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Excuse me, but - you can't look at that likeness like that. At least not in here. In front of...us. In this little house, with Jane standing right. there. I mean, get yourself together St. John. Oh my. Oh my goodness. You can't just jump into...you know...kneeling on an ottoman. Join us as we try to keep it together while reading Chapter 32 of Jane…
 
WARNING: This week's episode may give you whiplash, looking back on '21 and forward to '22 so quick!Yr grls look back on their stack as a whole and as individual books and experiences - what was the weirdest read of 2021? The sexiest? The suprisiest? The biggest WHOA and the lowest NO? And what did we learn? And what can we do with it moving forwar…
 
Jane has a new life and a new job and is generally whelmed. St. John has a crush and crushes a tuft of daisies. Yr grl Morgan struggles to read in the present tense. Join us, won't you, for this lovely lazy river ride through the novel.Autor: Whoa!mance: Romance, Feminism, and Ourselves
 
Yr Grls are wrapping up the festive season with a read that had us tugging at our cable knit turtlenecks.In "Twelve Drummers" Angelina M. Lopez introduces us to a jewel thief who gets much more than she (or the security guard she's been oBsEErViNNg) bargained for in a sleepy museum in middle America. About twelve more...actually.Where is the line b…
 
This week, yr grls discuss the show's first Hanukkah story from an anthology of shorts titled "Eight Kisses: Eight All-New Tales of Holiday Romance". Specifically we are back in bonnie Scotland for "A Highlander for Hanukkah" by Lori Ann Bailey (who also edited the anthology!)Shoshana likes James, and James likes Shoshana even though she's Jewish a…
 
Secrets, secrets are no fun. But THE Secret? By Julie Garwood? Well…Judith leaves her dysfunctional behind in England to use her DIY doula skills to help her friend deliver a baby in the highlands. You know what they have in the highlands, don’t you? That’s right - HIGHLANDERS. Big, hunky, aloof-yet-communicative, laird-y ones named Ian.Does the co…
 
Whoa!mance is once again donning their trench coats and magnifying glasses to bring you the only romance novel-specific crime conversations on the web. This time around, Morgan takes Isabeau on a journey to one of the dreariest corners - FAMILY COURT - via one of the most sparkling highways - CELEBRITY.Danielle Steel.......'s husband sued two write…
 
Baby, yr grls are HOWLING for (and about) "Mating the Huntress" by Talia Hibbert this Halloween.Chastity feels anything but chaste around local werewolf/fated mate/homeschooled-only-child Luke. The only problem? She comes from a family of huntresses--as in werewolf huntresses!What's Halloween's whole deal? Are white people really ignorant about rac…
 
This week yr girls are keeping it short’n’sweet as carrots with A MAN OF TASTE by SHIRA GLASSMAN. Milly the Vampire decides to treat herself and make herself a snack of a snack (wink). Little does she know she just found the everlasting gobstopper of boyfriends/dinners.Can women consume anything without it being a moral conundrum? Is camp essential…
 
Halloween isn't all about spookies, sometimes it is about parties. This week, yr grls explore the latter with PUMPKIN POUNDER by LAURA LOVELY.Titular Daisy pursues her preference for those with the MC1R gene into a rom-com cum softcore Halloween evening with a guy from Ireland. But guess what? He's different from the other pumpkins she's pounded, a…
 
Awoooooooooooo-tmespheric season is upon us, and this week yr grls are bundling up in the wooly caress of FOR THE WOLF by HANNAH WHITTEN.Red was born to be a sacrifice to the enigmatic Wolf in the Woods, bound long before her time by a curse that is a lot like a marriage. But it turns out, he's more puppy than predator. And the woods aren't quite t…
 
It's a livin' thing. This week, yr grls conclude their discussion Georgette Heyer's seminal novel of VENETIA! This time we get into the sexiest part, the weirdest part, and the final verdict on whether or not we Whoa! or No! Venny. We may not stroke your ego, but we will get you in your feels.Is the romance vibe, on the whole, more Georgette or Jan…
 
It has been a long time coming, so we hope you don't mind if we stay awhile. This week, yr grls embark on two part discussion of VENETIA by Lioness in her Field GEORGETTE HEYER. In an English country village (alleged) nonpareil Venetia meets an infamous rake and...well you know how this goes. Georgette Heyer basically wrote the song after all. A re…
 
We return just in time for a wedding.Time: Rushed.Location: Church near the packed carriage, literally at your house.Mood: Sometimes it is hard to tell if you're excited or scared, you know?Guests: Unexpected.Join us as we pick back up right where we left off with Chapter 26 of Jane Eyre. If you enjoy this show, please let your friends know! If you…
 
Is he hot or is he just from the wrong side of the tracks? This week on Whoa!mance we answer "YES" to both while discussing HURTS TO LOVE YOU by ALISHA RAI.Fancy pants Evangeline has been secretly crushing cum app-enabled stalking flannel pants Gabe for years. And now at her family's wedding weekend *cough*regency house party*cough* she is ready to…
 
