Bonkers Romance

Melody Carlisle and Jenny Nordbak

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.
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Sep 4 2021
57 seconds
Eva Moore Saves A Demon
We’re joined by Eva Moore to recap https://read.amazon.com/kp/embed?asin=B09B32PM94&linkCode=kpe&preview=newtab&ref_=cm_sw_r_kb_dp_AP2DB6WPE6S2P2X5586F&tag=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 fuck 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=B07QMLP2QP&linkCode=kpe&preview=newtab&ref_=cm_sw_r_kb_dp_Y3MXGBPQQSPPMX2CK32E&tag=bonkersromance-20 (The Initiation) by Nikki Sloane https://read.amazon.com/kp/embed?asin=B08WJHGH2T&linkCode=kpe&preview=newtab&ref_=cm_sw_r_kb_dp_87C3XGR1K3X96G6D366Y&tag=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)!
2d ago
1 hr 28 mins
Bonkers Bonus - Alexis Hall SpotlightA Sleep Paralysis Demon (!!!) with Liz from Make Out AlreadyJenny 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!
Nov 28 2021
25 mins
Sexy Antibodies with Alexis DariaSensual Falconry with Adriana Herrera
Nov 11 2021
1 hr 38 mins
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
Nov 4 2021
1 hr 15 mins
Party Kraken with Katee RobertA 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!
Oct 21 2021
1 hr 44 mins
Sex for Protection with Abby JimenezSex Club Masquerade with Sarah MacLeanPull-Out Orc Fountain with Naima SimoneThe Tightrope: An Introduction
Welcome to our introductory episode! Get to know a little bit about your hosts, Jenny Nordbak and Melody Carlisle, and learn what https://bonkersromance.com (Bonkers Romance) is all about! We discuss what “bonkers” means to each of us since it’s something we’ve been asking guests. Jenny: It’s the brave decisions authors have made when they chose not to play it safe. Mel: It’s those books that make you wonder, “is this even allowed??” with absolute glee. Why we started Bonkers Romance and what we hope to accomplish with it: Celebrate those brave choices authors have made and pulled off To choose joy To encourage readers to come down the rabbit hole with us The format of each episode: We recap a bonkers book chosen by the guest to exemplify what they consider bonkers One of the hosts in each episode hasn’t read the book to make it more accessible for readers who may not have read the book yet. Along the way, we’ll have tangents, book recs, funny stories, and more! The last episode of every month will only be for our https://bonkersromance.com/temple-information (Temple members), but a free preview will be available publicly! We’re eager to build a community and are excited to hear input, suggestions, book recs, guest recs, and bonkers descriptions in books you stumble upon! You can find us on social media or use the form on our website. We’re particularly looking for bonkers book recs that are inclusive, with a focus on queer rep and books written by authors from marginalized groups. What is https://bonkersromance.com/temple-information (The Temple of Defiant Joy)? We’ve created a members page that functions similarly to Patreon, but gives us more control and flexibility. On there, we have bonus episodes, temple-only episodes, video of our regular episodes, bonus author interviews, Bonkers Romance Book Club, and more! We want it to feel like your community, so if you have ideas, we’d love to hear them! You can check it out https://bonkersromance.com/temple-information (HERE)! What is https://bonkersromance.com/book-club (Bonkers Romance Book Club)? All members of The Temple at the Joy Bringer tier or higher will be part of the BRBC, our monthly digital book box subscription. Each month, members will receive two ebooks we’ve handpicked for the community. They’ll usually be advanced copies before the books are even available to the public! Check it out https://bonkersromance.com/book-club (HERE)! Our upcoming episode list is available now on our social platforms, so come follow us on Instagram or Twitter—or join our new Facebook group! Episode 2: Spider Shibari with Sierra Simone is available now, so don’t miss it! Support for this episode provided by: https://www.bonkersromance.com/temple (THE TEMPLE OF DEFIANT JOY!) Join us in The Temple for bonus episodes, video of our public episodes, access to the https://www.bonkersromance.com/bookclub (Bonkers Romance Book Club), and much more! Membership at the Joy Bringer Tier or higher includes advanced copies of our September BRBC books: Mama’s Boy by Avery Flynn and His Leading Lady by Jenny Nordbak!
Sep 23 2021
38 mins
Spider Shibari with Sierra SimoneBonkers Romance - Coming Soon!