Bodice Tipplers

Bodice Tipplers
A Ribald Podcast

Message from Nam
Feb 10 • 107 min
Avoid accidentally making eye contact with Paxton Andrews. If you absolutely must enter a room with Paxton Andrews take extreme precautions so you don’t die horribly in the Vietnam War. It’s pretty good for her career as a journalist tho.
The Boyfriend
Jan 26 • 42 min
Monstrous teenagers and teenage monsters! Thrill as mean teenagers fake deaths, fake zombiefication, fake other deaths, and then can’t figure out why nobody likes them! Chill as everybody has a silly expensive car but no moral compass whatsoever! It’s 2…
Morning Glory
Jan 13 • 103 min
It’s LaVyrle Spencer’s Morning Glory, a book about not much in particular except the deep meaning of the heart until there’s a war and then a… murder framin’? This book has no nonconsensual sex but it does have a lot of discussion of childhood trauma, the…
Holiday Outing
Dec 27, 2019 • 21 min
We’re continuing our annual tradition of doing a modern gay Hanukkah romance for the holiday! This time we’ve got Holiday Outing by Astrid Amara. This is a sweet little novella about a guy going home for the holidays with the intention of coming out to…
Gabriel’s Angel
Dec 24, 2019 • 47 min
Merry Christmas! For the holiday we read Nora Roberts’ Gabriel’s Angel. Despite this being listed as a Christmas book in Novelist! Despite this having holly and a fucking snow globe on the cover of the reissue! THIS IS NOT A GODDAMNED CHRISTMAS BOOK. I…
Sweet Liar
Dec 15, 2019 • 131 min
He’s a rich Taggart romance-novel-dude powerlifter with a big family and a sweet townhouse! She’s an emotionally locked down country mouse forced by one of those Improbable Wills to go to New York for a few years to investigate a crime that may or may not…
Thanksgiving SUPERSPECIAL (featuring Carved in Stone)
Nov 24, 2019 • 94 min
We were originally going to do two books for the holiday, one racist piece of $#!t and one full of nuanced representation. But on further discussion, we decided that it’s just not okay for us to do a big episode where we give one of these racist-a$$ books…
Ghost of a Chance
Nov 1, 2019 • 67 min
For this episode we read Jayne Ann Krentz’s Ghost of a Chance. Published in 1984 this book was part of the Harlequin Temptation line. It is one of the earliest in the supernatural romance genre.
Warrior’s Woman
Oct 21, 2019 • 54 min
Here we go again with my nominee for “Most Likely to Catch an Intervention For Smoking Strawberry-Flavored Crack”, Johanna Lindsey! Finally, we’ve read one of the kind of books I was really expecting to come across when we started doing this podcast - the…
Shadow of the Lynx
Sep 30, 2019 • 74 min
I read this when I was a kid and it gave me VERY WEIRD KID IDEAS. Now I’m returning to it and it is… even more fucked up than I expected? Nora is one of those freshly orphaned smart Vicky Holt girls. Charles Herrick, aka the Lynx, is a… brilliant sex…
Clan of the Cave Bear
Sep 15, 2019 • 69 min
Ayla is an anatomically modern human (is it technically Cro Magnon? This is set in modern day Ukraine. To the Wikipedia!) orphaned and raised by a tribe of psychic Neanderthals. This one isn’t the one with all the doin’ it (evidently that is Valley of the…
Guiding Light: Jonathan’s Story
Aug 30, 2019 • 105 min
Jonathan, allegedly hot bad boy of Springfield, fakes his death and flees with his also-fake-dead baby daughter to start a new life away from the clutches of bazillionare Alan Spaulding. Will he find love with Tammy, fellow Radiohound fan? Or will her Bad…
Fear Street: First Date
Aug 17, 2019 • 31 min
Chelsea is an ordinary high school girl, obsessed with boys and the saxophone and her diet…. until a new kid comes to school. Will Chelsea’s first date become her last date?! Will the roving gangs of greaser punks take over the 90’s? Why does this diner…
Jul 5, 2019 • 79 min
Y’all I don’t even know, this is about an 80’s lady with fake boobs who dies and gets stuck being a fairy godmother for an 1890’s-era girl in Colorado. I swear this is the god honest plot of this book. This WOULD be delightful but in fact…
The Hood
Jun 6, 2019 • 42 min
The Hood by Carin Rafferty: It’s 1992! She’s a treasury agent! He’s an… accountant! A white savior accountant! Just read it, okay? This white boy plays basketball in his Daisy Dukes in it, it is amazing.
