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Niece and aunt duo, Jessen Judice and (author) Juliette Cross, bond over their shared love of romance novels, and want to include fellow romance enthusiasts in on the conversation. We started this podcast as a big middle finger to the stigma associated with reading and loving romance novels. We love to fangirl about our favorite books, authors, and characters and are challenging people to think of romance novels as more than just "mommy porn" - though there's nothing wrong with a copious amount of sexy times. Bring that *ish on!This one goes out to all the fangirls! Life's better with a little HEA.
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Smart Women Read Romance Jessen & Juliette

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    • 4.8 • 207 Ratings

Niece and aunt duo, Jessen Judice and (author) Juliette Cross, bond over their shared love of romance novels, and want to include fellow romance enthusiasts in on the conversation. We started this podcast as a big middle finger to the stigma associated with reading and loving romance novels. We love to fangirl about our favorite books, authors, and characters and are challenging people to think of romance novels as more than just "mommy porn" - though there's nothing wrong with a copious amount of sexy times. Bring that *ish on!This one goes out to all the fangirls! Life's better with a little HEA.
Links:Apple PodcastGoogle PodcastClosed Facebook GroupTwitterInstagramPatreon

    Carnal Urges by J.T. Geissinger | Episode 140

    Carnal Urges by J.T. Geissinger | Episode 140

    What happens when an Irish mobster unknowingly kidnaps a stick of dynamite in a bubbly, yoga-loving, pink-wearing WOMAN? 

    Sparks, fireworks, explosions! Seriously, I hate that I’m hyping this book so much because I know how it feels to have high expectations and be let down, but this book 🤯 

    Sloane is almost too hot to handle for Declan but somehow they are exactly what each other needs. The humor is high, the banter is non-stop, one of my favorite scenes is so over the top but it just works. READ IT! Please 😊


    WHERE TO FIND US:
    ► Email:  swreadromance@gmail.com 
    ► Patreon:  https://www.patreon.com/swreadrom
    ► Goodreads:  https://www.goodreads.com/swreadrom
    ► Instagram:  http://www.instagram.com/swreadrom
    ► Twitter:  https://twitter.com/swreadrom
    ► FB Group:  https://www.facebook.com/groups/swreadrom.theswoonzone/
    ► Juliette’s Books: https://www.juliettecross.com/   
    ► Etsy Store: https://www.etsy.com/shop/swreadrom/
    ► Discord: https://discord.gg/ptJr3yvFhW
    ► Podcast:  http://www.buzzsprout.com/230454
    Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/swreadrom)

    • 1 hr 11 min
    Reacting to Your Unpopular Opinions | Minisode 18

    Reacting to Your Unpopular Opinions | Minisode 18

    Hot Takes on Romance Books!

    We asked for your unpopular opinions on romance books and you delivered. Juliette and I definitely had a good laugh with some of these. 

    Thanks to Samantha from Books with Samantha for the original idea. You can check out her video  here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6GLIraU8B8o&t=11s

    WHERE TO FIND US:
    ► Email:  swreadromance@gmail.com 
    ► Patreon:  https://www.patreon.com/swreadrom
    ► Goodreads:  https://www.goodreads.com/swreadrom
    ► Instagram:  http://www.instagram.com/swreadrom
    ► Twitter:  https://twitter.com/swreadrom
    ► FB Group:  https://www.facebook.com/groups/swreadrom.theswoonzone/
    ► Juliette’s Books: https://www.juliettecross.com/   
    ► Etsy Store: https://www.etsy.com/shop/swreadrom/
    ► Discord: https://discord.gg/ptJr3yvFhW
    ► Podcast:  http://www.buzzsprout.com/230454


    Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/swreadrom)

    • 1 hr 1 min
    Dangerous by Minerva Spencer | Episode 139

    Dangerous by Minerva Spencer | Episode 139

    A clever, insightful woman? Dangerous indeed!

    Adam de Courtney aka The Mad Marquess has no idea the ride he's lined up for when he agrees to marry Mia, the daughter of a duke who hasn't been seen in over a decade. Mia was secretly a captive, living in a harem and now her father wants to marry her off quickly before she embarrasses him. A man who is rumored to have done away with both of his wives sounds perfect!

    Both of these characters are carrying secrets and trust isn't so easily won. A marriage of convenience turns into a passionate love affair, but trouble still finds them. This book is an adventure and you will not be disappointed!

    WHERE TO FIND US:
    ► Email:  swreadromance@gmail.com 
    ► Patreon:  https://www.patreon.com/swreadrom
    ► Goodreads:  https://www.goodreads.com/swreadrom
    ► Instagram:  http://www.instagram.com/swreadrom
    ► Twitter:  https://twitter.com/swreadrom
    ► FB Group:  https://www.facebook.com/groups/swreadrom.theswoonzone/
    ► Juliette’s Books: https://www.juliettecross.com/   
    ► Etsy Store: https://www.etsy.com/shop/swreadrom/
    ► Discord: https://discord.gg/ptJr3yvFhW
    ► Podcast:  http://www.buzzsprout.com/230454
    Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/swreadrom)

    • 1 hr 2 min
    Nobody's Hero by Bec McMaster | Episode 138

    Nobody's Hero by Bec McMaster | Episode 138

    Mad Max but with werewolves!

