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Make Out Already recaps contemporary romance novels, rom coms and anything with an HEA from the perspective of two brainy, brazen and bananapants feminists who adore the genre. We’ll tell you what we LOVE, air our grievances, tell you our fan casts and much more.

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Make Out Already recaps contemporary romance novels, rom coms and anything with an HEA from the perspective of two brainy, brazen and bananapants feminists who adore the genre. We’ll tell you what we LOVE, air our grievances, tell you our fan casts and much more.

    Better Than An All-Inclusive: "Girls Weekend" by CM Nascosta with Molly

    Better Than An All-Inclusive: "Girls Weekend" by CM Nascosta with Molly

    Hi friends! You’re listening to Make Out Already, and today Molly guest hosts to help me recap “Girls Weekend” by CM Nascosta. I did not know going in that this would be Molly’s first proper romance novel, and I’m so grateful that she was willing to talk about horny orcs and part-fae f******s with me. We also talk about Eurocentric beauty standards, generational wealth, and whether Ben Affleck and Jennifer Lopez are actually together. It’s all wilder than a trio of elf ladies looking for a good time. Spoilers ahead!
    You can visit us at www.makeoutalreadypod.com. You can also follow us on Instagram @makeoutalreadypod and on Twitter @makeout_already, or email us at makeoutalready@gmail.com.
    We have merch! https://make-out-already.creator-spring.com/ Use promo code SPOOKYSZN for free shipping now through October 31.
    Stuff we mentioned:
    “Girls Weekend” by CM Nascosta: https://www.therippedbodicela.com/aff/MakeOutAlready/book/9781736546604
    “Morning Glory Milking Farm” by CM Nascosta: https://www.therippedbodicela.com/aff/MakeOutAlready/book/9781736546611
    Anya Taylor-Joy speaking Spanish and showing what’s in her bag: https://youtu.be/FS0xrhOXUKo
    Adam Driver’s bananapants Burberry ad: https://youtu.be/AoErx-fGiPw

    • 47 min
    Cocktails, But Hold the Tails: "Begin Again, Again" by Eve Dangerfield

    Cocktails, But Hold the Tails: "Begin Again, Again" by Eve Dangerfield

    Hi friends! On this episode, we discuss “Begin Again, Again” by Eve Dangerfield. This is the first book we’ve recapped that explicitly exists in a post (or let’s be honest, during) COVID world. The pandemic looms pretty large over this story of a recently sober former podcaster who falls for a onetime professional athlete. And yet, this is one of the sexiest books we’ve read this year, while being relatable and beautifully optimistic. Spoilers ahead.
    You can visit us at www.makeoutalreadypod.com. You can also follow us on Instagram @makeoutalreadypod and on Twitter @makeout_already, or email us at makeoutalready@gmail.com.
    We have merch! Use promo code SPOOKYSZN for free shipping now through October 31.
    Stuff we mentioned
    Liz’s Lazy Fire Cider
    1 packet instant ginger tea. Recommend Pocas Honey Ginger Tea Original https://www.amazon.com/dp/B074PKTNFD/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_glt_fabc_9DTTVJKN5N3T8BBGDV2B
    1 frozen garlic cube
    1 tablespoon of honey
    Splash of lemon juice
    Dash of cayenne pepper
    Dash of turmeric
    1 cup of hot water
    1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
    Combine all ingredients and slowly stir in hot water. Sip slowly. The ginger tea is sweet on its own so you might not need the honey.
    Spiced Simple Syrup
    Queen Martha Stewart has a great recipe for this. Adapt with what’s in your pantry.
    https://www.marthastewart.com/313365/spice-infused
    Modica superfood cocktail mixers
    https://www.drinkmodica.com
    The Sober Lush https://www.therippedbodicela.com/aff/MakeOutAlready/book/9780593084823
    Another great book about changing your relationship with alcohol is Sober Curious https://www.therippedbodicela.com/aff/MakeOutAlready/book/9780062869043
    IRL Byron: https://twitter.com/brink_thinker/status/1440821460428230659?s=21

    • 1 hr 6 min
    She'll Put A Spell on You: "The Love Witch" with Deanna

    She'll Put A Spell on You: "The Love Witch" with Deanna

    Hi beautiful, beautiful smooches. On this episode, Deanna and I recap the 2016 movie “The Love Witch” as we continue to celebrate spooky season. If you haven’t seen the film itself, you’ve probably seen tons of stills and clips from it. So buckle up in your retro getaway car and make sure your wig is secured, because this … sexy? … murderous romp through the occult is f*****g wild. Spoilers ahead!

