Not Your Mom's Romance Book Club

Not Your Mom's Romance Book Club

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Imagine reading your favorite steamy romance novel… with your mom reading over your shoulder. Ellen and her mom set out to do just that with this book club and they want you to join in. It’s fun, it’s swoony, and it’s awkward. Email: n…


The Madness of Lord Ian Mackenzie by Jennifer Ashley
Oct 21 • 45 min
Ellen and Mom discuss one of their favs, The Madness of Lord Ian Mackenzie by Jennifer Ashley and what makes this book continue to hold up.
Making Faces by Amy Harmon
Oct 14 • 70 min
Ellen and Mom get pretty weepy talking about Making Faces by Amy Harmon. Come cry along with us, won’t you? Plus, getting into the mindset for reading!
A Highlander Walks Into a Bar by Laura Trentham
Oct 7 • 40 min
Ellen and Mom talk about A Highlander Walks Into a Bar by Laura Trentham, which sounds like the setup for a bad joke but is it the set up for a good book?
Meet Cute by Helena Hunting
Sep 30 • 64 min
Ellen and Mom chat about whether Meet Cute by Helena Hunting delivers on the cute. Plus, we talk about our (and your) favorite meet cutes from movies and books!
The Best Thing by Mariana Zapata
Sep 23 • 43 min
Ellen and Mom talk about whether The Best Thing by Mariana Zapata is actually “the best thing”. Does Zapata’s signature slow burn deliver yet again?
Can You Keep a Secret? by Sophie Kinsella
Sep 16 • 69 min
Ellen has made it no secret that she loves Can You Keep a Secret? by Sophie Kinsella but what did Mom think? Plus, we discuss how the age of a heroine makes a difference to the story.
How to Love a Duke in Ten Days by Kerrigan Byrne
Sep 9 • 53 min
Ellen and Mom discuss How to Love a Duke in Ten Days by Kerrigan Byrne. Did we learn how to love this book in less than a week?
The Friend Zone by Abby Jimenez
Sep 2 • 74 min
Ellen and Mom talk about The Friend Zone by Abby Jimenez to find out if it is friend or foe. Plus, our own experiences with “the friend zone” and a birthday ode to Mom!
The Wallflower Wager by Tessa Dare
Aug 26 • 42 min
Ellen and Mom discuss The Wallflower Wager by Tessa Dare to see if it continues in her storied tradition of being endlessly enjoyable.
Soulless by Gail Carriger
Aug 19 • 61 min
Ellen and Mom get creepy and kooky with Soulless by Gail Carriger. Plus! We break down Mom’s Romance Trope Bracket!
The Flatshare by Beth O’Leary
Aug 12 • 49 min
Ellen and Mom discuss whether they want to share a flat with The Flatshare by Beth O’Leary. Plus, our Book Bonanza adventures!
The Swedish Prince by Karina Halle
Aug 5 • 73 min
Ellen and Mom discuss The Swedish Prince by Karina Halle. Is this book “Money, Money, Money” or is it calling out for an “SOS”? (These are ABBA songs). Plus Rom Com Talk with Roman Holiday!
The Witness by Nora Roberts
Jul 29 • 36 min
Things get suspenseful when Ellen and Mom discuss The Witness by Nora Roberts. Plus, what would be our cover stories if we went in the witness protection program.
Arabella by Georgette Heyer
Jul 22 • 58 min
Ellen and Mom chat about the utterly charming Arabella by Georgette Heyer and it’s place within the history of the historical romance. Plus! Our thoughts on the Bridgerton casting news.
New Orleans Rush by Kelly Siskind
Jul 15 • 38 min
Ellen and Mom discuss the book that comes with a touch of magic, New Orleans Rush by Kelly Siskind. Plus, our vacation destination wishlists!
Butterface by Avery Flynn
Jul 8 • 52 min
Ellen and Mom discuss Butterface by Avery Flynn. Is the book more than just a pretty face? Plus, professions in romance!
Fix Her Up by Tessa Bailey
Jul 1 • 43 min
Ellen and Mom discuss Fix Her Up by Tessa Bailey. Is the off-the-charts steaminess too much for them to handle?