Wowie kazowie there is a whole other part of Evening Star by Catherine Coulter where they go to New York and actually fall in love and have lots of pregnancy sex and lots of fights and Thanksgiving but way too early and bust a union and all cause like Women in Business! And man, that stuff really burrows into your grl's brains.Is erasure preferable…
 
This week your girls disembark on a two parter on Catherine Coulter’s EVENING STAR aka SWEET SURRENDER.We delve into the kinky, sweaty bordellos and just sweaty dinner parties of 19th Century Rome where young Giana is getting a pretty shallow lesson in womanhood from her uncle and meets an American, i.e. tall, businessman who is equal parts well-me…
 
Is that a bottle of Pom Wonderful in your pocket or are you just excited for another modern retelling of Hades and Persephone? Either way you came to the right podcast! This week yr kores spring into “Neon Gods” by Katee Robert.Modern It Girl Persephone runs away to the mysterious Under City (see what they did there?) to wait out her trust fund to …
 
This week, I & M tackle the multi-decade family saga slash love story “The Ties That Bind” by Brenda Jackson. When Rand meets Jenna at a college party in 1965, they kick off a romance (or twelve) that overcomes the ravages of time, distance, the Vietnam War, the fight for Civil Rights, classism, colorism, and a woman named Angela. Is there such a t…
 
Mama, we made it!This week we are so excited to share our conversation with Sarah - she of ICONIC Smart Bitches Trashy Books fame. We discussed a brand spankin' new category romance. She got us an ARC and everything. Notes below! And if you don't know about SBTB yet, check out the pod and go to https://smartbitchestrashybooks.com/ to consume all of…
 
Baby batter up!This week on Whoa!mance Isabeau and Morgan chew gum in the dugout of "Fix Her Up" by Tessa Bailey.Former baseball superstar Travis returns to his charming home village sore from more than a career-ending shoulder injury. When a new opportunity comes knocking, he teams up with his friend's kid sister for a mutually beneficial (aren't …
 
Risky Business eat your heart out. This week on Whoa!mance, Morgan and Isabeau visit NEW YAWK but better in “One Last Stop” by Casey McQuiston. August is still putting the “new” New York City when she meets timeless punk hottie Jane on the Q. When she discovers just HOW timeless, our gal Auggie puts her hereditary gumshoe skills, and chosen family …
 
Romancelandia’s own Gathering of the Juggalos - Jane Austen Fetival - wrapped up this last week in Louisville! PlusJASNA’s Annual General Meeting will be hosted in our home of Chicago this year. Not to mention TWO imminent film adaptations of Persuasion? To celebrate all this and more we’re re-releasing our episode on Persuasion by Jane Austen. ---…
 
The Bachelor but with a Phoenix and a Thunderbird catching feels in the South China Sea? This could actually be the most dramatic season yet.Mythical creature shifter and Regional-alpha Xi Sing is so immediately smitten with The Shifter Bachelor lovetestant Monday, he threatens to make bad TV. Little does the viewing audience know she's running fro…
 
Category Is: Kissing Cousins Pygmalion CotillionAnswer: “The Prodigal Spinster” by Joan OverfieledQuestion: What is relations wanting to make relations after a “makeover” (actually just proper nutrition) thanks to a Puppet Master/Aunt who makes them think it was the work of their Cool Jock Friend and their Bumbling Too-Masc-To-Live Pal?This week, M…
 
Category Is: Regency in shades of avocado, mulberry and ochre Answer: “The Golden Songbird” by Sheila WalshQuestion: What is the wager calling everyone’s bluff until she ends up a Marchioness after some gun play, a cock fight, and a really bad trip?This week, Morgan and Isabeau are joined by a Dark Passenger for their “Category Is” series, discussi…
 
Category Is: English Rose seeks personified Daddy IssueAnswer: “Tangled Threads” by Susanne McCarthyQuestion: What is pretending to be the wife of the brother who raised you and ending up deflowered by the father of your brother’s child bride and everyone looks the same and all the villains are immigrants?This week, Morgan and Isabeau follow their …
 
Back at it again with the Shelf Love co-release! Isabeau and Morgan had a great time chatting with Andrea Martucci about what it means to problematize and what it means to fetishize. Especially when it comes to (what else?) Romance! Psyched to share this eppy of Shelf Love in our feed. Don’t forget your copy of Das Kapital—or the whips and giant ca…
 
Category Is: Posthumously Published Triangular CaperAnswer: “How Can The Heart Forgot” by: Emilie LoringQuestion: What if Nancy Drew never left the suburbs and was also in love with sister’s fiancee? This week, Morgan and Isabeau kick off our “Category Is” series with plenty of zip and dash all the way from 1961. How does it feel to find out you’re…
 
Answer: Announcing an exploration into the oft overlooked but undeniably pervasive works known as Category Romance.Answer, but in the form of a question: What is the topic of this week's Whoa!nus?Yr girls Isabeau & Morgan are excited to share their big summer plans: CATEGORY IS. Each week a new Category Romance (from Isabeau’s own random box of rom…
 
As the wedding day draws closer, Jane is taking stock of her new identity: that of the amorphous Mrs. Rochester. This week, Jane revisits the now lightning scared chestnut tree, reveals to have been befallen by a series of disquieting dreams, and confronts an incredulous Mr. Rochester directly when her nightmares trip-trap into her waking life. Is …
 