    You can visit us at www.makeoutalreadypod.com. You can also follow us on Instagram @makeoutalreadypod and on Twitter @makeout_already, or email us at makeoutalready@gmail.com. We have merch! Visit https://make-out-already.creator-spring.com to get the goods. Use promo code SPOOKYSZN for free shipping now through October 31.



    Stuff we mentioned and stuff you might like after listening:

    Mental illness is stigmatized in media, but there’s no shame in struggling and there are resources, no matter how often people with mental illness are portrayed as the villain. NAMI.org is a good place to start. And therapy is the most accessible it’s been, with many practices across the country continuing to offer remote counseling.

    Cultish by Amanda Montell

    https://www.therippedbodicela.com/aff/MakeOutAlready/book/9780062993151

    Wordslut by Amanda Montell

    https://www.therippedbodicela.com/aff/MakeOutAlready/book/9780062868886

    Excellent source to learn about Wicca is Thorn Mooney, who has a YouTube channel https://youtube.com/user/drawingKenaz

    Traditional Wicca by Thorn Mooney https://www.therippedbodicela.com/aff/MakeOutAlready/book/9780738753591

    The Witch’s Path by Thorn Mooney https://www.therippedbodicela.com/aff/MakeOutAlready/book/9780738763774

    To learn more about occult history:

    The Occult Book by John Michael Greer https://www.therippedbodicela.com/aff/MakeOutAlready/book/9781454925774

    The Black Arts by Richard Cavendish https://www.therippedbodicela.com/aff/MakeOutAlready/book/9780399500350

    Da’at Darling on YouTube https://youtube.com/c/DaatDarling

    And other stuff:

    The Wicker Man (original and the Nic Cage version)

    Great video from The Financial Diet about the rise and fall of girlboss feminism https://youtu.be/uo771KCkqMo

    • 47 min
    Midnight Margaritas All Around! "Practical Magic" with Sarah

    Midnight Margaritas All Around! "Practical Magic" with Sarah

    Hi friends! It’s officially spooky season. On this episode, we sit down with our dear friend Sarah to talk about the 90s classic “Practical Magic.” Can you believe I’d never seen it? We talk about the iconic quotes and fashions, the plot holes, and how hot Sandra Bullock and Nicole Kidman were and continue to be. This goes without saying because this movie is older than Gen Z, but spoilers ahead!
    You can visit us at www.makeoutalreadypod.com. You can also follow us on Instagram @makeoutalreadypod and on Twitter @makeout_already, or email us at makeoutalready@gmail.com.
    We have merch! Use promo code SPOOKYSZN for free shipping now through October 31.
    Stuff we mentioned:
    A few articles about the iconic looks in the movie:
    https://www.popsugar.com/fashion/practical-magic-outfits-47758219
    https://www.refinery29.com/en-us/2018/10/214056/practical-magic-90s-beauty-trends
    “Practical Magic” by Alice Hoffman https://www.therippedbodicela.com/aff/MakeOutAlready/book/9780425190371
    “Like Water for Chocolate” by Laura Esquivel https://www.therippedbodicela.com/aff/MakeOutAlready/book/9780385420174
    “Inner Witch” by Gabriela Herstik https://www.therippedbodicela.com/aff/MakeOutAlready/book/9780143133544
    "Bewitching the Elements" by Gabriela Herstik https://www.therippedbodicela.com/aff/MakeOutAlready/book/9780593086216
    Gabriela Herstik on Instagram: @gabyherstik and @eroticoracle https://www.instagram.com/eroticoracle/
    Gabriela Herstik interviewed by The Witch of Wonderlust: https://youtu.be/_5S3gADBpOo
    Sarah’s art Instagram: @varkdraws: https://www.instagram.com/varkdraws/
    Other movies to watch:
    Moonstruck
    Crimson Peak
    Chocolat
    Amelie
    The Others
    Arsenic and Old Lace
    Meg’s Favorite Recipe for Midnight Margaritas
    1 part fresh lime juice
    1 part agave nectar
    2 parts tequila (El Jimador preferred)
    Serve over ice with a salt rim and a fresh lime slice!

