manzanilla by Lauren Willig! We're back with the Duke of Sexydom Lucien and Sally, Patron Saint of Self-Worth and crack detective to discover who the muuuuuuurdererrrrrr is! And also kissing! And fighting! And groveling! And love! And WEASELS! Yes please.  Make sure you subscribe, rate, and review! Check out our Patreon at! And chat with us on social media!
November 1, 2019
In this episode of Ask-A-Badass, Natalie learns about Jackie's love of old school romance, how to swindle pregnant ladies out of rocking chairs, important pinball information, and all about Hugh Jackman. To be featured on Ask-A-Badass, email!  And join us on Monday, November 4 for part 2 of Mark of the Midnight Manzanilla by Lauren Willig!
October 28, 2019
Hey y'all! We're here with part 1 of The Mark of the Midnight Manzanilla by Lauren Willig! There's a confident heroine who oozes awesome, there's a Vampire Duke (!! or is there?), spies!, MURDERRRRRR, it's a spooky good time.  Bonus Content:  Melody's salty because there's no sex. Listen! It's because Lauren Willig is SO GOOD! And because Melody is a perv. #onbrand. Also, Trevor the Ferret, Beauregard the Dog, and #saladjokes! Enjoy.
October 23, 2019
Hey HBs! We're here with THE ONE AND ONLY Blair! Natalie debuts her wonderful, warm interviewing style and finds out Blair's problematic faves, how writing works, the importance of mayonnaise, and other Necessary Blair Facts. Enjoy!  And join us on Oct 28 for Part 1 of The Mark of the Midnight Manzanilla by Lauren Willig! Come for the Sherlock Holmes Times, which Melody thought was England Times, but was MISTAKEN, and stay for the vampire rumors and SALAD JOKES.
October 21, 2019
Hey there listener! We're kicking off year three of this crazy ride with a guest host! Fan-favorite Cole is back to discuss The Right Swipe by Cole's very favorite author, Alisha Rai. Join us for this smart, super hot contemporary about a take-no-shit CEO and the sexy football player that is the spokesman of a rival company. Get ready for some enemies to lovers, Hufflepuff-Slytherin cinnamon roll goodness! CONTENT WARNINGS: Alzheimer's, CTE/TBI, emotional abuse, sexual harassment
October 16, 2019
Join us on Oct 21 for Erin & Cole recapping The Right Swipe by Alisha Rai! Cole swoons over his book girlfriend and Erin introduces this quasi-newbie to romance novel phenomenon "Chekhov's Abusive Ex." In this episode, you are introduced to Natalie M-M, the host of Ask-A-Badass. Melody asks Natalie questions Natalie created, and she has trouble coming up with her answers. There are baked goods, cackling, pirate sex, survival skills, and so much more. To be featured, email!
October 14, 2019
Hey HB's! It's been TWO YEARS OF AWESOME!!!! Y'all are amazing. For real. We can't believe how lucky we are to have you in our world. In celebration of our two year podiversary we're coming at you with some fuck/marry/kills, some best and worst podcast awards, and some listener questions. Plus The State of The Cult and a BIG announcement. Woo!  Don't forget to subscribe, rate, and review! And follow our social media!
October 9, 2019
Hey HBs! We're 2 YEARS OLD! That's right! We've been in your earholes for two whole years and on Monday, Oct 14 we're here to celebrate! Come listen to bests and worsts, FMKs, listener questions, The State of the Cult, and A BIG ANNOUNCEMENT! Yaaaayyyyyyy!
October 7, 2019
Hey HB's! We're here for part two of The Covert Captain, or A Marriage of Equals by Jeanelle M. Ferreira! We *think* we wrap up the plot of this book quite nicely! Once you get past our utter confusion of the Englandtimes phrasing, our extreme jet-lag, and not having read the book in a ... a couple weeks? LISTEN. We're making resolutions to be better in the future. Erin is hereby embarrassed.  #bringbackdueling #duelingbringitback #doitbetterthough #goodjobdueling
September 30, 2019
Hey HB's! We're here with The Covert Captain, or A Marriage of Equals by Jeanelle M. Ferreira, a historical that's so historical, even two ladies who can read and understand Shakespeare couldn't quite decipher it a lot of the time. What we understood, we loved, though! It's about a Captain in the army with a Big Secret and the spinster with nothing to lose bonding over pianos, horses, promiscuous relations, and the idea that ladies are capable and worthwhile just as they are.
September 25, 2019
Hey HBs! We're coming at you on Monday, September 30 with Part 1 of The Covert Captain: Or, A Marriage of Equals by Jeanelle M. Ferreira. You guys. We tried, but it's written in England Times. No, it's not just SET in England Times, it's also WRITTEN in England Times, so deciphering all the details was beyond us. So, come hear what we *think* happened!
