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The Ex Hex by Erin Sterling, Episode 110

The Ex Hex by Erin Sterling, Episode 110

October 20, 2021

Witch-tober continues with The Ex Hex by Erin Sterling!

 

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Witch Please by Ann Aguirre, Episode 109

Witch Please by Ann Aguirre, Episode 109

October 13, 2021

This week we kick off Witch-tober by reading Witch Please by Ann Aguirre. 

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Minisode #13 - ”I‘m The American Pie Generation.”

Minisode #13 - ”I‘m The American Pie Generation.”

October 6, 2021

In this week's minisode we announce our next THREE books. That's right! There were too many witch books we wanted to read in October so we decided to do them all.

So join us all this month for scary goodness and tell us witch one is your favorite!

 

October 13th: Witch Please by Ann Aguirre

October 20th: The Ex Hex by Erin Sterling

October 27th: Payback's A Witch by Lana Harper

 

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Brawn (New Species Book 5) by Laurann Dohner, Episode 108

Brawn (New Species Book 5) by Laurann Dohner, Episode 108

September 28, 2021

This week we return to Homeland to tackle Brawn (New Species Book 5) by Laurann Dohner

 

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Minisode #12 - Patreon Launch Special!

Minisode #12 - Patreon Launch Special!

September 22, 2021

We launched our Patreon and we're equal parts nervous and excited about it! Check it out and donate:

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In this weeks minisode, we talk about why we decided to start a Patreon and how we think it'll help sustain and grow the show.

Plus, to celebrate Virgin River getting picked up for Season 4 AND 5, we dip into the Mailbag to read some Todd theories. We also get a great rec for a menage book.

Finally, we announce next week's book!

 

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Scandalous Desires (Maiden Lane Book 3) by Elizabeth Hoyt, Episode 107

Scandalous Desires (Maiden Lane Book 3) by Elizabeth Hoyt, Episode 107

September 15, 2021

This week we read Scandalous Desires (Maiden Lane Book 3) by Elizabeth Hoyt and talked about pirates, babies and dogs!

 

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Minisode #11 - We‘re Back!

Minisode #11 - We‘re Back!

September 8, 2021

We're back from our mini break with a Minisode about whether Erin identifies as a witch, why Clayton looks like everyone's cousin and did Producer Patty and Clayton really hate Practical Magic?

 

Plus we announce next week's book!

 

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Morning Glory Milking Farm by C.M. Nascosta, Episode 106

Morning Glory Milking Farm by C.M. Nascosta, Episode 106

August 18, 2021

This week we read Morning Glory Milking Farm by C.M. Nascosta and we had a lot to say!

 

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Next Week’s Book Is…

Next Week’s Book Is…

August 10, 2021

No minisode this week, but Erin is here to announce our next book!

 

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The Luckiest Lady In London by Sherry Thomas, Episode 105

The Luckiest Lady In London by Sherry Thomas, Episode 105

August 4, 2021

This week we read The Luckiest Lady In London by Sherry Thomas.

 

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Minisode #10 - “He’s one of the 3% of men that listen to this podcast.”

Minisode #10 - “He’s one of the 3% of men that listen to this podcast.”

July 28, 2021

On this week's minisode we read some reviews (2:47), talk about the Woodstock '99 Documentary on HBOMax (8:29), open the mailbag for some feedback on our Return To Me episode (14:25) and (SPOILER WARNING) ponder a listener submitted "Who Shot Jack?" theory for Virgin River Season 4 (18:09).

 

Then, after to multiple requests for a certain author, we announce our next book! (20:36)

 

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Interview: Sue Tenney (Executive Producer/Showrunner of Virgin River)

Interview: Sue Tenney (Executive Producer/Showrunner of Virgin River)

July 27, 2021

Extra special bonus episode!

 

We had the pleasure of chatting with Sue Tenney, Executive Producer and Showrunner of Virgin River on Netflix. We talked with Sue about developing the series, the challenges of adapting a Romance series to TV and what Robin Carr thinks of the show!

 

This was a really fun episode and we appreciate Sue taking the time out of her busy schedule to talk with us. Extra special thanks to Lauren Hammersley, Jocelyn Freid and Megan Tucker at Netflix for setting this up!

 

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Interview: Sophie Jordan (The Duke Goes Down)

Interview: Sophie Jordan (The Duke Goes Down)

July 23, 2021

In this very special Friday bonus episode, Erin interviews author Sophie Jordan.

 

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Barbarian’s Bride (Ice Planet Barbarians Book 22) by Ruby Dixon, Episode 104
Virgin River Season 3 (Episodes 9 & 10) Review

Virgin River Season 3 (Episodes 9 & 10) Review

July 12, 2021

WARNING: We spoil the heck outta this series, so watch it first before you listen!

 

Virgin River Season 3 just dropped and Erin, Clayton and Producer Patty hopped on their mics to break down Episodes 9 and 10!

 

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Virgin River Season 3 (Episodes 7 & 8) Review

Virgin River Season 3 (Episodes 7 & 8) Review

July 11, 2021

WARNING: We spoil the heck outta this series, so watch it first before you listen!

