What We’re Reading!

Ep. 54 What We’re Reading: Anniversary Edition (#5)

It’s our one year anniversary, and we couldn’t be more honored that you’ve chosen to spend time with us and be part of this incredible journey! The show has grown into something much bigger than we could ever have hoped for a year ago!

We start this episode reflecting on the past year, sharing all the cool new Wicked Wallflowers stuff we’re working on, and then go into a discussion of the fabulous books we’ve been reading lately. Fair warning, wine was consumed during the recording of this episode!

We were overly ambitious when we recorded, and the website changes aren’t quite finished yet, but it should be all up, running, user friendly, and gorgeous by the end of this week, so keep an eye out!

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Wicked Wallflowers Club Updates!

  1. Join the Wicked Wallflowers Club Facebook Group!

We want to have a place where you guys can talk to each other and share the awesome stuff that you send us in messages, emails, and on Twitter right now! We’re terrified of Facebook, but are super excited to build a group where we can support each other and connect about books. In our group, you will probably be able to find anything from fantastic book recs to a beta reader. Click HERE!

2. We’ve rebranded!

Have you noticed our fancy new logo? We’re pretty excited about her! When we started out, we didn’t have a clear sense of our identity, but now we feel like it’s time that our logo feels a little more like our show. We’re also in the process of revamping the website, so keep an eye out in the next few days for those changes to be completed!

3. Sign up for our newsletter!

It’s taken us a year to get our shit together, but we’re finally ready to start sending out a monthly newsletter with all kinds of fun stuff! We’re planning on sharing updates, book recs, author spotlights, events, and more! Click HERE or go to our Contact page to sign up!

4. Please leave us a review on iTunes or the platform you use to listen! We have some hilarious rewards available if you shoot us an email at wickedwallflowersclub@gmail.com to let us know you did it! Options:

  • Signed copy of Jenny’s book, The Scarlett Letters: My Secret Year of Men in an L.A. Dungeon
  • Shout out on the podcast
  • Custom limmerick written by Sarah and shared on the podcast–seriously, please make her write so many of these!
  • Name a character in Jenny’s Penthouse column!

Life Updates

  • Sarah has finished another book and Jenny is Beta reading it! It’s a fantasy novel about a ruthless princess and Jenny is all about the lady rage so far!
  • Jenny spends alot of time at Petco. Like alot of time.

Books!

  • Duchess by Design by Maya Rodale
    • Historical that is incredibly timely and empowering
    • Both Jenny and Sarah absolutely adored it
    • Dresses with pockets, a Duke who is educated by the heroine about his privilege, marvelous sexual tension, and powerful feminism
  • Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo
    • YA fantasy heist story that lives up to the hype
    • Hero is a glove wearing, cane wielding, antihero named Kaz…and he’s marvelous
    • The whole cast of characters is brilliant with wonderfully ass kicking, competent female characters.
    • Not everyone is white and not everyone is straight…and that isn’t a thing, which was great.
  • For the Duke’s Eyes Only by Lenora Bell
    • James Bond meets female Indiana Jones on a quest to recover the Rosetta Stone
    • Lady Indy gives no fucks about the rules of society
    • Rochester is a spy pretending to be a drunken, useless Duke as part of his cover
    • Childhood friends to enemies to lovers with delightful pop culture references and witty banter
  • Kingdom of Ash by Sarah J. Maas
    • Final book in the Throne of Glass series
    • Epic world building and a fantastic conclusion to the series
    • Well done female friendships, love stories, and empowered female characters
  • Jane Doe by Victoria Stone
    • Feminist rage book of 2018
    • Sociopath named Jane plots the downfall of her only friend’s boyfriend who drove her to suicide
    • Psycho in the best way
  • Kill the Queen by Jennifer Estep
    • Gladiator meets Game of Thrones in which all the power players are female
    • Heroine survives a massacre of the entire royal family and finds her power and identity while hiding out with a gladiator troupe
  • Managed by Kristen Callihan
    • rock star romance with buttoned up, control freak hero
    • workaholic British band manager falls for sassy American social media manager
    • blistering sexual tension
    • “Spray that filth on the page and I’m gonna lap it up!” -SH
  • Sin and Ink by Naima Simone
    • Former MMA fighter tattoo artist falls for his brother’s widow
    • Lots of simmering sexual tension and smoking hot sex scenes
    • Heavy on the angst
  • Scoring With the Wrong Twin-Jenny has just started!
  • The British Knight by Louise Bay-Sarah is currently reading!
  • Burn Down the Night by Molly O’Keefe
    • Smoking hot story with a kickass proudly bisexual heroine
  • A Nordic King by Karina Halle
    • A widower, single father king of Denmark falls for the nanny
    • Navigates the power dynamics well
    • Sexytimes

