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Yo ho, ye Swee'peas! Welcome back on board The Black Joke for the thrilling conclusions of our discussion on the more thrillingier THE WINDFLOWER by LAURA LONDON with the yet even more thrilling @chels_ebooks.We pick up where we left off with the love story between Merry and Devon (but also Cat, Raven, a dream Unicorn, and the rest of the crew) and…
 
Avast me hearties! This week the gals are the gang when @chels_ebooks of TikTok fame shares one of their favorite romances - THE WINDFLOWER by LAURA LONDON a.k.a. Sharon and Tom Curtis.Merry is a sheltered lil’ patriot who gets in over her head when she’s kidnapped by pirates. The least pirate-y pirate, Devon, takes a shine to her….and so do all th…
 
Puttin’ the ghost back in ghost writer and the cock back in Hitchcock, this week yr grls go down into the creepy basement of VERITY by COLLEEN HOOVERLowen gets the opportunity of a lifetime - to assume the ready-made career (and romance) of an iconic suspense novelist. Too bad the best/worst thing Verity Crawford ever wrote is her own autobiography…
 
Bon-joooor, mess aymees! Yr grls are dusting off their berets to make a novella-sized meal of "The Duke Makes Me Feel" by Adriana Herrera, originally pubbed in "Duke I'd Like to F" but now its very own thing!Victorian business woman Marena works hard to keep clientele and kiss'n'tell separate. Enter Duke of Linley and a trip to The City of L'amour …
 
What can the self reflection of a divorced heterosexual man tell us about the Happily Ever After secret sauce - THE APOLOGY.More importantly, perhaps, what does that secret sauce say about us as Romance Consumers and Straight, Yt Ladies? Like, what is that secret sauce covering? Whoa!mance is a part of the Frolic Podcast Network.…
 
Yr grls return once again to their be-hatted author safe space with THE PRINCE OF MIDNIGHT by Laura Kinsale. Don't get too comfy though, the Marquis Du Sade and a Murder Cult are here, as well.They say never meet your heroes, and by they we mean Leigh. She has sought out infamous highwayman The Prince of Midnight to save her village and get vengean…
 
In which Isabeau tries to answer Morgan's questions about "Bridgerton". Because, perhaps like you, we are just two assholes coughing up the dust Bridgerton has left us in.Join us as we bumble through Blibberton - from Anthony to Cletus to Ghouly, totally forgetting about Francesca and Gregory. We unearth Twitter controversies, desperately try to ge…
 
We're just as susceptible to a novel (as in new) title/cover combo, gang. And this week yr grls are taking vows for "A Nun for the Viking Warrior" by Lucy Morris.Sweet baby novitiate Amée isn't super into the Viking husband her nobleman dad springs on her, until he's like really into revitalizing her 912 A.D. Francia community.Is this book about a …
 
At the conclusion of Jane Eyre, yr grls reflect on what brought us to Jane Eyre and where Jane Eyre has brought us - including, but not limited to, it’s contrasts with “Pride and Prejudice”.Is Jane Eyre a self aware text or does it mostly benefit from modern readers seeing its Id? Is the Darcy more prevalent than The Rochester? Is an archetype it’s…
 
1 month ago, suspicion and Kindle Unlimited ruled. It was a time of darkness, it was a world of fear, it was the age before we read a bunch of monster romance. Swept up by a magic spell for a thousandish pages. Now here in Chicago....the spell is broken! AND WE MARCH AGAIN!! To round out our Monster March with DECEIVED BY THE GARGOYLE by Lillian La…
 
Our hearts take wing and our air mattress deflates in this installment of MONSTER MARCH featuring Dragon Bound by Thea Harrison.Pia manages to steal from a dragon's - or rather THE Dragon's - hoard but doesn't manage to not leave highly incriminating personal evidence at the scene. Lucky for us, and lucky for her, that means one powerful man-dragon…
 
Heeey listener, how's it going? Living the dream? Listen, we just wanted to touch base with you about "Love, Laugh, Lich" by Kate Prior? Yeah. Yeah. It is a romance novella about the executive assistant to a Lich who has office--you know--with her boss. Yeah, well the thing is, the Lich, has a real out-of-the-box...you know. Uh huh. I think we can …
 