 

Virgin River Season 3 just dropped and Erin, Clayton and Producer Patty hopped on their mics to break down Episodes 7 and 8!

 

Episodes 9 and 10 Review dropping Monday afternoon!

 

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Virgin River Season 3 (Episodes 5 & 6) Review

Virgin River Season 3 (Episodes 5 & 6) Review

July 11, 2021

WARNING: We spoil the heck outta this series, so watch it first before you listen!

 

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Virgin River Season 3 (Episodes 3 & 4) Review

Virgin River Season 3 (Episodes 3 & 4) Review

July 10, 2021

WARNING: We spoil the heck outta this series, so watch it first before you listen!

 

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Virgin River Season 3 (Episodes 1 & 2) Review

Virgin River Season 3 (Episodes 1 & 2) Review

July 10, 2021

WARNING: We spoil the heck outta this series, so watch it first before you listen!

It's finally here! Virgin River Season 3 just dropped and Erin, Clayton and Producer Patty hopped on their mics to break down the first two episodes.

 

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Interview: Sophia Benoit (Well, This Is Exhausting, Here’s The Thing)

Interview: Sophia Benoit (Well, This Is Exhausting, Here’s The Thing)

July 9, 2021

In this very special episode, we interview author, advice columnist and life-long Romance reader Sophia Benoit about the first Romance she remembers reading, her favorite (and least favorite) tropes, and her new essay collection Well, This Is Exhausting.

 

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Seven Days In June by Tia Williams, Episode 103
Ice Planet Barbarians (Book 1) by Ruby Dixon [Re-Release]

Ice Planet Barbarians (Book 1) by Ruby Dixon [Re-Release]

June 30, 2021
Ice Planet Barbarians is trending on TikTok, so we're re-releasing our 4th episode ever! Listen as Erin and a VERY virginal Clayton marvel at the horned blue aliens who've taken over the internet. 
 
We also reveal next week's book!
 
 
This week we have a great one for you! We read Ruby Dixon's big blue alien romance Ice Planet Barbarians. We create a super scientific test to judge alien hotness. Also, cohost Clayton (@your4thhost) comes out as a romance reader at work, and Erin (@erinleafe) shows off her knowledge of the female reproductive cycle.
 

 

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Return To Me (2000) Movie Review

Return To Me (2000) Movie Review

June 23, 2021

This week we watched Return To Me (2000) and talked about Bonnie Hunt's Midwestern appeal, whether or not all architects are rich and heart transplants.

 

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Minisode #9 - “If you have a sock that lubricates, that will help with the rubbing.”

Minisode #9 - “If you have a sock that lubricates, that will help with the rubbing.”

June 16, 2021

In this week's minisode we read some messages from the audience about Erin's thigh rub dilemma (0:21), briefly discuss our tentative plans to tackle Lisa Kleypas' Ravenels Series (8:03), watch the Virgin River Season 3 Trailer and react LIVE (9:40) and announce our next movie (18:01).

 

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The Flatshare by Beth O’Leary, Episode 102

The Flatshare by Beth O’Leary, Episode 102

June 8, 2021

This week we read The Flatshare by Beth O'Leary and talked about Kay find her HEA, why all great relationships don't have to end in death, and how many baked goods are too many baked goods?

 

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The Flatshare by Beth O'Leary

 

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A Certain Appeal by Vanessa King

 

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Soberish by Liz Phair (Spotify)

 

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Minisode #8 - “Don’t listen to this as your first episode.”

Minisode #8 - “Don’t listen to this as your first episode.”

June 1, 2021

On this week’s minisode we examine the fallout from Menage (1:00), Clayton attempts to do ASMR while opening a package full of soap (2:55), we read some international reviews (8:37) and reveal next week’s book (17:35)!

 

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Interview: Paul Rudnick (Playing The Palace)

Interview: Paul Rudnick (Playing The Palace)

May 28, 2021

As a special Friday bonus we're sharing an interview Erin did with author, playwright and screenwriter Paul Rudnick about his new Romance Playing The Palace.

 

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Ménage by Emma Holly, Episode 101

Ménage by Emma Holly, Episode 101

May 26, 2021

This week we read Ménage by Emma Holly and OH BOY!

 

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Minisode #7 - “You refuse to remember, and that’s your right.”

Minisode #7 - “You refuse to remember, and that’s your right.”

May 19, 2021

This week we give our thoughts on the just announced Bridgerton spin-off about Queen Charlotte (0:15).

Then, we thought it might be fun to give listeners a behind the scenes look at how we choose a book by doing it live on-air. Listen along as we pick a subgenre, comb through listener recs, pre-judge covers, peek at page counts and then whittle down our options until only one book remains (8:00).

Finally, we read some 5-star reviews and talk about making friends at an advanced age, whether or not Clayton is "on the prowl", and how Erin feels about being edited (33:05).

 

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Eyes of Silver, Eyes of Gold by Ellen O’Connell, Episode 100

Eyes of Silver, Eyes of Gold by Ellen O’Connell, Episode 100

May 12, 2021

This week we read Eyes of Silver, Eyes of Gold by Ellen O'Connell. 100!

 

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