September 23, 2019
Hey HBs! This week we're rereleasing our episode on The Duke and I by Julia Quinn because a) we're so stoked for the Bridgerton Series coming to Netflix next year, b) it's the birth of "England Times," and c) we're just as thankful to everyone who listens now as we were then! WE LOVE YOU, LISTENER!  So, are you a sucker for a rakish Duke, a lady who can throw a punch, and a fake dating scheme? We are TOO!  Content Warning: sexual assault, miscarriage
September 18, 2019
Hey HBs! On Monday, September 23rd we're re-releasing our early episode on The Duke and I by Julia Quinn because we are so excited for the Bridgerton Series coming to Netflix in 2020! Let's get excited!
September 16, 2019
Hey HBs! Erin joined Cole on Cigarette Burns Podcast to talk about one of their all-time favorites, “The American President.”  This film has it all – young Aaron Sorkin, the 2nd coming of sexy Michael Douglas, perfect Annette Bening, and hair….serious hair. Don’t miss Erin’s obsession with Erik von Detten, sexy Presidents, and some serious bullhonky regarding the perfect tv show Sports Night. Also, it turns out Cole is better than Chris Pine at exactly one thing.
September 11, 2019
Hey HBs! We're here with your favorite! Yes, the jig is up. We know Cole is your favorite. You can stop pretending it's either Erin or Melody. WE KNOW OK?! Come listen to Erin and Cole recap the movie The American President on Monday, September 16. It originally aired on Cole's show The Cigarette Burns podcast and now we're getting it to your earholes!
September 9, 2019
Hey HB's! It's time for the Great Big Romance Read! We're reading The Lady's Guide to Celestial Mechanics by Olivia Waite! Do you love a lady scientist? What about a lady fiber artist? What about two ladies who SUPER BELIEVE IN EACH OTHER AND WILL FIGHT THE MAN TOGETHER. This novel is all that plus hot, hot smooching and gorgeous prose!
September 4, 2019
Hey HBs! Come join us on Monday 9/9 for The Ripped Bodice's 2019 Great Big Romance Read with The Lady's Guide to Celestial Mechanics by Olivia Waite! Hear all about a lady astronomer who wants to come out of the shadows of her father's work and the Countess who thinks she should be recognized for her abilities just like any man. Along the way they recognize the other's myriad passions and support each other's dreams as much as they appreciate their carnal connection. It's a feminist JOY!
September 2, 2019
Hey everyone! SPECIAL GUEST EPISODE! Talia Hibbert joined Melody to talk all about the Netflix movie Set It Up, as well as her two new releases Work For It (9/3) and Get a Life, Chloe Brown (11/5). Both are available for pr-order! Come listen to us chat about this *almost* woke movie while Melody peppers in questions about Talia's writing and generally dies over her awesomeness.
September 1, 2019
Hey Everyone! On Monday, we've got TALIA HIBBERT ON THE POD! That's right. Come here Melody gush directly into Talia's ears in what is hopefully not a desperately awkward manner. Also, they review the Netflix film Set It Up with Lucy Liu, Taye Diggs, Bland Girl, and Lacrosse Douche!
August 26, 2019
Hey HBs! We're back for One Wore Blue Part 2. I know, we don't want to be here either. HOWEVER! Come hear Mel and Erin cope through humor and ranting!  Content Warnings: enragingly whitewashed depictions of slavery and hate speech.
August 19, 2019
Hey HBs! Come join us in this love letter to Confederate Generals where two privileged slave owners angst at each other over states rights (but not slavery because they're both pretty okay with that; STATES RIGHTS!) until they bang it out, or while they bang it out, or after they bang it out. Also it's our first AmericaTimes book!
August 14, 2019
Hey y'all! This Monday we've got our first America Times book! The Civil War novel, One Wore Blue by Heather Graham. Did Melody spend a ton of time compiling hilarious southern phrases? Are there egregious southern accents? Are we a little conflicted about rooting for two slave owners getting their HEA? I mean YEAH. See you Monday!
August 12, 2019
Hey HBs! Erin got to talk to CHRISTINA LAUREN! Both Lauren AND Christina! In addition to spending a little time talking about What's My Number, they talk all about their friendship, writing, breaking into the movie biz, and more. Most importantly, you get to hear how right they are about The One True Chris! #christinalaurensecretthing Make sure to pre-order their next book Twice in a Blue Moon, which is out October 22, 2019!   Patrons will get bonus content with cult questions this week as well!
August 9, 2019
HOLY OMG YOU GUYS. Erin got to talk to Christina Lauren and you get to listen to it!!!! This Monday, it's ON ^TM.
August 5, 2019
Hey HBs! Are you wondering how the story ends for Nate and Robyn? You're in luck because we're here to recap part two of Perv by Dakota Gray! Plus, why is smells, what is time (a flat circle?), how does money, where friendship? But more than anything, TIT SLAPPING!  Bonus Content:  Matthew McConaugHEYYYYYY vs. The McConaissance, doggy paddle boarding, Big Al's, doe-shaped eyes, and so much more!