Waiting for Tom Hanks by Kerry Winfrey
Jun 24 • 68 min
Ellen and Mom talk all things rom com with their discussion of Waiting for Tom Hanks by Kerry Winfrey. Plus, we stay in the spirit of things with our thoughts on You’ve Got Mail!
The Unhoneymooners by Christina Lauren
Jun 17 • 52 min
Ellen and Mom dive into The Unhoneymooners by Christina Lauren. With all of it’s banter, tropes, and forced proximity, I wonder what we thought….
The Taming of the Duke by Eloisa James
Jun 10 • 64 min
Ellen and Mom discuss The Taming of the Duke by Eloisa James, a book that is quite Shakespearean in more than just name. Plus, we take a moment to get to know Mom a little better (because she likes when it’s about her).
The Bride Test by Helen Hoang
Jun 3 • 49 min
Ellen and Mom chat about the buzziest book in romance right now, The Bride Test by Helen Hoang. Do we think it is buzzworthy? You’ll have to listen to find out.
Before Girl by Kate Canterbary
May 27 • 47 min
Ellen and Mom discuss Before Girl by Kate Canterbary and it’s diversion from your basic romance formula. Plus, the evolution of the Disney Prince and our cartoon crushes.
Brooklynaire by Sarina Bowen
May 20 • 46 min
Ellen and Mom discuss the nerdy tech billionaire hero in Brooklynaire by Sarina Bowen. Plus, is Channing Tatum attractive?
The Worst Best Man by Lucy Score
May 13 • 60 min
Ellen and Mom discuss all the wedding hijinks that take place in The Worst Best Man by Lucy Score. Plus, we discuss some of our wedding hijinks!
England’s Perfect Hero by Suzanne Enoch
May 6 • 37 min
Ellen and Mom discuss the historical favorite England’s Perfect Hero by Suzanne Enoch. Plus, what we would bring on a desert island (Spoiler alert: it’s book related).
Mr. Perfect by Linda Howard
Apr 29 • 62 min
Ellen and Mom talk about the romantic suspense of Mr. Perfect by Linda Howard. It is both romantic and suspenseful! Go figure! Plus, we do Rom Com Talk to determine how well Sixteen Candles holds up today.
Intercepted by Alexa Martin
Apr 22 • 48 min
Ellen and Mom chat about the sports romance Intercepted by Alexa Martin. Was this book a touchdown or a fumble for us? See! I know SOME stuff about sports!
A Girl Like Her by Talia Hibbert
Apr 15 • 64 min
Ellen and Mom talk about the girl (and the boy) in A Girl Like Her by Talia Hibbert. Plus! The new trends in romance covers and what they can mean for the genre.
Melt for You by J.T. Geissinger
Apr 8 • 42 min
Ellen and Mom melt for Melt For You by JT Geissinger. Plus, our recap of KissCon Weekend Affair in Chicago!
Let’s Get Textual by Teagan Hunter
Apr 1 • 73 min
Ellen and Mom discuss the texting and shenanigans of Let’s Get Textual by Teagan Hunter. Plus, we share YOUR meet-cutes and it is. So. Cute.
Kill the Queen by Jennifer Estep
Mar 25 • 34 min
50 episodes?! What the WHAT?! Ellen and Mom chat about Kill the Queen by Jennifer Estep, a book that is low on romance but high on magical intrigue. Check out our new Facebook group at Not Your Mom’s Facebook Group!
Hate to Want You by Alisha Rai
Mar 18 • 69 min
Ellen and Mom chat about Hate to Want You by Alisha Rai, a book that we’ve been warned may be too much for us to handle. Did we survive? Plus, we talk about one of our favorite rom-coms, Pillow Talk!
Lady in Waiting by Marie Tremayne
Mar 11 • 30 min
Ellen and Mom get back to their roots with a historical! We’re talking about Lady in Waiting by Marie Tremayne and what times in history we would like to visit.
A Duke By Default by Alyssa Cole
Mar 4 • 60 min
Ellen and Mom head back to Scotland with A Duke by Default by Alyssa Cole. But what’s this? A contemporary duke?! What will we make of such a thing? Plus, we get down the main reason for a good book boyfriend.
By Possession by Madeline Hunter
Feb 25 • 39 min
Ellen and Mom get straight up medieval talking about By Possession by Madeline Hunter. Have we found a new favorite era of historical romances?