Currently Reading:

Recs We’re Looking For:

  • Control freaks
  • Super sexy books (“explodey bangs”)
  • Paranormal romance

Ep. 49 What We’re Reading #4 with Eva Moore

In this fourth edition of What We’re Reading, we’re joined by special guest Eva Moore! Eva is an author and admin of OSRBC (Old School Romance Book Club) on Facebook and one of the founders of a new book club on Instagram called Romanced by the Book.

How has everyone been? We’ve been rage baking and fantasizing about punching all the dicks. Seriously, guys. Group hug.

Ways to listen:

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Recs we’re looking for:

  • Anything that smashes the patriarchyF/F romance

Life updates:

Sarah has been cat sitting and has started writing a new book (a science fiction Gothic romance!). Jenny took a whirlwind trip to Scotland to see family. Z got her first two teeth!

Books mentioned in this episode:

You can find Eva on Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter!

  • The Beyond Series by Kit Rocha
  • Gideon’s Riders by Kit Rocha
    • Sarah’s rage read/therapy
    • Sexy post apocalyptic series
    • All the characters are trauma survivors finding happiness, but the writing doesn’t linger on the trauma
  • Earth Bound by Emma Barry and Genevieve Turner
  • Disorderly Conduct by Tessa Bailey
    • Contemp cop romance
    • cute, funny, outside of Sarah’s normal reads, but she’s enjoying
  • Vicious by V.E. Schwaub
    • Not a romance–fantasy exploring villainy
    • X-Men-esque plot with two super genius characters who begin as friends and become arch enemies
  • Uprooted by Naomi Novik
  • Spinning Silver by Naomi Novik
    • Rumplestiltskin retelling
  • Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo
    • Jenny will discuss in next WWR episode
  • Skullsworn by Brian Staveley
  • The Duke with the Dragon Tattoo by Kerrigan Byrne
    • Book one features a deeply tortured hero who escapes prison and assumes a dead boy’s name. The boy was not really dead. He’s found with amnesia and is the hero of this book
    • He wakes up in a mass grave with no memory of who he is
    • Feels like he doesn’t deserve the heroine who saves him and he fixates on her
  • Magic Harvest by Mary Karlik
  • Scoring the Player’s Baby by Naima Simone
    • 3rd book in the WAGs series
    • Heroine who wants nothing to do with football players after her asshole football player exhusband. Has a one night stand with the hero without knowing he’s a football player and ends up pregnant.
    • EVERYONE loves this book.
  • Cherish Me by Farrah Rochon
    • Set in Rome
    • Marriage redemption plot
    • “Loving, kind book”
  • Hold Me Down by Sarah Taylor Woods
    • BDSM romance
    • Other people have called it one of their best books of 2018
    • Sexy, hot hero,
    • Angsty
  • Truth or Beard by Penny Reid
  • A Crown of Bitter Orange by Laura Florand
    • Set in the south of France in perfume territory
    • Cousins trying to hold on to the family land, family grows flowers and produces perfume
    • Follows youngest cousin, Tristan, who does adventure sports and is dismissed by everyone but has a phenomenal nose
    • Falls for woman who comes for a line of traitors to his family
    • Only one who really sees him for who he is
  • A Duke by Default by Alyssa Cole (check out our interview with Alyssa!)
    • Silver fox Scottish swordsmith hero
    • Heroine with ADHD who underestimates herself
    • Super sexy consent
  • A Girl Like Her by Talia Hibbert
  • The Kiss Quotient by Helen Hoang
  • Long Shot by Kennedy Ryan
    • Dark, heavy, but super powerful story that revolves around domestic violence
    • Empowering
    • Set in the world of the NBA
  • Block Shot by Kennedy Ryan
    • Enemies to lovers sports romance
    • Kennedy Ryan is a fucking goddess
    • There are writers who push me to be better. And then there are writers like Kennedy Ryan who make me want to stop writing because I will never be that good!”
    • Curvy heroine grappling with insecurity
  • Single Malt by Layla Rayne
    • Three book series that follows the same couple
    • Eva trusts her implicitly to pick her back up after she’s been dropped off the cliff
  • For Real by Alexis Hall
    • Seasoned sub who has just gotten out of a relationship with younger, brand new Dom
    • May/December M/M
  • A Notorious Vow by Joanna Shupe (check out our interview with Joanna!)
    • Gilded Age romance with a deaf hero
    • Jenny’s favorite of Shupe’s books!
  • For the Duke’s Eyes Only by Lenora Bell (check out our interview with Lenora!)
    • Lady Indy’s story
    • super strong feminist heroine who does not give a fuck
    • Enemies to lovers feel
    • James Bond meets Indiana Jones with a badass heroine
  • The Governess Game by Tessa Dare (check out our interview with Tessa!)
    • Jenny’s favorite Tessa Dare
    • funny, heartwarming, sexy, emotional, exsquisite
  • All Chained Up by Sophie Jordan (check out our interview with Sophie!)
    • Heroine is nurse volunteering at a prison where there’s a riot and they plan on harming the her. Hero gets himself beaten to get back into the infirmary to save her.
    • Sophie Jordan brand: batshit plot point (woman being auctioned as a wife in the town square, family curse, prison riot) as a meet cute that then forms into an authentic narrative.
    • Bonkers Alpha hero who fulfills the classic damsel in distress trope
  • Thirsty by Mia Hopkins
    • Ex con who gets out and is trying to live by the rules
    • Ends up living in garage of single mom heroine
  • Ransom by Julie Garwood