    • 47 min
    Into the Kateeverse: Wicked Villains, Dark Olympus, and Ironically Timed Speculations

    Into the Kateeverse: Wicked Villains, Dark Olympus, and Ironically Timed Speculations

    Hi friends! On this episode, we chat about Katee Robert’s “Wicked Villains” and “Dark Olympus” series and speculate about how the two connect. We mention how much we would love Katee Robert to write a short revealing some of these answers, and well — Katee Robert wrote a short revealing some of these answers! So please enjoy our oddly timed speculations, then head over to Katee Robert’s website, sign up for her newsletter, and read the mini arc to see what we got right and wrong.
    We have a few announcements. First, our next book will be “Begin Again Again” by Eve Dangerfield, so go pick that up so you’re ready for our spoiler recap. If you’re a fan of Katee Robert, then you’re probably a fan of one of her frequent audiobook narrators, Jenny Nordbak. Jenny has a new romance coming out September 28 — next Tuesday — called “His Leading Lady.” It pairs an A-list actor and an infamous dominatrix in a fake relationship. And this week is the launch of Jenny’s new podcast with our friend Melody from Heaving Bosoms. It’s called Bonkers Romance and it’s going to be amazing, so go subscribe right now!
    And last but certainly not least: we have merch! Friend of the pod and of life Molly is the creative force behind our new merch. We have tees, mugs and stickers, including our “Where’s the Gay Shit?” and “I Do Have Some Grievances” designs. Use promo code AIRKISSES through the end of the month for free shipping.
    And now, major spoilers ahead.
    Stuff we mentioned:
    MERCH: https://make-out-already.creator-spring.com
    Wicked Villains series: https://www.goodreads.com/series/258072-wicked-villains
    “Neon Gods” on Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/album/1wrGWA7Vyvn0vxFUqoD5qZ?si=hMgH1XwIRES9ELavapBI9g&dl_branch=1
    Evie Lupine on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCHExB-d5s0zBcbsaHEUy91
    “Gifting Me To His Best Friend” from the A Touch of Taboo series: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/53408227-gifting-me-to-his-best-friend?from_search=true&from_srp=true&qid=U56lusBw32&rank=1
    “Forbidden Fling” by Kat Taylor: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/58521179-forbidden-fling?ref=nav_sb_ss_2_15
    You can visit us at www.makeoutalreadypod.com. You can also follow us on Instagram @makeoutalreadypod and on Twitter @makeout_already, or email us at makeoutalready@gmail.com.

    • 32 min
    From Simu to Simulation Theory: "Shang-Chi" and "Free Guy"

    From Simu to Simulation Theory: "Shang-Chi" and "Free Guy"

    Hi Smooches! On this short and sweet episode, we’re chatting about our triumphant, fully vaxxed and masked return to the theater. We spend most of the episode talking about the masterpiece that is “Shang-Chi.” We try to keep any spoilers mild as we swoon about the cast, the clothes and the visuals, but honestly, just go see the movie and come back! We also rant about how much Disney sucks, and clumsily unpack the controversy around one of the film’s stars. Then we move on to chatting about “Free Guy,” the friends to lovers trope, and simulation theory.

    You can visit us at www.makeoutalreadypod.com. You can also follow us on Instagram @makeoutalreadypod and on Twitter @makeout_already, or email us at makeoutalready@gmail.com.

    Stuff we mentioned:

    Read about Scarlett Johansson’s lawsuit against Disney, and Disney’s super gross and misogynistic rebuttal: https://variety.com/2021/film/news/disney-scarlett-johansson-black-widow-lawsuit-response-pandemic-1235030837/

    “I Made A $127 Boba For Simu Liu From Marvel’s Shang-Chi • Dish Granted” https://youtu.be/HQyEdUNQIek

    One article about the controversy around Awkwafina: https://www.vulture.com/2018/08/awkwafina-blaccent-cultural-appropriation.html

    • 31 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
24 Ratings

24 Ratings

Faye_09 ,

Smart, Funny, Engaging Podcast for Romance Readers

A MUST LISTEN for all Romance readers and anyone who enjoys contemporary topics and witty banter. Meg and Liz are hilarious and truly make you feel like you’re on the couch with them. I grew up sneaking my aunt’s Romance novels off the shelves and devouring the steamy scenes once everyone had gone to bed. Make Out Already makes me feel like I’ve finally found people who get it and who also have great recommendations for every genre.

yeah.... no ,

Love this sm

Alright, I recently read red white and royal blue and wanted to see people like- idk go over it? And OH MY GOD I FELL SO DEEP DOWN THE RABBIT HOLE OF THIS PODCAST. I love it so much and I may or may not have listened to every episode over the course of a week... but I love it and I’m so glad I found it

Julia Chin ,

SO insightful, funny and helpful!

I can’t say enough nice things about this podcast! I’ve loved hearing Liz and Meg’s insight into one of my favorite genres! Often they put better into words what I can’t or provide a fresh new perspective. I’ve found many awesome recs through them! Especially loved the Red, White and Royal Blue and Bridgerton episodes and my fave part is hearing their ‘sizzle’ and casting/sequel visions. Would super recommend for any lover of the genre!

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