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On Shelf Love, we discuss romance novels and how they relate to our personal lives, relationships, and the society that we live in. We also play fun games and recommend other books you might like.

Guest hosts include romance reviewers, longtime readers, authors, and newbies to the genre.

Shelf Love: A Romance Novel Book Club Andrea Martucci

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On Shelf Love, we discuss romance novels and how they relate to our personal lives, relationships, and the society that we live in. We also play fun games and recommend other books you might like.

Guest hosts include romance reviewers, longtime readers, authors, and newbies to the genre.

    031. Romance Myths & Misconceptions Busted (No. 1) with Kennedy Ryan, Emma Barry, Talia Hibbert, Tif Marcelo, and Suzanne Jefferies

    031. Romance Myths & Misconceptions Busted (No. 1) with Kennedy Ryan, Emma Barry, Talia Hibbert, Tif Marcelo, and Suzanne Jefferies

    Romance novel authors and readers bust just some of the myths and misunderstandings about romance novels. Here are the facts about the romance genre from the people who know it best.

    We address myths such as “they’re all the same,” “they’re not well written,” and “they’re vapid and lack substance or depth.” The myth busters in this episode are Kennedy Ryan, Emma Barry, Talia Hibbert, Tif Marcelo, and Suzanne Jefferies.

    • 44 min
    ANGST: Decameron Quarantine Romance Book Club No. 2

    ANGST: Decameron Quarantine Romance Book Club No. 2

    Decameron Quarantine Romance Book Club: part 2 of a 10-episode mini-series of short, casual conversations with romance experts, who are here to spread the joy of romance novels so that we can all stay home and NOT spread the Coronavirus.

    Tonight’s theme is ANGST

    • 26 min
    030: White Whiskey Bargain by Jodie Slaughter with Charish Reid: Be Proud, English Majors

    030: White Whiskey Bargain by Jodie Slaughter with Charish Reid: Be Proud, English Majors

    Charish Reid (author: Hearts on Hold: A Librarian Romance) is my guest, and we talk about why we should stop shitting on majoring in English and ah-ha! moments in teaching. The Romance Worth Reading (™) that we discuss is White Whiskey Bargain by Jodie Slaughter.

    Discussed: Low-angst romance, marriages of convenience, just once bed, owning land as the American dream. Plus: female leadership in a male-dominated field, people of color in Appalachia, and mutual self love.

    • 1 hr 11 min
    029: A Seditious Affair by KJ Charles with Emma Barry: Cross-Class Romance, and Andrea’s HEA Existential Crisis

    029: A Seditious Affair by KJ Charles with Emma Barry: Cross-Class Romance, and Andrea’s HEA Existential Crisis

    Romance novelist Emma Barry is my guest, and we read A Seditious Affair by KJ Charles. This male/male Regency romance features a cross-class romance that gets us discussing if there is an element of coercion in most cross-class romances.

    Plus, does this book end with a happily ever after, or just a happily for now? What is “ever after” anyway? What is permanence? It’s possible I had an existential crisis in the middle of recording this one, but thank goodness I had Professor Emma Barry to guide me through this discussion.

    We talk about how academics are intellectual colonizers, plus how one of the best oral sex scenes saved Emma from the trauma of the ‘90s, and I ask the question: Is it bad to read escapist trash?

    • 1 hr 4 min
    KINK: Decameron Quarantine Romance Book Club No. 1

    KINK: Decameron Quarantine Romance Book Club No. 1

    Decameron Quarantine Romance Book Club: part 1 of a 10-episode mini-series of short, casual conversations with romance experts, who are here to spread the joy of romance novels so that we can all stay home and NOT spread the Coronavirus.

    Tonight’s theme is KINK and my guests are Katrina Jackson, Katee Robert, and Karelia Stetz-Waters.

    Stay safe, stay calm, and keep reading romance.

    • 27 min
    028: Emergency Contact by Mary HK Choi with guest Kennedy Ryan: Longing, Connection, and Friendship as Foundational to Romance

    028: Emergency Contact by Mary HK Choi with guest Kennedy Ryan: Longing, Connection, and Friendship as Foundational to Romance

    Kennedy Ryan is back to discuss Emergency Contact by Mary HK Choi, a book that LJ Shen (lovingly) forced Kennedy to read. It’s the story of two lonely protagonists who become obsessed with contact and their love story is about friendship, trust, and understanding as the foundation for a relationship.

    We also talk about meeting your writing heroes, Kennedy’s influences and her nomination for the romance canon, and why love is a hazard to your health. Plus, a cameo from Penny Reid.

    Also, did you know that tonight on March 9, 2020 it is the beginning of Purim? Whether you celebrate this holiday or not, you’re going to love this enemies to lovers rom-com Write This Book from Hannah Hearts Romance at the end of this episode.

    • 1 hr 8 min

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