July 29, 2019
Hey HBs! We’re here with Perv by Dakota Gray. It has so many things we usually love. Interracial couple! Graphic sex scenes! Kink! Frank sexual health talks! And yet…. It wasn’t for us because Alphaholes aren’t Melody’s thing and Erin … well, Erin explains. It's specific.
July 22, 2019
Hey HBs! Come join us for the end of Dead Until Dark by Charlaine Harris! In addition to Sookie and Vampire Bill's HEA (or HFN? WHO KNOWS!), Erin and I tell you all about "The Melody" from Erin's wedding, we hate book Jason but Melody LOOOOOVES TV Jason, we get real with Tweety Bird, and question how we've done orgasms our whole lives?
July 15, 2019
Hey HBs! We're here with part 1 of Dead Until Dark by Charlaine Harris, the first book in the Southern Vampire series or, as we like to call it, the Sookie Stackhouse series! This was a foundational book in Erin's romance-loving career and she will defend Sookie and Bill's perfection until true death. Meanwhile, Melody is more of a show girl, soooo...
July 9, 2019
Hey HBs! Due to a gross but minor health issue, Erin was unable to read about sexy vampires last week. So, we put Sookie on hold and discussed everyone’s favorite new Netflix romcom, Always Be My Maybe! Next week we will return to our normal reading list! Bonus Content: A little on Erin's wedding, loooooots of Keanu love (his thumbs!), and so much more!
July 3, 2019
Hey HBs! We're coming at you with Netflix movie Always Be My Maybe! Extenuating circumstances made recapping a movie necessary, so come with us on a magical journey with Ali Wong, Randall Park, and (wait for it) KEANU REEVES (the one true chris?). Let's do it!
July 1, 2019
Hey y'all! We're here with JenReadsRomance from twitter and Fated Mates Podcast glory to chat about Cinnamon Blade: Knife in Shining Armor by Shira Glassman! It's an f/f novella starring a superhero and a nerdy assistant. There's aliens, there are consent boners, there's public sex, there are puns... in the words of Cin, "heart eyes!" We loved it.  Plus, lots of Melody and Jen not being able to remember names of movies and important comic book characters, so the usual!
June 24, 2019
Hey HB's! We're coming at you with Part 2 of Josh and Hazel's Guide to not dating! In which we swoon and try not to read you the entire thing because we love it so muuuuuch.
June 17, 2019
Heyyyyy! We've got some quirky, light adorableness for you! No content warning here except maybe, Get Ready For the Squeeeeee! Josh and Hazel's Guide to Not Dating by Christina Lauren was everything we could have wished for. Hazel is Melody on cute and cuddly crack, Josh is currently in the running for Best Book Boyfriend of 2019, the angst is low, the steam is high, the voices are FUN, and the romance is super sweet. Just. Lovely.
June 13, 2019
Hey HBs! WE HAVE NO CONTENT WARNINGS THIS WEEK!! *heart eyes!* We cover Part 1 of Josh and Hazel's Guide to Not Dating by Christina Lauren and it was a delight from start to finish. It's wonderful. Come swoon with us.
June 10, 2019
Hey HBs! We're back with the final part of Bully by Penelope Douglas! Hear more about The LOOP!, girl-on-girl crime, sex in an autumn storm, and the caper of a lifetime. We're doing a patreon fundraiser for the Yellowhammer Fund! We will double all new and increase Patreon pledges in the month of June and July and donate them to the fund to help women in AL get the medical attention they need!
June 3, 2019
Hey HBs! We're here with Bully by Penelope Douglas. It's a new adult romance between middle-aged-sounding high schoolers who used to be best friends until he turned into a super villain and started bullying her. Listen, a lot of it didn't work for us, but the sexy times did. It was also an incredible vehicle for raceway noises, learning about arborists, and Melody climbing so high on an anti slut-shaming soap box that I doubt we'll ever see her again.
May 29, 2019
Hey HBs! Join us on Monday, June 3 for Bully by Penelope Douglas! It's a YA romance that features some really impressive architecture, us making lots of racing noises, and some content warnings: beware of situations involving bullying, casual violence, and sexual assault. Oh! And lots of girl-on-girl crime. Woo!
May 27, 2019
This episode, Erin and Melody are talking about Haven by Rebekah Weatherspoon! It's part of her Beards and Bondage series and, really, what more can you ask for, AMIRITE?? Come experience how Claudia and Shep are thrown together by tragedy and discover that the best way forward is through dominance, submission, and the careful application of .... bungee cord. SWOON!
May 23, 2019
Hey HBs! Join us on Monday, May 27 for Haven by Rebekah Weatherspoon! It's part of her Beards and Bondage series. There are consent boners, there's bondage, there's banter. Most of all, there's HEALING and HOT HOT HOT sex. Hooo dangy. Yes.
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