15 episodes

Jenny Nordbak and Melody Carlisle are taking their love for romance and dialing it up to 11 with your favorite authors and personalities from Romancelandia. Every Thursday, we recap a truly bonkers piece of romance media and discuss how it’s tropes are maximized and what they do for us. Along the way you’ll get commentary, book recs, hilarious stories, hot takes, and a unique peek into the brains of creators you admire. Join us each week as we celebrate the authors who really *go there* and show us that our hard limits... might just be guidelines.

Bonkers Romance Melody Carlisle and Jenny Nordbak

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    • 5.0 • 86 Ratings

Jenny Nordbak and Melody Carlisle are taking their love for romance and dialing it up to 11 with your favorite authors and personalities from Romancelandia. Every Thursday, we recap a truly bonkers piece of romance media and discuss how it’s tropes are maximized and what they do for us. Along the way you’ll get commentary, book recs, hilarious stories, hot takes, and a unique peek into the brains of creators you admire. Join us each week as we celebrate the authors who really *go there* and show us that our hard limits... might just be guidelines.

    Eva Moore Saves A Demon

    Eva Moore Saves A Demon

    We’re joined by Eva Moore to recap https://read.amazon.com/kp/embed?asin=B09B32PM94andlinkCode=kpeandpreview=newtabandref_=cm_sw_r_kb_dp_AP2DB6WPE6S2P2X5586Fandtag=bonkersromance-20 (That Time I Got Drunk and Saved a Demon) by Kimberly Lemming!
    This episode is a frothy cocktail of effervescent joy and we couldn’t be more delighted with the book Eva picked to bring us back from hiatus! Be sure not to miss Eva’s brand new release, https://amzn.to/3rAEUew (Reclaimed Dreams), which is the deeply satisfying conclusion to her Exposed Dreams series (but it can be read as a standalone)!
    Our Aftercare suggestions were:
    -https://www.penzeys.com/ (Penzey’s Spices)
    -Art Hub on Youtube and Reclaimed Dreams
    -Gaslighter by The Chicks (and instilling that kind of don’t f**k with me energy in our young girls)
    For links to the books we mentioned, https://www.bonkersromance.com/episodes/13 (check out the show notes on our website)!
    If you’re reading ahead, here are some of the books we’ll be reading in upcoming episodes (though the schedule isn’t set yet):
    https://amzn.to/3IbhGDe (Manix) by Grace Mcginty (it's a reverse harem, omegaverse with MPREG)
    https://read.amazon.com/kp/embed?asin=B07QMLP2QPandlinkCode=kpeandpreview=newtabandref_=cm_sw_r_kb_dp_Y3MXGBPQQSPPMX2CK32Eandtag=bonkersromance-20 (The Initiation) by Nikki Sloane
    https://read.amazon.com/kp/embed?asin=B08WJHGH2TandlinkCode=kpeandpreview=newtabandref_=cm_sw_r_kb_dp_87C3XGR1K3X96G6D366Yandtag=bonkersromance-20 (Her Soul to Take) by Harley Laroux
    We’ll be back next week to recap Manix by Grace McGinty with Lillian Lark! If you want more bonkers in the meantime, there’s a ton of bonus content in http://www.bonkersromance.com/temple-info (The Temple of Defiant Joy)!

    • 1 hr 28 min
    Bonkers Bonus - Alexis Hall Spotlight

    Bonkers Bonus - Alexis Hall Spotlight

    Happy New Year's Eve! We decided to end the year by showcasing an insightful chat with one of our https://www.bonkersromance.com/book-club (Bonkers Book Club) Spotlight Authors - Alexis Hall! We talk all about his upcoming release and January book club offering SOMETHING FABULOUS, what we can expect from him in the near future, the balance of creating art while navigating the expectations of an audience, wanting to be A Writer vs. wanting to Write, the confusion of celebrity in the age of niche media, and so much more!
    Today (Dec 31, 2021) is the last day Temple members can download the 6 ebooks for December and also the last day to https://www.bonkersromance.com/temple-information (sign up for the Temple) at the Joy Bringer tier or above to get access to advance copies of SOMETHING FABULOUS by Alexis Hall and IMMORTAL by Gena Showalter.

    • 48 min
    A Sleep Paralysis Demon (!!!) with Liz from Make Out Already

    A Sleep Paralysis Demon (!!!) with Liz from Make Out Already

    We’re joined by Liz from thehttps://www.makeoutalreadypod.com/ ( Make Out Already) podcast to recap Sing Me to Sleep by R.M. Virtues!
    We discuss how Melody is into grandpa f*****g and why Jenny is livid she didn’t get to read this book (which has since been rectified!). Because y’all. It’s about a sexy, protective sleep paralysis demon. I’m not telling you more than that. It’s too good to summarize. Everyone needs to go read this book immediately.
    The podcast Liz mentioned for Aftercare is the Get Sleepy podcast. The movie Jenny couldn’t remember the title of was Bounce.
    If you’re reading ahead, here are some of the books we’ll be recapping when we get back from hiatus in January:
    https://amzn.to/3ktfcWp (A Lady of Rooksgrave Manor) by Kathryn Moon
    https://amzn.to/3IbhGDe (Manix) by Grace Mcginty (it's a reverse harem, omegaverse with MPREG)
    https://amzn.to/3G2p9CK (That Time I Got Drunk and Saved a Demon) by Kimberly Lemming
    We’ll be on hiatus after 12/2, but back with more shenanigans in January! If you miss us in the meantime, there’s a ton of bonus content in The Temple of Defiant Joy!