You can find Eva on Twitter, Instagram, or Facebook!

Ep. 42 What We’re Reading #3

Our third iteration of What We’re Reading, featuring Jen Prokop from JenReadsRomance!

We give a few life updates on Sarah’s new book and Jenny’s adventures in motherhood. Also, dicksoap. We have thoughts.

We forgot to take a picture together, so Jen gets to be the silhouette lady in the middle of this one.

Ways to listen:

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  • Books we discuss in this episode:

    A Taste of Pleasure by Chloe Blake

        • Gorgeous cover!
        • “Ghost Chef” meets handsome Italian man at a wedding
        • Snappy dialog, great banter.
        • Jen considers it “perfect”

    Whiskey Sharp: Unraveled by Lauren Dane

        • Angst vs stakes
        • high stakes low angst (external conflict)

    Forbidden Hearts series by Alisha Rai

    Forbidden by Beverly Jenkins

        • Historical in which hero is passing as white
        • High stakes/high angst, but the drama is driven by the internal conflict

    Sparks Like Ours by Melissa Brayden

        • F/F surf romance
        • Friends to lovers with one heroine discovering her sexual identity

    My Lady’s Lover by Nicola Davidson

        • F/F historical novella
        • Lady’s maid falls for her employer
        • “spectacular”

    Vegas Top Guns Series by Katie Porter

        • Sexy kinks.
        • Exhibitionism at its finest
        • Bisexual showgirl and a photographer

    Long Shot by Kennedy Ryan

        • Dark story of a woman escaping an abusive marriage
        • Incredibly powerful story of a woman surviving and fighting
        • Basketball romance

    Burn Down the Night by M. O’Keefe

        • Motorcycle club romance
        • AMAZING heroine who is not here for your bullshit

    Judgment Road by Christine Feehan

    Lord of Scoundrels by Loretta Chase

    Rules of Scoundrels series by Sarah MacLean

    Radiance by Grace

    Hidden Legacy Series by Ilona Andrews

    Kate Daniels Series by Ilona Andrews

    Guardian Series by Meljean Brook

    Anita Blake Series by Laurel K. Hamilton

    Everything Ravaged. Everything Burned. (short story)

    Recs We’re Looking For:

    Angsty Books!