The Wedding Date by Jasmine Guillory
Feb 18 • 65 min
Ellen and Mom get real talking about The Wedding Date by Jasmine Guillory. Plus, we talk about the new 99 Percent Mine by Sally Thorne and how it just makes them feel EVERYTHING.
Rafe by Rebekah Weatherspoon
Feb 11 • 31 min
Ellen and Mom talk about the delectable manny Rafe in the book Rafe by Rebeakah Weatherspoon in this mini episode.
In Bed with a Highlander by Maya Banks
Feb 4 • 63 min
Och! You ought to give this here podcast a listen, lass! (Or laddie, I suppose). Ellen and Mom discuss In Bed with a Highlander by Maya Banks. Plus, they chat about some listener responses to the question of whether reading r…
Bulldozer by P. Dangelico
Jan 28 • 35 min
Ellen and Mom discuss their first single-mom romance with Bulldozer by P. Dangelico in this mini-episode!
Earth Bound by Emma Barry and Genevieve Turner
Jan 21 • 63 min
Ellen and Mom talk Earth Bound by Emma Barry and Genevieve Turner, but did they find it to be out-of-this-world amazing? Plus, Mom is put to the test on how well she knows Ellen. Can their relationship survive? Duh-duh-DUUUUHHHH!
Spotless by Camilla Monk
Jan 14 • 32 min
Ellen and Mom go all secret-agent-man talking about Spotless by Camilla Monk in their first mini-episode!
Wait With Me by Amy Daws
Jan 7 • 55 min
Ellen and Mom get swoony talking the delightfully meta Wait With Me by Amy Daws. Plus, our plans for 2019 and defending the romance genre!
How the Dukes Stole Christmas by Tessa Dare, Sarah MacLean, Sophie Jordan, and Joanna Shupe
Dec 24, 2018 • 53 min
Ellen and Mom get a little slap happy recording late the night before Christmas Eve. We chat about the delightful novellas that make up How the Dukes Stole Christmas. Plus, our Christmas traditions and our review of Netflix’s The Princes…
An Ex for Christmas by Lauren Layne
Dec 10, 2018 • 61 min
Ellen and Mom are feeling particularly jolly while discussing An Ex for Christmas by Lauren Layne. Is this book naughty or nice? Or nice in how naughty it is? Plus, we give out our End of the Year Awards for the best that 2018 had …
The Kiss Quotient by Helen Hoang
Nov 26, 2018 • 63 min
Ellen and Mom talk the much lauded The Kiss Quotient by Helen Hoang. Did everything add up to a perfect book this time? Plus, we get to know Mom a little better!
Romancing Mister Bridgerton by Julia Quinn
Nov 12, 2018 • 61 min
Ellen and Mom get extra complimentary about one of their all-time favorites, Romancing Mister Bridgerton by Julia Quinn. Plus, we make a BIG ANNOUNCEMENT and lay out our dream casts for the upcoming Bridgerton TV series.
Accidental Tryst by Natasha Boyd
Oct 29, 2018 • 43 min
Ellen and Mom are in Las Vegas and getting textual with Accidental Tryst by Natasha Boyd! Plus, technology in romance, both the genre and real-life. (DISCLAIMER: Apparently, we lost half our mic in Las Vegas because it only recorded the left side of…
Indigo by Beverly Jenkins
Oct 15, 2018 • 56 min
Ellen and Mom discuss the delightful Indigo by Beverly Jenkins! Plus, our recent brush with greatness on Facebook and diversity in the romance genre.
Act Like It by Lucy Parker
Oct 1, 2018 • 61 min
Ellen and Mom are joined by their sister/daughter-in-law and romance virgin, Kristen, to discuss love on the West End in Act Like It by Lucy Parker. Plus, we recount Kristen’s real life romance that got her mixed up in our crazy family.
Pestilence by Laura Thalassa
Sep 17, 2018 • 69 min
Ellen and Mom talk Pestilence (the book, not the epidemic disease) by Laura Thalassa. Are we ready to take a ride with this Horseman of the Apocalypse. Plus, we talk the rom com-issance (a word I am very much trying to make happen).
