12 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 • 74 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.

    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!

    • 24 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 2 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 37 min
    Bisexual Awakening (Or Not) with Andie J. Christopher!

    Bisexual Awakening (Or Not) with Andie J. Christopher!

    We're joined by Andie J. Christopher to recap Coyote Ugly (which somehow came out 20 years ago??)! We discuss early aughts fashion, dancing on bars, and this film’s impact on our bisexual awakening—or in one of our cases, a definitive confirmation of straightness. Please enjoy the references to a Minotaur Cock Water Gun (which could only possibly be understood by Romancelandia) and Fievel Does Fleet Week!
    Andie just revealed the cover of her next book, https://amzn.to/3CNXCUq (Thank You, Next)…and we’re obsessed with it! If you haven’t gotten https://amzn.to/3BOawjD (Hot Under His Collar )(with Father What-a-Waste) yet, you’re missing out! You can come back and thank Jenny when you reach a certain steamy bar scene.
    Aftercare Mentions:
    Andie: Morning Glory Milking Farm by C.M. Nascosta and Bombshell by Sarah MacLean
    Mel: Magic Mike XXL
    The Thomas Crown Affair with Pierce Brosnan and Rene Russo—the bisexual awakening we all deserve.
    If you’re reading ahead, next week’s episode will be https://amzn.to/3EZ45wv (Beyond the Highland Mist) by Karen Marie Morning with Adriana Herrera and the following week will be https://amzn.to/3GMBtYR (Alien Quarantine Rescue) by Robin Lovett with Alexis Daria!
    You'll find links to all the books we mentioned in the https://www.bonkersromance.com/episodes/8 (show notes on our website)!
    We encourage you to check out https://romanceforroe.com/ (Romance for Roe), an anthology of 36 romance stories in aid of Planned Parenthood and NARAL Pro-Choice

    • 1 hr 14 min
    Party Kraken with Katee Robert

    Party Kraken with Katee Robert

    We're joined by Katee Robert to recap Stalked by the Kraken by Lillian Lark! We talk about why this book is the perfect soft introduction to tentacles because it gives you a taste of the possibilities without being anything extreme. We also chat about kraken stereotypes, why we’re all pervs who want certain things to happen when tentacles are at play, and what on earth Katee Robert considers bonkers—given that she’s spent the last few years teaching most of us that we’re into things we thought were hard limits.
    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! Going forward, the last episode of every month will only be available in full to Temple members, but everyone will still have free access to the rest of our episodes.
    Have you checked out Katee’s https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/wickedvillains/wicked-villains-special-edition-swag-box (Kickstarter campaign for her Wicked Villains series) yet? The artwork is STUNNING and we can’t wait to have it all in our hands!
    You should also check out https://www.patreon.com/kateerobert (Katee’s Patreon) because she’s got all the good stuff over there!
    For links to all the books we mentioned, https://www.bonkersromance.com/episodes/7 (see the show notes on our website!)

    • 24 min
    A F*cking Smoke Monster with Dani Lacey

    A F*cking Smoke Monster with Dani Lacey

    We're joined by Dani Lacey to recap https://amzn.to/3G9jV8U (Soul Eater) by Lily Mayne! We discuss what it’s been like watching the Ice Planet TikTok craze when Dani hosts the https://iceplanetpod.com/ (Ice Planet podcast). Jenny throws a full blown tantrum because Melody keeps getting to recap the books with cock pockets. We celebrate this charming, romantic, delicious, sexy AF triumph of a bonkers book that features a smoke monster and the sweetest human guy ever written.
    “This is maybe the hottest book I’ve read in a minute...” -Melody
    Aftercare Links:
    Dani: True Crime Obsessed podcast (Grizzly Man episode)
    Melody: Bachelor podcasts like The Rosecast, Will You Accept This Rose?, Game of Roses, and Love to See It
    Jenny:https://amzn.to/3pmTCGh ( The Forbidden Man) by Karina Halle
    Don’t miss Dani’s fantastic podcasts: https://blackchicklit.com/podcast/ (Black Chick Lit) and https://iceplanetpod.com/ (Ice Planet Podcast)
    For links to the books mentioned, https://www.bonkersromance.com/episodes/6 (check the show notes on our website)!
    Support for this episode provided by:
    https://www.bonkersromance.com/temple-information (Bonkers Romance Book Club)! There's a survey going out to our members this week that'll give us some feedback on the kinds of books you'd like to be getting, but in the meantime, we've got exciting choices!
    Through the end of October, you have access to two Karina Halle books that Jenny personally selected as favorites of hers.
    In November, we'll be featuring advanced copies of https://amzn.to/3E0UQLD (King of Battle and Blood )by Scarlett St. Clair--which is a dark, sexy fantasy. It's like if Alina chose the Darkling...but deliciously filthy.
    To get you in the holiday spirit, we'll also have advanced copies of https://amzn.to/3EgCtTd (Duke, Actually) by Jenny Holiday in November, which is a royal delight.
    Right now, through November 1, you have access to advanced copies of https://amzn.to/3BXBoPc (The Lady Gets Lucky) by Joanna Shupe! We love Joanna's sexy, Gilded Age historicals and this one is pure catnip. Sex lessons! A reformed rake who falls for his excellent pupil. If you're not part of book club, you can preorder it now and it'll be out next week--or you can https://www.bonkersromance.com/temple-information (join now) and get it early! Also keep a look out in the Temple for a bonus episode with Joanna!
    https://www.bonkersromance.com/temple-information (Join the Temple of Defiant Joy) on our website to get all of these books included with your membership!

    • 1 hr 43 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
74 Ratings

74 Ratings

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You need this

I started listening to this podcast because I love Melody and the ‘Heaving Bosoms’ podcast and I quickly became obsessed. Not only is Melody a delight, but Jenny’s voice is borderline ASMR, the guests are fantastic, and literally every single episode slaps. You might not think you need spider sex or a smoke monster with a c*ck pocket, but you absolutely do. Trust me.

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This fills a void I never knew I had!

Love the podcast.

Let Soule ,

Never a dull moment…

Nothing gets me through weekend chores and errands better than this podcast. Jenny and Melody are a phenomenal due and their guests just add to the experience.

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