    Vikings!

    Tortured Control Freaks Who Like to Get a Little Kinky!

Ep. 35 What We’re Reading #2

We share what we’ve been up to and what we’ve been reading with special guest, Maureen Lee Lenker. Bonus: hear all about our first kisses, both real life and on stage!

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Life Updates:

  • Sarah got an agent!
  • Jenny is back from the wilderness!
  • Sarah is back from Guatamalan adventures!

Recs we’re looking for:

  • Sci fi/fantasy
  • Enemies to lovers (of the saucy variety)
  • Ancient or Renaissance historical fiction

Books mentioned in this episode:

The Kiss Quotient by Helen Hoang (listen to our episode with Helen!)

A Court of Frost and Starlight by Sarah J Maas

Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwaub

  • Fantasy Maureen loved
  • pickpocket heroine from Victorian England

Wicked and the Wallflower by Sarah MacLean (listen to our episode with Sarah!)

  • Sexy hero named Devil who fights with a sword cane!
  • One of our favorite Sarah MacLean books!

Never Judge a Lady by Her Cover by Sarah MacLean

Inheritance Trilogy by N.K. Jemison

American Queen by Sierra Simone

  • Only $.99 right now!
  • Camelot retold as a
  • Best portrayal of BDSM in fiction that Jenny has read

Priest by Sierra Simone

  • Hot Dom Priest
  • Sexy BDSM
  • Gloriously filthy and somehow spiritual at the same time

A Storied Life by Leigh Kramer

  • High on our TBR pile
  • “Weaving together grief and beauty, humor and romance…will make you rethink life, love, and loss.”

A Long Fatal Love Chase by Louisa May Alcott

  • Gothic romance
  • sexy priest

The Forbidden Hearts Trilogy by Alisha Rai (listen to our episode with Alisha!)

  • Maureen loved the conclusion
  • sexy, satisfying family drama

Forbidden and Tempest by Beverly Jenkins

  • Historical Western series
  • Often based on real historical figures
  • Jenny is now binge reading all things Beverly Jenkins

The Red by Tiffany Reisz

  • Art history based erotica
  • Da Vinci Code erotica!

The Idea of You by Robinne Lee

  • 39 year old heroine falls for 20 year old boy band member when she takes her preteen daughter to a meet and greet
  • gorgeous exploration of ageism, madness of fame, the invisibility of “older” women, art world, and love.
  • Does not have an HEA.
  • Rec from Michelle Jenkins!

My Oxford Year by Julia Whelan (listen to our episode with Julia!)

  • Maureen felt it was deeply authentic having experienced her own Oxford Year
  • found it breathtaking

Always Never Yours by Emily Wibberley and Austin Siegemund-Broca

  • High school sweetheart authors who got engaged at The Ripped Bodice
  • teenage girl who thinks she’s always The Girl Before
  • about her finding her self worth
  • lots of Shakespeare
  • sex positive teen heroine

Royals by Rachel Hawkins

  • YA with snarky, funny heroine
  • her sister is getting married to Crown Prince of Scotland and she has to live there for the summer and learn etiquette

Song of the Lioness by Tamora Pierce

Ep. 26 What We’re Reading!

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Below are the books we discuss in this episode. To find other great suggestions, check out JenReadsRomance.com It’s like a choose-your-own-adventure for romance novels!

Quick shout out to The Book Queen for continuously screwing up our TBR piles with her book deals! We both love and hate you for it!

Life Updates:

  • Jenny had a baby! Baby Zelda has arrived at last. Listen closely and you’ll hear her in the background of this (and future) episodes.
  • Jenny is headed to the Pacific Northwest for the month of May. Follow along on her Airstream camping adventures on Instagram!
  • Sarah is querying two novels and just won #RevPit with her YA fantasy!
  • Sarah also just moved in with her boyfriend!

