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89 minutes | Jan 20, 2022
Eva Moore Saves A Demon
We’re joined by Eva Moore to recap 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, 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:-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, 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):Manix by Grace Mcginty (it's a reverse harem, omegaverse with MPREG)The Initiation by Nikki SloaneHer Soul to Take by Harley LarouxWe’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 The Temple of Defiant Joy!
46 minutes | Dec 31, 2021
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 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 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.
93 minutes | Dec 2, 2021
A Sleep Paralysis Demon (!!!) with Liz from Make Out Already
We’re joined by Liz from the Make Out Already podcast to recap Sing Me to Sleep by R.M. Virtues!We discuss how Melody is into grandpa fucking 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:A Lady of Rooksgrave Manor by Kathryn MoonManix by Grace Mcginty (it's a reverse harem, omegaverse with MPREG)That Time I Got Drunk and Saved a Demon by Kimberly LemmingWe’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!
24 minutes | Nov 28, 2021
Jenny Gets Her C*ck Pocket with Stacey Hamel
We recap 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,The Altar of Defiant Joy, and Patron Saint of the 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 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 Sing Me to Sleep by RM Virtues 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! 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!
68 minutes | Nov 18, 2021
Sexy Antibodies with Alexis Daria
We're joined by Alexis Daria to recap 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, A Lot Like Adios!If you’re reading ahead, here are the upcoming books we'll be recapping:11/25 Sing Me to Sleep by RM Virtues 12/2 A Lady of Rooksgrave Manor by Katherine MoonWe’ll be on hiatus the rest of December, but back with more shenanigans in January!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 show notes on our website!
97 minutes | Nov 11, 2021
Sensual Falconry with Adriana Herrera
We're joined by Adriana Herrera to recap 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, Just for the Holidays! You also won’t want to miss 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, see the show notes on our website!If you’re reading ahead, here are the upcoming books we'll be recapping:11/18 Alien Quarantine Rescue by Robin Lovett11/25 Sing Me to Sleep by RM Virtues 12/2 A Lady of Rooksgrave Manor by Katherine MoonWe’ll be on hiatus the rest of December, but back with more shenanigans in January!
74 minutes | Nov 4, 2021
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, Thank You, Next…and we’re obsessed with it! If you haven’t gotten 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 MacLeanMel: 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 Beyond the Highland Mist by Karen Marie Morning with Adriana Herrera and the following week will be Alien Quarantine Rescue by Robin Lovett with Alexis Daria! You'll find links to all the books we mentioned in the show notes on our website!We encourage you to check out Romance for Roe, an anthology of 36 romance stories in aid of Planned Parenthood and NARAL Pro-Choice
24 minutes | Oct 28, 2021
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 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 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 Katee’s Patreon because she’s got all the good stuff over there!For links to all the books we mentioned, see the show notes on our website!
103 minutes | Oct 21, 2021
A F*cking Smoke Monster with Dani Lacey
We're joined by Dani Lacey to recap Soul Eater by Lily Mayne! We discuss what it’s been like watching the Ice Planet TikTok craze when Dani hosts the 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...” -MelodyAftercare 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 ItJenny: The Forbidden Man by Karina HalleDon’t miss Dani’s fantastic podcasts: Black Chick Lit and Ice Planet PodcastFor links to the books mentioned, check the show notes on our website!Support for this episode provided by: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 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 Duke, Actually by Jenny Holiday in November, which is a royal delight.Right now, through November 1, you have access to advanced copies of 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 join now and get it early! Also keep a look out in the Temple for a bonus episode with Joanna!Join the Temple of Defiant Joy on our website to get all of these books included with your membership!
73 minutes | Oct 14, 2021
Sex for Protection with Abby Jimenez
We're joined by Abby Jimenez to recap Hold by Claire Kent! Hold is set on a prison planet and opens with the lines: Find the strongest man there. Give yourself to him in return for protection. It's the only way you'll ever survive.This was Abby’s first bonkers book, so we discuss how this has opened up her reading world and the marvelous rabbit hole it’s taken her down. We discuss the moments in the book where it’s clear the author has made a ballsy choice (and she nails it!), why it can be more fun when the stakes are higher, and how a book set in a hellish prison planet can be so mindblowingly sexy!Aftercare Links:Dirty John podcastMusic by Nathan EvansSomething Was Wrong podcastDon’t miss Abby’s most recent release, Life’s too Short or you can preorder Part of Your World now!For links to the books we discussed, check out the show notes on our website!
77 minutes | Oct 7, 2021
Sex Club Masquerade with Sarah MacLean
We're joined by Sarah MacLean to recap The Raven Prince by Elizabeth Hoyt! We discuss the many ways books can be bonkers (Sarah’s love of bananas books), sexy times in a sex club with a masquerade mask, how self indulgent it is to sob on the ground for hours, and the seriously good books we’ve read lately! Be sure not to miss Sarah’s brand new, super sexy, bonkers fun romance, Bombshell!For the complete list of books we mention (with links), check out the show notes on our website!Support for this episode provided by: Read, Romance, Repeat is a romance of the month club from The Ripped Bodice (and you need it). Each month subscribers receive two brand new romance novels plus an additional gift such as a journal, bookmark or candle.-Choose from prepaid or pay as you go subscription plans-Use code BONKERS for $5 your first box-Order by October 15 to receive the October boxIf you’re thinking ahead for the holidays, Read, Romance Repeat would be a great gift for the reader in your life. All holiday orders will need to be placed by December 13.
77 minutes | Sep 30, 2021
Pull-Out Orc Fountain with Naima Simone
We're joined by Naima Simone to recap The Lady and the Orc by Finley Fenn! We discuss Naima and Jenny’s mutual obsession with Lord of the Rings, that time Naima accidentally showed the guy at the phone case kiosk a description of orc parts (that he’s still sitting somewhere thinking about), gloriously thick orc thighs, and why Jenny has declared Luke Arnold her sworn enemy! Be sure not to miss Naima’s stellar upcoming book, Christmas in Rose Bend that comes out October 26! For the list of books we mentioned in this episode, check out our website for the show notes!
39 minutes | Sep 23, 2021
The 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 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 offTo choose joyTo encourage readers to come down the rabbit hole with usThe format of each episode:We recap a bonkers book chosen by the guest to exemplify what they consider bonkersOne 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 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 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 HERE!What is 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 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: THE TEMPLE OF DEFIANT JOY! Join us in The Temple for bonus episodes, video of our public episodes, access to the 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!
76 minutes | Sep 23, 2021
Spider Shibari with Sierra Simone
We’re joined by Sierra F*cking Simone to recap Ensnared by Tiffany Roberts! We discuss how bonkers books must fulfill the promise of the premise, how Jenny and Mel are consensual creeps, how Jenny is a spider kink hipster, and why this marvelous book sold a skeptical Sierra Simone on spider romance!“A real bonkers romance doesn’t just have fearlessness in the premise, but the author doesn’t shy away from the terrifying thing they signed up to write.” -Sierra Simone“The call of timidity is very strong. I can sometimes feel the temptation to take a safer path.” -Sierra SimoneFor a full list of the books mentioned in the episode, head over to bonkersromance.com!Support for this episode provided by: THE TEMPLE OF DEFIANT JOY! Join us in The Temple for bonus episodes, video of our public episodes, access to the 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!
1 minutes | Sep 4, 2021
Bonkers Romance - Coming Soon!
Coming September 23, 2021! Jenny Nordbak and Melody Carlisle are teaming up to bring you a brand new podcast that celebrates romance and the fearless creators who make the genre amazing. Every Thursday, we invite an author or creator from the romance community to 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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