Rogue - With Special Guests!
May 31, 2019 • 63 min
Guess what, y’all? It’s a very special crossover episode! We got together with the ladies from and all four of us had to read this piece of crap that Fabio “wrote” so we hope you appreciate what we do for you. …
Barnabas Collins
May 4, 2019 • 84 min
or this episode we read the first Dark Shadows tie-in book about Barnabas Collins. It’s weird and uncomfortable and very much unlike the show you guys like so don’t @ us. Nobody get raped but lots of people get bitten and murdered and it’s generally kind…
Flowers in the Attic: Part 2
Apr 27, 2019 • 113 min
So here’s part two of our epic Flowers in the Attic episode, wherein we invite a Very Special Guest to explain what happened in the rest of these bugfuck crazy books and then run out of tape.
Flowers in the Attic: Part 1
Apr 14, 2019 • 58 min
Neither Sara or I had read this book as teens even though ALL of our friends had. We were the “too cool” girls which really meant we were painfully uncool. Both of us recall this book being proudly displayed in the halls of our middle and high schools.…
Star Trek: Imzadi
Mar 23, 2019 • 77 min
We’re going where we won’t slut shame you if several men, a few women, and the odd salt vampire have gone before! We’re talkin’ bout Darmok and Jalad between the sheets! That’s right - we read Imzadi!
Night Song
Mar 12, 2019 • 52 min
Night Song by Beverly Jenkins - this is the first book by the First Lady of African American Romance, from 1994. Cara is a schoolmarm. Chase is a Buffalo Soldier. They do it. A lot. All over the house, y’all. All over the house. Also there are some…
Silver Angel
Feb 17, 2019 • 56 min
ilver Angel by Johanna Lindsey is evidently a book about a troll doll with boobs. There are, let’s see. Twins. Harems. Corsairs. A public fight about pubic waxing. Assassins. Eunuchs. Poisonings. A vizier. As usual, you’re definitely going to want to get…
Adam and Eva
Feb 11, 2019 • 29 min
Sandra Kitt’s Adam and Eva was the first Harlequin romance written by an African American author about a African American couple, in 1984. It’s not the first black category romance - as far as we know that’s Rosalind Welles’ Entwined Destinies, which was…
Jan 13, 2019 • 75 min
We have a January treat for you: books we actually read as criminally young girls! Sara’s is Palomino by Danielle Steel.
Hearts Alight
Jan 1, 2019 • 18 min
This is a tiny little Bodice Tipplers Extracurricular Mini-Episode - we’re going off the reservation and reading a modern book! Hearts Alight by Elliot Cooper is a cute little gay romance Hanukkah novella about a sad sack guy who falls in love with a…
Bewitching Hour
Dec 23, 2018 • 43 min
Celebrate Christmas with us with Bewitching Hour by Anne Stuart, the kind of book where you know going in that there’s gonna be a blizzard and the roads aren’t the only things getting plowed. Sibyl is evidently a witch who’s a secretary for other witches…
Captive Passions
Dec 11, 2018 • 64 min
Sirena, foot stamping sword waving hellion, takes her sister’s place as wife to the virile Regan van der Rhys, Dutch colonizer of Java in “Captive Passions” by Fern Michaels. By day she is his quiet pious wife, but by night she sinks all his shipping and…
Savage Ecstasy
Nov 21, 2018 • 55 min
Join us and commemorate the genocide of thousands of indigenous cultures by reading this boring-ass book about Lakota warrior Grey Eagle and how he’s fucking wasted on this white woman who’s improbably named Alisha. Definitely do not thrill to see her end…
The Flame and the Flower
Nov 15, 2018 • 50 min
Buckle up, buttercup –we’re doing this. This is happening. This episode we cover “The Flame and the Flower”, Kathleen Woodiwiss’ 1972 steaming cesspit. This is the face that launched a thousand sh!ts; the first bodice ripper. And it is awful. And we are…
The Ivory Key
Nov 14, 2018 • 40 min
WHO YOU GONNA CALL?! Buckle your sheet belts for this special Halloween treat as we read Rita Estrada’s 1987 Harlequin novel “The Ivory Key”, a book about finding incontrovertible proof of an afterlife and immediately boning it.
The Pride of the Peacock
Oct 18, 2018 • 46 min
Wherein we read Victoria Holt’s “The Pride of the Peacock”, a book about opals falling in love with each other. This book contains NO sexual assault of any kind. Amazing.