Books we discuss:

Say Yes to the Marquess by Tessa Dare

  • Prize fighter in love with his brother’s fiance
  • He’s trying to plan her wedding to convince her to wait for his brother
  • Typical brilliant Tessa Dare humor

Seared by Suleikha Snyder

  • Erotic foodie romance between step siblings
  • Broody hot chef
  • Food Porn

The Kiss Quotient by Helen Hoang

  • Math whiz heroine with Asperger’s
  • Hires an escort to “educate” her

Decadent by Shayla Black

  • Menage romance
  • “Fucking her ass, saving her life…”
  • Hero will only do anal as part of a threesome

Moonlight Sins by Jennifer Armentrout

  • Sexy, naughty brothers who Jenny wanted to both bang the heroine (they don’t!)

Glutton for Pleasure by Alisha Rai

  • Food porn
  • Hot brother menage
  • Jenny must read immediately

Beyond Series by Kit Rocha

  • Post apocalyptic pan sexual gang
  • Bootleggers scrapping a living in totalitarian future city
  • Sarah is obsessed and may not emerge in public again until she’s read all of them

A Princess in Theory by Alyssa Cole

  • Academic orphan heroine is busting her ass through grad school
  • Sexy consent
  • African Prince she was betrothed to as a child comes looking for her, but conceals his identity

A Duke by Default by Alyssa Cole

  • Hot Scottish silver fox, Hufflegruff, #swordbae (master swordsmith)
  • Heroine is his apprentice
  • Discovers he’s the secret son of a Duke and the title should be his

The Hating Game by Sally Thorne

  • Enemies to lovers
  • Both gunning for same promotion in a publishing house
  • Quirky heroine

Royally Matched by Emma Chase

  • Prince Harry-like hero agrees to be on Bachelor type reality show
  • Falls in love with contestant’s librarian sister
  • Hilarious!

Beautiful Bastard by Christina Lauren

  • Sexy, sexy times
  • Enemies to lovers
  • Sarah’s favorite Christina Lauren

Burn for Me by Ilona Andrews

  • Slow burn (no sexy times)
  • Psychic super-soldier
  • Fast paced, Sarah really enjoyed

Earth Bound by Emma Barry and Genevieve Turner

  • 1950’s NASA-like organization
  • Tightly wound man in charge hero
  • Super smart coding heroine
  • Competence porn

Famous by Jenny Holiday

  • Taylor Swift-like pop star escapes to small town
  • Hides out with artist/professor hero who is trying to keep a low profile
  • Charming, quick read with surprising depth

Love and Other Words by Christina Lauren

  • Split timeline between past and present
  • Stomach flipping story of first love
  • Lovers reconnect as adults
  • Mystery of what drove them apart

Reign of the Fallen Sarah Glen Marsh

  • YA not romance
  • Bisexual Necromancer
  • Dark, mysterious, and exciting

High Voltage by Karen Marie Moning

  • Love story between Ryodan and Dani
  • Latest Fever Series book
  • Jenny and Sarah are both raging Moning Maniacs

Under the Kilt Series by Melissa Blue

  • Jenny has just started–excited!
  • Sexy Scottish times

Unmasked by the Marquess by Cat Sebastian

  • Regency nonbinary heroine with bisexual hero
  • Love love love!
  • Heroine is dressing as a man to pull a con (for good reasons)
  • Hero doesn’t care if she’s a man or a woman, loves the person

The Viking Queen’s Men by Holly Trent

  • Viking psychic queen needs a mate- MFM menage
  • Commune in NM
  • Sarah has just started

Feud by Phyllis Bourne

  • Recommendation from Suzanne (@loveinpanels)- romantic comedy
  • Enemies to lovers between warring neighbors competing for an inheritance
  • Novella that Jenny mistakenly thought was novel

Just this Once and Just Good Friends Rosalind James

  • Sexy New Zealand All Blacks romance
  • (Book 1) Captain of the rugby team rescues her from drowning and she doesn’t realize who he is
  • (Book 2) She’s hiding from stalker ex and falls for pretty boy player who turns out to have more to him than meets the eye

Hold by Claire Kent

  • Gritty novella about prison planet of totalitarian space government
  • Becomes woman of powerful man to survive

Some upcoming reads:

Wicked and the Wallflower by Sarah MacLean

Hellion by Christi Caldwell

Intercepted by Alexa Martin