After a night of tumultuous emotions, Jane is now set to marry Mr. Rochester. This week, Mrs. Fairax gives our heroine some unsolicited relationship advice, Jane’s happiness wanes at the idea of a lavish future, and everyone is on edge as Jane navigates retaining her sexual purity. Red flags abound. Whoa!mance is a part of the Frolic Podcast Networ…
 
Sometimes being a “family man” is less playing catch and more swinging. This week on Whoa!mance, Morgan and Isabeau dish on Briana Cole’s melodramatic romantic suspense The Marriage Pass. Dr. Dorian Graham just wants to be a good husband—or at least a better husband than he was a boyfriend. When his prim and proper wife, Shantae, offers to make his…
 
Our girl is barely back at Thornfield Hall, and already the weather is looking stormy. This week, Jane catches a whiff of her super hot boss while walking alone in the garden, Mr. Rochester offers Jane a pity job for when he marries that old try hard Blanche Ingram, and briefly, Jane ponders life alone. But we all know what can happen when it rains…
 
Dusting off a classic discussion of a classic this week! Taking it all the way back when we shared a microphone with the author of "Getting Hot With The Scot" and the upcoming "Too Good To Be Real" Melonie Johnson***It’s a Whoa!mance double whammy this week y’all! Not only are Morgan and Isabeau joined by the brilliant and talented Melonie Johnson,…
 
With Mrs. Reed safely in the ground, Jane prepares to leave Gateshead hall. This week, Eliza and Georgiana make plans for their futures, Jane receives a letter from Mrs. Fairfax that reeks of Mr. Rochester’s pending marriage, and, once again, Jane collides with an unexpected traveller on her way to Thornfield Hall. Whoa!mance is a part of the Froli…
 
The real deal. The genuine article. There’s a certain je ne sais quoi to bonafide authenticity. But oftentimes a good knockoff does just fine. This week on Whoa!mance, Morgan and Isabeau investigate a scandal rocking the Parisian artworld in Susan Sackett’s 1993 adventure romance, Reckless. Delia Hampton just wants to be a good daughter, and when h…
 
With the early morning exodus of Mr. Mason still lingering over Thornfield Hall, it’s Jane’s turn to receive an untimely visitor. This week, troubling revelations surface about John Reed, Jane returns to Gateshead Hall under dour circumstances, and Mrs. Reed is awful until the bitter end.Whoa!mance is a part of the Frolic Podcast Network.…
 
We all lie. We soften hard truths and blur certain edges. Even those goody goodys who avoid harsh words and cracks in the sidewalk still let an ol’ fibber loose now and again. But what about a masquerade? Or a false portrayal - deployed perhaps to keep a low profile? This week on Whoa!mance, Morgan and Isabeau explore the pitfalls of well-meaning s…
 
Can’t a girl just get some sleep? This week, Thornfield Hall is awoken in the night by sounds of struggle, Mr. Rochester runs defense to cover up prior transgressions, and Jane gets drafted to play doctor. Nothing a little old timey drugs and discretion can’t put to bed. Whoa!mance is a part of the Frolic Podcast Network.…
 
Game of Thrones may have faded behind the penumbra of popular culture, but there will always be ardent believers keeping the fires burning. This week on Whoa!mance, Morgan and Isabeau lurk on fanfiction message boards with one such crowd in Spoiler Alert by Olivia Dade. When Marcus Caster-Rupp, heartthrob TV star of a GOT-esque show, asks regular p…
 
There’s something fishy about this party crashing fortune teller. This week, Jane confronts the unknown to ascertain her fate, an unveiling of hearts and identities leads to greater intrigue, and Mr. Rochester gets cancelled (again). But the question remains: who is this Mr. Mason fellow?Whoa!mance is a part of the Frolic Podcast Network.…
 
As the party rages on, Thornfield Hall is electric with elites and lowly alike. This week, Jane spies an advantage in her battle for Mr. Rochester’s affections, a game of charades becomes a whole fucking thing, and mysterious travellers keep trickling in. Whoa!mance is a part of the Frolic Podcast Network.…
 
Well Whoa!mantics, we made it one more time around. We asked, and you graciously sent us your favorite titles and titillations. And in exchange for the DMs, we stitched them up into something nice we can all sprawl out and get crumbs on. This week on Whoa!mance, Morgan and Isabeau reflect on their arc of years behind the mic, wax poetic with the lu…
 
Out of sight, out of mind - until he comes riding in with a full entourage. This week, our heroine’s affections hit a fever pitch, Blanche Ingram leaves Jane looking pale, and Rochester can barely keep his hands to himself. So much for a healthy work/life balance.Whoa!mance is a part of the Frolic Podcast Network.…
 
When we last left our heroine, Jane was feeling rattled by a late night immolation. This week, Jane finds her employer has flown the coop, Mrs. Fairfax waxes poetic about some biddy named Blanche Ingram, and our lowly governess laments her self-supposed tepid appearance. A dark night of the soul indeed.Whoa!mance is a part of the Frolic Podcast Net…
 
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