Long Shot by Kennedy Ryan
Sep 3, 2018 • 80 min
Ellen and Mom get a little more serious than usual with their discussion of the beautiful but harrowing ride that is Long Shot by Kennedy Ryan. But don’t worry, they get goofy again when Mom tries to give Ellen advice on her love life.
Flowers from the Storm by Laura Kinsale
Aug 20, 2018 • 71 min
Ellen and Mom talk rakes and Quakers with Flowers from the Storm by Laura Kinsale. Did this book, which is a classic for many, live up to the hype? Plus, just what is it about reading that we love so much? And why isn’t every one else on board?
The Hating Game by Sally Thorne/Dr. Strange Beard by Penny Reid
Aug 6, 2018 • 68 min
Did we hate The Hating Game? You’ll have to listen to find out! Plus, Ellen and Mom give you 2 for the price of 1 in this episode and also discuss Dr. Strange Beard by Penny Reid.
The Countess by Lynsay Sands
Jul 23, 2018 • 58 min
Ellen and Mom talk about the insanity that is the plot of The Countess. Plus, we get positively giddy over the news of a Bridgerton series!
Wanderlust by Lauren Blakely
Jul 9, 2018 • 53 min
Ellen and Mom très romantique talking about Wanderlust by Lauren Blakely (and really enthusiastic about the audiobook). Plus, our own wanderlust fantasies and bucket lists!
Wicked and the Wallflower by Sarah Maclean
Jun 25, 2018 • 64 min
Everyone rejoice! We have a new Sarah Maclean! Does it live up to our high expectations? Ellen and Mom discuss Wicked and the Wallflower. Plus, Richard Armitage and the good and bad of romance titles.
Bittersweet by Sarina Bowen
Jun 11, 2018 • 47 min
Are we bittersweet on Bittersweet by Sarina Bowen? Ellen and Mom talk about beards, cider, and grumps. Plus, how important setting is to a romance.
Gentle Rogue by Johanna Lindsey
May 28, 2018 • 54 min
Ellen and Mom chat about the historical classic, Gentle Rogue, with its piracy, quick banter, and broody grumpy hero (Ellen’s on board!). Plus, we talk about some of the mainstays of the Old School romance.
Roomies by Christina Lauren
May 14, 2018 • 55 min
Ellen and Mom are in pretty resounding agreement about Christina Lauren’s Roomies. Plus, our own roommate stories (spoiler: they’re less sexy than the book) and more on audiobooks.
While the Duke Was Sleeping by Sophie Jordan
Apr 30, 2018 • 48 min
Ellen and Mom chat sleeping dukes and Peter Gallaghers while chatting about While the Duke was Sleeping by Sophie Jordan, a historical based on the seminal rom com classic While You Were Sleeping. Plus, we chat about rom coms based on books, the goo…
#Starstruck by Sariah Wilson
Apr 16, 2018 • 67 min
Ellen and Mom go back and forth on #Starstruck by Sariah Wilson. Plus, we read some listener mail and get all nostalgic gushing about our childhood celebrity crushes.
Hello Stranger by Lisa Kleypas
Apr 2, 2018 • 56 min
Ellen and Mom discuss Lisa Kleypas’ latest, Hello Stranger, and actually disagree on how much of a success it is. Plus, we break down our Drunk Austen Rom Com Bracket!
Marriage of Inconvenience by Penny Reid / Penny Extravaganza!
Mar 12, 2018 • 67 min
What’s the one thing you didn’t ask for and never knew you wanted? Hopefully the answer was a white girl rapping the summary of a romance novel, because you’re getting it! Ellen and Mom give heaps of to Marriage of Inconvenience by Penny Reid and re…
Tempting Miss Allender by Wendy Vella
Mar 5, 2018 • 49 min
Ellen and Mom discuss Tempting Miss Allender by Wendy Vella and dramatic heroines and villains. Plus, Mom goes into full teacher mode with her vocab lesson on rakes, rogues, and scoundrels.
The Hookup by Kristen Ashley
Feb 19, 2018 • 51 min
Ellen and Mom get REAL awkward talking about The Hookup by Kristen Ashley. Plus, we talk about our hard limits when it comes to sexy times in a book. Ellen may reveal more to her mother than she wants to.
