The Paperback Romance Book Club

The Paperback Romance Book Club

By Melissa Haskins
Let’s talk about Romance Novels! From the ones we saw on our mother’s night stands to the ones at thrift stores and everything in-between! Classics like Pride and Prejudice, to some newer classics like Me Before You. Let’s see what these books have to say about what we want or need in a romantic relationship and how does the relationships hold up to today’s standards!
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Chapter Twenty : 2019 Book Recap
I do a quick recap of the books I've read in 2019! 105 books in 2019.... next year the number is 128! 
1:01:03
December 30, 2019
Chapter Nineteen Part II: Waltzes on Airships and Sleeping Curses
In this episode, I cover the second book in Nancy Campbell Allen's Steampunk Proper Romance : Kiss of the Spindle. It is a steampunk retelling of Sleeping Beauty! If you have ever been curious about steampunk and steampunk romance seriously just check this series out!!! 
1:18:13
December 10, 2019
Chapter Nineteen Part I: Tale as Old as Time and It Never Gets Old
I take a look at the first book in the Steampunk Proper Romance: Beauty and the Clockwork Beast by Nancy Campbell Allen. In this chapter, I talk about Beauty and the Beast the Disney animated version and this book and what makes this book so freaking amazing! Seriously go read it! This part one of three for each book in the series gets its own chapter! 
1:12:01
November 25, 2019
Chapter Eighteen: This Ain't Your Granddads Mafia Story
This is really Meghan March's world and we are just living in it. In this Chapter, I cover her Dirty Mafia Duet - Black Sheep and White Knight. Seriously what did I just read (well technically I listened to both on audiobooks)... seriously the mafia never sounded so freaking sexy!!! (This episode has spoilers lots and lots of spoilers) 
1:40:33
November 17, 2019
Chapter Seventeen: Bad Guys with Big Hearts and Repeating Yourself is IMPROPER
In this chapter, I cover the Victorian Rebel series by Kerrigan Byrne, the 23 audiobooks I've listened to in the span of a month, and go on a slight rant about repeating yourself in Schooling the Duke by Christi Caldwell. Also happy NANOWRIMO!  
1:03:48
November 9, 2019
Chapter Sixteen: Nicola Italia Author Interview
Please welcome author Nicola Italia to the show! She is the author of books such as The Sheik and the Slave, Sea of Revenge, and (my personal favorite) The Alchemy of Night. Her latest book (#14) is due October 28! 
55:12
October 27, 2019
Chapter Fifteen: Are You There God? It's Me a Single 30 year Old?
In this episode, I am joined by my long-time best friend and soul sister Meghan! She is a Youth and Young Adult Ministry Director in New York, so as a guest I let her pick the book! We are talking Christian Romance, and I was actually surprised by how low key and powerful book this was! The book is My Stubborn Heart by Becky Wade! 
1:44:47
October 20, 2019
Chapter Fourteen: Surprise Surprise a Healthy Relationship in a Historical Romance!!
Please welcome Emily Edwards (my first guest!!) as we talk about what a healthy relationship looks like in Sarah MacLean’s Brazen and the Beast!! This episode does contain spoilers for the book! 
1:08:56
October 12, 2019
Chapter Thirteen: She-Ra and the Viking
This is our first Trope episode! I talk about Vikings, Time Travel, and our very first Romance Novel Trope! The He-Man Women Hater/the She-Ra Man Hater! I talk about The Fortress of Time by Mariah Stone Called by the Viking Book 1. Join me and my caffeine buzzed head on this time travel adventure! 
42:54
September 30, 2019
Chapter Twelve: I'm here for the {Pirate} booty
Why not celebrate Talk Like A Pirate Day with a Pirate Time Travel book series,  slightly ranting, and other books!
43:42
September 21, 2019
Chapter Eleven: Upside Down, Turn Around, It's a Full Moon
Full Moon? Friday the 13th? This only mean one thing: Werewolves! Well Werewolves or Shifters? Help me dig through this new age genre and no this isn't a Shifter episode it's a Werewolf episode.... or are Werewolves and Shifters now the same thing? 
53:56
September 16, 2019
Chapter Ten Part II: Kathy Bates would make a good Elizabeth and other Opinions
Part II of the Pride and Prejudice episode! I bring on my husband to talk about the 2005 film adaptation and get his take on this beloved book!
51:12
September 8, 2019
Chapter Ten Part I: I’ll take Pride and Prejudice for 200
THE PRIDE AND PREJUDICE EPISODE!!!! Part I of II - [WARNING- this episode/book has assault triggers]. I talk about Pride and Prejudice book adaptations - Dirty English by Ilsa Madden-Mills.
58:38
September 7, 2019
Chapter Nine: The Bear Necessities - get a safe word
Another shifter book. This episode is short due to me not having a whole lot to say about it. ALWAYS HAVE A SAFE WORD!
32:04
September 1, 2019
Chapter Eight: Be Smart, Be Like Loraine Part II of Don’t be an Immature Debutante
A complete opposite of last weeks book! This book has everything I’d ever wanted in a Regency Romance Novel; someone smart, witty, can hold her own and drink with the guys! Also there’s a womanizer who DOES change! And a HEA ending.
59:39
September 1, 2019
Chapter Seven Part 1- Don't Be an Immature Debutante
I realized that this is my first Regency Historical Romance book that isn't Jane Austen! WHAT! This is Part 1 of 2 (coming next week) looking at one kind of Regency Romance books. Does it live up to the expectations of it's book title? 
1:01:33
August 17, 2019
Chapter Six: July Book Reviews and Going to Target by Yourself
7 books down for the month of July, let’s go back to the beginning of the month and that time I as a mom got to go into Target by myself!
00:27
August 3, 2019
Chapter Five: Cajun Dragon and losing the big V
My first Shapeshifting romance book (EVER!) and some personal stories and opinions about the big V!
53:43
July 27, 2019
Chapter Four- this is NOT your mother’s romance book!
Tattooed covered Army vet helping a women who just left everything behind- can they see past their differences to realize that they just need to kiss already!!!
55:47
July 20, 2019
Chapter Three- Cowboy Butts: A Western Soap Opera
Mamas please please please let your babies grow up to be cowboys! A badass city doctor finds that maybe cowboys aren’t that bad.... also other family drama
46:15
July 12, 2019
Chapter Two: This would make a great Hallmark movie!
1890’s Wyoming- yep Historical Romance- yes please! A homesteader with a tragic past- YES! A high society women who wants to marry for love? Yes yes yes! Did I just describe a T.V movie or a book?
1:02:44
June 28, 2019
Chapter One- Lairds, and Tartans and Time Travel OH MY!
My favorite genre.... Scottish Time Travel! Let’s look at a new trilogy that takes a crack at this genre and see how it holds up!
59:23
June 20, 2019