So he said what's the problem babyWhat's the problem I don't knowWell maybe I'm a GOD(GOD!)Searchin' for the killer of my acolyteTuckin' my tentacles in tightAvoiding my family and Fallin' for a PI...Monster March begins with the Cthulhu-adjacent, pun-apparent, politic-of-death-exploring, Acsquidentally in Love by K.L. Hiers.Is it reasonable to app…
 
Yr grls were working in the lab late one night, when their eyes beheld an eerie sight..For a monster rose (a-wink) from the slab, and to their surpriseTHEY DID IT IN MARCH! They did a MOoOnster March...Join us for a seasonally inappropriate announcement. And then join us for the rest of the month as we read:"Asquidentally in Love" by K. Hiers"Love,…
 
Our time in S------ is coming to a close, but St. John is not letting Jane go without a bang and one orgasmic head pat. But you know what speaks louder than orgasmic head pats? The voice of true love, that's what!Join us as we reflect on our time away from Rochester, the bad feeling bleeding through the presence of Empire in the text, and that this…
 
Gang, we're starting to think St. John doesn't REALLY see Jane as a sister?This chapter, Christmas occurs for two seconds and then Jane enters into an emotionally wrought new language practice with her first cousin cum benefactee, St. John. And things escalate when St. John invites her to join him in a colonialist, racist project. To say the least.…
 
We return to sweltering, medieval Spain for la segunda parte of our discussion on "The Flesh and the Devil" by Teresa Denys. And the climate is not the only thing making us sweat...join us as we turn over the sexiest and the weirdest parts of this book.Are gloves the sexiest accessory? Is this the greatest title of any romance novel ever? Are you m…
 
Isabeau and Morgan return to an almost forgotten realm in Whoa!mance, but one that still remains familiar - THE BODICE RIPPER. And not bodice ripper as in "their boobs are so big it is ripping the bodice". But somehow, the experience of reading Denys is very, very different. And the reasons why feel as elusive as a copy of the book itself.Can a lon…
 
Remember how St. John ripped that piece of Jane's drawing and then acted like nothing happened? Well spread some bird seed, it is time for those chickens to come home to roost!On a stormy, snowy eve St. John visits Jane and reveals all. Is it a deus ex machina? *Shrug*. Is it fun? *vigorously nods*.By Whoa!mance: Romance, Feminism, and Ourselves
 
Get a soda pop the size of a tot and a slightly smaller barrel'o'popcorn because yr grls are going to La Cinema with friend-of-the-show Andrea from Shelf Love!We are following up our live Tweet watch along of She-Devil (1989, dir. Susan Seidelman)with in-depth discussion of the film.Who is the titular "SHEEEE Devil"? Is vengeance against a patriarc…
 
Excuse me, but - you can't look at that likeness like that. At least not in here. In front of...us. In this little house, with Jane standing right. there. I mean, get yourself together St. John. Oh my. Oh my goodness. You can't just jump into...you know...kneeling on an ottoman. Join us as we try to keep it together while reading Chapter 32 of Jane…
 
WARNING: This week's episode may give you whiplash, looking back on '21 and forward to '22 so quick!Yr grls look back on their stack as a whole and as individual books and experiences - what was the weirdest read of 2021? The sexiest? The suprisiest? The biggest WHOA and the lowest NO? And what did we learn? And what can we do with it moving forwar…
 
Yr Grls are wrapping up the festive season with a read that had us tugging at our cable knit turtlenecks.In "Twelve Drummers" Angelina M. Lopez introduces us to a jewel thief who gets much more than she (or the security guard she's been oBsEErViNNg) bargained for in a sleepy museum in middle America. About twelve more...actually.Where is the line b…
 
This week, yr grls discuss the show's first Hanukkah story from an anthology of shorts titled "Eight Kisses: Eight All-New Tales of Holiday Romance". Specifically we are back in bonnie Scotland for "A Highlander for Hanukkah" by Lori Ann Bailey (who also edited the anthology!)Shoshana likes James, and James likes Shoshana even though she's Jewish a…
 
