Learning The Tropes: A Podcast for Romance Novel Veterans and Virgins
Barbarian’s Bride (Ice Planet Barbarians Book 22) by Ruby Dixon, Episode 104

Barbarian’s Bride (Ice Planet Barbarians Book 22) by Ruby Dixon, Episode 104

July 20, 2021

This week we went back to Not Hoth and read Barbarian's Bride by Ruby Dixon.

 

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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!

 

Virgin River Season 3 just dropped and Erin, Clayton and Producer Patty hopped on their mics to break down Episodes 5 and 6!

 

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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!

 

Virgin River Season 3 just dropped and Erin, Clayton and Producer Patty hopped on their mics to break down Episodes 3 and 4!

 

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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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https://www.simonandschuster.com/books/Well-This-Is-Exhausting/Sophia-Benoit/9781982151935

 

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https://1followernodad.substack.com

 

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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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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SzYU3kgMPEw

 

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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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Not Your Mamma's History

 

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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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And find the books we didn't pick here, here, here and here

 

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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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Minisode #6 - “I’m great nose up…”

Minisode #6 - “I’m great nose up…”

May 5, 2021

This week we get a great e-mail with tips on how to become an Audiobook fan (2:36), we share a couple 5-star reviews (12:45) and then finally reveal our 100th book!(17:30)

 

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Kiss An Angel by Susan Elizabeth Phillips (w/Jen Prokop), Episode 99

Kiss An Angel by Susan Elizabeth Phillips (w/Jen Prokop), Episode 99

April 28, 2021

This week Jen Prokop of Fates Mates and Jen Reads Romance fame joins us to talk about Kiss An Angel by Susan Elizabeth Phillips and it is a DOOZY! We talk telepathy with tigers, secret royals and circus weddings. This is a really fun one!

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Kiss An Angel by Susan Elizabeth Phillips

 

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The Challenge: All Stars (Paramount +)

 

Rutherford Falls (Peacock)

 

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Minisode #5 - “Hi, I’m Clayton. I also like to look.”

Minisode #5 - “Hi, I’m Clayton. I also like to look.”

April 20, 2021

This week we talk about Transcendence starting out as Twilight Fanfic (0:16), Kennedy Ryan's "Hoops" and "All The King's Men" series' being developed for TV (11:50), open the mailbag to talk character names that could affect our enjoyment of books (14:30), and Clayton's voice changes before diving into a great 5-star review (23:53).

 

We also reveal next week's book, and next week's super special guest! (33:00)

 

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Transcendence by Shay Savage, Episode 98

Transcendence by Shay Savage, Episode 98

April 14, 2021

This week we read Transcendence by Shay Savage and talked about khizzes, luffs and Jordache Jeans.

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Transcendence by Shay Savage

 

Luffs: Transcendence Novella by Shay Savage 

 

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Shiva Baby

 

Your Face Or Mine

 

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Minisode #4 - “My other thing is who’s a murderer in Hollywood…”

Minisode #4 - “My other thing is who’s a murderer in Hollywood…”

April 7, 2021

This week we gossip about Regé-Jean Page leaving Bridgerton (1:10), crack open the mailbag to discuss a possible audiobook review episode (14:03) and run down some top contenders for our 100th book (22:50).

 

Plus, we reveal next week's book (31:32)

 

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The Duke Who Didn’t by Courtney Milan, Episode 97

The Duke Who Didn’t by Courtney Milan, Episode 97

March 31, 2021

This week we read The Duke Who Didn't by Courtney Milan and talked about angst free Romance, list making and unnamed brown sauces.

 

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The Duke Who Didn't by Courtney Milan

 

 

Scoundrel of My Heart by Lorraine Heath

 

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Labi Siffre - Crying, Laughing, Loving, Lying

 

 

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Minisode #3 - “I don’t wanna get a lot of e-mails from Pagans saying we don’t know their holidays.”

Minisode #3 - “I don’t wanna get a lot of e-mails from Pagans saying we don’t know their holidays.”

March 24, 2021

In this weeks Minisode, we open up the mailbag to talk Virgin River Season 3 fan theories (3:54), share some 5-star reviews including one about Clayton's (possible) HEA (15:02) and dip into Twitter to discuss whether Learning The Tropes can be used as sex education (27:13).

 

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Virgin River by Robin Carr, Episode 96

Virgin River by Robin Carr, Episode 96

March 16, 2021

WARNING: If you haven't watched the Virgin River Netflix Series, at around 32:43 we start talking Book Vs. Show, so just a heads up if you don't want to be spoiled. And also, watch the show!)

 

This week we read Virgin River by Robin Carr and, boy howdy, did we have a lively conversation!

 

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Virgin River by Robin Carr

 

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Films To Be Buried With with Brett Goldstein

 

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Interview: Joanna Shupe

Interview: Joanna Shupe

March 12, 2021

Erin talks toJoanna Shupe about all things Romance and her brand new book The Heiress Hunt!

 

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Minisode #2 - “Oh, you saw Ghostbusters 2 in the theater? I read the book.”

Minisode #2 - “Oh, you saw Ghostbusters 2 in the theater? I read the book.”

March 10, 2021

This week we continue our conversation on spoilers (2:19), discuss why most men don't read fiction (11:14) and we announce next week's book (31:48).

 

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Getaway Girl by Tessa Bailey (w/ Carly Lane-Perry), Episode 95

Getaway Girl by Tessa Bailey (w/ Carly Lane-Perry), Episode 95

March 2, 2021

This week, we welcomed Carly Lane-Perry to the show to to talk about Getaway Girl by Tessa Bailey.

 

We discussed Tessa Bailey's knack for dirty talk, mayoral IQ requirements and Butt Twitter.

 

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Getaway Girl by Tessa Bailey

 

Mike Nichols: A Life by Mark Harris

 

The Science of Storytelling by Will Storr

 

Love At First by Kate Clayborn

 

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Wandavision (Disney +)

 

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Kissing Books

 

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Minisode #1 - “Should we write an SNL packet that’s just Charmaine jokes?”

Minisode #1 - “Should we write an SNL packet that’s just Charmaine jokes?”

February 24, 2021

In our first ever Minisode, we talk about Regé-Jean Page hosting SNL (1:20), respond to an e-mail slandering Charmaine from Virgin River (21:10) and reveal next week's book and the Special Guest who will be joining us (25:10).

 

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Love Code by Ann Aquirre, Episode 94

Love Code by Ann Aquirre, Episode 94

February 17, 2021

This week we read Love Code by Ann Aquirre and talked about meat sacks and consent. You know... the normal stuff!

 

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