    • 1 hr 33 min
    Jenny Gets Her C*ck Pocket with Stacey Hamel

    Jenny Gets Her C*ck Pocket with Stacey Hamel

    We recap https://amzn.to/2ZlpXTo (I Married a Naga) by Regine Abel with Stacey Hamel! Many of you already know and love Stacey, but for those who don't, we thought it was high time to introduce you to her beautiful brain. She's an admin of our Facebook group,https://www.facebook.com/groups/195432502418826 (The Altar of Defiant Joy), and Patron Saint of the https://www.tiktok.com/@bonkersromance (Bonkers Romance TikTok). We've affectionately dubbed her our Adminotaur.
    We talked about many things, but the most important is clearly that Jenny finally got to recap a book with a motherfudging c*ck pocket! This book features a human woman who is forced into an arranged marriage with an alien snake man when she accidentally violates the law on his planet. But he’s marrying her to save her from being executed and is actually a cinnamon roll, sexy provider whose snake parts convince his lady that humans are vastly inferior lovers.
    For the full episode, check out https://www.bonkersromance.com/temple-information (The Temple of Defiant Joy), our members site that gets you exclusive content, bonus episodes, free books, custom artwork and more! The last episode of every month is only available in full to our members, but all the other episodes will continue to be available to everyone.
    If you’re reading ahead, here are the upcoming books:
    12/2 https://amzn.to/3kse8Ce (Sing Me to Sleep) by RM Virtues
    https://amzn.to/3ktfcWp (A Lady of Rooksgrave Manor) by Katherine Moon will be coming sometime early next year.
    We’ll be on hiatus starting 12/3, but back with more shenanigans in January!
    https://www.bonkersromance.com/book-club (December Bonkers Book Club) features six free ebooks from authors we love, so if you aren't a member yet, you can join on our website!

    • 25 min
    Sexy Antibodies with Alexis Daria

    Sexy Antibodies with Alexis Daria

    We're joined by Alexis Daria to recap https://amzn.to/30xPE3w (Alien Quarantine Rescue) by Robin Lovett! This was Jenny’s very first Robin Lovett book and she’s obsessed! It starts in an all too realistic setting where the world has gone to hell after a pandemic and the heroine has been alone for five years…but very, very quickly changes to a marvelous fantasy when an alien lands in her front yard offering antibodies. Copious amounts of antibodies.
    We talked about how much we love romances like this when the love interests are from different species having to learn about one another, why Robin Lovett is an effing genius, that one time Jenny f*cked someone unconscious, and why semen is going to be a complete disappointment after this book.
    Be sure to check out Alexis’s latest book, https://amzn.to/3qOlUKH (A Lot Like Adios)!
    If you’re reading ahead, here are the upcoming books we'll be recapping:
    11/25 https://amzn.to/3kse8Ce (Sing Me to Sleep) by RM Virtues
    12/2 https://amzn.to/3ktfcWp (A Lady of Rooksgrave Manor) by Katherine Moon
    We’ll be on hiatus the rest of December, but back with more shenanigans in January!
    https://amzn.to/3HwwYCa (Desperate Measures by Katee Robert) is on sale right now for $.99 and YOU NEED IT!
    Links to all the books we discussed are included in the https://www.bonkersromance.com/episodes/10 (show notes on our website!)

    • 1 hr 3 min
    Sensual Falconry with Adriana Herrera

    Sensual Falconry with Adriana Herrera

    We're joined by Adriana Herrera to recap https://amzn.to/3kpXRh4 (Beyond the Highland Mist) by Karen Marie Moning! We talk about why we’re Moning Maniacs, why this was the Golden Age of paranormal romance, and why falconer dirty talk is so sexy. This book has it all...time travel, a heroine fleeing a dark secret in her past, meddling fae, a murderous ex girlfriend, not one but two near death sick bed scenes, sensory deprivation, Highlander Times viagra, an accidental aphrodisiac scene, light kidnapping, and one swaggering Highlander who’s so generously hung that comparisons to actual horses are made.
    Be sure to check out Adriana’s latest book, https://amzn.to/3qxzceB (Just for the Holidays)! You also won’t want to miss https://amzn.to/3qw5cQ2 (Rake I’d Like to F)!
    CW: there's mention of various threats of sexual assault and some actual sexual assault in a few different scenes. There is also nervous/uncomfortable laughter from the hosts while trying to navigate these descriptions.
    For links to all the books we mentioned, https://www.bonkersromance.com/episodes/9 (see the show notes on our website)!
    If you’re reading ahead, here are the upcoming books we'll be recapping:
    11/18 https://amzn.to/3HcAb9J (Alien Quarantine Rescue) by Robin Lovett
    11/25 https://amzn.to/3kse8Ce (Sing Me to Sleep) by RM Virtues
    12/2 https://amzn.to/3ktfcWp (A Lady of Rooksgrave Manor) by Katherine Moon
    We’ll be on hiatus the rest of December, but back with more shenanigans in January!

    • 1 hr 38 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
86 Ratings

86 Ratings

hwise97 ,

Finally!!

After listening to the entire backlist of both Heaving bosoms and the wicked wallflowers, this is the mashup the world deserves! (Even if this is Erin’s villain origin story) Get ready to go there… cause they do. Thank you!!!

Jwoods-WI ,

Bonkers bananapants wonderfulness

I love this podcast. I love bonkers romances. This is just perfection.

TabApple ,

Defiantly Bonkers & All The Sexy Joy

Jenny, Melody and their special guests provide a giddy recap of stories that go places you don’t expect. This pod is a little more polished than Heaving Bosoms (not a slam on HB - I love it just the way it is, with all the professionalism and intellectualism) and basks in the joy that is romance.

I love the Bonkers niche they are carving out for themselves. The format where they take turns reading the book and recapping it with a guest is super fun. I love the acceptance and joy they foster as they dive into the sexiest paranormal places.

If you want to have tantalizing laughs check it out!

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