    Thank you Juliette for bringing this action/adventure romance to my attention. This is definitely a wild ride in a post-apocalyptic world - Mad Max Style!

    Riley is taken captive by a warg, werewolves that are normally mindless, lethal beings with a penchant for using women. But Lucius seems to have his beast under control and he's looking for the man who ruined his life.

    Riley struggles as she starts to view Lucius as a man and not the monster that wargs usually are, but will that mean betraying her own?

    WHERE TO FIND US:
    ► Email:  swreadromance@gmail.com 
    ► Patreon:  https://www.patreon.com/swreadrom
    ► Goodreads:  https://www.goodreads.com/swreadrom
    ► Instagram:  http://www.instagram.com/swreadrom
    ► Twitter:  https://twitter.com/swreadrom
    ► FB Group:  https://www.facebook.com/groups/swreadrom.theswoonzone/
    ► Juliette’s Books: https://www.juliettecross.com/   
    ► Etsy Store: https://www.etsy.com/shop/swreadrom/
    ► Discord: https://discord.gg/ptJr3yvFhW
    ► Podcast:  http://www.buzzsprout.com/230454


    Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/swreadrom)

    • 1 hr 17 min
    The Dark Highlander by Karen Marie Moning | Episode 137

    The Dark Highlander by Karen Marie Moning | Episode 137

    Time-traveling Highlander!

    Dageus is an ancient Highlander living in the 21st century. After breaking an ancient compact with the Tuatha De Danan in order to save his brother, Dageus is now a cursed man. He's searching for a way to get rid of the thirteen dark druids that currently possess him. 

    Enter Chloe, a woman in love with history and its preservation, who becomes entangled in Dageus' search for any way to purge The Dragar from his body. She is whisked on the adventure of a lifetime! They travel to Scotland (both present and past) and fall in love in the process. 

    WHERE TO FIND US:
    ► Email:  swreadromance@gmail.com 
    ► Patreon:  https://www.patreon.com/swreadrom
    ► Goodreads:  https://www.goodreads.com/swreadrom
    ► Instagram:  http://www.instagram.com/swreadrom
    ► Twitter:  https://twitter.com/swreadrom
    ► FB Group:  https://www.facebook.com/groups/swreadrom.theswoonzone/
    ► Juliette’s Books: https://www.juliettecross.com/   
    ► Etsy Store: https://www.etsy.com/shop/swreadrom/
    ► Discord: https://discord.gg/ptJr3yvFhW
    ► Podcast:  http://www.buzzsprout.com/230454


    Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/swreadrom)

    • 1 hr 14 min
    Unhinged by Onley James | Episode 136

    Unhinged by Onley James | Episode 136

    A heart-warming serial killer romance!

    Yep, that's exactly what this book is and it made us incredibly giddy.  Adam is one of seven adopted sons of Dr. Mulvaney and they all share a common characteristic. They are psychopaths trained to kill slimeballs who escape the justice system. Adam is held at gunpoint by the son of his past victim and is immediately captivated by him!

    There is something about the Mulvaney brothers and how they fall in love - hard and fast - that just absolutely works. You would think that a serial killer romance would be very dark, but Onley James injects the right amount of humor and ooey gooey sweetness that balances it all out.

    WHERE TO FIND US:
    ► Email:  swreadromance@gmail.com 
    ► Patreon:  https://www.patreon.com/swreadrom
    ► Goodreads:  https://www.goodreads.com/swreadrom
    ► Instagram:  http://www.instagram.com/swreadrom
    ► Twitter:  https://twitter.com/swreadrom
    ► FB Group:  https://www.facebook.com/groups/swreadrom.theswoonzone/
    ► Juliette’s Books: https://www.juliettecross.com/   
    ► Etsy Store: https://www.etsy.com/shop/swreadrom/
    ► Discord: https://discord.gg/ptJr3yvFhW
    ► Podcast:  http://www.buzzsprout.com/230454


    Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/swreadrom)

    • 1 hr 5 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
207 Ratings

207 Ratings

TravelingWritingBlogging ,

Love their analysis!

I love Jessen and Juliette’s enthusiasm for romance! It’s like having a conversation with your best gal pals about fabulous books. Their analysis of the heroines, heroes, story lines, and writing is so insightful and gets to the heart of each story. Great podcast for readers and writers of romance.

Erika119 ,

Love Juliet, let her talk please

Love Juliet as a writer, she is one of my faves. Unfortunately she doesn’t get a chance to talk.
Also Jessen’s takes are superficial, a lot of the times are borderline misogynistic. Also there is not a lot of nuance in her views, almost gives me a ‘not like other girls’ feel.

Zitaatiz ,

Great podcast but wrong dynamic

It’s a great podcast. I love how they talk about the books BUT Jessen is disrespectful to her cohost. She doesn’t let her finish and doesn’t give her space to express her opinion.
I hope they revise their dynamic and share audio time respectfully between each other.

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