Eyes of Silver, Eyes of Gold by Ellen O’Connell
Feb 5, 2018 • 54 min
Ellen and Mom visit the wild west with Anne and Cord of Eyes of Silver, Eyes of Gold by Ellen O’Connell. Plus, we talk about some of the pet peeves that have developed while reading the romance genre.
How to Tame a Beast in Seven Days by Kerrelyn Sparks
Jan 22, 2018 • 52 min
Ellen and Mom get a bit fantastical talking about this fantasy/paranormal from Kerrelyn Sparks. Is this book as electrifying as it’s premise? Plus, we give a rundown of some our favorite tropes. (Note: We recorded this past my bedtime and I got a bi…
Attachments by Rainbow Rowell
Jan 8, 2018 • 54 min
Ellen and Mom feel pretty attached to Attachments by Rainbow Rowell. Plus, we discuss commitment issues and how Mom has none. NOTE: We apologize for the audio quality. I’m not saying it was operator error on Mom’s part, but…..
Marian’s Christmas Wish by Carla Kelly
Dec 26, 2017 • 41 min
Ellen and Mom get a bit worked up talking about Marian’s Christmas Wish. What’s are the holidays without someone getting worked up? Plus, we discuss the age old question of how young is too young?
The Trouble with Mistletoe by Jill Shalvis
Dec 11, 2017 • 43 min
Mom and Ellen get into the festive mood with their discussion of The Trouble with Mistletoe by Jill Shalvis. Was it naughty or nice? Plus, our thoughts on romance, feminism, and Hillary Clinton.
Wilde in Love by Eloisa James
Nov 27, 2017 • 47 min
Ellen and Mom get real when talking about Wilde in Love by Eloisa James. Plus, how do they feel about all the different eras that make up the historical romance genre.
The Wall of Winnipeg and Me by Mariana Zapata
Nov 13, 2017 • 44 min
Mom and Ellen talk about the slowest of slow burns, The Wall of Winnipeg and Me (but it burns so good!). Plus, they get into that age old romance chestnut of alphas vs. betas.
Lord of Scoundrels by Loretta Chase
Oct 30, 2017 • 48 min
Ellen and Mom talk about Mom’s recovery process from her Winston Brothers bender and get back to historicals with their discussion about Lord of Scoundrels by Loretta Chase. Plus, how does age play a part in approaching the romance genre.
Beard Science by Penny Reid
Oct 16, 2017 • 56 min
Mom and Ellen can’t stop talking about Beard Science in this extra-long episode! Plus, what are some of the main differences between historicals and contemporaries?
A Matter of Class by Mary Balogh
Oct 2, 2017 • 37 min
Ellen and Mom get spoilerific with Mary Balogh’s historical novella A Matter of Class. Plus, why exactly does the romance genre not get the respect it deserves? Ellen gets a bit ranty.
Magnate by Joanna Shupe
Sep 18, 2017 • 46 min
Ellen and Mom try something slightly a little different and venture into the Gilded Age with Joanna Shupe’s Magnate. Plus, what is it about historical romances that we love so much?
The Duchess Deal by Tessa Dare
Sep 4, 2017 • 40 min
Ellen and Mom gush about Tessa Dare’s new book, The Duchess Deal. (Spoiler: We really loved this book). Plus, they get real about how historical romances perhaps not always true to the hygiene of the period.
The Rogue’s Wager by Christi Caldwell
Aug 21, 2017 • 40 min
Ellen and Mom delve into the first book in Christi Caldwell’s Sinful Brides series, The Rogue’s Wager. Plus, they talk what they currently reading and get a little too TMI when talking about sex scenes in romance novels. Spoiler talk starts at 6:05 …
The Pleasures of Passion by Sabrina Jeffries
Aug 7, 2017 • 38 min
Ellen and Mom discuss the newest book from Sabrina Jeffries in her Sinful Suitors series, The Pleasures of Passion. Plus, they talk what they currently reading and the pros and cons to reading a current series (it can be PAINFUL to wait for the next…
The Girl with the Make-Believe Husband by Julia Quinn
Jul 21, 2017 • 36 min
First episode! Join us for our book discussion of Julia Quinn’s The Girl with the Make-Believe Husband! Plus, we talk about how we got started reading romance (Spoiler: Some of us took longer to come around than others).