Secrets, secrets are no fun. But THE Secret? By Julie Garwood? Well…Judith leaves her dysfunctional behind in England to use her DIY doula skills to help her friend deliver a baby in the highlands. You know what they have in the highlands, don’t you? That’s right - HIGHLANDERS. Big, hunky, aloof-yet-communicative, laird-y ones named Ian.Does the co…
 
Whoa!mance is once again donning their trench coats and magnifying glasses to bring you the only romance novel-specific crime conversations on the web. This time around, Morgan takes Isabeau on a journey to one of the dreariest corners - FAMILY COURT - via one of the most sparkling highways - CELEBRITY.Danielle Steel.......'s husband sued two write…
 
Baby, yr grls are HOWLING for (and about) "Mating the Huntress" by Talia Hibbert this Halloween.Chastity feels anything but chaste around local werewolf/fated mate/homeschooled-only-child Luke. The only problem? She comes from a family of huntresses--as in werewolf huntresses!What's Halloween's whole deal? Are white people really ignorant about rac…
 
This week yr girls are keeping it short’n’sweet as carrots with A MAN OF TASTE by SHIRA GLASSMAN. Milly the Vampire decides to treat herself and make herself a snack of a snack (wink). Little does she know she just found the everlasting gobstopper of boyfriends/dinners.Can women consume anything without it being a moral conundrum? Is camp essential…
 
Halloween isn't all about spookies, sometimes it is about parties. This week, yr grls explore the latter with PUMPKIN POUNDER by LAURA LOVELY.Titular Daisy pursues her preference for those with the MC1R gene into a rom-com cum softcore Halloween evening with a guy from Ireland. But guess what? He's different from the other pumpkins she's pounded, a…
 
Awoooooooooooo-tmespheric season is upon us, and this week yr grls are bundling up in the wooly caress of FOR THE WOLF by HANNAH WHITTEN.Red was born to be a sacrifice to the enigmatic Wolf in the Woods, bound long before her time by a curse that is a lot like a marriage. But it turns out, he's more puppy than predator. And the woods aren't quite t…
 
It's a livin' thing. This week, yr grls conclude their discussion Georgette Heyer's seminal novel of VENETIA! This time we get into the sexiest part, the weirdest part, and the final verdict on whether or not we Whoa! or No! Venny. We may not stroke your ego, but we will get you in your feels.Is the romance vibe, on the whole, more Georgette or Jan…
 
It has been a long time coming, so we hope you don't mind if we stay awhile. This week, yr grls embark on two part discussion of VENETIA by Lioness in her Field GEORGETTE HEYER. In an English country village (alleged) nonpareil Venetia meets an infamous rake and...well you know how this goes. Georgette Heyer basically wrote the song after all. A re…
 
We return just in time for a wedding.Time: Rushed.Location: Church near the packed carriage, literally at your house.Mood: Sometimes it is hard to tell if you're excited or scared, you know?Guests: Unexpected.Join us as we pick back up right where we left off with Chapter 26 of Jane Eyre. If you enjoy this show, please let your friends know! If you…
 
Is he hot or is he just from the wrong side of the tracks? This week on Whoa!mance we answer "YES" to both while discussing HURTS TO LOVE YOU by ALISHA RAI.Fancy pants Evangeline has been secretly crushing cum app-enabled stalking flannel pants Gabe for years. And now at her family's wedding weekend *cough*regency house party*cough* she is ready to…
 
Wowie kazowie there is a whole other part of Evening Star by Catherine Coulter where they go to New York and actually fall in love and have lots of pregnancy sex and lots of fights and Thanksgiving but way too early and bust a union and all cause like Women in Business! And man, that stuff really burrows into your grl's brains.Is erasure preferable…
 
This week your girls disembark on a two parter on Catherine Coulter’s EVENING STAR aka SWEET SURRENDER.We delve into the kinky, sweaty bordellos and just sweaty dinner parties of 19th Century Rome where young Giana is getting a pretty shallow lesson in womanhood from her uncle and meets an American, i.e. tall, businessman who is equal parts well-me…
 
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